Incinerator decision day: Councillors told parties united against hated plant

PUBLISHED: 10:36 24 October 2012

An artist's impression of the New Barnfield incinerator

An artist's impression of the New Barnfield incinerator

Archant

AFTER years of protests, decision day has finally arrived for the hated Hatfield incinerator.

A meeting to decide the fate of the New Barnfield facility, which would process 380,000 tonnes of waste each year, is now underway.

Ahead of the meeting, a large protest was held outside County Hall, with campaigners calling on Herts County Council to ignore officers’ advice and turn the bid down.

Discussions are set to last all day, and may spill over into tomorrow.

The meeting opened with a petition of more than 1,000 signatures being presented from Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour and Green Party members.

Presenting the petition, Simon Archer said: “This shows that opposition of the proposed incinerator is united and comes from people who hold a wide range of views on other issues.”

Mr Archer blasted the impact the plant would have on neighbouring Southfield School, which caters for youngsters with special needs.

He said: “The proposed incinerator would affect children and make caring for them harder.”

Mr Archer was given a huge round of applause from the small number of protestors allowed into the chamber.

And he continued: “This site should have been rejected at a very early stage because of the proximity to Southfield School.”

And Kieran Thorpe, representing the New Barnfield (Action Fund) Trust, warned approval of the plant could deter investment in Hatfield, describing it as an “expensive mistake”.

He told the meeting: “It’s generated even more opposition than anything you’ve ever done.

“This has united residents from all parties against this issue. Congratulations.”

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