A new inspector has been appointed to head the public inquiry into controversial plans to build an incinerator in King’s Lynn.

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Ken Smith, who was originally due to oversee the inquiry, is now unable to do so because of illness.

While it will still open as expected next Tuesday morning, the hearing will then be adjourned until the following week to give Elizabeth Hill, the new inspector, time to prepare.

Persona Associates, which is arranging the programme, said the the first full week would begin on Tuesday, March 5.

Nick Daubney, leader of West Norfolk Council, said: “Any delay at this stage is unfortunate, as all parties have their witnesses and legal support lined up. We can accommodate a small amount of slippage, but would hope this is no longer than the few days already intimated by the Planning Inspectorate.”

A county council spokesman added: “We’re sorry to change inspector but everyone’s anxious that this should get under way.”

Persona expects the inquiry to run at least until the week ending April 19, sitting on four days of the week. But the end date remains uncertain because there are several non-sitting days due to the Easter break.

An evening session has been booked for Tuesday, March 26, and at least one other evening session is likely to be arranged.

There will be opening submissions from each of the four main parties on the first day, at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. The venue has been changed from the Professional Development Centre, in Kilham’s Way, for the first day, because hundreds are expected to attend.

Submissions will be provided by a QC on behalf of Cory Environmental Management Ltd, the company behind the proposed “energy from waste” plant, Norfolk County Council, West Norfolk Council and the KLWIN (King’s Lynn Without Incineration) group.

After the opening submissions, there are a further 22 technical witnesses to be heard, each of which will be cross examined. There are also more than 30 “third parties” who wish to appear and have their say.

Once the inquiry is concluded, the inspector will consider all of the evidence before she makes her recommendation to communities secretary Eric Pickles, who will have the final say.

chris.bishop@archant.co.uk

17 comments

  • Get well soon, Ken! Otherwise people might get suspicious. I mean, if the start date is delayed until after the NCC election, would look a tad odd.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • And how much will bam Nuttal cost the government this time? Just look at the mess they made of cambs bus lanes!

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    d, west lynn

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • You just know there's something dodgy going on when D.ickens starts making soothing noises.....

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Dickens; You mean a 'safe pair of hands' Sorry to be picky !

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    Diss 'N' Dat

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Googling: Elizabeth Hill Incinerator Inquiry ruling brings up the following link: http:www.dcservices.co.ukbulletinwaste_planning_bulletinarticle1153233energy-from-waste-station-given-consent-despite-sustainability-objections?DCMP=EMC-CONWastePlanningBulletin

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    jpm@edp24

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • 65.516 people said they did not want a waste incinerator. This is about DEMOCRACY we will not be ignored we will continue to fight against this Flintstones waste incinerator. NCC have been using the waste incinerator as a weapon against West Norfolk Council. This is The War of The Tories. This was revealed by Jenni Richards QC investigation. Bill Borrett is mentioned in this report, this has been a planned campaign by NCC from the beginning to shove a waste incinerator at any cost on people who clearly do not want it. We have our own alternative and we will never entertain a waste incinerator in our county. Waste incineration affects health and would contaminate the fishing grounds in The Wash putting fishermen out of a job, it would pollute the environment for miles around. These waste incinerators have the capabilities to treat nuclear waste. NCC will lose the election as they have no moral standards.

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    Jack

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Dickens is Bill Daw’s the UKIP candidate. He has been very vocal in his article on the Lynn News about Nick Daubney and Brian Long his ex Tory colleagues over new recycling technology. He was KL Borough councillor. He also comments as thought4U2 and UKIPs forum is bloggers4UKIP.

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    Alan Allan

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • I agree with Mrs Murphy, it certainly does look like all the hallmarks of another NCC and government stitch-up, ably assisted by CW cash. Looking at Elizabeth Hill's report when she was the Inspector for the Lockstock inquiry, she dismissed all objections made. Mr Smith did seem a very genuine chap, not CW's cup of tea at all, so it looks remarkably like it will be another farce, just like when NCC steamrollered through their planning approval last June. No wonder Bam Nuttall have been told to get their hi-vis vests on ready, the government don't want any more delays. The result of this call in was always looking like a formality, it had to be seen as going through the motions. How much has this entire farce cost the Norfolk taxpayers?

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    Honest John

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • blue flag, I live in Lynn and have yet to meet 1 person supporting the incinerator (that isn't a behind the keyboard warrior to ashamed to show face)

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    d, west lynn

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Oh dear! The link given below is 'broken' or has it been removed do you think?

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    Sandy.L

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • From the brief time that Mr. Ken Smith appeared at King's Lynn, he appeared to be a calm, collected and unbiased individual. NOT the sort of person that would be favoured by NCC and this government. It appears that Elizabeth Hill will better suit their purpose.

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    mrsmurphy

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • The inquiry is just a smoke screen and the verdict will be to support with a few restrictions added. The final decision will be released later this year. The public will want to know by May polling day if the incinerator will get planning permission from the secretary of State Eric Pickles. Most people know the master plan is to release the verdict on the burner after the elections. The test will be if the lame duck councilors that rejected pleas from the public for help get voted back in power will send a signal to the Secretary of State to get the burner built.

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    Alan Allan

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Elizabeth Hill. A very knowledgeable Inspector with experience in these matters. A interesting and wise choice. The anti brigade will not be happy but then again they rarely are. Not sure what result they expect to achieve with their trademark antics of attacking public service workers, council staff, Councillors etc and bad mouthing anyone they see fit to target. Of course the Inspectors relative departments have been made well aware of all this and would have seen and heard what they need to know on a need to know basis. Unusual and dreadful campaign. It really could not have been handled in a worse way. They never seem to learn and appear to be beyond help. I wonder what Sherlock Holmes would have made of it. Talk about miss all the clues.

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    Dickens

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Mr Ken Smith has stood aside. We wish him well. Elizabeth Hill offers us all an experienced and safe pair on hands for this 'Inquiry'.

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    Dickens

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • I do not trust the so called 'poll' conducted by Lynn Council. The way it was worded and put over. I think all of those that voted 'yes' had their votes destroyed. A proper independent poll would show more in favour than against. The vote cannot be trusted.

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    The-Blue-Flag

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • This has all the hallmarks of another NCC and government stitch-up. The people who are about to sit in judgement on this proposal are the very people who are trying to force it upon the unwilling population of West Norfolk. We need to rid ourselves of those who are intent on pursuing this filthy scheme and who care nothing about the health and wellbeing of us or future generations. Remember, if this is forced through, it will be the first of many other incinerators coming to a site near you. Must we lose our pleasant land and birthright so that multinational companies and individuals can grow rich at our expence?

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    mrsmurphy

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Googling: Elizabeth Hill Incinerator leads to this link: http:www.planningresource.co.uknews1159674Incinerator-held-line-sustainability-aims

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    jpm@edp24

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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