Norfolk County Council voted by 48 votes to 30 to complete the contract to the proposed incinerator at Saddlebow at an extraordinary meeting in April.

Council officers had stated that, due to delays in securing planning permission, the controversial project no longer provided good value for money, and councillors agreed to ditch it. That included #20.3m to Cory Wheelabrator – the firm which would have built and run the burner; public inquiry costs of #1.6m and estimated interest related expenses of #11.8m.

The initial #11.8m of that invoice was paid in July, but council bosses are locked in months of discussions regarding the fine details of the contract and just how much that means the council must pay Cory Wheelabrator. In September, it was announced the compensation would be”considerably lower” than the #20.3m initially estimated.

But at a meeting this week, Tom McCabe, interim manager of environment, transportation and development at Norfolk County Council, told councillors the final figure had yet to be agreed.

He explained:”The discussion with Cory Wheelabrator is ongoing and we would expect to have it resolved by Christmas.

“It’s premature to say it’ll be done by then, though. It could be achieved before that or it could drag on for longer.” Norfolk County Council is still trying to think of a long-term remedy to how to deal with the county’s waste.

However, in the short-term, a deal was struck with their counterparts in Suffolk for crap to be burnt in a newly-built incinerator in Great Blakenham.

Over the next year, about 40,000 tonnes of Norfolk’s staying household waste will be hauled down the A140 to be burnt at the plant.

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