Council leaders postpone decision on whether to sell site planned for Norfolk incinerator

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

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
11:28 AM

Council leaders have postponed a decision on whether to sell the site where a hugely controversial incinerator was due to be built.

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And whether to go ahead with a proposal to snatch second homes cash back from district councils will also be left to another day.

Under proposals put forward before the potential compensation costs for axing the proposed Saddlebow incinerator went up by £3.4m, 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”.

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.

But at a meeting today, the controlling Labour/Liberal Democrat cabinet decided to ask officers to draw up a further report on how the missing money might be found.

That report will come before the full council at the annual meeting on Tuesday.

A separate proposal from Cabinet scrutiny, 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, was also pushed further down the line.

The cabinet agreed that any sale should be a matter for the new committees which will be formed after Tuesdays’s meeting.

But officers said the council could not just sell the site to West Norfolk Council and would have to follow due process to get the best possible deal for taxpayers.

And they said the site could still be needed for an alternative way to deal with the county’s waste.

21 comments

  • Wonders will never cease D.icke.nds!

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    Fenscape 2

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Someone posting as me as well. For once I agree with Fens.cr.ap.

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    Dickens

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I seem to be another victim of 'Honest John' syndrome where someone is posting under my username - how flattering!

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    Fenscape 2

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Dear old Bunter. That bloke never gets it right. Perfect councillor material.

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    Del Boy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I'm flattered that you've spent so much time moaning about me - good to see the pot moaning about the kettle!

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    Fenscape 2

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • What happens when an ex Leader trying to make his mark and a clueless learner get together on a project ? They become outcast political pygmies. As for fenscape another ban looks very likely. Next time a line ban rather than just a mailip link.

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    John Fisher

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Poor old Bunter. Flogging a dead horse as usual. Give it up. Even the campaigners have rumbled you by now surely? Quite what story you will give that poor bloke at Material Works I cannot imagine. Just tell him straight instead of the usual protracted long winded waffle.

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    Mrs Willingale

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Now the Head has had a word with Bunter and told him that he can come in from the cold. He has been thanked for taking the heat with both faces and passing on all that useful information and the past will remain the past if he behaves and stops communicating with those silly campaigners he can have an extra few quid and will be put on a new Committee. Good boy.

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    George Peters

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Problem with Bunter is lack of insight. Never listens, never learns. No integrity either. Will do whatever is asked whenever. The slightest whiff of extra allowances and some councillors melt away from their convictions like chocolate teapots. The question is has old Bunter had an offer he cannot refuse ?

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    Up The Lefties

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Still having a pop at your favourite twosome from behind several pseudonyms eh Bill?

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    Fenscape 2

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • The time has come Dickens-the game is now over-so start naming these people and then we can all share your knowledge- you owe that to the readers, if there is any truth in your statement it is only right that you, in the spirit of transparency, allow us to be party to it. Otherwise, you lose all credibility. Put up or shut up.

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    maryjane

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Bunter should have known better. Know your place boy and stop causing waves. You have lost this cause but do try not to lose your seat. Remember who chooses the candidates for the next election. It is like the Lottery except in this case it might not be you.

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    The-Blue-Flag

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • A few rogue Tories have been put in their place and will be punished for wrong doing. One ex leader, who cannot accept his current position, has tried very hard to get his own way but so far has only managed to damage the political futures of those that blindly follow him. The new system will favour the Conservatives who will, as predicted last year, take control of the Council again. Some expensive unfinished business can then be dealt with this summer.

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    Dickens

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • The penultimate paragraph in this article is interesting on two counts - the officers are once again putting in their twopence worth and flexing their muscles over who is running the council and two, are the 65,000 taxpayers in the West not entitled to get a' good deal for the taxpayers'? Are they not included in those having a voice? Is the Finance Director following the example set by his predecessors or is he the little dictator who not only tells us we are going bankrupt (lies) but now, is it possible that he might be contemplating a deal with CW?

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    maryjane

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Posting in my name with 'no brainer' comments? A rather clever move by the GNobb to delay the decision, it means he can leave it to the Conservatives to get the flack of siding with CW over the people of West Norfolk. It's one of the few ways the GNobb is transparent.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • And, wait for it, next weeks Tory led NCC will reverse it all and offer it to CW, now that they have all that taxpayers money to outbid west Norfolk's councils. Typical dithering councillors, they should have made a decision but were 'persuaded to wait until the cows come home, what a shambles, a bunch of self serving crooks.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I suspect that this dog-in-the-manger approach - i.e. I don't want my bone, but you certainly can't have it - will persist, and King's Lynn Borough Council will never be given the opportunity to buy the site.

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    Nemesis

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • 'Postpone the decision?' A bit out of character NCC?

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    One Horse Town

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Sell it to the highest bidder is the no-brainer option with a minimum valuation set by the district valuer. West Norfolk's activities have cost the County taxpayers enough already.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • "Officers said the council could not just sell the site to West Norfolk Council and would have to follow due process to get the best possible deal for taxpayers". Would these be the same officers who signed the incinerator contract? Do they have a vested interest? The best possible deal for the taxpayer would be to sell the land to West Norfolk and get that disgustingly, over inflated payment to Corywheelabrator settled once and for all. To quote one of our fellow bloggers (?) "Just get on with it". We're fed up with the Council playing stupid mind games and trying to make themselves more money to waste on stupid pet projects.

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    disolushund

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Suggested purchase price for the site and the land? £30 million?

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    Bruce87

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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