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Suffolk: County set to offer help to Norfolk after incinerator about-turn

PUBLISHED: 18:41 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:41 01 April 2014

The Incinerator at Great Blakenham

The Incinerator at Great Blakenham

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An arrangement for Suffolk’s new incinerator to take waste from Norfolk could be extended after the decision to drop plans for an incinerator near Kings Lynn is confirmed.

Norfolk County Council has been at the centre of controversy for years over its plans to build the incinerator – and now officers have recommended the proposal is dropped.

We revealed in February that Suffolk was having talks about taking 30,000 tonnes of waste a year from Norfolk for a limited period once the incinerator – or energy from waste plant – starts operating at Great Blakenham later this year.

Now it has emerged that this arrangement could be extended – although nothing firm has yet been decided.

Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee said: “I recognise the situation Norfolk are currently in and as part of our Suffolk and Norfolk collaboration, I am keen to ensure that we can do what we can to assist them.

“Our energy from waste facility was built overwhelmingly for Suffolk’s waste, however as with any good planning, we have built this with marginally more capacity than Suffolk’s needs.

“So it’s only our spare headroom that we can discuss with Norfolk and other potential customers who are expressing an interest.

“In light of the proposal to be considered by Norfolk’s cabinet to terminate the contract for the proposed energy from waste facility in King’s Lynn, I’m sure there will be subsequent talks between ourselves and Norfolk.”

10 comments

  • I presume somebody is going to stop the mad men at Suffolk CC. It is one thing to deal with Suffolk rubbish but it should be made clear that nobody elses rubbish is welcolme. Remember you get to vote in May. The only reason this monster got built is local media failed in telling us exactly what was being built when we could have objected. It is not Suffolks job to bail out Norfolk everytime, let them deal with their own rubbish.

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    The Ginge

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • These incinerator plants produces very little pollution. It is less than 1%. That's far less from traffic, far less than for land fill and far less from a power station., They actually reduce pollution

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    BobE

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • I agree with The Ginge. John, that sounds logical, but to me, send it by boat... and dump it at the waterfront. Create a new landfill site there.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • This is good news for Suffolk. It will help offset costs. However, there should be a condition it should only be brought in by rail. Other areas of the UK already use rail and river transport for refuse then Norfolk rubbish can be transported by rail. It would be straightforward to re-build the sidings at Claydon and have a discharge facility straight into the site.

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    John Alborough

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Charge Norfolk 10 million a year - so we get some benefit from burning their rubbish

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    zaax

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • These incinerator plants produces very little pollution. It is les than 1%. That's far less from traffic, far less than for land fill and far less from a power station., They actually reduce pollution

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    BobE

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • These incinerator plants produces very little pollution. It is les than 1%. That's far less from traffic, far less than for land fill and far less from a power station., They actually reduce pollution

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    BobE

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • These incinerator plants produces very little pollution. It is less than 1%. That's far less from traffic, far less than for land fill and far less from a power station., They actually reduce pollution

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    BobE

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Poor old A140 again.

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    Blackeye

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Why should we in gt blakenham have to take the rubbish that the not in my back yard brigade from Norfolk wants to get rid of ,has any one looked at the road lay out it's now at times piled back before the site is open,

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    pandy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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