Prime Minister: Norfolk people have been listened to over King’s Lynn incinerator decision...and don’t blame Eric

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for a meeting of European Conservatives ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 20, 2014. The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Kiev rather than focus exclusively on sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraineís Crimea peninsula. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for a meeting of European Conservatives ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 20, 2014. The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Kiev rather than focus exclusively on sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraineís Crimea peninsula. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Thursday, April 10, 2014
2:25 PM

Norfolk people have been listened to over the King’s Lynn incinerator, David Cameron has said as he defended the government’s role in the fiasco.

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The Prime Minister said he was pleased with the recent decision to scrap the controversial project as there was “huge unrest and unpopularity”, but gave few assurances that a central government bail out would be coming Norfolk’s way.

Council leader George Nobbs has laid the blame for the failed project at the door of Eric Pickles, claiming the lack of decision had been a real game changer. But Mr Cameron leapt to his defence yesterday saying it was not fair.

He said that while Whitehall would consider a request for funding help to pay the multi-million pound break clause bill, it had been Norfolk County Council’s decision to go ahead and to then scrap it.

He refused to be drawn on whether the project should have been scrapped by the last Conservative county council administration in the aftermath of the overwhelming rejection of the plans in a 61pc turnout referendum, adding that is was not a matter for him to comment on.

“This decision has only been made very recently. I am pleased with the outcome because I know how hard people like Henry Bellingham worked to represent the views of local people. The government decision on the funding of the scheme was very clearly set out that this was no longer necessary for national needs and it was right not to make available that funding. We were very clear on that decision.

“I don’t think it is fair to criticise Eric Pickles’ department. In terms of planning you have to go through the proper processes, you have to follow every procedure of you get judicially reviewed. The point about this programme is there was huge unrest and unpopularity in Norfolk about it. It is right that people have listened to that.

“That is what happens in a democracy, we govern by consent. We make sure that people’s voices are heard.”

He said that while obviously the Department for Communities and Local Government would consider a request for help, in the end it was a decision, potentially taken by Norfolk County Council, to go ahead and it was also its decision not to go ahead.

29 comments

  • Thank you for your wise words Mr Cameron. Now perhaps you can sort out the dross in the local conservative group by whos actions the conservative party has become a diry word in Norfolk.

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    Canary Boy

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Dave needs to keep Chloe Smith in her seat or he'll have no women in the Tory party when they're booted out in 2015.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • No public consultation on the possible new committee system. Will it be a pig in a poke? This Government's position on waste treatment and reuse is clear as mud. Let's be clearer PM and tell us what your position is !

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • There is only one way to remove them and that's vote them out next time around. I still don't think they are real Tories, let me explain. All the MPs and District Councillors didn't want it as they could see through it. There were about a dozen bullies at NCC who were the problem, if they had of only listened and not signed a stupid contract all would of been well. Borret and his mates should stand down as a matter of principle

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Frankly why should anyone else be involved in having a say on whether this should have been built in Kings Lynn? It is a nasty dangerous technology and any community would be insane not to object to it. I live a long way from Kings Lynn and one of my main objections was the democratic deficit shown by the behaviour of the Tories on the Council. So, if there are any communities who are 93% in favour of hosting an incinerator perhaps they should let the council know straight away. Why don't you ask the division of Clavering Cruella de Somerville. See how many of them agree with you. Then lose your job. You simply cannot call communities nimbys if you know perfectly well that absolutely no community whatsoever in Norfolk would agree to having an incinerator built anywhere near them. So all of you "blaming" the people of Kings Lynn get over yourselves and start trying to be honest with yourselves if no-one else.

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    alecto

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • spot on canary boy, time to take stock and bring back responsible local Government, the time for backroom cliques is gone and the new committee system will help to make it a more open accessible council. Davids da.mage cont.rol today is not enough, and being heard, hallo EDP were are all those letters to your columns, is the first step.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Another post below that was not from me, glad you like my username pal, saves you coming up with one for yourself.

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    Honest John

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Well said @alecto

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    Wisbech, CAPITAL of the Fens

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Daisy, a Norfolk wide referendum? would you want to hold up your hand for such expenditure after the horse has already bolted? We had a county wide consultation in 2000, it returned a 70% supportt for reducing, re using and for recycling, incineration was never mentioned. But it was mentioned in a small study by H. Horth of UEA, comparing acceptance of landfill mining by the public, with other forms of waste treatment. Even LFM, an unknown method, scored better than incineration. People have to understand that this proposal was not a top notch Swedish incinerator, but an older design, operated by a cagey company known for its 'gross pollution' who dare not mentioned anything about their grade of filtration. We should move forward now and help NCC create these dearly needed jobs. Lets reduce landfill, reuse the resources in landfill, recycle the metals and use the compost.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Typical Nobbsy always laying blame on other people, when he just laboured on a decision.

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    norfolkboyo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Next job is to close the Blackborough End tip - Perhaps now that Mr Knights has done such a fantastic job with the incinerator he may like to have a go at campaigning to have this health hazard closed.

