HATFIELD AGAINST INCINERATION
UPDATE ON CAMPAIGN AGAINST INCINERATOR AT NEW BARNFIELD
On March 20th the Secretary of State sent a letter to those parties who appeared at the Public Inquiry into Veolia’s planning application to build an incinerator at New Barnfield. Those parties include the New Barnfield Action Fund. (Hatfield Against Incineration is part of the committee of NBAF)
The Secretary of State referred to the quashing of his decision against the incinerator, in Jan 2015, by the High Court, following Veolia’s Legal Challenge.
He invited representations from the parties to the Inquiry on some issues. The issues include:
- the Herts CC Waste Sites Allocations Plan (in which New Barnfield is an allocated waste site)
- the updated National Waste Planning Policy of Oct 2014, and the Planning Guidance that supports it
- any material changes in circumstances, fact or policy since the Sec of State’s decision in July 2014.
Alternatively, the parties can ask for the Inquiry to be re-opened.
NBAF are confident that an incinerator will not be built at New Barnfield. The case against it is now even stronger that at the time of the Sec of State’s decision not to allow it. Also, we know that Herts County Council is going to consider various options, including an alternative waste management plan from Veolia, or breaking the contract with Veolia.
The public do not need to respond to the Secretary of State’s recent letter. At the moment, the most effective action that opponents of an incinerator can take is to do anything they can to persuade the majority of Conservative Hertfordshire County Councillors to abandon their New Barnfield incinerator plan.