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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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‘We must scrap the King’s Lynn incinerator’, say councillors

13th February 2014 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News

There is no alternative to axing the Lynn incinerator contract before costs spiral any further, a cross-party group of county councillors has claimed today, Thursday, February 13.

The group, spearheaded by UKIP leader Toby Coke, has announced that it plans to seek a second full council meeting to decide whether the controversial Saddlebow scheme should be scrapped.

Although the authority voted to press ahead with the project in the autumn, there have been growing calls for a review following last week’s revelation that the bill would rise again if no decision was made by May 1.

Mr Coke said: “We believe that there is no alternative but to seek a termination of the contract, prior to that date.”

According to Norfolk County Council officers, the cost of terminating the authority’s contract with Cory Wheelabrator will go up by £5 million, to around £31 million, if a decision on whether the plant should be built is not made by the beginning of May.

But opponents, including Labour’s Alexandra Kemp, Liberal Democrat Tim East, Conservative John Dobson, the Green Party’s Andrew Boswell and independent member Richard Bird, say the revised project plan for the plant, which was approved by the council last October, allows for the costs of termination to rise by £5 million for every year, or £400,000 every month, that the scheme remains in limbo.

Mr Coke said that, while it was “horrendous” to have to pay such a large amount in compensation to the contractor, it was “better to knock it on the head” now.

And, following last month’s statement on the claimed lower cost of alternative treatment programmes, he called on West Norfolk Council to share information on their arrangement with the Material Works consortium, ahead of a vote he believes the anti-incinerator lobby would have every chance of winning.

Supporters of that project say it would almost halve the cost of dealing with Norfolk’s waste if three or four of its plants were built around the county.

He said: “If they do have £100 million, they have to be taken very seriously. If we had three or four of their plants around Norfolk, we would have a huge saving very quickly.”

He plans to hold talks with the council’s leader, George Nobbs, and chairman, Hilary Cox, on the subject this week.

And he added: “It is absolutely essential that this decision is taken by the Full Council and not through an exclusive Cabinet resolution, nor under powers delegated to the authority.”

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