Call over incinerator plan

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THE Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, urging him to make the decision on a controversial incinerator application in King’s Lynn.

If Mr Pickles agrees to ‘call in’ the application, which is currently to be determined by Norfolk County Council, it would be subject to a full public inquiry by an independent inspector. The process would be conducted in public, so anyone could attend.

The letter stresses the need for this independent assessment if the public is to feel confident a decision has been made objectively. It points out that the relationship between the county council and the applicant (Norfolk County Council is Cory Wheelabrator’s PFI partner), along with the fact that the council would be liable to pay the applicant up to £20.3 million if the application was unsuccessful, may be perceived by the public as compromising the county council’s objectivity.

People are asked to write to Mr Pickles supporting this request: Email eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk or write to: Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Department for Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU.