Balloon shows height of hated incinerator

PUBLISHED: 13:25 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:25 30 April 2013

The blimp floating high above New Barnfield

The blimp floating high above New Barnfield


A BLIMP was flown for the second time last week to show how high the hated New Barnfield incinerator will be if it gets build.

The red and white balloon was flown from the proposed building site on Travellers Lane in Hatfield on Thursday by Veolia.

The large balloon represents the height of the chimney stack at 75 metres and a flag lower down the tether shows how high the dome will at 42 metres.

The blimp was previously flown last May and was part of Veolia’s assessments of how the incinerator would visually impact its surroundings.

A spokeswoman for Veolia said the work was being undertaken at the request of Hatfield House and English Heritage.

She said: “The blimp is now being re-flown as part of additional work being done to record the potential visibility of the proposals from Hatfield House and Park.”

Paul Zukowskyj, of Hatfield Against Incineration, said: “It does a reasonable job of showing how high the thing will be but what is not clear [from the blimp pictures] is the width and presence of the incinerator.”

Mr Zukowskyj added he suspected the blimp had been flown again so that Veolia could create some artistic impressions of how the incinerator would look, and effect its surroundings, in winter.

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