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  • 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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Burning issue of incinerator stirs up local opposition

11th October 2010 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News

ALL are agreed – the days of dumping rubbish in the ground must end.

But while the end of landfill sites may be supported by everybody, any suggestion that burning the waste in incinerators that could then be used to provide energy for local homes and industry, is totally rejected by those raging against the proposal to build a waste incinerator at Saddlebow in Lynn.

They are convinced that the plans are the greatest threat ever posed to the area.

Typical of those throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the fight, is Clenchwarton man Richard Burton.

He runs an environmental consultancy firm and has brought his expertise to bear on the subject.

He is robust in his assessment of Norfolk’s case for the waste incinerator.

“Much of the information NCC is distributing is either incorrect, or so out of context as to result in incorrect conclusions being drawn,” he declares.

“Norfolk says modern incinerators stop the formation of cancer-promoting chemicals called dioxins. This is incorrect.

“You only have to look at Environment Agency reports and the large number of breaches to see that dioxins are released by modern incinerators.”

Another of his fears is fine dust particles, which are associated with respiratory diseases.

“Norfolk has said these incinerators only account for one nine-hundredth of UK emissions.

“This is entirely out of context, because nationally there are so few incinerators of this type. Local emissions will be far higher.”

A European law requires reduction of these particles in urban areas, but the incinerator would be located upwind of Lynn.

Mr Burton said Norfolk’s claims regarding additional lorry movements are significantly under-estimated.

He claimed movements would be between 460 and 612 extra journeys a week, depending upon how much waste is delivered.

He said the council should stop suggesting incineration is the only viable alternative to landfill.

Many other counties have scrapped incineration plans, instead opting for sophisticated recycling and composting technologies.

He said these alternatives would help meet government targets, and are also preferable for reducing greenhouse gases.

Mr Burton, who holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Impact Assessment, is furious with the claims made by Norfolk County Council.

He said: “I attended an event in King’s Lynn at which NCC claimed a consultation in 2008 showed public support for incineration. I had read the consultation report, and it showed nothing of the sort.”

“It is critical the public are given the facts about this important issue. For this reason I have asked Norfolk to write to all households and publically retract incorrect, ambiguous and out of context information.

“Norfolk has stated on many occasions that it is committed to a fair and open debate. The way in which they respond to this request is a true test of that commitment.”

Joining Mr Burton in the naysayers’ camp is Stanley Marmont, of Pott Row.

He said he had personal reason to oppose the incinerator, having suffered from industrial disease of the lung and heart.

“I am living proof of the damage that can be done by burning fossil fuels,” the 72-year-old said.

“I was a caretaker who suffered from working in a boilerhouse and it did great damage to my lungs and heart. I had to stop working at 49.

“When I’ve been to public meetings on the issue I have got so angry at the arrogance shown.

“Do we really want King’s Lynn to be a dumping ground for this?”

He said he does not believe that filtration can deal with toxins smaller than pollen.

Mr Marmont is writing to The Queen to enlist her support against the plans – “she lives in Sandringham, after all” – and wants to see a referendum on the subject.

He is pessimistic, though, about whether the proposal – set to be funded by private money in collaboration with Norfolk County Council – will be beaten.

“If you look at the companies backing it, they are all multi-billion pound companies – they are used to fighting these cases and getting their way.”

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