Fury as County Hall narrowly votes not to scrap Hatfield incinerator

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 July 2013

Artists impression of the incinerator at New Barnfield

Artists impression of the incinerator at New Barnfield

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A BID to scrap the controversial New Barnfield incinerator was thrown out at County Hall yesterday (Tuesday) - by a majority of just seven votes.

"I am very cross, as will be the residents of Hatfield Rural.
But we will keep on fighting and hope that the results of the public enquiry will be in our favour."

Councillor Maureen Cook

Amongst those who voted not to abandon the waste burner was Hatfield Rural representative Marks Mills-Bishop.

A motion put forward by a Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition yesterday asked all county councillors to reject plans for the incinerator.

It was put forward by Hatfield Labour councillor Maureen Cook, and seconded by Liberal Democrat Paul Zukowskyj.

Councillor Terry Douris, Conservative, cabinet member for waste, spoke against the motion.

Following the vote, cllr Cook said: “It is not a surprise but obviously it is disappointing, and one of the councillors for Hatfield, Mark Mills-Bishop, who represents Hatfield Rural voted against the motion.

“So I am very cross, as will be the residents of Hatfield Rural.

“But we will keep on fighting and hope that the results of the public enquiry will be in our favour.”

Cllr Zukowskyj said: “I was quite pleased the vote was as close as it was.

“I wasn’t expecting it to be as quite as clear cut, but obviously I am disappointed we did not succeed.”

Backing the project, cllr Douris said: “It is right that we have spent time working to choose a viable long term plan to Hertfordshire’s waste problem.

“If we scrapped the plans now that would be five years worth of planning wasted.”

He cited rising landfill costs as one of the main reasons the incinerator was a viable idea, stating that as of April 2014 it was expected to cost the council £80 per tonne of waste and added that New Barnfield was ‘past its sell by date”.

After a recorded vote the motion was turned down by 34 votes to 27.

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