Opponents of the Lynn incinerator claimed councillors had missed a golden opportunity to kill the scheme off in the aftermath of today’s vote.
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham said voters would feel let down by the actions of those councillors who had backed the Saddlebow scheme despite standing against it at May’s elections.
He said the fight against the scheme would continue and that he would now look at the possibility of re-opening the planning inquiry into the scheme in light of the vote.
But he added: “I’m disappointed that there were 48 councillors who were elected on a personal or party manifesto against it and ten of them betrayed their promises to the electorate.
“County councillors got the votes of a lot of people to put a stop to it. By not signing the revised project plan the project would have been scuppered.”
Mr Bellingham also criticised cabinet member Mick Castle, who described Mr Bellingham as “nice but dim” during the meeting.
He said: “This is no time for personal abuse. My electoral record speaks for itself.”
Meanwhile, West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney called for Mr Castle to resign after he described the borough’s 2011 referendum on the incinerator as “dodgy.”
Mr Daubney said the comment was “disgraceful”, adding: “He should make way for soneone else. I don’t see how he can hold on to his position afer this.”
On the decision to continue with the project, he said: “It was an opportunity to put this to bed once and for all and save ourselves a lot of future aggravation and costs.
“They told the public they would stop this incinerator. From today it’s clear they don’t want to do that. They will find it difficult to justify carrying on.”