New twist in incinerator row

YOU don't know what you're doing!That was the accusation being levied at Suffolk today as the saga over the Great Blakenham incinerators took more twists than an Agatha Christie novel.

YOU don't know what you're doing!

That was the accusation being levied at Suffolk today as the saga over the Great Blakenham incinerators took more twists than an Agatha Christie novel.

A senior councillor - involved in making the decision to earmark sites across the county - initially said he understood there could be three incinerators in the village, while council officials insisted there would be two at the most.

However, a few minutes later Guy McGregor, Cabinet portfolio holder for strategic planning, called back to say that if the domestic incinerator goes ahead at Great Blakenham there would be no second incinerator on that site - meaning a maximum of two in the village.

The confusion is likely to anger chief executive Andrea Hill as the council struggles to come up with a coherent waste policy.

Earlier this week, Suffolk County Council identified five sites as suitable locations to deal with residual waste from commercial premises and households in its Waste Local Plan (WLP).

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The list included the county's highways depot at Great Blakenham, where a �500million incineration project is already in the pipeline to burn the county's household waste.

With the Masons landfill site in Great Blakenham also earmarked, the village appeared to be in line for a possible THREE incinerators.

However, David Palk, development manager at Suffolk County Council, has confirmed that the highways depot would only house ONE incinerator.

But Mr McGregor said that TWO sites in the village including the highways depot, are being considered to dispose of commercial waste.

“This is a different issue than the household waste which will be disposed of in the incinerator.

“There have been two possible sites identified to deal with commercial waste - one of which is that which has been earmarked for the domestic incinerator.

“We are told that site could handle both domestic and commercial.”

When asked whether that could mean there would be two incinerators on the site, Mr McGregor said: “Yes, or whatever else might be decided.”

However, he later changed his tune and said there would be only one incinerator on that site, meaning a maximum of two for the village.

In a further twist, developers of SnOasis have hinted at trying to build a wood burner on their site near the village to generate electricity for the �300million ski complex.

Meanwhile, Mr Palk reassured villagers in Great Blakenham that their concerns would be taken into account during any consultations.

He said: “We are aware of the community's concerns about the combined impact of two facilities operating in tandem. We expect the planning application to consider the traffic impact of the proposals.”

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