Another site in Norfolk is being considered as a possible location for a future incinerator.

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While proposals for an incinerator in King’s Lynn gather pace, a strategy which will come before councillors today reveals a site in Snetterton could become home to another, smaller, plant.

Norfolk Environmental Waste Services (NEWS), part of the Norfolk County Council-owned Norse Group of companies, wants a 3.5 hectare site in Harling Road to be allocated by the county council for a number of potential extra uses, which could pave the way for an incinerator.

The site currently houses the Snetterton Recycling Centre and the Lafarge Ready-Mix plant.

But NEWS wants the county council to allocate it as being suitable for composting, anaerobic digestion, processing of recyclable energy from waste and thermal treatment, with the site potentially dealing with 150,000 tonnes of residual waste each year, along with 40,000 tonnes of compost and 2,500 tonnes of household waste recycling.

Energy from waste and thermal treatment are terms which can refer to incineration.

At a meeting of the county council’s cabinet this morning, councillors will consider the future use of the site, along with dozens of other locations across the county, as part of the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Development Framework.

Officers are recommending that the council approves the publication of a document which lists dozens of potential waste management and mineral extraction sites, which have been submitted by developers and site owners.

The document has been more than four years in the making, with almost 170 submissions made and assessed for suitability by council officers after consultation.

The number has been whittled them down to just under 60, which officers are recommending should be allocated for uses such as quarries, recycling centres, composting and landfill.

The Snetterton site, plus the Saddlebow site in King’s Lynn where Cory Wheelabrator wants to build the Willows incinerator, are among those which officers are say should be allocated for uses including thermal treatment.

County Hall bosses were keen to stress that inclusion in the document does not mean the site will end up being used for that purpose, with the whole framework still needing to go out for further public consultation in April or May.

The documents would also be sent to the Secretary of State, with a public examination of them due to take place later this year.

All the allocated sites would need to secure planning permission before they would be able to operate.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said: “The proposed site allocations, including a general indication of uses or processes that could be acceptable, follow an objective assessment of each site.

“The sites have been through several rounds of consultation and there will be an opportunity for further challenge, and an examination in public, before the lists can be adopted by the county council.

“Even then, planning permission, and possibly an environmental permit, will be needed before any site can be developed.”

While nobody from NEWS was available for comment, in Cory Wheelabrator’s own planning application for the Saddlebow site which would deal with almost 270,000 tonnes of waste each year, they make direct reference to the Snetterton site and to another energy from waste plant at Costessey, near Norwich, although the developing waste management framework rules out thermal treatment at Longwater Business Park site.

In Cory Wheelabrator’s submission, they state that: “It is likely that all three of these areas will need to be developed in order to meet the recovery requirement set out within [Norfolk County Council’s] waste core strategy for 703,000 tonnes of recovery capacity by 2020.”

Norfolk County Council cabinet member for environment and waste, Bill Borrett, said: “The county council is only responsible for the domestic and residual waste the county council collects, which is not all of the waste Norfolk produces, so it’s not something we would become involved in unless we received a planning application.

“Any application would be judged on its merits and if it’s not the right solution for the site it wouldn’t get planning permission.”

Mike Knights, who has campaigned against the Saddlebow incinerator, said of the possibility of one in Snetterton: “There have been a lot of rumours floating around that the council have been planning to have more than one incinerator and that if they can force through the King’s Lynn one then there could be others to come.
“I sincerely hope people in Snetterton do not find themselves having the sort of thing inflicted upon them which we are fighting here.”

Breckland District Council has objected to the Snetterton site, on the grounds of its affect on other employment development plans and the impact on residents.

