Revised plan drawn up for Norfolk incinerator

The proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt. The proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
6:30 AM

A revised plan has been lodged for the proposed Norfolk incinerator, it has emerged, but council bosses have insisted it is not for “something fundamentally different”.

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It turns out Cory Wheelabrator, the company awarded a contract by Norfolk County Council to run the proposed incinerator at King’s Lynn, submitted what is known as a draft revised project plan back in April.

But the revised plan, which cannot be made public because it is a “commercially sensitive document”, is not a new proposal, the council insists.

They say it is needed because it has become clear the original longstop date - a contractual condition giving a date by which a contractual condition or set of conditions has to be met - would be missed because of the public inquiry into the granting of planning permission for the £596m plant.

A spokesman said: “No-one should be under any mistaken illusion that revised plan will be something fundamentally different.

“Because the arrangements for the inquiry made it clear the original planning longstop date would be missed, it became obvious that a draft revised project plan was required which would in effect, simply recalibrate costings, which must stay within acceptable parameters, and timetables.

“It is basically just an update to contract dates to reflect the delay and an update to the costs to reflect that. To be clear, it is not a new proposal – there is no change to the type of facility, size or location.”

The council said it had requested the draft revised project plan in January 2013 when it became clear the original longstop date would not be met.

That was done, the council says, in consultation with the cabinet member for waste and environment and the authority stressed that would not prevent the council pulling the plug on the contract if the secretary of state prevented planning permission being granted.

But Tim East, Liberal Democrat county councillor for Costessey, said he had not been made aware that the revised draft project plan had been ordered - or lodged - until now.

He said: “We should have been told. Nothing should be held back from elected members. And I am becoming increasingly furious that elected members are asking questions which are not being answered.

“The big issue here is who is running the council? Is it elected members or is it a core of officers?”

The council says the draft revised project plan can only be set in motion if it is agreed, which would need to be by the end of October.

A council spokesman said: “It may be that due to the nature of the changes to dates and pricing being relatively small that there is no requirement for a further cabinet decision, but if there are large changes then it would.”

Last month, a motion which was agreed by the council agreed that members of the council’s cabinet were to work with officers to draw up what they branded as “contingency arrangements”, including “alternatives to energy from waste”, if the contract did not go ahead.

The council’s cabinet also ordered an independent review of the contract and the process which led to it being signed.

The previous Conservative administration, which agreed the contract with Cory Wheelabrator, had said the incinerator was needed to deal with Norfolk’s waste and would save taxpayers’ money. But, in a poll organised by West Norfolk Council, 65,000 people said they were against the plant.

22 comments

  • Agreed nemesis, they should be taken off this portfolio altogether until the public Inquiry and the Independent review into the contract has taken place. Since 1.July the period to report inquieries and investigations has been shortened from 6month, previous, to 6 weeks now, so by the end of August Eric Pickles will have to report on the Inquiry, or break his own regulations. When is NCC holding a day for alternatives?, who have they invited? will the EDP report on what these alternatives are and how they work for us? thanks to Dan Grimmer for reporting on the work of valuable people who are holding NCC to account.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Changing the original longstop date is a "large change" - the longstop date offers the best chance of NCC walking away from the contract without having to pay costs! This date should not be extended.

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    Shlomo Dowen

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Most of those responsible for this sorry mess will have already jumped ship by the time the investigation is completed. If wrongdoing is established, how do we hold them to account? It beggars belief that there is any incentive left at county hall to continue with this infernal incinerator? Perhaps we should employ an army of QCs to investigate the comings and goings at NCC over the last five years? Expensive yes, but I suspect it would be a fraction of the money that has been wasted.

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    Kadmos

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • The secret planning goes on. Nothing changes.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • THUTH..The instigator leaving the sinking the ship; Today’s EDP Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:47 AM; Mike Jackson, Norfolk County Council's director of environment, transport and development, is to leave the authority after nine years.

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Did you hear on the radio this morning that Veolia are "mining" the dust on the sides of roads to extract rare metals. Hasn't one Ingo being going on about this for years? Mining landfill and now even picking up the dust from the side of the road. And it must be profitable otherwise they wouldn't be doing it. When is the County Council going to take notice of what Ingo says. And good to see Shlomo Dowen making a post here. If it is the Shlomo Dowen and I cant think there are too many with that name around (!) he is the ultimate recycling hero. We are honoured sir.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Eric Pickles will want to know how plan “B” is getting on and what NCC is doing about increasing recycling. Most contents of our black bins are made up of bulky plastic food trays and are a valuable commodity. It could be sorted by the householder and put in a plastic bag and sorted at the landfill site and sold to the highest bidder. An entrepreneur could make £ millions by monthly collections of plastics and pay cash to the householder for washing and storing this product.

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    LynBin

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • I'm very distressed to see that Care in the Community is failing people like Ivor Nardonne, aka D.ick.ens.....

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Cllr East says it all. There was no public indication of what was happening until the report to the Cabinet Scrutiny Committee on 4th June 2013, and even then only a veiled hint was dropped. The information contained in Dan Grimmer's article is the product of relentless questioning by Cllr East and a member of the public. Clearly the officers have been acting entirely on their own initiative to keep the contract alive, even though a vital longstop date is not going to be met. They should be banned by the Cabinet from taking any further steps until the independent reports have been received and analysed. Thes steps have been taken for the benefit of Cory Wheelbrator, not the Norfolk council taxpayers.

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    Nemesis

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • However many user names have you got on here now deary?

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • When consent is given in a few months time perhaps the councillor will better understand who runs councils. In the meantime he needs to wake up a bit and live in the real world.

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    Ivor Nardonne

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • The less than bright among us (fenscape) resort to the usual round of insults and playground jibes. Pathetic.

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    Pugh Bickley

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Since it was decided to look at alternatives, what has been done, how many cllr.s have informed themselves of the alternatives to this secret Stasi type proposal? What do cllr.s know of liquid bed APP? why has Cllr. Harrison failed to review the 2006 UEA survey into landfill mining as it was envisaged?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • EDP24 LORNA MARSH Wednesday, July 26, 2006 1:00 AM Tory MP against Costessey incinerator Richard Bacon MP A Norfolk Tory MP is opposing plans by his own party to build a controversial waste incinerator next to a densely populated area - and accusing officials of secrecy.

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    THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • THUTH..The instigator leaving the sinking the ship; Today’s EDP Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:47 AM; Mike Jackson, Norfolk County Council's director of environment, transport and development, is to leave the authority after nine years. http:www.edp24.co.uknewspoliticshigh_profile_officer_at_norfolk_county_council_quits_1_2282617

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • "They" are still at it !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Yes, Johnny, another secret document. Why don't they get rid of all these officers and employ another set, this time using a lie detector as part of the hiring process.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • “The big issue here is who is running the council? Is it elected members or is it a core of officers?” So spouts an annoyed councillor. Well chum it is the Officers of course because a small bunch of swell headed councillors could not give the time nor the energy and most lack basic skills.

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    Ivor Nardonne

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Looks like fenscape (aka just about everyone else on here) is talking back to itself once again. Do have at least one day off a week child.

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    Fanny Ayres

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • How can the whole document be commercially sensitive? Why not just redact the sensitive bits as they did with the main contract? After all "It is basically just an update to contract dates to reflect the delay and an update to the costs to reflect that". One thing for sure, this isn't for the benefit of the counties tax payers.

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    Bikerboy

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • I say, who at NCC has signed-orf this contractual amendement and on what authority?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • When will the penny drop? Its finished its over its not going to happen. Sack the officers who tried to push it through as there actions were not in the public interest. And for all the people who want it lets put it in your back garden

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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