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LAST PUSH FOR RESPONSES TO WASTE SITES CONSULTATION

EventsPosted by Cathy Fri, December 14, 2012 09:18:46

HCC WASTE SITES CONSULTATION CLOSES SOON (DEC 21st)

– PLEASE RESPOND NOW

LAST PUSH TO GET SIGNATURES

SATURDAY DEC 15TH from 10 a.m.

in HATFIELD TOWN CENTRE

HELPERS NEEDED PLEASE

MORNING OR AFTERNOON

Hatfield Against Incineration and our supporters will be asking the public to sign response forms in Hatfield Town Centre

Saturday Dec 15th – start at 10 a.m by Boots/Asda

Please let us know if you can come to help for an hour or two on Saturday 15th, morning or afternoon.

You can contact us through the info line

info@hatfield-anti-incineration.co.uk

or contact Cathy Roe

RALLY SUNDAY DECEMBER 16TH COLNEY HEATH 2.30 p.m.

Meet at Crooked Billet, 88 High Street, Colney Heath.

This is another chance to ask the public to sign response forms.

Also, it is an opportunity to be filmed giving your objections to the incinerator.

Susan Salter, of Colney Heath, is compiling a video of clips of objectors,

for a short film

to be sent to Eric Pickles at Dept of Communities & Local Govt

and to Herts County Councillors.

If you can’t get to the rally on Sunday, send a filmed message to

bintheincinerator@yahoo.co.uk by December 20th.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET

1. SEND YOUR OWN RESPONSE

2. SEND A RESPONSE FROM ANY ORGANISATION YOU BELONG TO

3. COLLECT RESPONSES FROM YOUR FRIENDS, WORK COLLEAGUES AND NEIGHBOURS

4. ARRANGE A FORM-SIGNING SESSION IN YOUR LOCALITY

(e.g. at Dutch Nursery, or Brookman’s Park)

HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL CONSULTATION

ON PROPOSED SUBMISSION WASTE SITE ALLOCATIONS DOCUMENT

When: Nov 9th to Dec 21st 2012

Who to respond to: email spatialplanning@hertscc.gov.uk

Or post to Spatial and Land Use Planning CHN216, Hertfordshire County Council, Pegs Lane, Hertford, Herts SG12 8DN.

What are you responding to: This is a consultation on Waste Sites for the whole of Hertfordshire. New Barnfield is included as a potential waste site for many kinds of waste management, including “thermal treatment” (i.e. Incineration).

The document is called “Proposed Submission Waste Site Allocations Document”.

Why should you respond?

Although 6300 people objected to Veolia’s Planning Application for an incinerator at New Barnfield (consultation Dec 2011-Jan 2012),and 2000 people objected to New Barnfield being a waste site (consultation Feb-March 2012), New Barnfield is STILL included as a waste site in this latest version of the HCC Waste Sites Document.

So people need to object to New Barnfield still being listed.

EVEN IF YOU OBJECTED LAST WINTER AND SPRING,

YOU NEED TO OBJECT YET AGAIN.

How to respond:

a. You can write a simple letter or email saying that New Barnfield should not be included in the list of sites.

b. You can use the HAI simplified form (on our website www.hatfield-anti-incineration.co.uk in the newsblog)

Copies of the simplified form are also in “Incidentals” shop at Welham Green

and in the Hatfield Coffee House in Hatfield Town Centre (near Market).

c. You can use the official, more detailed, HCC form.

Look on www.hertsdirect.org. Search for Waste Site Allocations, and then click on “Proposed Submission Waste Site Allocations 2012”. There is a list of documents, and the response form is near the end. Or ask for one in a library of council offices.

d. You can use the official HCC on-line consultation response system.

www.hatfield-anti-incineration.co.uk

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PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT INCINERATOR WED NOV 28

EventsPosted by Cathy Mon, November 26, 2012 11:13:37

THIS WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28TH

8 p.m.

at Jim MacDonald Centre, High View, (Hilltop), South Hatfield

(Top of Bishop’s Rise, near the Harrier pub, behind the row of shops)

PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT LATEST ACTION V INCINERATOR

Public Meeting called by Welwyn/Hatfield Liberal-Democrats

(Public Meeting will follow Wel/Hat Lib-Dem AGM, which is from 7 – 7.45 p.m.)

