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County council chiefs have given their strongest indication yet that they will oppose plans for a huge waste incinerator on the edge of West Norfolk.

The signal on the Wisbech proposal came in a written answer to a question posed ahead of a cabinet meeting in Norwich yesterday.

Norfolk County Council has faced months of pressure to set out its position on the proposed burner, which would stand around half a mile from the county boundary, including a protest by campaigners outside County Hall back in March.

Campaigners opposing plans for a waste incinerator like this being built in Wisbech are lobbying the government. (53773761)
Campaigners opposing plans for a waste incinerator like this being built in Wisbech are lobbying the government. (53773761)

And a question from West Norfolk Council leader Stuart Dark, who also serves as a county councillor, raised the "ongoing serious concern that many local residents have" about the proposal.

But there are now signs of a shift in attitude following comments by the county authority's leader, Andrew Proctor.

In response to Mr Dark, he said: "I’m aware that a Development Consent Order application for this facility is due to be submitted to the Secretary of State soon and once received the County Council will give its response as a statutory consultee.

Councillor Alexandra Kemp, centre, with protesters at County Hall in Norwich against a new incinerator on the Wisbech-West Norfolk border. (55756926)
Councillor Alexandra Kemp, centre, with protesters at County Hall in Norwich against a new incinerator on the Wisbech-West Norfolk border. (55756926)

"But I do understand the serious concerns being raised by local residents about this.

"As part of the regular dialogue between Cllr Dark and myself it has been emphasised that the current capacity of the waste disposal chain is sufficient, and there are ambitious environmental plans to reduce waste levels across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk in future years.

"Based on this information as a consequence the County Council can, and will be, stating its opposition to the proposed energy from waste facility in Wisbech."

The borough council which Mr Dark leads has already signalled its intention to oppose the incinerator plan, together with the Fenland district and Cambridgeshire county authorities.

New West Norfolk Council leader Stuart Dark at his desk (55706003)
New West Norfolk Council leader Stuart Dark at his desk (55706003)

However, a final decision on whether the plan should go ahead will be taken at central government level, because of the size of the proposal.

In a statement released after the meeting, Mr Dark said: “This is great news. We are united with our residents in opposition to this proposal and we have been working hard to gain support from partners.

“We have been speaking with the leadership of the county council regarding the issues and our position, and this answer shows that our work behind the scenes has paid off.”

Ginny Bucknor, campaign co-ordinator for WisWIN (Wisbech Without Incineration) said: “The WisWIN campaign team are delighted at Norfolk County Council's decision.

“We hope this means that the company proposing to build one of the largest incinerators in Europe in our small market town cannot expect contracts from either Norfolk or Cambridgeshire and therefore there will be no need for their 'service'.”



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