Andrew Boswell, spokesman on environment, transport and development for the Green Party at County Hall, said of the possibility of another incinerator: “Until we know more about what this might be I hope that this would be a genuinely green energy from waste proposal, rather than another waste incinerator.”

dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

47 comments

  • Please all not that a proposal for wind generated energy, answering the needs of the local requirements on the same site, was refused. Industry and business, bar a few notable exceptions, have sofar done nothing to take up recycled materials, there are no guranteed percentage goals or demands from government that stipulate Industry re-using the materials they so copiously use, once. recycling was planned to fail in order to not burden industry profits with it. Landfill should be partially paid by them, until they feel able to re-use materials they so readily introduced to consumers. We on the other hand own this waste and could recycle the valuables locally, for our own benefits, not that of NEWS or Cory, so do encoutrage waste seperation at source to your parish or Town councils. I have no trust in any measures planned by NCC and will object to another dirty medieval waste burner

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Snetterton would be a good site for the kind of processes proposed - it can have its own branch from the nearby railway line to enable as much as possible to go in and out by rail. Breckland Council's objections are prejudiced and irresponsible - there is no conceivable need for additional employment opportunities in that area so long as towns like Thetford and Attleborough are struggling to provide enough work for their populations and still have empty factories and sites. Breckland should accept responsibility for their own waste as well - they hand it over to NCC and hope they will dispose of it at King's Lynn or somewhere outside their territory. But if they're right, and such a facility is harmful to other employment and to residents, why are their leading members and reps on NCC so strongly in favour of the KL operation?

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    JCW

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Moreta, from what I have heard Daisy Roots has a bit of a personality crisis. It seems she is a man from the Martham Caister area. There are also rumours about his or hers links to certain conservative members! obviously this is where all the claptrap comes from.

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • alecto-if the UK ignored EU landfill restrictions and refused to pay the fines they propose to levy, then we would not need incinerators. But why cry energy crisis and then bury tonnes of potential energy every year.No one is saying burn plastics or sensible recyclables but for goodness sake every bit of green waste and food waste and packaging that takes a lot of energy to recycle into a usable product could be burnt. No point in growing elephant grass in the fens to burn as biomass and then putting leylanndii prunings into useless compost. Yes- incinerators everywhere, community based and properly controlled so the emissions are scrubbed as far as possible. If it is more energy efficient to burn paper and card and grow new trees do that. But every opponent of incinerators should be lobbying the government to control the out put of private companies by banning excess leaflets in letters and putting a wartime rein on paper used in newspapers and magazines-the sheer weight of unwanted leaflet drops from shops and businesses, free newspapers that I dont want all adds to the problem. That's without the problem of excess packaging We as council tax payers are paying twice for the profligate practices of businesses-once for the advertisingpackagingnewsprint we don't want and again to dispose of it. Same applies to waste in shops like clothes shops-pile em high, sell em dear, chuck out what is unsold-we pay, the environment gets damaged and energy resources used unnecessarily. Governments pay lip service to environmental and energy concerns but do nothing to solve the problem at root .

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Well John, I must be misremembering my geography- I thought "sea breeze fronts" were commonly up to 500 feet high, so I was under the impression that incinerator emissions would be affected . Wonder how often the plume from GY power station blows towards Gorleston? As for Canary Boy, I have been accused of some things in my time but let's say somewhere that pays for the follies of GYBC.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Well NCC shouldn,t have too much problem finding incinerator sites given that Breckland North Norfolk &South Norfolk have already declared their support in their submission to "little miss muppet " at the Environment department who think burning waste is the best way to meet targets for recycling .

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    flower

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • i don't want fallout on my chips at yarmouth thanks john norton. no one wants this incinerator so what next? is it really such a good idea?

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • QUOTE: "Breckland District Council has objected to the Snetterton site, on the grounds of its affect on other employment development plans and the impact on residents". Typical Tory hypocracy - Didn't they just write to Spelman saying that the King's Lynn Incinerator should go ahead? Well, welcome to the scrap heap......

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    Sandy.L

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • It all adds up now. The penny has dropped. The cement industry is promoting incineration and has lobbied Governments for many years to use subsidised ash! I recon Lafarge Readymix is calling the shots like Palm Paper Kings Lynn. Using our rates as shareholder profits! Toxic ash will be landfiled at quarries.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • The folks in favour of incinerators seem to think that these burners somehow reduce the mass of waste during the incineration process . If this were the case then the Kings Lynn incinerator would be carrying out a process unique on this planet and infact in the universe . For the record the mass of waste produced by an incinerator greatly exceeds its input . For starters burning 1 ton of household waste produces significantly more than 1 ton of CO2 ;to that you need to add toxic ash which needs to go to a special land fill site , on top of this is a large volume of contaminated water which needs treating . Then you need to add the gaseous and particulate polution that is pumped out of the chimney stack ---- why do you think these incinerators need 300ft high chimneys fo dispose of all this poluting mass . This is where the term airfill comes from .

