INCINERATOR - KING’S LYNN AND CLENCHWARTON: Candidates take part in hustings

Candidates taking part in county council by-election hustings event at South Lynn Community Centre.
Candidates taking part in county council by-election hustings event at South Lynn Community Centre.
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CANDIDATES vying for the vacant Norfolk County Council seat outlined how they would fight against the Lynn burner at the weekend.

Only three of the four candidates fighting for the Clenchwarton and South Lynn seat took part in the debate organised by KLWIN on Saturday.

Candidates taking part in county council by-election hustings event at South Lynn Community Centre. LtoR - Alexandra Kemp (Labour), Michael Stone (Ukip), Kate Sayer (Lib Dem)

Candidates taking part in county council by-election hustings event at South Lynn Community Centre. LtoR - Alexandra Kemp (Labour), Michael Stone (Ukip), Kate Sayer (Lib Dem)

Conservative candidate Paul Foster withdrew on Friday afternoon over fears that he would not get a fair hearing after one of the anti-incinerator groups began to campaign against him.

Voters will be going to the polls on Thursday.

Calls for the resignation of leader Derrick Murphy and an inquiry into the council’s conduct were some of the comments made by candidates Alexandra Kemp (Lab), Kate Sayer (Lib Dem) and Michael Stone (UKIP).

The event was chaired by Mike Knights who asked the hopefuls what they think of the authority’s leadership and how to make the council more accountable.

Mrs Kemp vowed to be a strong voice at county hall against the incinerator and said the area deserved better leadership.

Mrs Sayer said an inquiry would make the authority more accountable.

She added: “Hopefully it would bring out their inability to be open with .the people of West Norfolk.”

Mr Stone promised to deliver the message that Lynn did not want the incinerator and to keep a blog of his progress.

Some of the 27 people present also posed questions to the candidates.

These ranged from social services priorities and how they would report back to their electorate.

While Jane Dearling raised concerns that Mr Foster may abstain on incinerator votes.

She said: “An abstention is the same as a vote for it.”

All three of the candidates expressed their disappointment that Mr Foster had not attended the meeting.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Foster said he would have been happy to attend an impartial meeting.

Mr Foster said he has voted against the incinerator at borough and parish level.

He said: “I am the only candidate as a matter of public record who can prove they have voted against it.

“My position on that hasn’t changed.”

After the meeting Mr Knight said: “I am very pleased that so many people showed an interest and wanted to find out more.

“It was a lively debate.”