Assurance sought over planned site of West Norfolk waste plant

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A West Norfolk councillor has called for an assurance that a new plant to process black bin waste will not be built in his ward.

Material Works is looking for sites to build a new facility as part of the contract it agreed with the borough council almost two years ago.

But, during Thursday’s council meeting, West Winch representative Paul Foster asked whether the plant was “likely” to be in his ward.

The ward already houses the Blackborough End landfill site, while major housing projects have also been envisaged for the area, as part of the proposed local development framework.

And Mr Foster said: “As the council administration has already decided to put thousands of house in the ward, I would hope they are not proposing to process thousands of tonnes of waste there as well.”

Deputy leader Brian Long said he would not comment on the issue, which is currently subject of an exempt report that has not been made public.

However, when Mr Foster said he had not been present when it was previously discussed, Mr Long replied: “You can take no news as good news.”

The paper is due to be considered by the authority’s cabinet at a meeting tonight.

A Material Works spokesman says the company plans to issue a statement tomorrow.