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Has your Norfolk county councillor revealed how they’ll vote in Monday’s King’s Lynn incinerator debate?

PUBLISHED: 09:26 04 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:12 04 April 2014

Monday sees a crucial vote, which could see the incinerator cancelled.

Monday sees a crucial vote, which could see the incinerator cancelled.

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Dear Councillor, it won’t surprise you to hear we’re taking a very keen interest in Monday’s council meeting. We’re carrying out a survey beforehand, asking how you intend to vote. Will you be backing the burner, is it time to bin it – or would you rather not commit yourself..? Thanks for your response.

Here’s what they had to say:

Brian John Hannah (LibDem, Sheringham)

“I personally think its rather rude of you to ask, you will see on Monday which way I will vote, but I will say that my mind had been made up weeks ago and I don’t intend to change it. Please remember that as a Liberal Democrat I am not whipped as some political members will be, I will make my own judgement when voting.”

Tim East (LibDem, Costessey)

“My vote is to bin the burner.”

Bill Borrett (Cons, leader of Conservative group, Elmham and Mattishall Division)

“Thank you for your email. You will be able to see how I vote on monday at the meeting.”

Jonathon Childs (UKIP, East Fleggs)

“As you are aware we in UKIP are not whipped our gracious leader Toby Coke does not tell us which way to vote. I like most of the UKIP councillors have worked tirelessly to stop the incinerator, much research and reading has gone into this, but I don’t ever go into a debate with a 100pc view on which way to vote unless it’s one of my motions

“The art of democracy is to listen to the debate and formulate your opinion on the day , not go in pre judgemental , the officers have indicated that we should reject the incinerator I have not seen all the new data

“But at this stage I would say I am strongly in the anti-incinerator camp , and unless some hidden information or figures rear there head on Monday I shall vote against the incinerator.

“Great credit must be give to our leader Toby for his un flinching work on his any I campaign and I do trust the papers report such valiant efforts.

“We have been mocked as fruit cakes etc but look what great work we UKIP councillors have done.”

Paul Gilmour (UKIP, Dereham South)

“We at UKIP have consistently argued that the incinerator contract was poor value for money and unpopular with the majority of people in Norfolk who would have to pay for it. We are delighted that finally common sense has prevailed and I can assure you that I and all my UKIP colleagues will be voting to scrap the incinerator contract, as we promised in our election manifesto last year.

“We will continue to investigate cleaner, more efficient and economical means of dealing with Norfolk’s waste.”

Deborah Gihawi (Lab, Mile Cross)

“If you look at the voting history, you will see that I have always opposed the burner.”

Mick Castle (Lab, cabinet member for schools, Yarmouth North and Central)

“On the basis of the officers’ reports and the continuing reluctance of Eric Pickles to release the outcome of the planning inquiry we have no choice but to vote as per the recommendation. Costly though.”

Rex Parkinson-Hare (UKIP, Yarmouth Nelson and Southtown)

“I have always been against the building of the Kings Lynn incinerator and I shall vote, on Monday, to terminate the contract.”

Margaret Somerville (Cons, shadow cabinet member for waste, Clavering)

“You will just have to wait and see.”

Alison Thomas (Cons, cabinet member at time contract was agreed, Lonmg Stratton)

“Due to my commitments (and reading required ) on adoption panel and fire and rescue scrutiny today and tomorrow I have not had a chance to read the council papers in depth. Therefore as I wish to ensure my decision is an informed one I have not made up my mind yet.”

Shelagh Gurney (Cons, Hellesdon)

“You will have to wait until Monday.”

Brian Long (Cons, Fincham)

“No guesses from me, bin the burner.”

Alexandra Kemp (Ind, leader of Independent Group, Clenchwarton and South Lynn)

“Think of King’s Lynn. Say no.”

Mike Sands (Lab, Bowthorpe)

“I’d rather keep my powder dry so to speak. Check back on how councillors voted when we had a vote on this some months back, 40 for 38 against. This was a recorded vote and you can see how each of the councillors voted.”

Pat Hacon (Lab, Caister-on-Sea)

“When I have heard all the evidence and listened to the debate I will then decide how I vote.”

Michael Baker (UKIP, Holt)

“It would be wrong of me to go to any important meeting with a predetermined mind when there may still be further information to be presented.”

Colin Aldred (UKIP, Lothingland)

“I can not give you my decision on how I will vote on Monday as I have not heard the full facts so will go into it with an open mind.”

Stan Hebborn (UKIP, deputy leader of UKIP group, Watton)

“It would be undemocratic and therefore wrong of me to tell you how I will vote on a matter that has yet to be presented in fact at a full council meeting, although I am pretty sure in my mind which way I shall vote. I shall be happy to speak with you after the vote on Monday.”

Roger Smith (Cons, Henstead)

“What is the point of being a councillor if you don’t have an open mind and the ability to listen to others.”

Jason Law (Cons, Freebridge Lynn)

“As some have said we should not go in predetermined. But I only ever went into this election stating quite clearly I will always say no to this project in particular. So I am a clear “no” on Monday. That is if the question is do we wish to continue of course. Do we wish to abolish this project? If this is the question it will be a resounding yes from me.”

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