Norfolk County Council has extended its deal with Suffolk County Council to send around 40,000 tonnes of residual waste to the energy from waste plant at Great Blakenham.
The deal was struck in July last year, after the contract for a proposed incinerator at King’s Lynn was terminated, costing the council £30.26m, comprising capped compensation to the project’s consortium – Cory Wheelabrator – of £20.3m, contractor public inquiry costs of £1.6m and exchange rate and interest rate related costs of £8.36m.
The plant was axed on the grounds of failure to secure satisfactory planning permission.
Toby Coke, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee – “But we still need a sustainable long term solution that is acceptable to our communities in Norfolk. That is one of our most pressing tasks…”
Toby Coke, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee said: “I am pleased that we have extended our agreement with Suffolk as it is vital that we have secure arrangements in place to deal with Norfolk’s residual waste.
“I am confident that this autumn we will have pinned down services for dealing with the remaining 170,000 tonnes each year for the next four years.
“But we still need a sustainable long term solution that is acceptable to our communities in Norfolk. That is one of our most pressing tasks because with the benefits of the economic growth forecast for our county and with more new homes being built here, it is inevitable that we will be dealing with more waste in our county in the future.
“We hope to have that settled by 2020. But whatever we agree is right for Norfolk, it will be in line with the 20 waste policies that the county council agreed in December last year.
“In a nutshell, that means no incinerator will be built in our county to deal with our residents’ waste and we will be looking for waste services that squeeze more valuable resources out of our rubbish.
“And wherever possible we will be looking to use smaller local area waste treatment facilities so that we deal with waste as close to the places where it was generated as possible.”