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    flower

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Robotsthatcare. As I said a rumour of LINKS to, not a member of. The definition of rumour is "an unverified account or explanation of events circulating from person to person". I am afraid I can say no more!

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • Bill Borrett sort out your own waste we do not want it.

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    Jack

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • It would take 110 million litres of clean mains water per year to keep and incinerator running at Lynn yet those patronising twonks at DEFRA have just been telling us all to turn the tap off when cleaning our teeth because water is so precious..... that'll be the same idiots that are trying to foist these things on people up and down the country! Nice to know we could be on stand-pipes and yet at the same time be paying Cory Wheelabrator megabucks to burn instead of recycle.....! Well done Borrett and co!

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • The main south south westerly winds will pollute farms and homes downwind from Snetterton for 273days, at a time when nobody in Europe builds incinerators anymore. Norfolk councillors, against their own waste policy ,are not encouraging recycling and the current ConDem government are not prepared to introduce industrial targets for the uptake of recycled materials. The notion that Phil Hardy has joined the Conservatives in order to become greener has just taken another hit, there is nothing green about their policies, its all about privatising services and polluting us. Feel free to recycle your own waste locally, maybe even persuade others to do the same in your parish or Town, don't let the waste burners benefit from your valuable waste, it is a commodity and the money could stay local.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • I used to enjoy a good burn-up around Snetterton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • The Snetterton site may be news, but the need for a number of sites has been in County Council information for some time. It is far too early to talk up a scare story about incineration when there will be a requirement to look at various technologies before tendering is considered, and of course extensive County wide consultation with the electorate. The County should not put all its eggs in one basket

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    bedoomed

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • The need for more re-use of resources has been known for years and there will need to be more plants, of varying sizes and in locations central to the collection points for those resources. The questions to ask are how much landfill space do we have and how long will it last. Th reality is we cannot sit back doing nothing, and the most recent updated information about the possible health effects of incinerators has to be publicly known and debated, now.

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    bedoomed

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Any County Councillors that put their support for an incinerator at Kings Lynn at the planning stage, give the thumbs up to having one in their area. This is what NCC had in mind when they invited all Norfolk’s Parish Councils to comment at the planning application consultation. Do not forget Dereham will receive all the polluted air from Kings Lynn incinerator and have to put up with 1000s of Lorries on the A47 delivering household waste and returning toxic ash to landfill twenty four seven. Add three more incinerators near Norwich and Norfolk will be called little London “The Smoke” NICE.

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    wattonlad

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • The people of Snetterton have to do their own investigation about waste incineration. A good one to start on would be. Why was Wheelabrator fined for $7.5 million recenty ?????? Need I say any more. And that is just for starters.

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    Jack

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • I agree with Bedoomed. It seems to me that some of these facilities need to be located at coastal sites so that more stuff can go by water. The electricity generated could also be exported more easily by connexion to the wind farm infrastructure.

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    JCW

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • I don't know whether to laugh or cry. If an incinerator is built here then Wymondham and Attlebrough will be enveloped in the fallout area. Given that Wymondham Town Council enthusiastically supported the incinerator being built at Kings Lynn and given that their county councillor Joe Mooney is on record as ardently supporting incinerator technology (even if somewhat incorrectly informed) may we assume that the people of Wymondham will fall upon these plans with glad cries or will they at last see what the people of Kings Lynn are going through? Nothing like suddenly realising you are going to suffer the same fate to change your mind is there? As for landfill - give it a rest. The laws governing landfill are there and the same whether no incinerators are built or one in every village in Norfolk. Get your facts straight.

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    alecto

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • There is already planning going through for a BioMass electricity generating plant situated on the other side of the A11 - causing concern for locals - one being the estimated 60million gallons of water needed - how much extra will be needed for this new plant? - this area is one of the driest in the region - impact on farming etc. I do agree we can't keep burying our waste and reuse is a way forward but any incinerator plant has to be situated in an area than will not damage the aleady fragile local environment and resources. From a Snetterton Heath perspective, something has to be done to improve power supply to unleash the planned developments both by Motor Sport Visio and local councils as the planned jobs are urgently needed in this area.

