RICHARD BIRD

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Incinerator News

  • 2014
    • Council is told to ‘buy King’s Lynn incinerator site so it can’t be built’ 29-04-2014

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    • King’s Lynn incinerator win fuels fight against similar Canadian plan 15-04-2014

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    • Norfolk incinerator inquiry sparks criticism from both sides 15-04-2014

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    • Incinerator defeated 14-04-2014

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    • Government department says it is still looking at King’s Lynn incinerator plan 08-04-2014

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    • Norfolk County Council ends King’s Lynn incinerator contract 07-04-2014

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    • Campaigners hail community power as the King’s Lynn incinerator is scrapped 07-04-2014

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    • End it now: MPs urge councillors to kill off King’s Lynn incinerator at extraordinary meeting 29-03-2014

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    • Date set for new council vote on King’s Lynn incinerator 21-03-2014

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    • Minister accused of ‘wholly unreasonable’ delay on King’s Lynn incinerator decision 10-03-2014

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    • Norfolk County councillor quits Labour group in protest at incinerator proposals 27-02-2014

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    • CROSS-PARTY GROUP TO CALL ANOTHER COUNTY COUNCIL EGM TO TERMINATE THE WILLOWS INCINERATOR CONTRACT 13-02-2014

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    • ‘We must scrap the King’s Lynn incinerator’, say councillors 13-02-2014

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    • Government delays planning decision on King’s Lynn incinerator 13-01-2014

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  • 2013
    • Candles burn to stop Incinerator 31-12-2013

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    • Government calls for new comments on King’s Lynn incinerator scheme 06-12-2013

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    • INCINERATOR - ‘Work’ on burner site not worth digging into 14-08-2013

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    • Council puts incinerator decision on back burner 18-06-2013

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    • INCINERATOR - Axe the burner now, Tory councillor demands 16-06-2013

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  • 2012
    • KING’S LYNN INCINERATOR: MP to raise issue of public purse paying for Cory’s legal bill 12-12-2012

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    • Calendar to help King’s Lynn incinerator battle 07-12-2012

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    • KING’S LYNN INCINERATOR: Opening scenes of pre-inquiry 29-11-2012

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Incinerator defeated

14th April 2014 - The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Town and Around

I am very pleased to say; on 7th April 2014 the incinerator was finally defeated.

Stopping it was the difficult part however; we still need to ensure Norfolk implements a sensible waste strategy. KLWIN and Farmers Campaign acted as a catalyst but the campaigns’ success depended on active community involvement and a core of outstanding politicians. When we asked you to write letters, thousands responded making the difference between success and failure. West Norfolk Borough Council has been exemplary by standing up to County Council pressure. Henry Bellingham led Norfolk’s MPs, effective lobbying on our behalf. Fortunately in 2013 many pro incinerator Councillors lost their seats. April’s victory at County Hall was due to the cross party ‘gang of six’. They are: UKIP leader Richard (Toby) Coke, John Dobson Conservative, Alex Kemp (now Independent), Andrew Boswell Green Party, Richard Bird Independent and Tim East LibDem. They set aside party politics to work together on our behalf. All UKIP and Green Party Councillors honoured their manifesto promises to stop the incinerator. The incinerator could be described as a ‘near miss’ in many ways; if it had continued regardless of the public mandate to stop it, voter participation in future elections might have collapsed. After all, why bother voting ever again, if politicians working together cannot stop the incinerator? Thankfully they did stop it, underlining just how important it is, to consider your vote carefully at every election.

If we don’t vote or don’t bother looking at the candidate behind the rosette it is easy to get ‘stuck with’ a second rate politician. Encouraging more people to pay attention to local government politics will help protect our future; we ignore it at our peril.

Lastly, Michael de Whalley deserves special recognition for his part in starting the campaign; and Richard from Burton Environmental Consulting, for providing his vital support entirely free of charge, Thank You.

Mike Knights
Fairgreen Farms, Hill Road, Middleton, PE32 1RN 

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