Incinerator phone calls spark heated response
22nd February 2011 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
CAMPAIGNERS have attacked a phone survey funded by the consortium behind Lynn’s incinerator plans, which they say is misleading.
Opponents of the proposed Saddlebow development fear it could undermine the borough council-organised poll, in which voting is continuing.
But the consortium say the survey will provide a “representative view” of opinions.
Sam Jones, of Wretton, was contacted for the survey on Friday night.
She told the Lynn News yesterday she had twice been asked which waste disposal option she preferred.
On the first occasion, the options given were incineration, landfill or other, while only incineration and landfill were given the second time.
She said: “I ended up being really furious because they weren’t giving any opportunity to say you didn’t want the incinerator.”
Ms Jones thought the caller had stated they were working on behalf of Norfolk County Council.
The council have denied any involvement in the survey.
But Cory Environmental and Wheelabrator Technologies, the companies behind the Lynn proposals, have confirmed they are behind the survey not the county council.
Spokesman John Boldon said: “As part of our desire to engage with the community on the Willows Power and Recycling Centre, we have employed a very reputable market research company, ComRes, to undertake a poll on our proposals.
“The results will provide a representative view of what people across Norfolk think of the plans to generate energy from the waste left after recycling and inform the preparation of our planning application.”
The company added staff had been briefed to say they were undertaking research on behalf of Comres.
But campaigner Mike Knights said he believed the phone poll could undermine the referendum.
Independent environmental consultant Richard Burton said the survey should not ask whether people support incineration on job or emission grounds as alternative solutions provided better options.
“This kind of incomplete information is misleading”, he said.
Public meetings will take place at St Clements village hall, Terrington St Clement, tonight and Brancaster Staithe village hall tomorrow.
Both meetings will start at 7pm and Cory-Wheelabrator have confirmed that a representative will attended to take part in the debate.