Speaker: Paul Zukowskyj (Sec of New Barnfield Trust, and member of Hatfield Against Incineration Committee, Chair of Herts Lib-Dem Co-ordinating Committee)

Paul will outline where the campaign against the incinerator is now and what happens next:

  1. In the Planning Application process

(Veolia’s Planning Application, has been accepted by HCC, but is currently on hold by the Dept of Communities and Local Govt, and we are waiting to see if they will call it in and hold a public inquiry)

  1. In the HCC Waste Strategy and Waste Sites Policies process

(There is a public consultation running from Nov 9th to Dec 21st on the

“Proposed Submission Waste Site Allocations Document 2012”.

Individuals and organisations need to respond and object to the inclusion of New Barnfield as a waste site with potential for incineration)

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CAMPAIGNERS AT NEW BARNFIELD/SOUTHFIELD SCHOOL

EventsPosted by Cathy Sun, October 14, 2012 09:46:33

CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST THE PROPOSED INCINERATOR

SHOW THEIR OPPOSITION TO HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL'S PLAN.

On October 12th, Herts County Council issued a report recommending that Planning Permission be given to Veolia. This is the Report that will be considered by HCC DC committee on Oct 24th.

Campaigners showed their anger and disgust at Herts County Council by gathering just outside the New Barnfield site on the following day.

The first photograph shows the entrance to the New Barnfield site on the left, and Southfield School for primary-aged children with special needs on the right.

In front of the protesters is the road along which all the HGVs going to and from the incinerator would travel. An example of the level of traffic is that between 10 and 11 a.m each day there would be 44 HGV movements, whereas now there are none.

Unbelievably, the report just issued by the Head of Spatial and Land Use Planning at Herts CC, while admitting that the HGV traffic would pass in front of the school, says "the impact would be limited to school hours" !!! Apparently this makes the proposal acceptable to HCC.

Contact members of the Development Control Committee and your own county councillor NOW!

And please book your place at County Hall and on the free buses for Oct 24th

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CAMPAIGNERS AT NEW BARNFIELD/SOUTHFIELD SCHOOL OCTOBER 13TH

EventsPosted by Cathy Sun, October 14, 2012 09:19:26


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UPDATE ON CAMPAIGN JULY 28 2012

EventsPosted by Cathy Mon, July 30, 2012 11:48:59

CAMPAIGN AGAINST AN INCINERATOR AT NEW BARNFIELD

UPDATE July 28 2012

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please try to come to one of these meetings:-

1. Tuesday September 4th 7.30 p.m.

at North Mymms Social Club (opposite Sibthorpe Arms in Station Road, Welham Green)

MEETING OF WELHAM GREEN RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

Latest news about the anti-incinerator campaign

will be outlined by members of Hatfield Against Incineration committee

– Paul Zukowskyj, Cathy Roe and Simon Archer.

2. Wednesday September 12th 7.30 p.m.

At Jimmy Mac’s, High View (Hilltop), South Hatfield.

(At top of Bishop’s Rise – go across the road behind the row of shops)

PUBLIC MEETING CALLED BY HATFIELD AGAINST INCINERATION

Latest news about the anti-incinerator campaign

Will be outlined by members of Hatfield Against Incineration committee

- Paul Zukowskyj, Cathy Roe and Simon Archer.

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THE CURRENT SITUATION

1. VEOLIA’S PLANNING APPLICATION

A. CONSULTATIONS UP TO JULY 2012

i. Dec 2011.Veolia submitted a Planning Application to Herts County Council

to build an incinerator at New Barnfield

Jan 2012. 6000 objections were sent to Herts CC,

including many from important organisations.

ii. May-June 2012. Veolia submitted some further information

(mainly about the traffic and the visual impact, especially on Southfield School, plus a slightly revised Alterative Sites Assessment).

Individuals and organisations made further objections.

iii. June-July 2012. Veolia submitted another set of further information

(about the impact on heritage sites such as Hatfield House, North Mymms House, and Gobions Folly Arch, and about the visibility of the plume of emissions).

Individuals and organisations made further objections.

B. MEETING OF DEVELOPMENT AND CONTROL COMMITTEE OF HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL

Veolia’s Planning Application has to be decided on by this committee.

The committee has a meeting on Sept 25th 2012, at which the planning application might be on the agenda.

However, the planning application might not be on the agenda until a later meeting.

C. GOVT. DEPT. OF COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

If Herts CC’s D&C committee do decide to give Planning Permission for the incinerator at New Barnfield, this decision, and all the paperwork, must be looked at by the Govt’s Dept of Communities and Local Government (Sec of State Eric Pickles).

This is because an incinerator at New Barnfield would be development in the Green Belt.

The Dept can accept, reject, or call a public enquiry.

(The Dept could “call in” the decision before HCC D&C meets, but it has not done so up to now.)

2. HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL’S WASTE CORE STRATEGY

AND WASTE SITES ALLOCATIONS DOCUMENT

A. HERTS CC’S OVERALL WASTE CORE STRATEGY

(plans for waste management in the whole county)

This was approved by an independent inspector July 2012, following a hearing in public in November 2011.

Changes were made to what Herts CC originally proposed.

e.g. The policy does not now give precedence to incineration,

and there are no references to the specific procurement of an incinerator at New Barnfield.

B. HERTS CC’S WASTE SITES ALLOCATIONS DOCUMENT

(This includes New Barnfield as a possible site for waste management, including “thermal treatment” i.e. incineration)

This document went out to public consultation Feb-March 2012.

2000 objections were made to the inclusion of New Barnfield as a waste site.

The document has still not been to a hearing in public, and therefore has definitely not been approved by an independent inspector.

We say that this document should be approved before any decision is made on the Planning Application for an incinerator at New Barnfield.

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FURTHER INFORMATION

ABOUT THE INCINERATOR PROPOSAL

AND THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST AN INCINERATOR AT NEW BARNFIELD

CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE OF “HATFIELD AGAINST INCINERATION”.

Please look at the newsblog section for the latest information and documents.

www.hatfield-anti-incineration.co.uk

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COMMUNITY PICNIC AT BUNCHLEYS POND SUNDAY MAY 27TH

EventsPosted by Cathy Sun, May 20, 2012 11:57:41

Welwyn Hatfield Friends of the Earth

are holding a community picnic at Bunchleys Pond on Sunday May 27th 1 p.m - 4 p.m.

Bring a picnic, a blanket, yourself, friends and family.

There will be a plant sale and raffle and an opportunity to donate to Hatfield Against Incineration.

further details from welwynhatfieldfoe@gmail.com

(Bunchleys Pond is immediately adjacent to the site of the proposed incinerator. It is a local beauty spot and fishing pond. From the pond there are attractive walks, especially the Nature-Walk towards Welham Green.

To reach the pond, from the South Way/Travellers Lane roundabout (with the curly bridge) in South Hatfield, start to walk towards Southfield School and the New Barnfield Central Resources Library. After just a few yards, turn right through the open gate (near a doggy-do bin!) and follow the all-weather footpath until you come to the pond.)

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MEETING OF HCC OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE MAY 24

EventsPosted by Cathy Sun, May 20, 2012 11:43:19

MEETING OF HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

THE FINANCE OF THE INCINERATOR PROPOSAL IS ON AGENDA

THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (to listen, not to speak)

Some members of HAI will attend this meeting, and supporters may wish to join us.

10 a.m. Ashbourne Room , County Hall, Hertford.

Herts Without Waste, (an organisation working closely with HAI) has asked the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to look at a number of financial issues connected with the proposal to build an incinerator at New Barnfield.

THe committee will decide at the meeting whether they want to add these items to their future work programme of scrutiny.

The Key Issues that could be added to the Scrutiny programme are:-

1. Investigation of why the Council is effectively paying an extra £7m up front via other budgets;*

2. Costing the option of cancelling the PFI and instead pursuing a "prudential borrowing" route, as Buckinghamshire has done;

3. Calculating the financial liability (in relation to the PFI contract) should the Council be unable to supply sufficient incinerator feedstock;

4. Calculating the financial liability for the Council should the Government follow through on its commitment to correct the market failure by introducing an incineration tax, using sensitivity analysis to consider a range of possible tax options, e.g. at £40 per tonne;

5. Clarifying the liability to the Council should residual waste composition change (if there is a composition element specified in the contract);

6. Exploring the financial implications to the Council of higher than anticipated recycling rates being achieved; and

7. Checking whether compensation has been included to the Housing & Communities Agency as the Covenant holder.

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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY SESSIONS ON UNTIL 9 PM

EventsPosted by Cathy Thu, March 22, 2012 13:06:12

THURSDAY MARCH 22ND ENVIRONMENT AGENCY SESSIONS UNTIL 9 p.m.

at Beale's Hotel, Comet Way, Hatfield

(opposite Gallery,near Aldi)

These sessions will be taking place today from 2 p.m to 9 p.m.

Please go along and tell the Environment Agency your concerns about the effects of an incinerator on human health and the environment.

(Yesterday the Environment Agency said they were going to close the sessions early, at 4 p.m. because the hotel was unhappy about a planned gathering outside at 7 p.m. Now we are not gathering outside tonight, as we do not want residents to lose the opportunity to talk to the Environment Agency inside the hotel)

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