A parish council which includes the Royal Estate says it “strongly objects” to the waste incinerator proposed for King’s Lynn because of “conflicting views” over whether it carries health risks to elderly residents.

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It comes as health chiefs at NHS Norfolk and Waveney say they are satisfied with developer Cory Wheelabrator’s assurances that the plant is safe.

In a letter objecting to the incinerator, sent in during the recent public consultation, Sandringham parish clerk Veronica Morriss writes: “Conflicting views have been offered on whether the incineration of waste will pose a threat to health, especially of older people or those with breathing difficulties.

“The parish has a significant proportion of older people and it is downwind of the proposed site.

“We are not qualified to support one expert view or the other but we are clear that we object to the development until such time as there is a consensus in the scientific community that the airborne contaminants are not injurious to health.”

The letter says “the entire West Norfolk principal road network” will be “impacted” by lorry movements.

It warns that this will have implications for the local economy “including tourism which is of considerable consequence for businesses located in this parish”.

Businesses in the parish include Sandringham Visitor Centre, the country park and even Sandringham House itself, where the Queen, Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family spend Christmas.

The house and its gardens are open to the public, while the Royal Estate also has a sawmill and fruit farm.

All are within the borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, where more than 65,000 people voted against the incinerator in a council poll.

“To force this development on the local population without regard to its express wishes makes a mockery of the government’s localism policy,” the parish council letter states.

Last night it was not clear whether the letter reflected concern on the part of members of the Royal Family.

Officials launched a second wave of consultation over proposals to build the incinerator at Saddlebow, near King’s Lynn, after concerns over emissions from the plant and their impact on health and the environment.

The Environment Agency and Natural England have since said their objections have now been answered by further information supplied by Cory Wheelabrator.

NHS Norfolk and Waveney has also said it has no further objections.

“The overall conclusions remain the same in that the impact from emissions to air is unlikely to be significant,” it said.

“For all substances the predicted levels at the most affected receptors are significantly lower than health criteria values and no adverse health effects would be expected to occur.

“In summary, the applicant has provided further information to address comments and concerns raised by consultees within the planning process, including concerns raised by NHS Norfolk.

“The supplementary information provides reassurance that quantitative risk assessments have been completed (with review and updates where necessary) to address potential public health impacts from the development.”

Wheelabrator spokesman John Boldon said: “We are very pleased that NHS Norfolk and Waveney’s position remains that the impact of our proposal’s emissions to air is unlikely to be significant.

“This is another important step forward for the project that will deliver a sustainable solution to Norfolk’s significant waste problem, create jobs, save the County Council tax payer over £200 million and divert 250,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year.”

West Norfolk councillors meet on Monday to discuss their final objection to the incinerator. It believes the decision should be taken out of the county council’s hands “in the interests of fairness and impartiality”.

But a report before the meeting also reveals the council has reduced its objections from 13 to seven in the light of fresh information provided by Cory Wheelabrator.

Anti-incinerator campaigners hope the planning decision will be called in by communities secretary Eric Pickles, meaning an independent planning inspector will consider the issue.

But the county council - which will otherwise have the final say - says this has already been ruled out by Mr Pickles’s office.

Hospital consultants earlier called for the project to be put on hold until the results of a government study into birth defects are known.

16 comments

  • Everything to do with this planning application is borderline. Why build moveable bund walls to stop toxic ash entering the wash. This is evidence the incinerator is in the wrong location. Don’t build in a flood zone. The same for air quality. The NHS needs to tell us all, how many how many old people will die prematurely due to the new revised information by Tory Wheelabrator. We need to know how many babies will suffer with birth defects with the revised information. It is all proof it is all down to money and Palm Paper is the culprit. They had been promised subsidised energy before committing themselves to making Kings Lynn their home. NCC had made the commitment by purchasing the land adjacent to build the incinerator.

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    Choice

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • Why has Wheelabrator just been fined $7.5 million in America if waste incinerators are safe what a farce.

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    Jack

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • I have a few concerns but if Cory bung me a tenner I'm sure that fresh information will address mine too. We only have to look at the EA's inability to do anything about incinerators breaking the law, nearly 1400 times in 2006-7, so the NHS are well-informed. It's all pathetic.

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    Honest John

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • John is right - NCC are obviously concerned about a possible call-in and are trying to play things down. Typical that they think they speak for Pickles; another arrogant load of old nonsense from the Murphy administration....

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • THe problem that Wheelabrator , Pickles , Spellman and Murphy have with this Health issue is that no independant research has been carried out in this country that has been subject to the normal process of peer review . Until such a peer review has been carried out any published so called scientific work is usely considered to be worthlss .Asserting that they think there may not be a significant health risk is far removed from being able to demonstrate to the parents of the 1000's of children who will be at school within a 5 mile radius that the thing is infact safe and poses absolutly no risk .