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    David Wright

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Was I wasting my time this morning?

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    Nemesis

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Look no further JCW. If you want an incinerator site on the coast then be aware that, in the pipeline coming after Snetterton, are plans for an incinerator in Yarmouth. The fact that there are numerous incinerators on the other side of the sea in the Netherlands sitting idle matters not one iota to the County Council and the government who could be making use of these until they are outlawed. It is almost certain that all incinerators will be falling idle in a matter of a few years when the law changes, so why they are bothering to build any, rather than more advanced and greener technologies is completely beyond me.

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    alecto

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • @canary are you suggesting that DR is in fact either a county councillor,district councillor,MP or promonent member of the conservative party? Are you going to name names?

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    robotsthatcare

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • Thank you Joy of King's Lynn for pointing out Mr Mooney's opinions which he has been voicing in his local paper. Now that Wymondham is in imminent danger of having an incinerator close by perhaps Mr Mooney would like to revisit his opinions. In lieu of that perhaps the people of Wymondham would like to revisit their opinions of him next year in the County Council elections. The only County Councillor in the whole of South Norfolk who has stuck up for the people, knowing that just such a betrayal as this could happen has been the County Councillor for Costessey.

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    alecto

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • My girl, who lives in Kings Lynn, said that all those people across Norfolk who signed the form that is supporting the incinerator over there could end up paving the way for one in their area. Looks like she was right. She's had some letters in the Mercury lately talking to Mooney, he thinks the incinerators the best thing since sliced bread. She reckons he is Borretts deputy and sits in on the norfolk waste partnership committee so he would have known all about this all along.

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    Wymondham boy

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • I have commented on this site to the people outsideof Kings Lynn & West Norfolk who have voted for Incineration "beware what you wish for"? There were 59 sites being consided in The Alternative Assessment Sites ( ASA) further imformation is required on the criteria adopted to indentify the nine shortlisted sites.

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    LFB

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Daisy Roots you are stating what happen on or near ground level, these incinerators have stacks usually over 118 ft high where the wind direction is generally blowing out to sea. Please do try and keep up.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • So if the major wind direction, south south west for over 274 daysyear, how much pollution down wind would end up in neighbouring villages and on farmland? As alecto points out nobody does incineration anymore, its been superseeded by more than one alternative to it, but our authorities can't be bothered with rwecycling and the ConDem Government is too scared to tackle industries reluctance to play their part and establish goals. It is Comapnies that should share the land fill tax according to how much unrecycled rubbish they produce, until they have found and adopted alternative solutions. To burn it means heaping irony on to irony.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Beware of Borretts bearing false statements - you simply cannot trust anything that comes out of that man's mouth. Breckland Council will soon rue the day that their twin-hatters became members of the Derrick Murphy fan club as he'll stitch them up too given half the chance....

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Dave has decided, with his able deputy keep in your jar Pickles,that public health will now transfer to local government and people living in Norfolk will have £2million to spend.Now, no Government gives local government any thing except a disease.This debate,however, has now clarified why this has happened and what the money will be spent on-the health of the public which has been damaged by the Tory County Council's own foolish behaviour and beliefs in respect of its' environmental waste policies. It ought to be spent on continuing the drive to stop people smoking amongst many other things.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Simples....if you dont want it stop paying your council tax in April!! The system will grind to a halt and big brother will take notice!

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    dave123

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • Fair point CB. Maybe in future I should break the habit of a lifetime and actually bother to read a post before firing off a response

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    robotsthatcare

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • Not a large spread on the front page of the Edp,about the Snetterton Incinerator today?

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    LFB

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • If any incinerators have to be built and I am far from being convinced that they do, then the ideal location would be Gt Yarmouth providing the road infrastructure was improved. The main reason for this is that we have predominantly south westerly winds in the UK meaning any fallout would be out to sea and quickly dispersed by the wave action. Plus the job creation for what is a deprived area can only be a good thing.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • You are right Wymondham boy. If Joe Mooney County Councillor for your area is the deputy to the person in charge of incinerators then he had to have known about this latest plan. And still he is wholeheartedly supporting this technology. I feel very sorry for you and the rest of the people of your town. You voted for the wrong person and are going to suffer because of it. Who can you complain to? Your county councillor wont be listening, the leader of your district council wont be listening, he'll be too busy writing letters of support to Caroline Spelman and the district councillors do as they are told.

