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Warnings of ‘dangerous particles’ over proposals for Wisbech incinerator

Warnings of ‘dangerous particles’ over proposals for Wisbech incinerator

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jessica Frank-Keyes
12:30pm 30th January 2020.

Plans to build an incinerator in Wisbech have raised fears of “medically dangerous particles” affecting Norfolk.

Developers of the proposed waste facility have contacted local authorities set to be affected by the scheme.

At a West Norfolk Council meeting held last week, members were told the developers had been asked to present the plans before the development consent order process began.


But Green Party councillor Michael de Whalley said:

“The county council say there is no incinerator on Norfolk soil but it will be only 800ft away further away.”

He warned that “medically dangerous particles” would drift into the county, carried by “prevailing south-west winds… straight over the border into Norfolk, King’s Lynn and beyond.”

He is part of the group campaigning to stop the incinerator being built on land off Algores Way.

The plans come from MVV Environment Lts, a UK-based firm. They're looking to build a 50 megawatt plant on the site with a £300 million investment in the project. 

It would generate electricity and steam/heat from waste for use by big firms like Nestlé Purina and Lamb Weston.


While Brian Long, leader of the council, said:

“I’m sure we will all remember the battle that we went through to stop there being an incinerator in King’s Lynn.”

And cabinet member for development Richard Blunt said plans were undergoing a process of consultation.

He added it was “difficult to oppose [the plans] when we haven’t seen the proposals”.

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