Incinerator idea for Saddlebow
22nd April 2008 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
LYNN could be a step closer to a new multi-million pound waste incinerator, it was revealed this week.
Norfolk County Council has included a site at Saddlebow Industrial Estate in its application for millions of pounds of Government money to help pay for a household waste treatment centre in West Norfolk – and has not ruled out an incinerator as an option.
Government funding is expected to cover half the estimated cost of the facility, which would treat around half of the county's residual waste, which cannot be re-used, recycled or composted.
It will also play an important role in the council's drive to reduce landfill and boost its green credentials.
Mr Ian Monson, cabinet member for environment and waste, said: "Creating new infrastructure is essential if Norfolk is to reduce its reliance on the disposal of waste to landfill and avoid fines and escalating taxes.
"The county council is working to divert waste from landfill in a cost-effective manner that will also reduce our impact on the environment."
Mr Monson said the council was keeping its options open on the type of waste treatment methods to be used and would not be selecting a bidder until 2010.
As the Lynn News reported in February, the council's site, on The Willows industrial park, is one of a string of sites identified as potential locations for a "thermal treatment" centre, an umbrella term covering various waste treatment methods, including incineration.
This week's announcement does not guarantee the Saddlebow site will be selected as waste companies will have the option of putting forward other sites when they bid for the contract.
Project manager Mr Joel Hull said he was confident the Saddlebow site would withstand scrutiny should it reach the planning stage and did not rule out an incinerator as an option.
"The council has not ruled anything in or anything out. We will be looking at the best solution to justify itself," he explained.
The county council is currently running a public consultation on hundreds of proposed waste and mineral extraction sites across the county, including a score in West Norfolk.
To take part in the consultation, which ends on Friday, April 25, click on www.norfolk.gov.uk/nmwdf
The council is also asking the residents to have their say on the future of waste in Norfolk.
Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/futureofwaste or call 0844 800 8004 to get involved.