Ministers have been told in Parliament that Norfolk County Council would be “mad” to build a proposed incinerator near King’s Lynn.

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North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham made the comments during a debate he called in the House of Commons today.

The incinerator at Saddlebow was approved by the county council in June, but has faced significant opposition from local residents.

In the debate Mr Bellingham discussed substances the incinerator may release into the atmosphere, such as mercury and lead, which he argued did not naturally break down.

He said: “I would suggest that it would be mad to locate this facility upwind of a population centre, up wind of very valuable agricultural and horticulture.

“What I want to say to the county council is just have a look at the potential damage, look at the precautionary principle and do not put a blight on our homes, on our habitats.”

Mr Bellingham went on to say that Norfolk’s chances of attracting new life sciences businesses, seen as a key part of the county’s future economy, would also be put at risk by the facility.

He added: “I believe there are cheaper better and more modern and more exciting alternatives which command public support.”

Mr Bellingham called the debate to set out the case against the incinerator in advance of a public inquiry next month which is due to explore whether proposals to build it should be approved.

For the full story see tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press.

25 comments

  • An offence has been committed by the council officials on their fact finding mission to CW head office USA. They never reported back to NCC the Cory Wheelabrator setup has fines for fraud and pollution going back many years. Councillors at the planning meeting that voted in favour will be liable when a disaster happens and also staff involved signing the contract as CWs fraud and polluting was common knowledge and recorded at that time. NCC could and I expect should use CWs murky past as a get out clause so not to pay a $ to them in Compensation. One other point is when a disaster happens will CW be insurable if investigations show they are up to their old tricks again of pollute and pay the fine.

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    Emma Miller

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Although we will never know I wonder what Her Majesty,a near neighbour of course,thinks of all this,especially when it is to be a home for a future King and his family.We all breathe the same air.Also,who does Borrett think he is? Dick Turpin.Holding Norfolk's town,parish and district councils to ransom.Yet another example of abuse of power.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • You are absolutely right Popeye. If a criminal offence is involved then of course an indemnity would not kick in! Is anyone as annoyed as I am about Borratt's continued whining that this is commercially sensitive? NCC signed the contract didn't they? Commercial sensitivity ended at that point and we all want to see what the rest of the papers, of which Henry has let us have just a little teaser, say. Would think we wont be very happy. I would have thought that we could probably get out of the £20 million penalty clause. My cousin Nick was one of the team who handled the case against Westminster way back in the 80's. Wonder if he fancies a long holiday with his favourite cousin in Norfolk?

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    alecto

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • If you were at the ballot box in west Norfolk this May County elections and no decision about the incinerator, who do you vote for assuming you have been a lifelong Tory voter! Tricky as you lost your chance to punish them. Our MPs are sending a clear message out to County Councillors to ditch the incinerator very soon before the public ditch them.

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    Emma Miller

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I am a massive supporter of renewable energy and innovation, it's what I do personally and professionally . This is a CRAZY project. It makes no life cycle sense to just incinerate rubbish. Their are a myriad of products that can be easily and cost effectively recovered with the biological fraction being using in an anaerobic digestion system and other biological waste in a gasification system. This project is pathetic and lazy 1970ies throwback to cheap and nasty engineering. It's bad for the region, its bad for society, and its very bad for the environment . It makes no sense, unless you we handed a brown envelope.

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    Alan Wilson

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • You recall zero comment from George Formby on the incinerator Police Commissioner? Well I can. He came out in favour of it. What you saw last night was some serious backpedalling.

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    Electra

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • An offence has been committed by the council officials on their fact finding mission to CW head office USA. They never reported back to NCC the Cory Wheelabrator setup has fines for fraud and pollution going back many years. Councillors at the planning meeting that voted in favour will be liable when a disaster happens and also staff involved signing the contract as CWs fraud and polluting was common knowledge and recorded at that time. NCC could and I expect should use CWs murky past as a get out clause so not to pay a $ to them in Compensation. One other point is when a disaster happens will CW be insurable if investigations show they are up to their old tricks again of pollute and pay the fine.

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    Emma Miller

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Just a thought - if this gets overturned and the contract gets cancelled, I seem to remember that many years ago the councillors at Westminster City Council were held to financial account over some wrongdoing. Can't remember what the circumstances were and of course the personal assets of the NNC councillors who made the decision will not cover £46m, but it would be nice to think they could lose everything?

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    andy

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • The councillors and senior staff have an indemnity, so they are immune financially, as I understand it.

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Emma, the site was selected by CW for many reasons, proximity to other counties for additional waste streams was one, another is that there are many other heavy polluters in and around King's Lynn. If this proposal were to go ahead, Palm Paper next door will rue the day they remained quiet, any pollution breaches may well be blamed on them, and I'm sure Waste Management Inc, with whom NCC signed the contract, will not only happily engage in a lengthy battle to blame another company, but have a mafia like reputation. Don't forget their massive $450million payout 10 years ago for fraud, how many companies have that sort of money to throw away? NCC's biggest mistake was getting involved with a company with that much negative history and so much money to fight with. I would hate to be in any of the incinerator loving NCC shoes right now, no amount of promised pocket fillers is worth what they will be coming under pretty soon - what goes around comes around.

