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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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KING’S LYNN INCINERATOR: MP to raise issue of public purse paying for Cory’s legal bill

12th December 2012 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News

A Norfolk MP says he will be raising a motion in Parliament on the use of tax payers’ money to fund the legal costs of the incinerator developers.

Henry Bellingham has also promised to speak to Local Government minister Eric Pickles about Norfolk County Council picking up part of Cory Wheelabrator’s bill for the forthcoming public inquiry.

Last week, the Lynn News revealed that Cory has agreed to meet its costs up to a “five-figure sum” with the council paying 90 per cent of the rest above that.

A spokesman for the developer told the Lynn News that this was “a standard position for a UK procurement project.”

This comment was made a week before Chancellor George Osborne announced that the “age of austerity” was going to continue.

Mr Bellingham said this is part of a wider policy issue and should be raised.

He said: “I will be raising this with the minister as a mater of urgency.

“It makes a mockery of the public inquiry.

“It beggars belief that the council tax payer will have to pick up the legal costs for a wealthy consortium.

“I will be raising it in the House.

“I am going to write to ask for an adjournment debate on this.”

People fighting against the Saddlebow burner are angry that the public purse is being used in this way.

Leading anti-incinerator campaigner Mike Knights has welcomed Mr Bellingham’s involvement.

Mr Knights said: “How can it be justified when people are accepting a cut in their standard of living?

“This company, which is part of a corporate giant is big enough to look after their costs.

“It is unforgiveable that public officials at the county council are frittering away vast sums of public money on things like this.”

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