Councillors reject review into axed Norfolk incinerator

The proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt

The proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

A call to explore the revival of a report which was meant to examine the conduct of county councillors in relation to the axed Norfolk incinerator has been defeated - by a single vote.

A contract to build an incinerator at Saddlebow, near King's Lynn, was ripped up in 2014, costing Norfolk County Council £34m, and former council leader Stephen Revell was asked to undertake an independent review.

However, it was never published, and in June this year council leader Cliff Jordan revealed the plug had been pulled on the review.

A motion to today's full Norfolk County Council meeting had called for the inquiry to be completed 'as soon as possible', and brought to council next year.

But the motion was amended at today's meeting - for the council's managing director to ask the Local Government Association's chief executive, after talking to the organisation's political leaders, to consider commissioning an independent person to carry out an inquiry on the governance around the project.


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It also asked, if political leaders agreed to that inquiry, to advise the county council what the cost would be.

But the motion was defeated, by 37 votes to 36, with two abstentions.

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