The fight to stop the Lynn incinerator from being built is inspiring a similar campaign thousands of miles from the Saddlebow site, it has been revealed.
Last week’s decision to terminate the contract for the plant was not just big news in West Norfolk, but also in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
That’s because Wheelabrator Technologies, one half of the consortium that wanted to build the Lynn facility, is among the companies vying to build a new incinerator in the Metro Vancouver district.
And Patricia Ross, vice-chairman of the neighbouring Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD), which opposes the plan, said they had been watching the progress of the Lynn development right up until last Monday’s decision to cancel the contract.
She said: “We feel that a victory to stop an incinerator anywhere in the world benefits us as well because it is yet more proof this plan needs to be stopped.
“Of course, we are also happy for any community that will not have to be burdened with the many risks associated with burning garbage.”
Earlier this year, the authority took out a series of hard-hitting television adverts to get its “Don’t Pollute Us” message across to the public.
Ms Ross said that campaign had been backed by local businesses, who have spent thousands of dollars supporting the opposition and even creating online videos setting out the case against it.
She said the district was particularly concerned about the incinerator because, like the Lynn proposal, of the prevailing wind direction which they say already carries pollution from the Vancouver area towards them.
She added: “More and more, the truth seems to be finally getting out there and the opposition is growing.”
Mike Knights, vice-chairman of King’s Lynn Without Incineration (KLWIN), said: “We would not wish to see what we have been through over the last four years inflicted on any community.”