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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.”

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