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A campaigner has joined the fight against a huge new incinerator proposed in Wisbech.

Mike Knights was a key figure in the battle against plans for a burner on the edge of King's Lynn, which were finally halted eight years ago.

Now, he is calling for residents to put pressure on their MPs to resist the latest proposal for a site in Wisbech, just a few hundred yards from the borough’s boundary.

Campaigners opposing plans for a waste incinerator like this being built in Wisbech are lobbying the government. (53773761)
Campaigners opposing plans for a waste incinerator like this being built in Wisbech are lobbying the government. (53773761)

He argues that West Norfolk’s MPs, Liz Truss and James Wild, as well as their neighbour for the site, Steve Barclay, have the influence to stop the plan – if voters tell them that’s what they want.

He said: “Each is well connected within Government circles. Any one of them has enough political influence to kill off the incinerator if they were totally committed to doing so.

“If they worked together to stop it, the incinerator wouldn’t stand a chance of getting planning permission.

Mike Knights, seen here campaigning against the old Lynn incinerator scheme, is now calling on residents to join the fight against a new burner plan.
Mike Knights, seen here campaigning against the old Lynn incinerator scheme, is now calling on residents to join the fight against a new burner plan.

“How much effort the MPs put in to this is up to the communities they represent.

“Ambitious MPs have plenty of things competing for their time and are unlikely to give it their full attention unless their mail box is overflowing with calls to stop it.

“Incinerators are an inefficient and highly polluting method of power generation.

“If you care about the future of your children or grandchildren you have a moral obligation to do what you can to help stop this environmental disaster from ever being built.

“Now is the time to write to all three MPs calling upon them to stop the incinerator and support the principle of carbon taxing incinerators.”

We have approached the constituency offices of both Ms Truss and Mr Wild for comment on the proposal. Neither had responded at the time of going to press.

Mr Knights’ intervention follows a recent Freedom of Information request which revealed that Norfolk County Council’s environment portfolio holder, Andy Grant, had advocated the county having its own burner.

The papers also revealed that officers had privately planned to monitor the development of the Wisbech site while refusing to state publicly whether the council would send waste there in the future or not.

However, the authority insists its anti-incineration policy, established after the Lynn project was scrapped, remains in place.



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