West Norfolk council set to buy land earmarked for ill-fated King’s Lynn incinerator

West Norfolk council is looking to buy the site of the proposed incinerator, at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt. West Norfolk council is looking to buy the site of the proposed incinerator, at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
10:40 AM

Talks have been going on for a number of weeks behind the scenes over the Willows site at Saddlebow.

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County councillors voted to pull the plug on the controversial burner on April 7, after officials said it no longer represented value for money.

But Communities Secretary Eric Pickles could still, in theory, award planning permission for an incinerator to be built on the site, when he has considered the findings of a public inquiry held into the scheme last year.

West Norfolk council leader Nick Daubney said: “We would all feel better if it was in local ownership and local people had a say over what happened to that land.

“We’ve been talking to them for some weeks about this. We’ve had some quite good conversations with them.”

The site, near the Norfolk Arena and Palm Paper, is believed to be worth around £2m. Mr Daubney said West Norfolk was proposing to call in the district valuer to provide a valuation, which would then become the price.

Today a county council spokesman said: “We understand the borough council is interested in the land and we would be interested to receive an offer from them - or any potential purchaser - and would give it full and proper consideration.”

26 comments

  • You copied that word for word from another thread on here and no one cared then either.

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    Fenscape

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • A computer specialist can view the same screen as the moderation team and by using the same codes it is possible to remotely reject and remove users from the system. It also allows access to all the IP addresses on their systems and historical comments can be removed, altered and blocked. It is a specialist field used by some computer buffs who alter other peoples online comments or remove them. You can also block and unblock accounts or rename and re launch them remotely.

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    Jim Hacker

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Poor D.icky - should have listened to democrat all those months ago.

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    Fenscape

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • The truth did hurt, that's why you reported my previous comment about the imposter post below. Full time job putting your toys back in the pram, hey?

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    Honest John

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • I think the press along with many others are just fed up hearing the cries and groans from the petty minded campaigners which appear to be ceaseless. Only their view must be heard it seems and no one else must differ. A sad group that cannot accept losing. Stop bleating and wait a few weeks in silence just for once. We could all do with the rest.

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    Percy Cuted

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Great idea! The price is £30 million without negotiation. That'll recompense the £200 each that us county ratepayers are currently in for and make everybody happy. Bring it on!

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Interpol. I believe Spalding and Sutton Bridge power plants will be shelved. The government are pushing for self sufficiency in the power market by promoting fracking technology and use by-product of coal.

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Kings Lynn “A” power station is dormant and was to be replaced by Kings Lynn “B” power station. Last month nationalgrid had made a statement on BBC TV, because of cheap coal from the USA fracking sites, all power station activities will cease at Kings Lynn. This means the proposed new pylon power lines and transformer will be mothballed. Bad news for any company thinking of using this site for energy from waste.

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    Interpol

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Hang on, we already bought it, so why should the public pay twice? surely this is a matter of exchanging sites, one for the other, but without a business plan, whats the rush for it? whatever Pickles may or may not say.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Norfolk County Council have another huge site that's perfect for an incinerator at Coltishall. It's in the middle of nowhere, yet closer to Norwich (the source of most of the county's rubbish) and the local district council voted in favour of incineration, so they wouldn't object to it!

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Nemesis I totally agree, some people really do have some vivid imaginations. No company would go along with such a stupid idea without county council backing and subsidy. Let Kings Lynn buy it and use it to the boroughs advantage. Ingo can you produce the evidence to back up your claims? I can never remember Kings Lynn council agreeing to anything.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • The fact is that, if Pickles grants planning permission, that permission will be useless to Cory Wheelabrator - assuming that they can lay hands on the site - without a local authority prepared to sign up for twenty five years so giving them a slight chance of getting bank funding of £160m to build the thing. And unless NCC is in a kamikaze frame of mind, there is no local authority who would touch it. But, for those who worry, then a purchase by BCKLWN would give peace of mind. Let us all try to be realistic

