The opportunity came in the form of a motion put forward by Labour Councillor Charles Joyce at Thursday's Full Council Meeting:
"This Council welcomes its predecessor's decision to oppose an incinerator. This Council wishes to reaffirm its opposition to an incinerator."
Surely, there is nothing contentious in this motion to require a period of reflection and discussion at cabinet level? In itself, it does not even mention the location of the incinerator - the subject of some contention at the pre-election council meeting where another Labour Councillor, Margaret Wilkinson suggested an amendment to the Council's opposition to "the construction of a Municipal Mass Burn Incinerator at Saddlebow, King’s Lynn." by expanding this to the whole of West Norfolk.
It struck me before the election that the previous Tory administration, which enjoyed a far larger majority than it does now, seemingly hopped on the anti-incinerator sentiment as soon as the results of the referendum were published but I never thought for one moment that they would begin to let their true colours shine through so soon after the elections (elections in which they fared better than should have been expected, particularly with some of the 'Twin-hatters' who failed to show at County Council meetings discussing the incinerator managing to keep their seats) and at a time when the planning application is out for public consultation.
Only time will tell whether the Tory Cabinet will eventually agree with the motion being put forward by the Labour Group; its just a shame that if their pre-election stance on the incinerator is not carried forward, the electorate will have to wait a further 4 years to let them know what they think. If the Tories believe the people can forget their election promises after just 2 months, they will surely be confident that it will be no problem after 4 years.
Note: I was not able to attend this Full Council Meeting because of a long-standing pre-election commitment.