Incinerator decision day: Politicians braced for crucial vote

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

An artist's impression of the New Barnfield incinerator from the air

An artist's impression of the New Barnfield incinerator from the air

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CRUNCH talks are being held over controversial plans to build an incinerator in Hatfield, ahead of a crucial vote.

Two councillors have said they intend to vote against the bid.

Councillor Chris Brazier, Liberal Democrat, said: “I think it’s in the wrong locations, the traffic impacts I don’t think have been looked at.

“The effects on the Green Belt would be horrendous.

“The effects on Southfield School would not be of any benefit.

“I’m going to vote against the recommendation.”

And Councillor John Lloyd told the committee: “I won’t be voting for it.”

But Councillor Seamus Quilty said employment opportunities had to be considered.

He told the committee: “Whilst I’ve taken on board what a lot of members of the public have said, I’m finding myself in a very difficult balancing situation.

“I feel there are significant reasons for saying that special circumstances have been proved and demonstrated in this case.”

And Councillor Phil Bibby said: “There are negatives, but on balance there are a lot of positive factors that suggests it should be an accepted development.”

Also in favour is Councillor Nigel Brook, who said: “On balance I must come down in favour of supporting this application.”

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