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    Nemesis

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Good to see our old friend and local politics expert D!ckens is still alive and well, albeit with a new pseudonym. Pity they can't burn some of the rubbish he spouts in the Suffolk incinerator!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Ingo, my point was that if BCKLWN acquired the site it would be political suicide, after all of the public money it has spent in opposing the incinerator project, then to allow an incinerator to be built there. We may question its attitudes in the long past, but we have to look at the position in which it has now put itself. It has incurred the cost of one set of High Court proceedings, and of representation by a QC at a lengthy planning inquiry. How would its electors treat it at the next BC elections? As ever, I am trying to take the practical view. On the other had, would you trust NCC not to let the side down if planning permission is granted? I certainly would not. Nobbs & Co were all for an incinerator being built until comparatively recently, and the Tories still want it to save face in their usual tribal way.

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    John Martin

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Goes like this; Wait for Mr P to give consent just after the EU elections then 'offer' the land then Cory buys it and they build and then a new contract is drawn up. Nothing to do with NCC though. No blame there. All Westminsters fault. Nice one.

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    Not A Pheasant Plucker

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • It`s amazing, D, it seems that the penny still hasn`t dropped. Perhaps it has, and you are aware that you are spouting rubbish. Only you know.

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    democrat

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Di.ckens whatever will Suffolk C.C do if they now lose the 40,000 tonnes of Norfolk waste that they need to fuel their white elephant?

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    Canary Boy

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Mr A S, surely you are not implying that officers at NCC would ignore a market rate financial offer for the site simply because of personal dislike are you? I can't think that a responsible, credible autho.rity suffering dreadful financial debt due to the neglig.ence of those same officers would deny some income from their failed pet project. If you are right shame on them!

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    Canary Boy

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Given that Nick is about as welcome as piles at County Hall it seems unlikely any bid from that source would attract consideration in reality.

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    Mr A. Schicklgruber

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Material Works will have to look somewhere else and the reason the BC will now scrap their deal with them will be given as the lack of a suitable site. The BC only kidded them along to serve a purpose. When County Hall flog it to CW after planning consent comes through Material Works will be totally stuffed. Obvious innit ?

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    Rastus Obinga-Odinga

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • The District Valuer already ? Great idea. Cory will get to buy it even cheaper. My life what next ?

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    Solomon Cohen

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • I don't disagree with John Martin very often but on the issue of being able to trust BCKLWN we have some disagreance. KLBCWN, before their internal party political spat, were in favour of the process of incineration, only when the public raised their considerable distrust did they change their minds, those who advocated it went silent and sat proud. In my opinion it would be wiser to stop speculating as council representatives and wait for a business plan for that site to be presented to the local council. Loosing control over assets without a tendering process to other possible interested parties would mean that we replicate what happened at Coltishall.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • At this stage, the people living in the west of the county deserve a guarantee that no mass burn incinerator will ever be built on this site, whatever the Communities Secretary chooses to do in relation to the called-in planning application. A purchase by BCKLWN would provide that guarantee. The statement by the "county council spokesman", however, sounds somewhat dog-in-the-manger to me. NCC, in its parlous financial state, should take the money and be grateful.

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    John Martin

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Norfolk County Council should do the right thing and sell it to the BC, whether they will or not remains to be seen. I am sure there was mention in a NCC document a couple of years ago that placed an obligation on the BC to buy the land if it fell through.

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    Honest John

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Sky falling down around your ears then D.icky?? You know very well that this would be the final nail in the coffin - I'm not surprised you're so rattled!!

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    Fenscape

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • "West Norfolk council set to buy land earmarked for ill-fated King’s Lynn incinerator"...........Should read; 'West Norfolk Council would very much like to buy land where incinerator will be built after planning consent is given go ahead.' West Norfolk have 2 chances. Little chance and no chance.

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    Stanley T

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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