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‘A great day for west Norfolk’ - MP’s reaction to withdrawal of incinerator plans

PUBLISHED: 19:28 08 January 2015 | UPDATED: 19:57 08 January 2015

The site where the incinerator would have been built. Picture: Ian Burt.

The site where the incinerator would have been built. Picture: Ian Burt.

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A Norfolk MP has described it as a “great day for west Norfolk” after the consortium behind controversial plans to build a waste incinerator on the edge of Lynn has confirmed it has withdrawn its planning application for the site.

Cory Wheelabrator has confirmed they have withdrawn the planning application for the Willows Power & Recycling Centre which was called in by the Secretary of State for his determination in August 2012.

The announcement signals of the end of a five-year battle for the Saddlebow site and has been described as “fantastic news” by North-West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

He said: “This really is now the end of the road in what has been a deeply unhappy saga.

“There was always the danger that the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP would uphold the Appeal, and the recommendation by the Inspectorate to give the go ahead.

“Of course, it was always going to be difficult for Cory Wheelabrator to go ahead with no site and no contract – but had they won the Appeal there would still be an element of uncertainty hanging over us.”

He added: “This was a brilliant New Year present for the people of west Norfolk.

“I would like to pay my heartfelt thanks to all of those people who have campaigned tirelessly against this wretched project. However, what we must now do is all work together to find a sustainable way of dealing with Norfolk’s waste.”

A decision to award Cory Wheelabrator a contract to run the £596m plant was made in March 2011 by the former Conservative administration.

The county council voted to terminate its contract with Cory Wheelabrator last year but the fate of the planning application still remained subject to a decision from Mr Pickles.

However, almost a year on from when he was originally expected to rule on the case and almost two years after a public inquiry into the scheme first began, no decision has been forthcoming.

30 comments

  • Oh and as a PS to our good friend 'D' - I hope you took my advice and drunk the champers when I told to you rather than scoffing at every one that this was 'a done deal' back in the day. I take it that you still owe Uncle Eric that dinner, despite him not having to make a decision now??

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    Fenscape 2

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • A victory for democracy - something that is painfully lacking in the corridors at county hall. Every single dirty trick was brought to bear by councillors and officers alike in an effort to grease this through. Will be interesting to see whether the Revell report finally appears now as the public still need to know several key facts about this fiasco.

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    Fenscape 2

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Interestingly enough, the Gloucestershire incinerator has just been granted planning permission by Pickles. The county has no overall control. It`s not political of course.

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    democrat

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Unfortunately this country is in terminal decline and will continue to be whether Cameron or Milliband get in - Milliband will just get us there a bit faster! Time to give someone else a chance

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    Edward Millionaireband

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • But why is that, Norfolkngood ? Maybe you think he's a bit nerdy, or his voice is 'silly', or maybe you are taken in by the pro-Cameron media constantly attempting to undermine their favourite's biggest rival. Whatever, as long as people like you put trivial matters such as media-persona and charisma ahead of policies and values, you will continue to allow plastic politicians of the likes of DaveCam and Mayor Buffoon to render the whole country and everything in it 'norfolkngood'.

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    Mr Cameron lstellingIies

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • To Mr Dlckens Istellinglies - I can't say I relish the thought of another parliament led by Camoron, but ANYTHING is preferable to one 'led' by that goon Ed Misterbean!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • This is a great day for Norfolk. We can now start to seriously look at recycling waste. I am proud to have been associated with the successful anti campaign, but wonder what else our County Council is up to. I see that D is still lurking here. You lost - but then you were warned!

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    democrat

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • 16:40 and ingo's still waiting :(

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    Mr Cameron lstellingIies

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Who knows, Ed M, but if DlCKY is indigenous Norfolk then there's every chance, what what. And please check out the facts before having a dig; I am merely attempting to forewarn the people of West Norfolk of the impending threat from another parliament with David Cameron as PM, while they still have a chance to do something about it. I say, why don't you have a rummage and see if the hat.c.h.et squad are running any secret 'public' meetings, tag along, and report back on this forum with their spin ?

