Defra has announced that it is withdrawing £169m worth of funding for a Cory Wheelabrator energy from waste (EfW) to be built in Kings Lynn.
Environment minister Lord de Mauley today wrote to inform the council that following a review of the WIC [waste infrastructure credits] allocated to the Norfolk County Council residual waste infrastructure project, ministers have decided to withdraw the award of funding to the project.
Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs said he was disappointed that Defra was withdrawing the waste infrastructure grant worth £169m over 25 years for The Willows waste treatment contract.
Defra – “Given that we expect to have sufficient infrastructure in England to enable us to meet the EU target of reducing waste sent to landfill and considering all other relevant factors, the decision has been taken not to fund the Norfolk project”
He said: “Today’s announcement clearly adds a new dimension to the debate about waste disposal in Norfolk.
“I have instructed officers to report back in time for the Full Council meeting, which I am glad is taking place, so that we have an informed debate around all the issues. I have always recognised that people on all sides of this debate have sincerely held views that need to be aired as part of this process.
“Nonetheless, the council is still bound by the contract entered into by the previous administration.
“Make no mistake, which ever way you choose to look at it, this is more bad news from this Government for Norfolk taxpayers.”
A Defra spokesperson said: “We are investing over £3.5bn in waste infrastructure projects to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, promote recycling and stimulate economic growth.
“The amount of waste sent to landfill is at its lowest level while recycling rates have been increasing year on year and are now the highest on record.
“Given that we expect to have sufficient infrastructure in England to enable us to meet the EU target of reducing waste sent to landfill and considering all other relevant factors, the decision has been taken not to fund the Norfolk project.”