Give ‘em a kick in the ballots
25th January 2011 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
AN anti-incinerator protester announced he would stand against Brian Long in this year’s elections, at a packed public meeting.
The debate, organised by Watlington Parish Council on Thursday evening, was the first time Norfolk County Council’s preferred bidder, Cory Environmental and Wheelabrator Technologies, defended their case to residents.
At the end of the meeting, in Watlington Village Hall, St Germans businessman Paul Moore told the angry audience he wanted to represent the Terrington ward at West Norfolk Council’s elections in May.
This was followed by a statement that more anti-incinerator protesters would stand for positions at the borough council, which was met with applause.
Currently, Brian Long is the portfolio holder for the environment and supports the controversial incinerator plans.
“I find that hypocritical,” said Mr Moore, 39.
Environment consultant Richard Burton spoke against the proposal, which would be built at the Willows Business Park site in Saddlebow.
He told the residents: “You need to ask the county council to retract their statements if you are going to make a decision in the referendum.
“The incinerator will have the second biggest carbon footprint in Lynn.”
Mr Burton believed the county council’s comments about the project were “misleading” and there were better alternatives for dealing with waste.
The consultant also said dioxins, which are small particles, are one of the most “toxic and cancerous substances”.
Many fear these would be released into the air and prove a health risk, if the incinerator was built.
Questions were also raised about how, and where, the air would be monitored.
Paul Green, bid director for the Wheelabrator group, said: “It (the incinerator) will be the most efficient use of energy in the UK. It will result in more recycling and less landfill. The Lynn site offers some real opportunities. The incinerator offers sustainable value.”