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    flower

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Spin continues to flow out of County Hall like lava from a volcano. If Eric Pickles has already made a decision not to call in the planning application, then that decision is premature. Accordingly, in administrative law terms, it is perverse and would not withstand legal challenge. Would County Hall like to furnish the EDP - and so all of us who read it - with concrete evidence that their claim is truthful?

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    John Martin

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • The Health Protection Agency's press release of 24 January 2012 about "incinerator" research can be seen at: http:www.hpa.org.ukNewsCentreNationalPressReleases2012PressReleases120124Incineratorstudystatement The above press release includes the fiollowing two paragraphs: "For a distance of up to 10 – 15 kilometres from MWIs operating in England and Wales, scientists will research whether there is a potential link between the emissions from MWIs and health outcomes, including: low birth weight, still births and infant deaths. Researchers will also investigate any possible link between MWI emissions and babies born with congenital anomalies, such as cleft palate and spina bifida, in areas where good quality data is available." The restriction of study area to a distance of up to 10-15 kilometres is a major error as the toxic emissions travel for a distance of ten miles per hundred foot of chimney height. The HPA need to look at the low birthweight statistics for London's 625 electoral wards in relation to incinerators and also the infant death rates. They also need to look at the maps on page 3 of the Stroud News & Journal of 4 January 2012: http:ukhr.euincinerationStroud_News%26Journal_maps.pdf

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    Michael Ryan

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • Has anyone in the fallout zone of the proposed incinerator considered asking for existing health & mortality data to be mapped out at electoral ward level for the whole of King's Lynn & West Norfolk?

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    Michael Ryan

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • Why has Wheelabrator just been fined $7.5 million for violations to land sea and air in America. Waste incinerators are safe. What lies lies lies. Vote the conservatives out at election time. Any decent conservative should have left the party if they oppose waste incineration.

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    Jack

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • How many times do we have to say UNLIKELY TO BE A SIGNIFCANT RISK TO OUR HEALTH IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!!! They do not know and what is more they do not WANT to know, that is why the HPA to date have not carried out any studies into the effect incinerators have on the health of those living around them. Perhaps now Norfolk people know that it is not only an incinerator in Lynn, but others are planned, they may take notice because they certainly will not want one built near them!

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • Has anyone in Norfolk used FoI to find out how much has been spent so far by Norfolk CC on it's incinerator hobby horse? The eight hundred thousand pounds on the Shrewsbury incinerator appeal is just the tip of a rotten iceberg here in Shropshire: http:www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk2012newstrainee-reporter-reveals-800k-cost-of-incinerator-appeal#comment-18066

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    Michael Ryan

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

  • NHS state unlikely to be significant. Either it is or it is not! Down to trust and with Cory Wheelabrators murky past on pollution and their parent company fined $450 million for fraud who do you trust.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • People are spending a fortune on solar panels making an effort to help protect the environment. It is a disgrace that people who are making changes will be disheartened when they have to breath in the crap from a waste incinerator night and day. Vote the tories out.

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    Jack

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  • The shell of the incinerator is the same size as Belvadere so has a capacity of 670,000. Once built Cory will add more streams and burn 500,000 tonnes from other counties, which NCC will get a percentage of. No one cares whether we recycle or not CW have a guaranteed source out of county and NCC will get profit from it. No one is asking for it to be reduced in size - why?

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    Honest John

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • Parish councils and those who object can break their contract with NCC, as they reneged on it, there is nothing to stop everyone to collect their recyclables locally and benefit the parish, rather than a litigous company that has a history of breaking environmental laws. Incinerators are not built anymore, its old outdated technology and we have been sold down the river, oh look, theres an empty brown envelopes swimming alongside. Burning household waste and having virtual self regualtion over emissions, able to co-dispose, meaning to burn hazardous waste mixed with household waste will be allowed. I once again urge Kings Lynn residents and surrounding parishes to get their own monitoring station downwind of the incinerator, one month of colecting all valuable wastes and selling them, to private recyclers would enable you to measure the emissions scientificaly and independently. Going by wheelabrators record the data will become handy. As we are the paymaster for this company, we should demand closure of the plant, should it get fined for pollution in future.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • Why do HGV's who use our road network to dispose of their waste from other counties, in our subsidised facillities wearing our roads down, can get away making profits, without paying a proforma duty, regardless whether its sewage waste for Anglian water or waste feeding the incinerator that is imported into Norfolk?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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