December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
There were dramatic scenes at a crunch meeting into the future of the Norfolk incinerator this morning as members of the public shouted: “You liar” to one councillor’s claim that a West Norfolk referendum on the burner was “dodgy”.
Norfolk county council is currently debating whether to scrap the proposed incinerator at Saddlebow near King’s Lynn after private finance initiative funding for the project was cancelled
Councillors arrived at county hall in Norwich at 8am this morning as they prepared to vote later on whether to refuse a revised project plan to enable it to continue or whether it should be scrapped.
About 75 people packed into the public gallery for the start of the meeting at 10am to hear UKIP group leader Richard Coke say the council would be “turning its back on democracy” by accepting the revised project plan.
He was later followed by Green Richard Bearman and Lib Dem Brian Watkins, both of whom received rapturous rounds of applause as they urged councillors to vote against the revised plan.
Mr Watkins said: “The people don’t want it; the government doesn’t support it and the county doesn’t need it. The time has come to say no.”
However Conservative group leader Bill Borrett said: “The best financial outcome for this council is to get on with this contract.”
The most dramatic moments of the meeting came when cabinet member Mick Castle said a West Norfolk vote into the project was “dodgy”. It was met with cries of outrage from the public gallery and Labour councillor Alexandra Kemp had to be told to calm down after standing up and shouting repeatedly at Mr Castle to take his remarks back.
Council leader George Nobbs said he thought those who made the decision about the incinerator at the time did so because they thought it was the right thing for the county.
More to follow as the meeting continues.