Norfolk County Council has finally approved plans to go ahead with the controversial incinerator at King's Lynn.
Following a full council meeting yesterday, the cabinet agreed to continue trying to get planning permission.
If they had refused, they would have faced a multi million pound compensation bill.
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Norfolk County Council has today approved plans to go ahead with the controversial incinerator at King's Lynn.
Following a full council meeting yesterday the cabinet agreed to continue trying to get planning permission.
If they had refused, they would have faced a £26 million compensation bill to the contractors. The final decision now lies with central government.
Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs believes that the Council had no choice but to press on with the plans.
Norfolk County Council cabinet has given their final approval to plans for an incinerator in King's Lynn. They voted overwhelmingly in favour of going ahead with the project following a full council meeting yesterday.
The council were in danger of incurring a very large fine of £26 million if they pulled out of the deal with contractors, Cory Environmental Ltd and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.
Following concerns that this would bankrupt the council reserves, it was decided there was no other option but to approve the plans.
The planning application now lies with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, who has said he will make his decision before the middle of January 2014
Controversial plans to build an incinerator on the outskirts of King's Lynn have moved a step closer, after Norfolk County Councillors narrowly voted in favour of the project.
The incinerator's been the subject of heated debate for years, with either side claiming huge financial implications, whether it's built or not. But as Jim Rice reports, today's 'yes' vote is far from the end of the story.
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Norfolk councillors have voted in favour of going ahead with a controversial waste incinerator at King's Lynn.
They voted by 40 to 38 to continue with a revised plan despite the withdrawal of a £169 million government grant.
There were cries of shame from the public gallery as the vote was announced. There has been strong local opposition to the plans.
A cross-party group of councillors has said Norfolk can afford to break its contract and scrap plans to build a waste incinerator at King's Lynn.
Councillors are due to meet today to discuss whether to go ahead with the controversial scheme after the withdrawal of a £169 million government grant.
Norfolk County Council insists the site at Saddlebow would still save taxpayers money and say it cannot afford to pay contractor Cory Wheelabrator around £26 million to break its agreement.
But a group of councillors says the authority has enough money in its reserves to cover the cost.
A Norfolk MP has described the waste incinerator project to burn the county's waste as "dead in the water" after the government withdrew part of the funding.
It's planned to build the incinerator near King's Lynn in Henry Bellingham's North West Norfolk constituency.
The UKIP group on Norfolk County Council says the project is "totally uneconomic" and that everyone should work together to find "a solution to the compensation payable if the contract is terminated."
– Cllr Toby Coke, UKIP leader, Norfolk County Council
“Today’s announcement of the withdrawal of the Waste Infrastructure Credits shows that the Government have come to the same conclusion as we have, that it is a pointless exercise to borrow money to subsidise a project that is totally uneconomic.
The contractor behind the King's Lynn waste incinerator, Cory Wheelabrator, says it is disappointed that the government has withdrawn a key £169 million grant to the project.
– Paul Green, Cory Wheelabrator
“We are disappointed that the Waste Infrastructure Credits have been withdrawn from the Norfolk project. The Consortium will submit a revised project plan to Norfolk County Council in line with its contract.” _
The South West Norfolk MP and Education Minister Liz Truss has told ITV News Anglia she hopes the controversial King's Lynn waste incinerator will now be scrapped.
The government has withdrawn a £169 million grant towards the scheme.
Ms Truss has welcomed the withdrawal of funds saying it was a "waste of public money."