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    Honest John

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • An offence has been committed by the council officials on their fact finding mission to CW head office USA. They never reported back to NCC the Cory Wheelabrator setup has fines for fraud and pollution going back many years. Councillors at the planning meeting that voted in favour will be liable when a disaster happens and also staff involved signing the contract as CWs fraud and polluting was common knowledge and recorded at that time. NCC could and I expect should use CWs murky past as a get out clause so not to pay a $ to them in Compensation. One other point is when a disaster happens will CW be insurable if investigations show they are up to their old tricks again of pollute and pay the fine.

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    Emma Miller

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Norfolk cabinet members know that Wheelabrator has a long history for fraud, pollution, contamination to land, water and air. This has been pointed at meeting after meeting. That is enough reason not to vote for them I have always said that they are using the waste incinerator as a weapon against the West. We will not be Bins Lynn for Borrett and Murphy. Whatever happens these people are not fit for the job don't vote for them they have ignored all the evidence against Wheelabrator and are quite happy for thousands of families to suffer, and bankrupt norfolk in the process it is time for everyone to unite and stop this mad venture there would never be any peace if it gets built.

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    Jack

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • How nauseating. George Foreman, Miss Trust, and Biggles all tagging along with HB to get their mugs on TV. I can recall zero comment from them on the incinerator up to now. Never shy of free publicity, where was Chloe?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I am a massive supporter of renewable energy and innovation, it's what I do personally and professionally . This is a CRAZY project. It makes no life cycle sense to just incinerate rubbish. Their are a myriad of products that can be easily and cost effectively recovered with the biological fraction being using in an anaerobic digestion system and other biological waste in a gasification system. This project is pathetic and lazy 1970ies throwback to cheap and nasty engineering. It's bad for the region, its bad for society, and its very bad for the environment . It makes no sense, unless you we handed a brown envelope.

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    Alan Wilson

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • I wonder if Amey Cespa have been watching what is going on, seems they may have offered a much better deal for the taxpayer although of course they would also have faced the same massive opposition. Obviously for over 20 million compensation for failure they would have probably been quite happy to risk it.

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Time for Kett's Rebellion mkII. His 16,000 followers occupied Norwich - surely we can raise this number again, but hopefully be more successful this time! (at least nobody would get hung, drawn and quartered these days)

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    Edward Millionaireband

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Nice one Henry, especially nice to finally hear it in public that NCC chose CW when their bid equates to £46million more, perhaps that is the amount being quietly trousered. Bill '£8million saving' Borrett's beginning to struggle now! There's more to come out yet, starting to get exciting, perhaps they took the figures in from all round the departments when deciding a new prison needed building - they were right this proposal will create job vacancies - at the HPA, EA, Defra & NCC. Go for it Henry, and the rest! Truss looked hacked off to be there and left pretty quickly, her voters should especially watch the replay.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • If you are recalling the same incident, it was gerrymandering for which various Westminster grandees got hauled up and surcharged. That's a criminal offence. If there's anything criminal afoot here there is no indemnity! Has Borat been in contact with Dame Shirley Porter recently?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Until NCC forgets any thoughts of having an incinerator anywhere in Norfolk the Tory party are doomed. If it gets built as the chimney will be a permanent reminder entering the gateway into Norfolk never to trust the Tories ever again.

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    batemansusan

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Mad is not the right word, how about self harming? Burning vitally necessary jobs and new revenue streams, apprenticeships and local democracy will erode party politics some more. Apathy, already existent for years might turn into anger and what will the cabinet do then? We have some 80.000 youngsters in need of jobs, some long term, and these modern recycling methods rejected by this awful coalition and local cabinet bullies, methods that work everywhere, would bring hope in the future and make economic sense, we cannot carry on to produce virgin materials, consume and then burn these vital resources, its self defeating.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Quelle surprise. The local MP would say that wouldn't he.

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Whatever must Her Majesty think about all this?

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • If you were at the ballot box in west Norfolk this May County elections and no decision about the incinerator, who do you vote for assuming you have been a lifelong Tory voter! Tricky as you lost your chance to punish them. Our MPs are sending a clear message out to County Councillors to ditch the incinerator very soon before the public ditch them.

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    Emma Miller

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Andy, you are right that the Westminster lot did get caught out and I believe one of them committed suicide. However the law has changed and bedoomed is right that these scoundrels are financial and legally indemnified - but only up to a certain degree. If it were proven that brown envelopes were involved (and we would need to see the rest of the documentation and then have the police involved) then the indemnity would not apply. Indemnity against making a financial mistake unwittingly is not a Get Out of Jail Free Card for every eventuality and a public enquiry is urgently needed into this now that Henry's use of Parliamentary Privilege has opened the door just a chink and we can see into the dark murky world of County contracts and deals.

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    Electra

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • As a well-seasoned Tory he should know better. Mad? No public support? In fact the case and arguments against seem so overwhelming there must be more to it. Just the intransigence of a handful of councillors who are so naive that they signed up to a contract with some unbelievably restrictive penalty clause and now have no option than to push ahead. Pull the other one please. There is something really fishy going on here, if not something criminal.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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