Candles burn to stop Incinerator
31st December 2013 - The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Town and Around
A twelve-hour candlelit vigil was held at the Quaker Meeting House in King’s Lynn on Saturday 31st December when visitors were encouraged to write last-minute letters urging Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to refuse planning permission for the proposed incinerator project in King’s Lynn.
Organised by Alexandra Kemp in whose Division the incinerator could be sited, the vigil attracted people from all over West Norfolk. She said: “We are here today on behalf of future generations because we know that in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk we have the highest number of children between the ages of five and ten in the county, and the projections show that we will have a sustained increase until 2016. We also have a high rate of asthma and emergency admissions to hospital of young children – sometimes double that of other local authority areas. It is up to us to protect the health of our children”
Sustained by coffee and cake residents and councillors committed their objections to the scheme to paper while messages of support were received by text, e mail and telephone. All these messages are being forwarded to Mr Pickles.
Charles Joyce, Borough Councillor for South and West Lynn Ward said: “ I remain totally opposed to the incinerator and am very pleased to see that my County Councillor (Ms Kemp) and many of the residents of South and West Lynn are supporting the vigil. It is a total disgrace that the Leader of the County Council has reneged on his pledge to honour the wishes of the people of West Norfolk.”
Cllr John Dobson said: “The situation we find ourselves in now is a travesty of local democracy. The people of West Norfolk are having a hugely expensive, unnecessary and old-fashioned mass-burn incinerator foisted upon them effectively by a Chief Officer Group in the County Council, the principal members of which have now left the Authority. This is in direct contravention of the properly expressed views of local residents and is an indictment of so-called ‘Localism’. I feel ashamed and degraded by my fellow Councillors who have allowed this nonsense to prevail.”
Supporting this event on behalf of the residents of the North Coast Division (Hunstanton to Burnham Market), Cllr Richard Bird said: “We are expecting Eric Pickles to announce his decision by the middle of January, so it is vital that he understands that this Incinerator is an ill-conceived and unnecessary project that would blight West Norfolk. The local industries in my Division are: leisure, tourism, retirement and care, and all of these could be adversely affected by an incinerator. Also I don’t believe that the environmental arguments have been heard, especially those regarding protected species inhabiting the Wash ”