Fury at revelation public will foot bill for incinerator firm’s legal costs

PUBLISHED: 08:55 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:10 20 August 2013

Paul Zukowskyj

Paul Zukowskyj

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TAXPAYERS will fork out £250,000 for energy firm Veolia’s legal costs at an upcoming incinerator public inquiry – as well as the county’s own bill for lawyers, it has emerged.

The cost of legal representation at next month’s Planning Inquiry into plans for an incinerator at New Barnfield is set to hit half-a-million pounds.

And the revelation that Hertfordshire County Council is set to pay a wedge of Veolia’s costs at the inquiry, which begins on September 10, outraged opponents of the deeply-unpopular “energy-from-waste” plant.

Hatfield South county councillor Paul Zukowskyj, Lib Dem, said he was staggered to learn of HCC’s liability to the company, which plans to build the facility.

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