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    Interested Party

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Next job is to close the Blackborough End tip - Perhaps now that Mr Knights has done such a fantastic job with the incinerator he may like to have a go at campaigning to have this health hazard closed.

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    Interested Party

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • There is one reason and one reason alone why D Cameron was here showing what jolly good guys the Tory MPs are. That reason is UKIP

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    alecto

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • @Daisy Roots - if you're so keen on incineration, ask NCC to build one at "Great" Yarmouth. Nobody would notice it out there and it could only improve the area!

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    Wisbech, CAPITAL of the Fens

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Well Said. Ms Somerville would no doubt be overjoyed to give Cory Wheelabrator a site for the burner within her own ward? Did she refer to the citizens of Norwich who opposed the first burner proposed for Costessy as nimbies? I note that the rejection of that scheme did not go down to the wire; perhaps the voters of Norwich are more highly valued by the Council Tories than those of Lynn? Cory suggested that there is no body of scientific knowledge to suggest the pollution from the plant would be a health risk. This may be true, but it is equally valid to point out that there is no body of scientific knowledge to suggest the pollution from the plant would NOT be a health risk.

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    Stephen Evans

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • HJ. I hope you have reported mail.com for posting under your user name. We all know how you write, who you respect etc. Obviously mail.com has totally lost the plot after the revellations this week.

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The fact 63 out of 70 parish councils in Norfolk rejected the Kings Lynn incinerator is conveniently overlooked by the pro-incinerator bunch. In fact, by every open and democratic measure (ie without whipping) almost all of Norfolk was against the incinerator. Indeed even by using the district councils (again, party whipped) the Tories could still only muster 60% of the 'population' to not oppose the incinerator. Hardly West v The Rest?!

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    LynnLegend

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Canary Boy you are correct, I meant what I said about the bullies but I forgot to mention the weak. But you are spot on

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Typical of Mr Cameron to side with anyone who opposes any local council or government body regardless of the subject. The old divide and conquer from the man who said we're all in this together...

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    NigelS

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Next job is to close the Blackborough End tip - Perhaps now that Mr Knights has done such a fantastic job with the incinerator he may like to have a go at campaigning to have this health hazard closed.

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    Interested Party

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • I'd read the small print from Dave. Look at flood protection funding and how that unraveled.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Of course it's fair to criticize Pickle's lot. Having called in the decision, did the department actually work to do the review in a timely manner? Did it keep people informed of how long the job would take? If the Department of Communities and Local Government had told the NCC - "it'll be at least a year" or similar, the officers could have predicted sooner when the project would became a net liability rather than surprise us all.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Sorry sweet cheeks have to disagree here. It was not just the bull.yboys it was equally the sheep in the group who would cover their eyes, ears and mouths ignoring public opinion. The group need to rid itself of the bull.yboys, throw the whip away and start listening to the public. Mind I think they are too late now to redeem themselves. Perhaps those who are ashamed by this mess will cross the floor to UKIP, the LibDems, Greens or independents who allow free speech, free votes and treat people with respect. Somerville and co are finished.

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    Canary Boy

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Still no word from our old friend and political EXpert D!ckens - I'm surprised he wasn't at Cameron's cabinet meeting when all this was decided!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • This sums up the Tory Government.....one of Cameron's Cabinet promises a decision by 14114, fails to deliver that promise but is above blame. Mr Pickles should resign, just like Maria Miller who likewise broke the "rules" yet got Cameron's backing......

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    Jonny

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The people of Norfolk were not asked let alone listened to-unless you count the fact that the plans of their elected representatives were overturned by a vociferous minority and a bit of political game playing. As for the floods, the blame rests firmly at Labour's feet and the incompetence of the EA which festered under the last Labour government. Cutting overspending on bureaucracy seems sensible to me- although the current government should have been more awake to the mess the EA has created by inaction in some areas.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • “That is what happens in a democracy, we govern by consent. We make sure that people’s voices are heard.” What a load of bunkum and furthermore when do NCC as a whole start to listen to the peoples voices?

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Seems Dave was well briefed by Bonnie & Clyde - sorry Truss & Bellingham telling him that there was huge unrest & unpopularity. What they obviously forgot to mention was that was in Kings Lynn & West Norfolk. They apparently overlooked the views of the rest of us residents of the county (let's call us the majority) whose pockets have been robbed of £200 per household thanks to their underhand manipulations of Pickles & his department. Perhaps Dave, along with Truss & Bellingham would like to dip into their personal fortunes to reimburse us.

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    inactive user

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Daisy, I was told sometime ago by a contact in Yarmouth that you are an old boy from Marsham however after Mondays display by Cruela De Somerville I now believe you are actually non other than the county councillor for Clavering. You do talk absolute nonsense. Accept it the CW project is history NCC cant afford it and the Conservative government will not allow it because UKIP are showing their empathy with the electorate and are going to wipe the floor with the conmen in future elections. Carry on winging by all means but know you are pi..ing in the wind!

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    Canary Boy

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

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