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Health Minister and Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk Norman Lamb has welcomed the Government's decision to withdraw funding for a waste incinerator near King's Lynn.
Commenting after the announcement that the Community Waste Infrastructure Credits would be withdrawn from Norfolk’s planned incinerator project, Norman Lamb said:
“I strongly support today’s decision. Liberal Democrats in Norfolk have consistently opposed the Conservative plan to build a waste incinerator near King’s Lynn.
"The decision to build a waste incinerator was taken without securing community support and without exploring other better technologies.
“I have previously asked officials in Defra to help the council explore ways of funding alternative technologies if plans to build the incinerator are scrapped and I will continue to support NCC in any way I can in developing sustainable waste solutions for the future.”
A controversial incinerator to burn Norfolk's rubbish has had vital government funding withdrawn from the project.
The £530 million plant planned to be built near King's Lynn is already under review after the Conservatives lost control of Norfolk County Council in the May local elections.
Now the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has withdrawn a key grant called the Waste Infrastructure Credit which may scupper the entire project.
Contracts have already been signed and it's possible the council could lose millions of pounds if the incinerator is not built.
Malcolm Robertson reports on the day's events at Norfolk County Hall and the issue of councils across the region who are looking at other ways of disposing of rubbish
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham has been giving us his views on the debate on building a waste incinerator in King's Lynn and what he thinks should happen next,
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A crucial council meeting on the controversial plans to build a waste incinerator in Norfolk is underway.