INCINERATOR - ‘Work’ on burner site not worth digging into
14th August 2013 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
The two sides of the bitter battle over the Lynn incinerator project have not agreed on a great deal relating to the controversial scheme, at least until now.
For when a team of workmen were spotted on the Saddlebow site with a digger on Friday morning, one might have been forgiven for wondering whether if there had been a dramatic new twist to the long-running saga.
But, both developers and campaigners were united in playing down the significance of the workers’ presence, as the wait for a series of reports on the proposal goes on.
Paul Green, a spokesman for the Cory Wheelabrator consortium that hopes to build the plant, said: “Four days of routine ground investigation works are being carried out on the north site of the proposed Willows Power and Recycling Centre.
“This is a continuation of previous investigation work that was undertaken in winter 2012. “
Meanwhile, Mike Knights, vice-chairman of the King’s Lynn Without Incineration campaign group (KLWIN) that has led public opposition to the project, also did not see the arrival as a major development.
He said: “It doesn’t surprise me. They obviously think it’s going to go ahead. They have to work on that principle. I don’t think it’s particularly significant.”
It’s now almost two months since Norfolk County Council ordered a set of independent legal and financial reviews of the agreement between itself and Cory Wheelabrator amid officials’ claims that breaking the contract could leave taxpayers with a bill of up to £90 million.
And it is nearly three months since the public inquiry called to consider whether the scheme should finally be given planning permission ended.
But, with a planning decision not expected until early next year, and no timescale for the council-ordered reviews, it may be that the sight of the workers and the digger on site might be the most to happen there for a long time yet.
However, campaigners are continuing to raise funds for what could still be a long fight.