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Norfolk County Council proceeds with controversial King’s Lynn EfW decision

Norfolk County Council has confirmed the decision to award Cory Wheelabrator the contract for a controversial 170,000-tonne energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in King’s Lynn, following a meeting of its cabinet scrutiny committee.

Committee members debated three separate requests from councillors to call-in the decision to award the waste PFI contract to the Cory Wheelabrator consortium.

At the meeting, cabinet scrutiny committee members  had the opportunity to question witnesses and seek legal advice from the council’s head of law, but all of the  call-in proposals were ultimately voted down by members of the scrutiny committee.

A final motion by the committee chairman, to refer the decision back to a meeting of the full council in early May because it is “so important to Norfolk”, was voted 10 to seven against, meaning that the decision taken by the council in March to award the contract was accepted.

The decision to continue with the procurement attracted criticism both from local campaigners and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, which found that 92% of respondents to a borough survey opposed the plans for a ’mass burn incinerator’.

Cory Wheelabrator will now submit a planning application in May and an environmental permit application shortly afterwards.

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