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    alecto

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Apart from pure rule by dictat,the only way to beat nimbyism is to share ownership of the project, show that it is needed and will be beneficial for communities including the nimbys'..Norfolk County Council Tories have consistently failed to do any of this and it remains to be seen whether they even intend to try with the county being the single party state it is.Pure dictat it will be.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • excellent idea. The folly of the ideal of efficient and economical full recycling reuse is as big a folly as windfarms. Yes it can be done, but reclaiming the energy, in the form of incinerator power, from some parts of domestic and commercial waste is probably much more energy efficient and much more sensible than sending stuff around the world to be processed in uncontrolled earth polluting facilites and at home, recycling materials into unwanted and useless by products. Snetterton is ideally placed on the A 11

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Wymondham and Attleborough residents will know that Joe Mooney will welcome an incinerator as he is totally committed to the technology. He has spoken of his certainty that incineration is right for Norfolk several times in the Mercury in recent weeks! Remember Mooney sits in on the Norfolk Waste Partnership meeting and was well aware that Snetterton has always been earmarked as a possible incinerator site. How many residents in this area have CW persuaded to send support for incinerators to NCC's planning portal via their template being handed out in supermarkets?

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Any County Councillors that put their support for an incinerator at Kings Lynn at the planning stage, give the thumbs up to having one in their area. This is what NCC had in mind when they invited all Norfolk’s Parish Councils to comment at the planning application consultation. Do not forget Dereham will receive all the polluted air from Kings Lynn incinerator and have to put up with 1000s of Lorries on the A47 delivering household waste and returning toxic ash to landfill twenty four seven. Add three more incinerators near Norwich and Norfolk will be called little London “The Smoke” NICE.

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    wattonlad

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Because Cory Wheelabrator canvassed the public in Tesco Aylsham, they have identified the need for incinerators all four of them. Thorpe st Andrew, Yarmouth and Aylesham including Kings Lynn.

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    Choice

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • I wonder if the councils now being saddled with this would have been so ready to support the King's Lynn project had they known all the facts? This information has been released after Mr Murphy and his apostles convinced Caroline Spelman there was support for the scheme but would that have been the case if all the facts had been known. Once again Murphy, Borrett, Steward etc prove that when it comes to skulduggery they put Captain Jack Sparrow to shame. And watch out Yarmouth, I doubt an incinerator will be built at Snetterton as that is dangerously close to where Mrs Steward lives and I'm sure she will protest!!! This whole episode just goes to show why you cannot trust the current crop of councillors who make up NCC cabinet. What a shameful lot.

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    smithrob

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • John Norton showing some ignorance of the realities of windpatterns in coastal regions The prevailing wind in the UK may be SW but a quick squizz at the trees on the East Coast will show that the winds blow in off the sea for much of the time ie easterlynorth eastery.Come April sea fogs will blow in from the coast as far as Acle or further- it is not called a sea breeze for nothing. i am not saying that an incinerator should not be built at GY, only that if one is, expect any emissions of the extent and effect claimed for Kings Lynn to likely affect part of the broadland district and east Norwich for more days of the year than run of the mill prevailing wind statistics would indicate, simply because of the proximity to the sea.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • I see Daisy Roots is spouting her usual clap trap. Always trying to belittle others to get a point across. Sad person.

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    Moreta

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • Daisy Roots, you do live around Caister don't you? Heavens forbid you are one of those awful NIMBY creatures!

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • I wonder if the councils now being saddled with this would have been so ready to support the King's Lynn project had they known all the facts? This information has been released after Mr Murphy and his apostles convinced Caroline Spelman there was support for the scheme but would that have been the case if all the facts had been known. Once again Murphy, Borrett, Steward etc prove that when it comes to skulduggery they put Captain Jack Sparrow to shame. And watch out Yarmouth, I doubt an incinerator will be built at Snetterton as that is dangerously close to where Mrs Steward lives and I'm sure she will protest!!! This whole episode just goes to show why you cannot trust the current crop of councillors who make up NCC cabinet. What a shameful lot.

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    smithrob

    Monday, March 5, 2012

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