King’s Lynn incinerator inquiry delay compared to Chilcot Report

The proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow (Picture: Ian Burt) with George Nobbs, leader of the Norf

The proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow (Picture: Ian Burt) with George Nobbs, leader of the Norfolk County Council. (Picture: Denise Bradley) - Credit: Archant

An inquiry into an ill-fated incinerator project has been compared to the Chilcot Report because of its delayed publication.

Back in April 2014, Stephen Revell was tasked with looking into the cancelled £610m incinerator scheme at Saddlebow, King's Lynn.

But almost 20 months on the former Norfolk County Council leader's report is still nowhere to be seen.

Yesterday at County Hall, the current council leader, George Nobbs, was asked why.

Responding to the question, he said: 'I have made repeated contact with Mr Revell through council officers. We have had a number of answers from him saying 'it's a few more weeks, a few more weeks'.

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'I can assure you that I have absolutely no reason to want this delayed, and I will remind him that the entire council is wanting to know when this will be delivered.'

When a reference was made to Sir John Chilcot's yet-to-be released inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Mr Nobbs added: 'You say Chilcot, and you're quite right. Perhaps that is the nature of inquiries, that they take a long time.'

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The county council took the decision to scrap the hugely controversial plant in April last year.

Council officers at the time said a delayed decision by the then secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, over whether it could go ahead meant it no longer offered value for money.

It left the council with a £33.7m bill, including compensation for Cory Wheelabrator, which would have run the plant.

The inquiry aimed to find out how the council reached its decision to terminate the contact and the effect of outside political involvement.

Do you have concerns about a large planning application near you? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.

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