Campaign to stop a waste incinerator being built in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Norfolk County Council have voted to build a waste incinerator in Kings Lynn despite a referendum in which 93% (65,000) voters said NO to the proposal, Kings Lynn Borough Council; MP, Henry Bellingham and local residents are against this for economic, environmental and health reasons. The people of West Norfolk want our voices heard and listened to in what is supposed to be a democratic country. http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/incinerator_debate_latest_norfolk_county_council_awards_contract_1_821509
Vernon Moyse commented
The situation is worse than this; the County Council actually tried to blackmail the public by swiftly moving to hang a compensation clause on to the contract under which the ratepayers forfeit £20 million if the project does not proceed. Moreover, the Conservative Councils, County and Borough, are already committed to lawyers fees of £587,000 including part payment of the fees of Cory Wheelabrator! They should be indicted and surcharged for maladministration.
Janet Riley commented
Live coverage of the Javelin Park incinerator planning meeting
Alan Gibson commented
I was privileged to participate in the biggest decision faced by Norfolk County Council’s Planning (Regulatory) Committee for 20 years. At stake was a decision as to whether to grant planning permission for a new waste incinerator at King’s Lynn. The irony of this decision being taken by a local authority 50 miles away in Norwich was not lost on those present.
The decision was taken over the course of an all-day committee meeting. During the course of the day, the committee members grappled with the often contradictory views expressed by Council officers, objectors to the scheme, and the applicant. The characteristics of the Committee members emerged as they questioned the speakers on their evidence, with some very incisive questioners alongside others who engaged much less in the discussion. Meanwhile, about 80 members of the public were in an adjacent room, and every so often we heard cheers and boos as they made their views on the points under discussion very clear.
My role was to provide advice to officers and committee members on air quality and health issues, including the difficult issues posed by the risk of impacts on protected habitat sites. The committee members had 500 pages of documentation to read, but in a forum like this, only the big issues get debated and there is no opportunity to go into matters of detail. Often the same issues were raised repeatedly as those addressing the Committee each had their say. Can you monitor dioxins continuously? Is the site in a high risk flood zone? Do fine particles affect health? Will the facility emit sufficient quantities of particles to be a concern? Have in-combination effects been considered? Should the project be put on hold until the Health Protection Agency has completed its research into the health effects of waste incinerators?
At the end of the very long day, it was local democracy in action. From a barnstorming 5 minutes from the MP to some very emotional testimony from local residents, from detailed discussion of carbon footprint calculations to a comedy interlude when some members didn’t realise that they were repeating the voting on the vote before the vote they’d just voted on. It felt like a very English way to go about things – slightly shambolic at times; giving serious attention to serious questions; and mostly carried out in a polite and respectful way.
And at the end of the long day, the Committee decided to grant permission for the development … but the Communities Secretary may decide to call in the application. If that happens, there will be a public inquiry – and maybe it’ll be a bit closer to King’s Lynn.
INCINERATOR - Toxicologist says danger is small so what is the risk factor 5% 45%
A new inspector has been appointed as the previous inspector is unwell.
Seems to be one a second signing. Please email ten people the link.
It all started when a man from Wymondham had a dispute with Norfolk county hall over his boat maidaclava's. He went into county hall one Saturday to hand in some information but the whole building was left open including Nplaw office with sensitive documents left out.
This group is from start to finish of the top-down tour at county hall.
There is other footage of Wyndham police station.
All of the above.
EDP February 2. 2013
Former Norfolk County Council leader quits as Conservative group chairman to pursue action against county council after chief executive secretly taped him
POOR OLD DERRICK IS A BAD LOSER
EDP February 1, 2013
Former Norfolk County Council leader Derrick Murphy quits as
chairman and leader of the Conservative group
Pickles calls in Herts EfW decision
29 January 2013
A planning application for a controversial energy-from-waste incinerator at Hatfield in Hertfordshire has been called in by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
Planning permission for the facility was approved by Hertfordshire county council in October 2012 (see letsrecycle.com story). However following a large number of objections, the final decision will now be made by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
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This link is superb. And this comment should disqualify any authority considering incineration. My hon. Friend recognised, and indeed saluted, the Government's commitment to a zero-waste economy. In preparing for this debate, I came across a phrase that I thought was horrific: the waste hierarchy. When we dig behind the phrase, however, we discover a very intelligent and simple concept, which is that the first priority should be to reduce our use of any material; the second priority, if we cannot reduce our use of the material, should be to reuse it; the third priority, if we cannot reduce our use of it or reuse it, should be to recycle it; if we cannot do any of those things, we should think about energy recovery from burning it; and only as the last resort should we consider disposing of it. My hon. Friend is right to point out that energy recovery comes way down the list. To the extent that it is possible to push stuff higher up, into one of the other categories of reduction, reuse or recycling, that is better.
EDP 15 January 2013
Incinerator would make me think twice about raising a family in King’s Lynn, says Norfolk county councillor (John Dobson)
DERRICK MURPHY DON'T COME BACK
Pressure mounts on Norfolk County Council leader to go permanently
County council leader Derrick Murphy steps down - but vows to be back
Norfolk County Council leader Derrick Murphy announces he will step down temporarily to focus on clearing his name
EDP Norfolk County Council leader to face standards hearing after complaints over email
Dutchy Holland commented
I for one do not want my community charge lining the pockets of criminals. Over 20 years CW has had 65 fines for fraud and pollution. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/documentary_archive/6214892.stm http://ask.yahoo.com/20060404.html
The waste industry in the USA has been run by the mob for years now moving to Europe as USA legislation will not allow new incinerators to be built. No incinerator has been built since 1994!
Janet Riley commented
EDP Chief executive of Norfolk's largest council recommends that he is made redundant,
David White says he does not have the skills to do the job but will stay in the job till 6 April 2013 he gets paid an annual basic salary of £205,332,
and he will make all the cuts across Norfolk to save money, what a farce.
A European Commission official has said that the UK has an excellent opportunity to reduce waste levels without sending large amounts to incinerators.
Dr Alan Seatter, deputy director general at the Commission's DG Environment, said that policies such as introducing more landfill charges could enable the UK to “leapfrog” the incineration stage, cut waste and focus more on increasing recycling and reuse levels.
Another well run incinerator?