Incinerator: Poll challenge ‘holds no fear’
31st January 2011 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
A SENIOR councillor has said he welcomes the challenge laid down by an anti-incinerator campaigner who has pledged to fight for his seat.
West Norfolk council deputy leader Brian Long questioned the credibility of Paul Moore after he announced he was going to stand against him in Terrington at May’s elections.
But Mr Moore asked if the Spellowfields ward member was “running scared” and said he is prepared to challenge him in any ward.
Mr Long told the Lynn News: “It’s always good to know who’s proposing to stand against you at election but Mr Moore really needs to get his facts correct. I have never stood in Terrington.”
“If the gentleman doesn’t even know where ward boundaries are and who he will be representing, that brings his credibility into question.”
The Spellowfields ward includes the parish of Terrington St Clement.
But Mr Moore, who issued his challenge at a public meeting in Watlington last Thursday, asked: “Is he running scared?
“If he wants a one on one I don’t mind. If he wants to stand in any ward I will take him on.”
Mr Long, who is also a county councillor and served on their incinerator working group, had been thought to support the proposed development at Saddlebow.
But he insisted he was going to wait for the results of next month’s borough referendum before taking a “definitive position” on the issue.
Mr Long also conceded that the likely formation of an anti-incinerator group could hurt the ruling Conservative group at the May poll.
“We have form in Norfolk for electing people who are anti candidates.”
But he questioned whether single-issue candidates could effectively represent their constituents.
Citing the example of an anti-wind farm campaigner elected in Marshland St James, he said: “He wasn’t in a position where he could effectively represent the people who elected him.”
However, Mr Moore said the incinerator issue should not be about party politics and accused both the borough and county councils of not listening to voters.
And he warned: “If they don’t start listening, they’ll be out.”