Minister told: 'Stop the burner now'
A West Norfolk councillor has urged a Government minister to intervene and block plans for a huge waste incinerator close to the borough’s border.
Objectors to the proposal for land on the edge of Wisbech – and just half a mile from the borough boundary – say the plant isn’t needed and risks health and environmental damage.
But the developers maintain the process is safe and a better option than putting non-recyclable waste into landfill.
Lynn borough and county councillor Alexandra Kemp has now written to the Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, calling on him to stop the MVV Environment proposal.
The move comes after a High Court judge upheld a decision made by Mr Kwarteng earlier this year to reject a proposed expansion of an incinerator in Kent.
The court ruled that additional capacity at the Kemsley site near Sittingbourne was not needed under Kent County Council’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan and could have provided a disincentive to recycle more waste.
Miss Kemp said the same grounds for refusing that application applied to the Wisbech scheme as well.
She wrote: “The tide has turned against incineration. Can you please take action.”
Thousands of people have already signed petitions against the proposal, while a number of councils, including West Norfolk, have backed calls to oppose it.
But, last month, Norfolk County Council resisted calls for it to join the opposition movement in a vote which led to criticism of the borough council’s leader, Stuart Dark, who joined fellow Conservatives in abstaining at County Hall, despite voting to oppose the facility at borough level.
Mr Dark defended his vote, arguing that the county authority would consider the scheme when a planning application is submitted and insisting the views of West Norfolk would be accounted for.
But Miss Kemp said the court ruling, and the scale of opposition shown to the project so far, shows the county council is “behind the curve” on the issue.