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    Mr Cameron lstellingIies

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • @Mr Cameron Istellinglies (or Spork Pies or whatever witty name you've come up with) - your comments are usually quite farcical, but your scaremongering about closing the QEH really takes the biscuit! You sound like our old friend D!ckens who was such an expert about Incinerators definitely being built.... are you by any chance related?

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    Edward Millionaireband

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Hard luck, ingo, but at least your account hasn't been 'terminated'. LOL

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    Mr Cameron lstellingIies

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • I say, I wonder what Old Bellers thinks about the future of the QEH, in particular the imminent (post-election) closure plans drawn up by David Cameron's Conservative Party. A hatchet team is already busy putting together its report, gathering evidence, and 'consulting' the public, in order to legitimise the decision when the ill-informed masses cry foul after the event is announced and it's too late. Of course, as one might expect from such a token 'consultation', far from being publicised, you, the public, are all being kept in the dark.

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    Mr Cameron lstellingIies

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • The Tories in Norfolk must take full responsibility for this costly saga of ineptitude.There are 33 million reasons an apology from the Tories is needed yet they seem to be in blissful denial of the whole sorry affair.Only an objective,external public enquiry can get to the bottom of it for which the Institute for Government would be an independent choice.Murphy has already stated he will,not surprisingly,participate in what looks like a pre-ordained public lynching.If we want to learn from this,the former Conservative leader needs to be given a "minute of comfort" so the full truth can come out,including that which has been excluded on the basis of spurious "commercial confidentiality".

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • comment added at 11.03

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Thanks to Mr. bellingham MP for acknowledging the campaign involving thousands of campaigners, not just in the West but all over Norfolk. Wrong position, wrong outdated backward technology and not a solution to landfill at all, the original reasons cited. Good riddance to CW, they have acted up to their court record of pollution and we have paid them for nothing to show for due to some at NCC who saw fit to sign such contract. We have change waste strategy and policies for this never to happen again, now we can look forward to a march meeting on new more modern technologies which can deal with landfill waste as well as household waste.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Mr Cameron lstellingIies: from May 10 2010 to Sept 5 2012 Bellers was Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the FCO covering 'Overseas Territories...' which in fact meant that he spent a lot of time flying around the Caribbean dropping in on places like... The Turks & Caicos Islands: which, by sheer coincidence, is where in May 2012 former NCC leader Derrick Murphy was seconded by the FCO to 'mentor them' on 'good governance'. You couldn't make it up, could you? Bizarrely, delegates from the TCI subsequently visited County Hall at Martineau Lane... to learn first-hand about... 'good governance'. In Feb 2013 the TCI wrote this: http:tinyurl.comoh2u4be - underwhelmed, they were. I reckon that the Revell inquiry should be scrapped - it's like the Ofsted inquiry into DeSouzaGate... setting and marking their own homework- and the good people of the TCI should be flown in to sit on an independent panel of inquiry into who did what to whom and when during the 'burning issue'. Mr Timmins should be summoned to appear...

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    martin wallis

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Fenscape: what is your reading age? my dig is not against Bellingham, it's against the EDP for pitching the story so that it is a plug for a Tory MP. The substance of the story is IN FACT about Cory confirming that it has withdrawn the planning application. Bellingham played his part, one part, in the anti-burner campaign. My MP? George 'GM' Freeman? Don't ask...

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    martin wallis

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Ah yes, I remember Old Bellers. He was at the F&CO for a short time, in some junior role, but, you know, I don't ever recall him having anything to say about the incinerator while he was there. Perhaps he's jumped on this bandwagon because he's up for re-election soon, what what.

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    Mr Cameron lstellingIies

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Idiots? MickB1. Whom do you mean exactly? Surely this is the culmination of a very complex (as well as controvesial) planning application, so much so that it was necessary for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to take 2 years or so in considering its merits or otherwise. The whole point about the planning system is that is makes a due allowance for all aspects to be considered. The case for this scheme was clearly not a simple decision and the obligations of the Government's localism agenda, the views of local people have to be taken into account. NIMBY is often used as a perjorative label of opponents to a planning application - unless you happen to be on the side that has a legitimate objection to a scheme and the law does require all opinions to be taken into account. In this case, the case "for" the scheme was obviously not strong enough to make a simple decision one way or another hence the public enquiry and subsequent deliberation time. I am guessing that in this case, the commercial reality is that C-W are taking a pragmatic commercial decision to withdraw from a process that is just not going anywhere. They have trousered circa £35M for their trouble so far and sound commercial judgement has probably prevailed in that it's pointless throwing more good money in flogging a dead horse.

