CAMPAIGN AGAINST INCINERATOR GOES UP A STEP
AFTER HCC APPROVES PLANNING APPLICATION
NEW CONSULTATION ON SITES DOCUMENT NOV 9TH TO DEC 21ST
Following the decision by a majority of Herts County Council to approve Veolia’s Planning Application to build a 380,000 tonnes per year waste incinerator at New Barnfield, the campaign against the incinerator proposal moved into a new phase.
The application may be “called-in” by the Dept of Communities and Local Govt, and the New Barnfield Trust and Grant Shapps M.P. have requested a “call-in”. The department’s decision on this will be known by Nov 16th.
If the DCLG “call-in” the application, it may then go to a Public Hearing, where it can be rejected by an independent inspector. The further step of a Judicial Review is also possible, and donations towards the cost of this, from organisations or individuals, can be sent to New Barnfield Action Fund Trust, c/o Grant Shapps, Maynard House, The Common, Hatfield, AL10 0NF.
Although the planning application was approved on Oct 24th, the protest at County Hall beforehand and the meeting itself showed the high level of opposition and the strength of the arguments against it. It was clear that Herts County Council cannot demonstrate their view that all the harm that would be caused would be outweighed by very special circumstances. They relied on repeating that an incinerator is needed to reduce landfill. They did not have any arguments to demonstrate that an incinerator is the only method, or that one of this size, on this specific site, is really needed so much that damage can be done to heritage, wildlife, residents, and the children of Southfield School.
HCC continues to consult and to ignore responses – but it is important to keep on responding. There is now another consultation, from Nov 9th to Dec 21st, on a changed version of the Waste Sites Allocations Document. This still includes New Barnfield as a waste site with potential for an incinerator.
2000 people objected to a version of this document last Feb to March. If you responded before, you can tell them that the new revised document is still “not sound”, and if you didn’t respond last time, you can do so now. You can give reasons why New Barnfield should not be included as a waste site.
If you want details or an official form, look on www.hertsdirect.org or ask in a library or council offices. Or you can send just an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a letter to Spatial Planning at HCC, County Hall, Hertford.
Advice will also be on the campaign website www.hatfield-anti-incineration.co.uk.