Village fury over incinerator

CAMPAIGNERS against a waste incinerator on the outskirts of Ipswich say they will carry on fighting against the development until the day it is built.

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CAMPAIGNERS against a waste incinerator on the outskirts of Ipswich say they will carry on fighting against the development until the day it is built.

Suffolk County Council confirmed last week that it will go-ahead with the plant to burn waste and turn it into electricity at Great Blakenham.

But this has infuriated those fighting the development, including Great Blakenham Parish Council, who say they have been left “disgusted” at not being officially told about the decision by the county council.

However the county council claims a letter was sent informing the parish councillors of the decision before a press release was sent out.

Shirley Fairburn, chairman of the parish council, said: “Officially we have not been told, we have only read about it in the newspapers, nobody has informed us. It makes us feel, like we always do, that the council are riding roughshod over the top of us.”

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Mrs Fairburn said the council will discuss its next steps at its meeting on Wednesday.

Labour councillor Sandy Martin said he will continue to speak out against the incinerator until the day it is built.

He said: “We will carry on saying what we believe to be the truth, which is that it is unhelpful to the environment and massively over-expensive and will undermine recycling in Suffolk.”

Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for waste, said there will be a further round of consultation and added:“We took especial care to ensure that the Great Blakenham Parish Council and five other neighbouring parish councils, along with Mid Suffolk Council, were informed directly about the decision to short list two contractors through to the next round in this process, both of whom have proposed an Energy from Waste plant at Great Blakenham. A letter was delivered to the clerk of each parish council before a press release was issued.”