CAMPAIGN AGAINST INCINERATOR AT NEW BARNFIELD UPDATE
Nov 11th 2014
1. HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL
FULL COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY NOV 25TH
10 a.m County Hall, Hertford.
Please come to listen to this meeting if you can.
The Council will be finalising the position of HCC regarding the contract with Veolia.
The HCC Highways and Waste Panel, and HCC Cabinet, in meetings this November, have already supported the HCC officers’ proposals on the HCC Residual Waste Plan, and on Nov 25th those decisions will go to full council.
Cabinet agreed that: (i) in accordance with the provisions of the Residual Waste Treatment Programme Contract (the RWTP Contract), a Revised Project Plan (RPP) is sought from Veolia ES Hertfordshire Limited (VES) and that the time period for VES to provide a draft RPP under the RWTP Contract is varied by an additional three (3) months to six (6) months;
(ii) the VES challenge to the refusal of the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government to grant planning permission for a Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) at New Barnfield, Hatfield is monitored and that the Chief Executive and Director of Environment, in consultation with the Executive Member for Highways and Waste Management, be authorised to agree with VES such variations as may be appropriate to the RWTP Contract that ensures that, notwithstanding the RPP process, should planning permission for a RERF at New Barnfield be forthcoming during the production and consideration of the RPP, the Council will have the ability to consider whether to proceed with the RPP process or the RERF at New Barnfield.
Hatfield against Incineration of course does not want a RERF at New Barnfield, and nor do we support the building of an incinerator on another site in Herts. HAI want HCC to consider methods of dealing with waste in the future that do not involve incineration in Herts, and that fully implement HCC’s policy of reduce, re-use, re-cycle.
2. VEOLIA’S APPEAL against Sec of State’s decision v incinerator at New Barnfield
This is due to be heard on Tuesday December 16th and Wed Dec 17th at the High Court (in The Strand, London). The public can attend to listen.
Anti-incinerator campaigners consider Veolia extremely unlikely to succeed in this appeal, or to subsequently obtain planning permission for a RERF at New Barnfield. Also, because of the cancelled PFI, even if Veolia did eventually get planning permission, Herts County Council would still have to find another £115m to be able to actually build an expensive and unneeded incinerator.