Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Sun, October 25, 2015 11:22:01
From Hatfield against Incineration, Herts WithOut
Waste, and Welwyn/Hatfield Friends of the Earth
COUNCIL DELAYS WASTE DECISION
UNTIL SPRING 2016
Following the final rejection in Summer 2015 by
the Secretary of State of the plan by Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia
Environmental Services to put a huge waste incinerator on the New Barnfield
site, close to Hatfield and Welham Green, the County Council is looking for a
way to deal with “residual local authority collected waste”.
Residual LACW is household waste left after
kerbside recycling and composting, the waste that is put by residents in their
disposal bins. At the moment it contains plastics and other valuable materials
that should be put in our recycling bins.
A recommendation by Herts County Council officers
for the way of dealing with residual waste in future was expected this October,
but has now been delayed until next Spring. The County Council has received a
“Revised Project Plan” from Veolia, which they will compare against other
possible methods of dealing with residual waste. Herts CC officers are also
conducting a market engagement exercise, inviting suppliers of waste services
to suggest ideas on how to deal with the residual waste.
Herts CC will decide whether to terminate the
contract with Veolia and adopt an alternative scheme. It seems likely that
Veolia’s Revised Project Plan will be for an incinerator somewhere in
Hertfordshire, whereas other service providers may come forward to offer a
lower cost alternative which is better for our environment and is more
Meanwhile, Herts CC has interim contracts for
dealing with residual waste, partly with companies running incinerators in
Cathy Roe of Hatfield against Incineration said,
“We urge Herts CC definitely not to put an incinerator on any site in the
county. There is already excess capacity for incineration nationally and
internationally, and this is why the Government withdrew the financial support
(under the PFI scheme) for the New Barnfield incinerator proposal.”
Valerie Dorantt of Welwyn Hatfield Friends of the
Earth said, “The way forward is to reduce, re-use and re-cycle until there is
very little residual waste to deal with. If any more incinerators are built,
they would have to be fed, wasting valuable recyclable materials and adding to
John Webb of Herts WithOut Waste said, “We can
all help to reduce residual waste by throwing less away and by increasing our
recycling and composting, especially by sorting things into the right bins. At
the moment a huge amount of food waste is wrongly put in the bins for landfill
or incineration. In most areas of Herts currently, food waste should be put in
the composting bins. We urge all district councils in Herts in future to
collect waste food separately, so that it can easily be used to produce compost
to grow more food.”
Note: The Officers’ Report (Residual Waste Treatment
Update) was delivered to HCC Community Safety & Waste Management
Cabinet Panel on 21 October 2015, and can be accessed from this link
Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Fri, August 28, 2015 14:36:37
FINAL VICTORY IN CAMPAIGN AGAINST NEW BARNFIELD INCINERATOR
Congratulations to everyone who helped to achieve this victory
Hatfield against Incineration are extremely pleased that Veolia
are not challenging the decision against an incinerator at New Barnfield made
by the inspector who led the Public Inquiry and two Secretaries of State.
It’s been a very long campaign, since 2009, and we have
shown that our united local community can win against Herts County Council and Veolia,
who together tried to impose this monstrous, polluting, and expensive
incinerator on us.
Now we urge Herts County
Council to end their contract with Veolia. Veolia have presented HCC with a
secret revised project plan, which is very likely to be an incinerator in
another part of Hertfordshire. We urge HCC to realise that they don’t need an expensive
and polluting incinerator in this county, as there is massive provision of
incinerator capacity in neighbouring counties which can be used until reduce,
re-use, re-cycle has been improved so that incineration is not needed.
We now urge HCC to make use of the previously-developed part
of the New Barnfield site for purposes which are beneficial to people and do
not spoil the natural environment.
HCC has wasted £12 to 13 million of our money on the New Barnfield
project, and thousands have had to be spent opposing it. Now HCC needs to start
listening to what residents tell them.
This victory is due to the efforts of the whole community
working together. Now the community needs to continue to work together to
obtain much-needed improvements in Hatfield, to make it the attractive place it
could and should be.
Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Tue, July 28, 2015 20:58:57
HERTS WASTE PARTNERSHIP MEETING JULY 27
Val of Wel/Hat Friends of the Earth and Herts WithOut
Waste made a short presentation to the Waste Partnership. She spoke of the
opportunity now provided to Hertfordshire by the rejection of the New Barnfield
Planning Application. She stressed the importance of the Circular Economy, and
the need to aim for very little waste needing disposal. She referred to the
importance of re-use, as shown especially at the Harpenden household waste
recycling centre, and the need for re-branding of the HWRCs to emphasise
re-use. She spoke of how the circular economy respects the planet, and also
creates jobs. To get the message across, Herts WoW and FoE have plans for a
Herts Network, to complement the education work being done by the HWP.
At the meeting, WelHat councillor Helen Bromley again
raised the need for costings before alternatives methods of waste management
can be assessed. The reply was that there is a WRAP gate-fee document, but
different projects using the same technology can have different costs.
Other issues raised were the possibility of the
members of the Waste Partnership moving to a more unified system, and the need
to share best practice about waste from flats. There was discussion of the
increase in fly-tipping in some areas, which could be caused by reduction of
hours at the HWRCs, or could be commercial waste. It was stressed that the
HWRCs should not close before 6.00 p.m. Stevenage had held an
annual Open Day about waste and recycling. 3 Rivers now has separate food waste
collection, but has experienced some problems with wild-life getting at the
plastic-type and colour of caddy they chose. Wel/Hat has “Cage Days” when a
lorry collects large items that might otherwise be dumped. Wel/Hat recycling
has now reached 51%.
Simon Aries (Officer of HCC) spoke about the New
Barnfield decision. Veolia have 6 weeks to challenge. The Revised Project
Plan submitted by Veolia could take 6 months to evaluate, but there will be an
update to HCC panels in October, and a potential report to the HCC Waste
Panel in March 2015. The RPP has to be similar to the New Barnfield plan,
or it would be subject to legal challenge (by firms rejected in the original
bidding process). Helen Bromley asked if the RPP involved the same site or
something similar on a different site, but Simon Aries said he could not share
this information now. Phil Brading (3 Rivers) asked about the possibility of
Veolia appealing, and Simon A replied that
any challenge must be on process, and the point on which Veolia’s
previous challenge succeeded has now been answered by the Sec of State.
On HWRCs it was said that all sites do have re-use
containers, but the best is at Harpenden. St Albans is
to trial acceptance of commercial waste. A lot of van permits have been issued.
A Letchworth survey showed some users going once or twice weekly.
Circular Economy presentation given by Nigel Mattravers,
U.K. Head of Waste and Resource Management for WYG. He has worked
extensively with the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). He stressed that waste can
be a resource. A circular economy can lead to savings, and to reduction of
greenhouse gasses. A new Triangle of waste management methods shows Design to
Re-cover as best, followed by recycling. There is already some legislation, and
retailers can put pressure on suppliers. The EU Directive, giving recycling
targets, was withdrawn in July 2014, because Europe-wide targets are too
difficult to implement. In August 2015 there is to be a document with more emphasis
on materials re-use.
Important in the circular economy are recyclability in
design, and simplified labelling of what is recyclable. In future the targets will be for each
country, with probably a landfill ban, and a move from weight-based recycling
targets to ones based on carbon metrics, because there will be less material
for recycling if there is less waste produced. There is a role for Local
Authorities in encouraging local re-processing of materials.
In answers to questions, Nigel Mattravers said that
materials such as aluminium and textiles take a lot of carbon to produce. He
said that organisations procuring products
(e.g. paper) should specify they should be recyclable. A member of the
HWP said that the circular economy won’t work if driven by economics, it needs
regulation and incentives. The Chair, Richard Thake, also spoke of the need for
controls, such as making non-recyclable packaging illegal.
The Herts Waste Partnership considered a draft response
to the Consultation on the new EU document, to be submitted by Aug 20. Helen
Bromley wanted more on prevention of waste.
On the Quarterly Update, there has been an upturn in
the price for newsprint. Duncan Jones thinks that recycling across the HWP
should reach 50% in 2015/16. Recycling has remained steady despite the economic
upturn, when people buy more. There was discussion of 3-weekly collection of
residual waste, with weekly food-collection.
Next HWP meeting is October.
Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Thu, July 23, 2015 17:54:20
PRESS STATEMENT AND
OF COUNCIL OF HCC JULY 21 2015
the message sent by HCC to the local press following the Sec of State’s
decision against Veolia’s Planning Application for an incinerator at New
Barnfield on July 17th.
