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.
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