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Campaigners against plans for a huge incinerator on the edge of West Norfolk have taken their fight to the county council's headquarters this morning.

Members of the WisWin campaign group were joined by a number of councillors for a demonstration against the Wisbech proposal outside County Hall in Norwich.

The protest came ahead of a full council meeting, at which objectors to the proposed plant – which would stand around half a mile from the West Norfolk border – hope to force the authority to oppose the scheme.

WisWin activists and councillors protest against the proposed incinerator outside Norfolk County Council's headquarters (55721408)
WisWin activists and councillors protest against the proposed incinerator outside Norfolk County Council's headquarters (55721408)

Developers MVV Environmental are expected to submit full plans for the scheme soon.

Virginia Bucknor, from the group, said it was "absolutely essential" for the authority to adopt a similar stance to the Fenland, West Norfolk and Cambridgeshire authorities, which have already opposed it.

She said: "There's four councils that have to comment on the application that the company are planning to submit at Easter.

"The other three councils have given their very strong views against it. For some reason, Norfolk County Council has remained silent and deafening by their silence.

"I do not understand why Norfolk has chosen not to comment. They say they're waiting to see the application but the outline has already been submitted. It's very worrying."

Mrs Bucknor claimed there would be "no benefits" to Fenland or West Norfolk from the scheme and warned of the risk of many more jobs being lost from established businesses than would be created from the development.

She also warned that the current proposal would be around twice the size of the Lynn incinerator scheme which was scrapped in 2014, following a four-year campaign against it.

She added: "This is one of the biggest incinerators in Europe and they want to put it in a small town on the border of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. It's illogical."

Norfolk County Council has already come under fire for its refusal to take a stand on the proposal so far, following an earlier debate last autumn.

Campaigners want the issue to be debated at today's meeting, but a motion on the subject has thus far been excluded from the scheduled proceedings.

But independent councillor Alexandra Kemp said she wanted the issue to be discussed and accused County Hall bosses of failing to support its communities in the west of the county over the issue.

She said: "We must make sure this council backs West Norfolk and backs it properly."

"It needs a good shake-up and they need to go back to democratic roots. There is a big problem with democracy here."

The council has previously insisted that its established anti-incineration policy remains in place despite the current proposal.



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