December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
County councillors today voted not to pull the plug on Norfolk’s controversial incinerator.
At an extraordinary meeting of the full council, councillors voted by 40 to 38 to recommend to cabinet that the revised project plan for the proposed King’s Lynn plant be accepted.
At a sometimes stormy debate, which lasted for three hours, councillors weighed up whether scrapping the burner would hit council services.
A decision to award Cory Wheelabrator a contract to run the £596m plant was made in March 2011 by the former Conservative administration.
But the full council had never debated the incinerator until today.
It had been awarded £91m in waste credits by the government, which would have been worth £169m over the lifetime of the plant.
However the government withdrew that funding earlier this month and, with the council needing to agree a revised project plan for the plant, councillors demanded the right to vote on whether they should push ahead.
A string of reports detailed possible compensation payable to Cory Wheelabrator, ranging from £20m to £100m.
The council’s interim head of finances had warned that could leave the authority facing bankruptcy and services could have to be cut.
Councillors in favour of scrapping the burner said the money could be found from reserves and by capitalising the compensation payments.
Cabinet will meet tomorrow to consider the recommendation.