Incinerator decision day: Plant branded "dark Satanic mill"

PUBLISHED: 16:59 24 October 2012 | UPDATED: 21:00 24 October 2012

An artist's impression of the New Barnfield incinerator

An artist's impression of the New Barnfield incinerator


A CONTROVERSIAL incinerator in Hatfield has been described as a "dark Satanic mill" as politicians brace for a crunch decision.

The comment was made by Councillor Steve Markiewicz, who branded the plant “dated technology”.

He said: “I suggest this isn’t in line with the Hertfordshire ethos. We’re a dynamic, forward thinking county.”

Also critical was Councillor Malcolm Cowan, who described the application as a “nonsense”, and said: “We’ve got to stop digging the hole we’ve got ourselves into.”

He warned that the development was likely to be called in by the government, and said: “It will be torn to shreds.”

But Councillor Ray Shakespeare-Smith said: “When we stand for election we take on a responsibility for the county as a whole.

“This isn’t just a decision for Hatfield, it’s a decision for the whole of the Hertfordshire.”

And he continued: “We in Hertfordshire have to clean up our own mess, wherever it goes a substantial number of people will complain.”

The debate continues.

It is expected a vote will be held today.

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