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Norfolk County Council chiefs told to 'resign and go home' over incineration and fracking fear




A West Norfolk councillor has told county chiefs they "might as well all resign and go home" in a row over plans for future mineral and waste provision.

Proposals to send Norfolk County Council's preferred options for mineral extraction and waste management out to public consultation were approved at a cabinet meeting in Norwich on Monday.

But, in doing so, they rejected a plea from South Lynn councillor Alexandra Kemp for the document to explicitly rule out options for incineration and fracking, the controversial method for extracting shale gas.

Norfolk County Council's headquarters, where calls for DIY waste recycling charges to be scrapped are set to be debated next week (3090376)
Norfolk County Council's headquarters, where calls for DIY waste recycling charges to be scrapped are set to be debated next week (3090376)

She believes the plan in its current form breaches the council's policy against incineration, which was established in the wake of the scrapping of plans for an incinerator on the edge of Lynn in 2014.

And she fears that the document, if approved, could allow developers to explore potential reserves in part of her division.

A report to the meeting said an attempt to insert a specific anti-fracking policy was defeated at a select committee meeting last month.

Norfolk County Council Election Count at King's Lynn Corn Exchange.Alexandra Kemp. (14903038)
Norfolk County Council Election Count at King's Lynn Corn Exchange.Alexandra Kemp. (14903038)

But Miss Kemp said: "We have a failure of scrutiny in this council, a failure of accountability and here we are proposing to send out a local plan for minerals and waste with incineration in it and fracking.

"You need to put in that we had 65,000 people voting against incineration and you need to take out fracking.

"Will you please do so or you might as well all resign and go home?"

Council leader Andrew Proctor declined to respond, describing her comments as a "statement" rather than a question.

Andrew Proctor (7819709)
Andrew Proctor (7819709)

But transport portfolio holder Martin Wilby, who previously chaired the committee responsible for the issue, said later: "I'm really satisfied that we've come to the right report for consultation."

Andy Grant, the cabinet member for environment and waste, added: "It's essential we have a robust and compliant local plan."

A six-week public consultation on the document, which includes proposed site allocations for the extraction of materials such as silica sand across the county, is now set to begin shortly.



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