Fresh calls for sale of site where Norfolk burner would have been built

The proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt. The proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
6:04 PM

Council leaders have been urged to sell the site where a hugely controversial incinerator was due to be built to West Norfolk Council.

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And the county council’s scrutiny committee today also demanded that a “provocative” proposal to snatch second homes cash back from district councils be reviewed.

Under proposals put forward before the potential compensation costs for axing the proposed Saddlebow incinerator went up by £3.5m, two options were put forward to help pay the bill.

One option would take £900,000 from highways maintenance and spend £140,000 less on library books.

The other would make up the missing £1m or so from about half of the money from council tax on second homes which the county council currently gives to district councils.

But a call-in by west Norfolk county councillors John Dobson, Brian Long and Jason Law criticised the officers’ recommendations as “ill-thought through”.

Mr Long told the meeting: “I find it absolutely abhorrent that we have to start raiding the money from other councils’ coffers when they’ve already agreed their budgets.”

Tom FitzPatrick, North Norfolk Council leader, said taking second homes cash would hamper district schemes to combat rural isolation.

If the proposal is enacted, officers said the approximate amount of money taken from district councils would be: £428,000 from North Norfolk Council, £358,000 from King’s Lynn, £63,000 from South Norfolk, £53,000 from Breckland, £50,000 from Great Yarmouth, £47,000 from Broadland and £37,000 from Norwich.

Steve Morphew, Labour cabinet member for finance, said the cash was needed quickly and alternative suggestions were welcome.

“I’m not going to suggest it’s an elegant solution, but it does the job,” he added.

Scrutiny councillors recommended that cabinet review the proposed service cuts with a view to finding the savings elsewhere, in line with Mr Dobson’s proposal.

And in a separate proposal from Mr Long, councillors recommended that the county council should offer to sell the Willows site at Saddlebow to West Norfolk Borough Council, subject to valuation by the District Valuer.

Those recommendations will now be discussed at the final meeting of the county council’s cabinet at County Hall tomorrow at 10.30am.

8 comments

  • I am utterly loving the amount of trolling that is taking place by someone purporting to be me - I have obviously rattled their cage enormously. Very funny.

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    Fenscape 2

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • For once I agree with Di.ckens. Daubney has shown true leadership over the incinerator but not only that but the administration of west norfolk council, despite a few old boys like Langwade Humphrey Chenery, has shown itself to be head and shoulders above county and other districts.

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Like this lot know anything. Wont listen, can't read and don't understand anything. Good old Norfolk campaigners. Carrot crunchers knows best thy knows eee by gum.

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    Del Boy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • It may be a long wait CB, they don't like recorded votes for obvious reasons, and this should be introduced as a compulsory measure in all committees in future to promote transparency.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • What is happening with the move away from Cabinet system? Has this happened yet? The possible Tory-UKIP alliance could scupper these plans as the Right tend to look after themselves.

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    LynnLegend

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Very interesting, and no surpise, to see how the vote went at cabinet scrutiny yesterday. 17 Cllrs make up the committee 8 tory, 3 lab, 2 green, 2 ukip and 2 libdem. Only 15 cllrs were present at the vote. The first call in to bring the decision back to cabinet on cuts to services had 13 votes for and 2 against so some tories were not happy. The second to sell the site to BCKLWN saw 9 votes for, could they all be alliance votes, and 3 against and 3 abstaining. Until the minutes are published we cant be sure but it appears the tories are still trying to help CW!

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Let's sell the site for use as a power station burning waste material - seems like a good idea. And whilst on the subject of balancing the books, the library service could be scrapped completely. Cheap books are available from on-line sellers and shops.

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • I just don't trust these people and as for Steve Morphew, he has always talked with a forked tongue.

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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