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Great Blakenham: Incinerator plant takes shape

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 February 2013

Chimneys go up at Energy from Waste Facility at Great Blakenham

Chimneys go up at Energy from Waste Facility at Great Blakenham

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ON the day that an acrimonious public inquiry opened into Norfolk’s proposed waste incinerator at King’s Lynn, the first stage of a chimney was being installed at Suffolk’s plant.

The energy-from-waste plant is being built at Great Blakenham by waste management company SITA, which is Suffolk County Council’s partner in the project.

The 81-metre chimney will be a landmark for some distance. It will be two-thirds the height of the former Blue Circle cement chimney.

The chimney is going up in six sections. The first four were put up on Tuesday and the last two should be up by the end of the week.

If the weather is fine, they could be up as early as today.

The plant will burn non-recycleable items to generate electricity and is also expected to provide heat for a huge greenhouse that may be built nearby to grow tomatoes. The first test waste is due to be burned in summer next year – and the plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.

Witham MP Priti Patel faced questions over the prospect of a possible Cabinet return this morning in her first televised interview since quitting over her secret meetings with senior Israeli figures last year.

This is the last week that market traders will operate from Ipswich’s Cornhill for at least a year as work to rebuild the town centre is due to start.

Drivers are being warned they could face delays as roadworks begin at one of Ipswich’s busiest junctions this morning.

The government has still not agreed a deal to end its £50m commitment for the regional fire control “white elephant” in Cambridgeshire – nearly two years after negotiations started.

A police helicopter was involved in a search which continues this morning for a motorist involved in a single-vehicle crash in Suffolk last night.

James Blunt and Plan B have joined this year’s Newmarket Nights line-up.

Police are at the scene of a crash on the A1071 near Hintlesham this evening. Updates here.

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