Richard Thake, Executive Member for
Community Safety & Waste Management said:
“We are very disappointed with the
decision. However we had planned for this eventuality and on 7 July received a
plan B from Veolia known as the draft Revised Project Plan (RPP).
“All the information in this plan
will be carefully considered before we make a decision on the next steps.
“It is essential that we find a cost
effective and appropriate solution to disposing of Hertfordshire’s residual
waste. This is a very large area of expenditure for the county council, with in
the region of £27m spent annually on dealing with over 265,000 tonnes of
collected residual waste.
“Despite the excellent collection
facilities offered by the districts and boroughs and the services provided by
the extensive network of the household waste recycling centres, recent analysis
that we’ve carried out shows that on average nearly 50% of the waste that is
thrown away by us could be recycled at the kerbside. This is despite campaigns
to encourage greater recycling, an expanded range of recycling services
provided, as well as greater awareness of the need to think before you throw
“It is therefore critical that we
all work together to find a way of reducing these costs by reducing,
re-using, recycling and recovering as much waste as possible. Even if we make
significant improvements in how we manage our waste, there will still be a need
to provide disposal facilities for significant quantities of residual waste and
the thorough evaluation of the draft RPP, alongside consideration of
alternative options, forms part of that process.
“The county council’s aim is to be
in a position, by October this year, to update Members and decide on next steps
in what might be a lengthy process.”
In terms of the draft RPP, due to
the ongoing commercial and confidential nature of the discussions concerning
this draft proposal over the coming months, we concur with Veolia that any
disclosure of details would, at this point in time, be counterproductive and
premature. We will however keep that decision under review.
In terms of any future appeal about
this decision, this would be a matter for the applicant, Veolia.
OF HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL FULL COUNCIL July 21st 2015
the first meeting of HCC following the Sec of State’s refusal of planning
permission for an incinerator at New Barnfield on July 17th.
leader Robert Gordon made a very brief (and quiet) announcement of the Sec of
State’s decision. He said that HCC wait to see if Veolia will challenge the SoS
decision, and that HCC will not reveal the details of the Revised Project Plan
which Veolia submitted on July 7th, because of commercial
Cook, county councillor for Hatfield North, in asking a question, referred to
“the brilliant decision by the Sec of State to refuse planning permission for
New Barnfield”. She asked if we can be reassured that the same sort of thing as
the incinerator plan won’t happen again and that notice will be taken of the
views of residents and the importance of the environment. Her question was
taken by councillor Tony Hunter (as Richard Thake, who is now Exec Member for Community
Safety and Waste Management, was in Spain). He said that Veolia have 6
weeks to appeal. He said there will be a report on Veolia’s “Plan B” to the HCC
Cabinet panel in October, and that HCC’s interim contracts to use incinerators
in nearby counties continue to 2018, with possible extension to 2021, so HCC do
not have to make a quick decision. When Maureen Cook asked how much the
rejected incinerator plan had cost, Tony Hunter said he was unable to give the
Zukowskyj, county councillor for Hatfield South, asked Tony Hunter if Robert
Gordon’s very brief comment was the verbal update mentioned in the printed report
to Council, but Paul was not given any more detail.
question about the report on Resources and Performance, Paul Z queried the
report’s claim that HCC gains “excellent value for money”, as the incinerator
project has cost HCC at least £12 million. Chris Hayward, Deputy Leader of
Council, said that the money spent on the incinerator plan was not all wasted,
as HCC “have a contract and a process”.
Paul Z referred to the huge expenditure on legal fees, which could have
been spent on social need (such as the Home Start project which HCC had decided
that morning to cut). Chris Hayward said that the administration "has a clear
strategy" and "the legal fees were spent out of necessity for that policy and
HAI are optimistic that, whatever is suggested in Veolia's Revised Project Plan, HCC will decide that building any new incineration capacity in Hertfordshire is not the way forward in waste management, and will recognise that there is now over-capacity of incineration facilities nationally. We will be urging HCC to fully implement "reduce, re-use, recycle" and to have the aim of zero waste - zero to landfill and zero to incineration.
Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Fri, July 17, 2015 16:15:15
SECRETARY OF STATE DECIDES AGAINST
FOR INCINERATOR AT NEW BARNFIELD
We’ve won! Again! No incinerator at New Barnfield!