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    BernardJuby

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • I do believe this was the fault of the Nimby community not NCC, now we all have to pay for these idiots

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    MickB1

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • NigelS, I don't think there is any need for a whip round. Norfolk County Council, through your local Borough or City Council has already done that on your behalf - it's called your council tax bill. The good people of King's Lynn will have paid up, just the same as the rest of the county. Just saying. #share-the-love.

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    BernardJuby

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Nice one Eric. Neatly avoiding having to make a controversial planning decision in the lead up to the election and Henry comes out smelling like roses for having done what his constituency wanted. Not often that happens, but for that, Henry, thanks. To King's Lynn and area, it means a lot. As far as winners and losers are concerned, seems like Cory-Wheelabrator are the only winners financially. They come away having trousered £33M at the expense of the ratepayers of Norfolk. Norfolk County Council should be hanging their collective heads in shame having presided over this debacle for the last 10 years and we still don't have a cost effective long term solution to dealing with our residual waste - for the avoidance of doubt, sending it to the Suffolk incinerator is neither a long term solution nor is it cost effective. King's Lynn wanted this no more than Norwich wanted one of the earlier attempts by NCC to slip an incinerator in at Costessey. With so many failures by their waste department at County Hall to deliver a facility for our waste disposal worthy of the 21st century, how much longer must we wait? As a reminder ; . Costessey Incinerator - failed. . Costessey Anaerobic Digestion facility - failed. . King's Lynn Incinerator - failed. . Along the way, how many additional £millions have also been spent in consultancy fees because County Hall was not far sighted enough to employ the right people with the right skills to see a modern waste disposal project through themselves? Surely it is time to take stock and stop trying to foist a vanity scheme onto a county that just wants a workmanlike, cost effective, environmentally responsible and ethically acceptable means of disposing of our waste. Whom is going to be able to do that for us? Certainly it seems not by the current crew.

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    BernardJuby

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • So we wait until another company arrives with a similar plan. 30 million quid of taxpayers money for doing nothing . Word must be out that NCC is the one to call when threatening to build something unpopular. Just hope that the ,nameless, paper shufflers are still in a position to sign such contracts giving away taxpayers money. Has the contract ever been seen in public where 30 million was committed for a cancellation? if so, who were the people who signed on the dotted line?

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    norman hall

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • The NIMBY's have won and Norfolk has lost out.

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    Norfolk Lad

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • So, Cory Wheelabrator finally pull the plug, but they will shed no tears. They embarked on a project to make millions of pounds, but they were ultimately frustrated in their aims. What does that matter, because the project cost them nothing? It was completely funded by Norfolk County Council - and therefore the people of Norfolk - to the tune of £33m. Once more, the private sector profits on the back of the public sector, because the public sector has no idea what it is doing. Who is to blame? Well, think Derrick Murphy, the disgraced former leader of NCC, think Anne Steward, the prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk, think Bill Borrett the shortest surviving leader of NCC, think Alison Thomas, Ian Mackie and Harry Humphrey, still members of NCC and all those Conservatives who supported them. Who knows that the Revell inquiry will say, but there really should be a public inquiry into how this ever happened.

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    Nemesis

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • How is it that £596 million could be found for an incinerator nobody wanted, yet there's no money for dualling the A47 or reopening railways?

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    Edward Millionaireband

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • Oh please NigelS - the people at NCC are the ones at fault here... You want someone to blame then why not start by taking your local councillor to task and asking them why various chief officers are still in post? And as for the dig from martin wallis I'd say that, for all his faults, Henry Bellingham has done exactly what the people of West Norfolk would expect of him under such circumstances - can you say the same of your MP?

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    Fenscape 2

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • So nigel, would you have one in Norwich?

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    d, west lynn

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • another cheap plug for a Tory MP - the EDP is completely shameless

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    martin wallis

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • Except it's no the end of the story is it? Unless all the Kings Lynn NIMBY's are planning a whip-around to pay for this?

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    NigelS

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

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