£125,000 incinerator fight cash given thumbs up

PUBLISHED: 11:26 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:26 10 April 2013




THE battle against the hated New Barnfield incinerator looks set for a £125,000 boost after a decision last night (Tuesday).

Cabinet members at Welwyn Hatfield Council agreed to donate the money to help the New Barnfield Trust (Action Fund) secure legal representation at a public inquiry in September.

The measure will be put in front of politicians from all parties on Monday.

It will also go towards covering the cost of specialist consultancy advice in preparing evidence for the inquiry.

Councillor Mandy Perkins, Conservative, who is responsible for planning, said: “I am pleased that my cabinet colleagues have supported this additional budget to ensure that we can put forward the strongest possible case at the forthcoming public inquiry.

“The costs are significant but throughout this saga we have made it absolutely clear that we will do whatever it takes to support the local community in resisting the incinerator and we intend to keep that promise.”

She added that to not allocate the money could mean that a weaker case may be put to the Secreatry of State.

The council had already made funds up to a total of £20,000 available to the New Barnfield Trust (Action Fund) to cover legal and professional fees incurred in fighting the plans for the energy from waste plant.

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