On July 17th the Sec of State at the Dept of
Communities and Local Govt, Greg Clark, announced his decision against granting
Planning Permission for an incinerator at New Barnfield.
This follows a long and sustained campaign by residents and
other supporters, since 2009. Congratulations particularly to those people who
have continued to work hard on this matter this year, in order to achieve
The Sec of State’s reasons for his decision are very similar
to those of former Sec of State, Eric Pickles, in his rejection of Veolia’s
Planning Application in July 2014. He has taken note of the recommendations of
Inspector Richards, who led the Public Inquiry in 2013. He has taken into
account the impact on the Green Belt,
Landscape and Visual effects, the effect on the ensemble of heritage
assets at Hatfield House and Park, and the effect on the setting and the
context of Southfield School (although the school is currently on a different
The Sec of State has re-determined the planning application,
following the successful legal challenge by Veolia in 2014/2015. Veolia and
Herts County Council now have six weeks in which to make an appeal or challenge
in the High Court. The Sec of State’s new decision has dealt with the matter
raised in the previous challenge. He says there is no certainty that the site
would be removed from the Green Belt as a result of HCC’s Waste Sites Plan,
because Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Herts County Council do not agree
Now we can look forward to a great future for Hatfield,
Welham Green, and the surrounding area. The residents have shown that we will
fight to protect our people and our environment.
We need Herts County Council to adopt a plan for waste that
protects people and environment. They must fully implement their policy of “reduce,
re-use, recycle”, and they must aim for higher targets of recycling and
composting. If they do this, there will be less and less waste to go to the
incinerators in nearby counties that HCC are now using as an interim plan.
We also need Herts County Council to make beneficial use of the
previously-developed section of the New Barnfield site; and to decide the
future of the Southfield School
buildings next to the site, which are now lying empty and wasted.
The campaign against an incinerator at New Barnfield has
been long and complex. It has been costly to campaigners, and millions of
pounds of residents’ money have been spent unnecessarily by HCC on a plan that
should never have been considered. Congratulations to the many, many people who
have contributed over many years to defeating the incinerator plan.
Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Fri, July 17, 2015 13:55:42
Sec of State has now announced his decision against an incinerator at New Barnfield.
Congratulations to all who worked so hard to achieve this.
(More detailed report soon).
Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Thu, July 16, 2015 18:48:49
We did not receive a decision by the Sec of State on Veolia's Planning Application today, but we now expect to hear the decision tomorrow, Friday July 17th
Latest NewsPosted by Cathy Fri, July 03, 2015 09:24:20
EXPECTED BY JULY 16
Following the rejection of
Veolia’s Planning Application for an incinerator at New Barnfield by the
previous Secretary of State at the Govt Dept of Communities and Local Govt
(Eric Pickles) in July 2014, Veolia made a legal challenge, in Aug 2014, which
they won, in January 2015. Therefore the Planning Application went back to the
Sec of State at the DCLG for re-determination. The current Sec of State at the
DCLG is Greg Clark. He will make the new decision on or before July 16th
NBAF, and other parties who
opposed the Incinerator at the Public Inquiry, used the official procedure, in
May 2015, and sent in to the Planning Inspectorate our reasons why the
incinerator Planning Application should still be rejected. There are even more
reasons why it should be rejected now than there were in July 2014.
Now a select number of letters/emails
have been sent direct to the Sec of State, Greg Clark, by our M.P. Grant
Shapps, and by the Secretary of the New Barnfield Action Fund, Paul Zukowskyj.
Some of the organisations which are members of the NBAF are also sending
It is essential at this
stage that any direct communication with the Sec of State at the DCLG shows
understanding of the exact position now. The points being emphasised are the
exact reasons why the previous Sec of State rejected the planning application
last July, plus those further changes since then that have strengthened the
planning case against it. (For example, Defra’s withdrawal of PFI credits for
the incinerator because of lack of need for more incinerator capacity to reduce
We feel it
would undermine the force of our argument to write to the Sec of State at
this time about those arguments against the incinerator that were not supported
by the Sec of State last July – however valid those arguments may be to
residents. So, if any organisation intends to write to Greg Clark, but is not
sure of the reasons why the previous Sec of State rejected Veolia’s Planning
Application, please contact Paul Zukowskyj for advice.