Hatfield incinerator company's premature advert
PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 March 2014
The company trying to build a huge waste incinerator in south Hatfield has outraged its many critics by touting for customers even before it has planning permission.
Although the result of a six-week public inquiry will not be published until May, would-be operator Veolia has seized on newly-revised Government guidance to trumpet how it hopes to convert waste to electricity and heat at the Travellers Lane site.
Executive director Robert Hunt said: “The current planning system appears neither business nor community-friendly since it is not delivering the infrastructure we all need to ensure the UK prospers with an economy that will add value to the majority.
“However, the good news is that we do have a solution available now through projects such as the Hertfordshire RERF (recycling and energy recovery facility).
“In terms of energy provision it is certainly more cost-effective than what we do today.”
According to Veolia: “Local businesses can profit as well with options for 4 to 5MW of electricity and heat supplies underpinning local jobs by making industry more sustainable.”
Campaign leader Cathy Roe told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “The heat would not be heating local homes, and there is no proposed scheme for this. Nor are there any agreed takers for the heat among local companies.
“The power would go to the National Grid, and would make profit for Veolia, with no financial advantage to local people.”
Councillor Kieran Thorpe, leader of the borough council Labour group, added: “They want this incinerator so they themselves can benefit financially from residents’ misery.
“They even have the gall to complain about delays to their profiteering because of the democratic process.”
The incinerator plan now lies in the hands of Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, who received planning inspector David Richards’ report last month.