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'You must unite to beat the burner', West Norfolk councillor warns

A West Norfolk councillor has urged the community to unite against plans for a huge waste incinerator just a few hundred yards over the county border.

Hundreds of people attended a protest against the scheme, planned for land on the edge of Wisbech, on Sunday.

And they were joined by borough councillor Michael de Whalley, who founded the King’s Lynn Without Incineration (KLWIN) group which spearheaded the fight against a smaller scheme at Saddlebow.

Protest against the Wisbech Incinerator. (29370041)
Protest against the Wisbech Incinerator. (29370041)

He told demonstrators: “Your only chance to beat this abomination is to forget political differences, join together and fight it unified as a community with every ounce of effort you have.

“Incineration is a blight on communities. Incinerators are invariably oppressive buildings towering above communities with huge satanic stacks.

“Those who live under their shadow live in constant fear for their health and well-being.”

Protest against the Wisbech Incinerator. (29369972)
Protest against the Wisbech Incinerator. (29369972)

Several of the protestors wore face masks to signify what they believe is the threat that air pollution from the scheme will pose to them.

Unlike the Lynn incinerator, whose fate was initially determined by Norfolk County Council before being called in by ministers, the scale of this project means the government will decide whether it should proceed or not.

Mr de Whalley urged the crowd to write to newspapers, councillors and particularly the communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, who will make the final decision.

He added: “Keep writing to them, again and again, relentlessly.

“Eric Pickles, when secretary of state, received more letters about the King’s Lynn incinerator than anything else, including the ever threatened third Heathrow runway.”

The event was also told that a consultation session is being planned by the developer, MVV, next month.

They argue the scheme, which they hope will be operational within the next five years, will help to stop waste from going to landfill and create low-cost energy which could then be used by nearby businesses.

But protest organiser Virginia Bucknor said: “Keep a look-out for it (the consultation).

“It is absolutely essential as many people as possible go and put their views and ask questions.”

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