Norfolk County Council leaders have lifted what was interpreted by MPs as an ‘implied threat’ that £2m of funding for major regeneration projects in King’s Lynn and Thetford would be with-held.

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Conservative-controlled County Hall has unveiled its budget plans for the coming 12 months and revealed that funding will be handed over for the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) and Thetford regeneration programmes.

That announcement lifts uncertainty over the county council’s funding for those schemes, which was sparked after deputy leader Ian Mackie wrote a letter to the county’s MPs warning them a failure to secure PFI credits for the Saddlebow incinerator could hit funding for such schemes.

He said in that letter the council would have to “pause” investment of £1m in each of those two projects, which were in the patches of North West and South West Norfolk MPs Henry Bellingham and Elizabeth Truss, who have both campaigned against the incinerator.

All seven MPs had signed a formal letter of complaint over that letter, which was referred to the authorities of the House of Commons on the grounds there was an “implied threat” to them in their work and that it could constitute a breach of parliamentary privilege.

While it is understood the letter did not breach the rules, council leader Derrick Murphy, in his budget announcement makes clear the county council cash for the schemes will be released, even if the PFI credits are not granted.

Mr Murphy said: “What we looked at is whether we were able, come what may, to fund those schemes. Clearly, we are always looking at financial data to see what we can do.”

The NORA scheme would see 155 new homes built in King’s Lynn as part of a joint venture with West Norfolk Council.

The Thetford regeneration scheme would see new life breathed into the town. The council agreed in November to contribute £1m to regenerating the riverside area, where proposals include a hotel, shops, cinema and a training restaurant providing opportunities for careers in catering for young people.

The county council’s budget plans for the next 12 months also include funding for a new fire station on the A149 bypass at King’s Lynn.

Mr Murphy said a second fire station was needed which would have easy access to the west of the county.

8 comments

  • It must be coming up to election time. Murphy has also started to attend Parish Council meetings in his division something he hasn't done for a long time

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    maryjane

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  • Alecto, They dont know what consensus is but never mind they dont need it now as Spelman has paid out. Now life will become interesting, unfortunately if the contract is signed today we are all £20 million in debt but then on the bright side thats better than £500 million I suppose.

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  • I'm not sure which way around I'm supposed to read this story. Are NCC threatening us with spending £2million in Thetford? Or of not doing so?

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    I ronnie

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

  • Not before time. They soon found £25 million to make up the shortfall on the NDR government funding.

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  • Couldn't think what you were talking about Joy of Kings Lynn. Nothing in my EDP this morning. Have been out to check assorted shops around me. Nothing there either. Just you in the West of the County are affected. Don't want our opinions over here in the East. Might seem too much like consensus!

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    alecto

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  • Whats this? two pages for the supporters of pollution to vote for, does thios mean you cannot vote against it. what odious and vile gerrymandering. Will all the opposition in west Norfolk stand their own genuinely Independent candidates against this cabal in the NCC cabinet?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  • I am sure that no-one will be surprised when I say that the first time King's Lynn Borough Council knew that the NORA funding had been reinstated was when they looked at this website.The autocratic Derrick Murphy was hardly likely to tell them himself, was he? I suspect that he took the decision to reinstate the funding personally - and through gritted teeth - because of the embarrassment of having a telling off from seven of Norfolk's MPs.

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    John Martin

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  • Everyone seen the latest stunt? EDP is carrying a 2 page spread, consultation, this time to pledge your support for willows you can send an email or phone a freephone number. Thing is there will be a flood of calls and emails from Wheelabrator US shareholders and all their mates the world over. Democracy Norfolk Style!! At least it will give Archant profits a boost for the advertising costs!

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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