Borough council leaders have again been forced to defend their preferred waste disposal scheme amid concerns over whether the project will go ahead or not.
Representatives of Material Works say they are “inching closer” to being able to make an announcement about the next stage of their project, after they revealed in January that they had secured £100 million of funding for the development.
But questions were raised about the future of the scheme at West Norfolk Council’s meeting on Thursday, following recent comments by deputy leader, and environment portfolio holder, Brian Long about the need for a smaller, demonstration plant.
Independent Michael Pitcher asked: “How does one know if the process will work?”
But Mr Long said: “If they go and build a full-sized operational plant there seems little point in making a demonstrator if you’ve got a big one that does what it says on the tin. The proving will be at their own risk.
“The contract provision does require for a demonstrator to be built to demonstrate to all interested parties, though they would do exactly that if a full-sized plant was constructed.”
Mr Long also indicated there was no longer an urgent need to build a plant because of the apparent demise of the controversial incinerator proposal.
But he maintained: “I still want to see a scheme of the nature of Material Works or similar technology so we don’t have to landfill or burn any waste in Norfolk.”