Join the debate and follow our live coverage of the King’s Lynn incinerator inquiry

The proposed Incinerator site at Saddlebow, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The proposed Incinerator site at Saddlebow, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

After years of increasingly bitter debate, the long-awaited public inquiry into the proposed King's Lynn incinerator begins today.

A billboard near the site of the proposed incinerator in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

A billboard near the site of the proposed incinerator in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Hundreds are expected to attend the first day of the hearing, which begins at 10am at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

They'll hear lawyers representing each of the four main parties - Cory Wheelbrator, Norfolk County Council, West Norfolk Council and King's Lynn Without Incineration - outline the case they intend to make over the coming weeks.

Instead of moving on to hear the first expert witnesses called by the parties, the inquiry will then adjourn for a week until Tuesday, March 5 to give Elizabeth Hill, the new inspector who will be overseeing the hearing, time to prepare.

It is still not clear who would be heard when after the inquiry resumes on March 5, or how long it would last.


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When it does conclude - estimates vary between early to mid-April - the inspector will make a recommendation to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who will make the final decision.

Supporters say building the burner, at Saddlebow, on Lynn's southern outskirts, offers the most cost effective way to dispose of Norfolk's "black bin waste".

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But opponents argue there are risks to health and the environment, as well as better ways to recycle our rubbish than burning it.

While the first day will be held at the Corn Exchange, due to the expected attendance, the hearing will move around half a mile to the Professional Development Centre, next to the fire station, off Kilham's Way, when it resumes.

You can also stay in touch with the debate as it unfolds on Twitter, using the hashtag #klinc.

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