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Decision due on waste incinerator for Norfolk

An artists impression of the planned incinerator in King's Lynn Photo: ITV Anglia

Norfolk County Council will today decide whether to scrap the planned £600m waste incinerator for the west of the county.

It's become an increasingly controversial project, and the council's Cabinet will vote on a proposal from officers that the incinerator be dropped because it's no longer financially viable.

Those officers say the Government withdrawing a grant for £169m and the Secretary of State yet to make a decision on planning grounds, leave the council with no option but to withdraw.

It faces £30m in compensation payments.

"Eric Pickles' lack of decision is the real game changer. The value for money from this contract is decreasing at a staggering £140,000 a day."

– Council leader, George Nobbs

"This is a wretched project. We're in a hole, let's stop digging now, We cannot afford not to terminate the contract now."

– UKIP leader Toby Coke

Conservative leader Bill Borrett - who was council leader when the contract was awarded - believes the incinerator should still be built.

"It still demonstrably represents value for money. The £30m paid in compensation was to be allocated to services across Norfolk"

– Conservative leader Bill Borrett

An extraordinary meeting of councillors is taking place this morning, with the Cabinet voting this afternoon.

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