Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs has written to Eric Pickles telling him that the delay to a decision about whether to give the King’s Lynn incinerator the green light presents the council with “very real and immediate difficulties”.

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He has told the communities secretary, who has the ultimate say in whether to uphold planning permission, that he is “alarmed and disappointed” by the revelation in the EDP on Saturday, that it will be more than a few weeks before the decision is made.

George Nobbs’ letter to Eric Pickles

The decision was due tomorrow, but Mr Pickles is said to still be weighing up the “complex” report, which was submitted to him by a planning inspector in the autumn, following an inquiry last spring.

Mr Nobbs told Mr Pickles that the council may, or may not, need to factor in a compensation payment of between £26m and £31m if the incinerator is not given planning permission.

He added that he hoped Mr Pickles would feel in a position to make his decision soon.

“To date, we have not assumed any extra income from council tax, because that is not something that we want to do. However we certainly do want to avoid any further service cuts for Norfolk people if we can possibly do so. But the simple fact is that until we know for certain what scenario we have to plan for, we have no choices but to assume the worst.”

The planning application was “called in” by the government in August 2012 after a record number of people wrote in. An inquiry was held last spring and the report of the inspector, who headed the probe, reached Mr Pickles desk in the Autumn.

The government cancelled the waste credits, which would have been worth £169m to run the plant, in October.

22 comments

  • Eric Pickles, in his zest to speed up planning has decreed that all decisions that are disputed be decided within 6 weeks. Now it is to be seen wether he thinks himself as a planning authority. I expect him to make a decision to scrap the plant in six weeks time, not just before the Euro and District elections to gain votes. I'm prepared to pay a one off £ 20,- to get rid of CW and pay part of their co9mpensation. If all of Norfolks 859,400 do this , we roughly have two thirds of the sum required. CW must then decide whether it wants to have a future in the UK and its local Governments, or be slated as a legal liability fleecing hard cut local councils.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Nobbs - you still haven't changed your shirt! I thought you were the County Council Leader not the man who empties my bins!

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    maryjane

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • According to Andrew Sinclair on radio Norfolk this morning he was told by an NCC insider they are going to name service cuts after Norfolk MP's!! What does that say about the professionalism and general schoolboy mentality of those controlling NCC? They are totally unfit for purpose time the government put them into special measures and sent in a professional team of managers capable of sorting out many areas of total incompetence that have been highlighted over the past few years. The political control may have shifted but unfortunately a core of useless officials still run the show.

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Knobbs is out of his depth, he can't do the job and he is unable to communicate with people. The funding for the material works solution was announced yesterday so things are looking good for that, it will be interesting to see how NCC react to that.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • It is hardly surprising that Pickles is taking his time to get to the bottom of this complete shambles. Nobbs needs to appreciate that Pickles needs to understand amongst other things why Nobbs has performed a complete u-turn in his attitude towards the incinerator (in his quest for personal gain and power). Nobbs must be spitting teeth, as he is unable to show any kind of leadership in this matter, has lost complete control of the situation....clearly not fit for purpose at all....sitting idly by like a lame duck....

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    Scooby

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Compensation of £25-£31 million what happened to the £100 million that county said it was going to cost to cancel

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    mickthedig

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Alecto - that shirt doesn't need to be a fencepost it must be freestanding by now!!

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    maryjane

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Couldnt agree more Alecto the cabinet are a joke. It is painful to watch Harrison, Castle, Gnobbs and Joyce on tv or listen to them on radio. Whatever you thought of Murphy at least when he spoke he sounded like a person who understood what he was talking about.

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    Canary Boy

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Mr Knobbs I would suggest you possibly have a lot more disappointment to come, there are elections next year and white elephant incinerators will not be standing.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Fenscape, that was also my first thought when I saw the headline. It is unbelievable that this lot could have been any worse than Borat and Co, yet Nobbs has led NCC to inconceivably low depths. I’d like to know why EDP continues to use this old, outdated 2008 photo, when it certainly bears no resemblance to the man now. Less than 6 months as Leader, George, old father time has not been kind has it?

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I see we are not printing comments again this morning

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The fact is that George Nobbs and his colleagues could quite lawfully have brought this whole saga to an end in October, by paying the £26m compensation and then blaming the previous Tory adminstration for the mess that it created. This is the same £26m compensation that will have to be paid if Pickles refuses planning permission. Of course, given that George Nobbs and his colleagues did not do that, if Pickles grants planning permission there is a shortfall of £169m to make up in paying for the incinerator. I hope that he is enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame.

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    John Martin

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Editor- can't find anything on the press release for Material Works - is this so unimportant? I think not just a little hesitation whilst the NCC decide how embarrassing this might be to their pontifications of the merits of incinerator - also did anyone understand the inarticulate statement made by Harrison on the radio Norfdolk this morning?

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    maryjane

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I see Nobbs is now threatening a 2% council tax rise for the next 25 years to fund the shortfall. I wish he would make his mind up, it was only a few weeks ago he said increasing council tax would loose them government funding for not raising it! And how he can budget for the next 25 years when he can't even set the coming years, gawd knows.

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    Bikerboy

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • George Nobbs uses every single opportunity he can to insult and deride the Tory party yet here he is on his knees before Eric Pickles! Where are you now Mr Nobbs? A rock, or a hard place?

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    Fenscape

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Dress to impress-he does not. It would also help to learn how to address people correctly. When you write officially in an situation such as this perhaps you would be taken more seriously if you had addressed your letter as Dear Secretary of State Just a helpful thought!

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    maryjane

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • If Material Works now has £100 million to start getting rid of our rubbish in a green and pleasant way what are we waiting for? BTW John Martin, Gnobbs is not having 15 minutes of fame. He is having days of infamy. He will be remembered not very fondly now whatever happens. He needs to go and take his Keystone Kop Kabinet with him. I know there is not a lot to choose from in the County Council ranks but he seems to have ignored the good guys and dug straight to the bottom of the barrel and come up with a spadeful of dregs.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • If we're talking about saving money why doesn't the County Council start with itself? It has 84 members (all on an allowance and expenses) and across the county there's another 300+ district councillors, also paid. By contrast Europe's largest local authority (Birmingham) manages with just 120. There must be some savings to be made in the way Norfolk's run?

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    hermes

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I think it is very suspicious that the EDP has not put the Material Works article in the paper edition. Frightened of something? And could we please not have Gnobbs put that shirt in the rubbish. I cant stand the thought of it ending up in one of my fenceposts. I understand there is a horror movie being filmed in Norwich. Perhaps he could donate it for one of the Zombies to wear.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • This headline should read 'Norfolk taxpayers tell Eric Pickles they are “alarmed and disappointed” by George Nobbs and his Officers.'

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    Fenscape

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Alecto - GNobbs is obviously happy wallowing in the sludge with his own kind-no pressure there then.

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    maryjane

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • my post from last night and this morning are being censored, again. Nigel Orwell should take his hat together with GNobbs

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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