Large public protest as inquiry into New Barnfield incinerator gets underway

PUBLISHED: 10:07 10 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 September 2013

Around 200 protestors outside the Fielder Centre this morning

Around 200 protestors outside the Fielder Centre this morning

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AROUND 200 protestors descended on a conference centre in Hatfield this morning (Tuesday) ahead of a public probe into incinerator plans.

The demonstration, which saw placard-weilding opponents make their feelings on the £220million plant clear, was held before a planning inquiry into the New Barnfield incinerator started.

Today’s hearing is being held at the Fielder Centre, in Hatfield Business Park, and will see opening submissions made.

Over the next six weeks, Government planning inspector David Richards will be hearing evidence from backers and opponents of the plant.

The incinerator cannot go ahead unless Mr Richards, approves it.

Although Herts County Council granted planning permission in October last year, Secretary of State Eric Pickles “called-in” the application, meaning the independent inquiry would determine the plant’s fate.

It emerged last month that Herts County Council is set to spend around £500,000 on the pro-incinerator case at the inquiry, including Veolia’s £250,000 legal bill

Welwyn Hatfield Council has pledged £205,000 to fighting the incinerator at the inquiry.

The first week will be held at the Fielder Centre, in Hatfield Business Park

All subsequent weeks will be at the Ramada Hotel in St Alban’s Road West, Hatfield.

See tomorrow’s Welwyn Hatfield Times for coverage of the incinerator inquiry


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