Independent inquiry ordered into King’s Lynn incinerator contract

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

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

An independent review has been ordered into the contract for an incinerator in Norfolk.

And Norfolk County Council's cabinet has invited campaigners against the plant at King's Lynn to play a role in picking the QC and financial advisors who will conduct the investigation into the contract.

Council leader George Nobbs said the incinerator issue had 'bedevilled' the authority.

West Norfolk Council, which is pursuing alternative technologies to the burner, campaign group King's Lynn Without Incineration and Alexandra Kemp, county councillor for Clenchwarton and Lynn South, will be invited to pick a QC and an independent advisor from lists to be drawn up by the Local Government Lawyers Association and the District Auditor.

The council would cover the costs of the review, which council lawyers estimate would be between £40,000 to £120,000.

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The council's cabinet scrutiny panel last week recommended the independent look at the contract.

That followed an estimate by officers that pulling the plug on the incinerator at Saddlebow, due to be run by Cory Wheelabrator, could cost millions of pounds.

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