Incinerator site identified

A WASTE incinerator is likely to be built at Great Blakenham it can be revealed today.Suffolk county council has pinpointed the site after whittling the choice down from 70 other locations.

A WASTE incinerator is likely to be built at Great Blakenham it can be revealed today.

Suffolk county council has pinpointed the site after whittling the choice down from 70 other locations.

Campaigners in Great Blakenham are already fighting the planned Snoasis development which includes a giant ski slope, ice rink, casino, nightclub, hotel, restaurants, railway station and hundreds of new homes.

As revealed previously in the Evening Star, the Suffolk incinerator was proposed as the only viable way to dispose of rubbish because the county is running out of landfill waste.

Two alternative ways to deal with refuse had been considered - energy from waste with an incinerator on a single site, and mechanical biological treatment with refuse derived fuel on multiple sites in Suffolk.

The incinerator option, which includes producing electricity to power homes in Suffolk, would cost council taxpayers £541m over a 28 year period from 2011, while the treatment alternative had been costed at £893m, which is 69 per cent more expensive

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Last week the council was accused of not placing a high enough value on the health of Suffolk residents.

An outline business case for the future of waste management in the county appeared to show more importance placed on disposal of residue from the treatment processes than on the impact on health of Suffolk residents.

But at the time council spokesman said that if the health of the people of Suffolk was any kind of issue the project would not go ahead.

See this site later and today's Evening Star for updates.