Incinerator latest: King’s Lynn campaign to go national?

West Norfolk's anti-incinerator campaign could go national as the borough council looks to liaise with a Cheshire authority facing a similar battle.

Councils and residents in the north-west are currently battling a number of proposals for a total of four incinerators in their area. Two have already been approved, but proposals for a further two are still to be decided.

The area's MP, Fiona Bruce, was told by Prime Minister David Cameron this week that the views of residents should be taken into account when deciding the planning applications.

His remarks on Wednesday gave a boost to both the Cheshire campaigners and those in West Norfolk currently fighting plans to site an incinerator on the edge of King's Lynn.

West Norfolk counci's chief executive, Ray Harding, said the authority would look to make contact with Cheshire East council which is involved in the application for a plant at Middlewich by American company Covanta.

The nearby town of Northwich is also fighting an application for an incinerator by Brunner Mond and residents have joined forces to create CHAIN - Cheshire Anti Incinerator Network - which has 10,000 supporters.

Mr Harding said there could be benefits from 'sharing experiences' with local authorities involved in similar battles.

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West Norfolk council is currently locked head-to-head with the county council which is driving the application, despite a referendum which showed 65,000 people were against the proposal. Anglo-American company Cory Wheelabrator is hoping to build the energy from waste plant at the Willows Buisiness Park,Saddlebow.

The row became more heated this week when a senior officer from county hall said the county council would ignore the results of the referendum - despite the fact more than 90pc of people who voted in the borough council poll were against the plans.

Mike Jackson, director of transport and development, infuriated campaigners and the leader of West Norfolk Council, Nick Daubney, when he made the comments.

'No lesser person than the Prime Minister has said that views from the public should be taken into account.

'It's a bit like holding an election and then completely igonoring the vote,' said Mr Daubney.

West Norfolk council is holding two special meetings on April 14; the cabinet at 10am and full council at 6.30pm, both in the Town Hall and open to the public.

Members will decide whether to issue a formal complaint to the county council about its 'perverse and unhelpful actions.'

A planning inquiry into the Northwich application is currently under way and a decision is expected by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in the summer.

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