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Norfolk MP slams incinerator

A Norfolk MP has attacked the county council’s controversial plans for a facility in King’s Lynn claiming that incineration has a “built in disincentive to recycle”.

MP for North West Norfolk Henry Bellingham (left) said that the King’s Lynn scheme would be “a blight on the community”, during a private members’ debate in Parliament yesterday.

Henry Bellingham

He added that incineration discouraged recycling, which was undergoing a revolution: “The whole world is turning away from incineration. It produces more CO2 than oil and gas and coal and creates new waste streams.”

Bellingham also raised questions over the safety of incineration due to the toxicity of substances produced, and said that the King’s Lynn scheme should be ditched on precautionary grounds alone. “We don’t know for sure but there could be an impact of people’s health,” he said. “It is mad to locate it upwind of a populated area.”

Responding to Bellingham, planning minister Nick Boles said that the forthcoming planning inquiry, due to start on February 26, would give a full opportunity for concerns about the scheme to be considered.

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk council, which opposes the incinerator scheme, signed a 16-year contract with Chester-based firm Material Works to process around 35,000 tonnes of black bag waste per year via an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility last month.

Norfolk County Council insisted that the deal would not impact of the viability of the incinerator proposals.

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