A meeting of Norfolk councillors yesterday (17 June) failed to make any definitive decisions on whether or not to take actions on pulling out of a contract that will see an energy from waste (EfW) plant built near King’s Lynn.
There was a general consensus amongst the council that they were not currently in a position to make a justified pronouncement.
It was decided that any further discussions would yield a more conclusive result once an independent review into the contact has taken place.
The council added that, despite this, they would begin the process of looking at alternative ways of treating waste in case the construction of the EfW facility does not come to fruition.
Planning permission for the plant was granted over a year ago, but secretary of state Eric Pickles intervened and insisted upon calling for a public inquiry into the affair. The inquiry has now ended, but the ultimate decision lies with Pickles, who is expected to announce the outcome later this year.
It is thought that if the contract for the EfW plant is withdrawn, it would lead to the absolute loss of the £169m obtained through a government Waste Infrastructure Grant.