West Norfolk politicians who oppose the incinerator have claimed the loss of government funding endorsed their stance against the plan.
Councillors and MPs united to welcome the announcement of the decision to scrap the grant for the Saddlebow scheme on Friday.
John Dobson, the Conservative county councillor for Dersingham who has been at the centre of opposition to the scheme within County Hall, said: “I am very pleased and it’s clear that common sense has prevailed. It’s going to save enormous amounts of money and it has vindicated those people who have been fighting against the project.”
West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney said the county authority should have scrapped the scheme as soon as the government cash was withdrawn. He said: “DEFRA made absolutely the right decision. It is a use of taxpayers’ money that is not wanted, not needed or can be afforded.”
South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss added: “I call on the county council to abandon plans for the incinerator and work towards a comprehensive waste policy that commands the support of local residents.”