Waste campaigner backs halting of West Norfolk Council contract

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A leading waste campaigner has backed West Norfolk Council’s decision to end its contract with Material Works.

Last month, the authority announced it was terminating its agreement with the Chester-based company, which it said had failed to prove it could meet the terms of the deal.

The contract was signed in December 2012, at the height of the campaign against the ill-fated Lynn incinerator scheme.

And Mike Knights, one of the leading figures in the anti-incinerator campaign, has supported the council.

He said: “It’s certainly disappointing about Material Works but, with the way things are now, the borough council has made the right decision.

“They’re not the only game in town and if they’ve had all this time and they haven’t managed to get up and running, there’s no reason why the council shouldn’t look at anything else.”

Following the council’s decision, Material Works said it was investigating alternative development options.

No further details have yet been released, though officials do say that progress is being made.

Meanwhile, the council has said that the decision enables them to share in the benefits of alternative projects which are being examined by the Norfolk Waste Partnership.

And the council’s deputy leader, Brian Long, has indicated the authority could enter talks with Material Works again if the company demonstrated sufficient progress.

But Mr Knights said: “There’s another company that is offering a comparable solution and they’re already currently constructing a plant in the Isle of Wight.

“If they put their money where their mouth is, good luck to them.”