Limited seating at Hatfield incinerator meeting

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 October 2012 | UPDATED: 08:47 23 October 2012

An artist's impression of the New Barnfield incinerator

An artist's impression of the New Barnfield incinerator

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Over 6,000 complaints have been lodged about the New Barnfield incinerator - but it appears someone at Hertfordshire County Council didn't get the message.

Enquires by Malcolm Cowan, Liberal Democrat county councillor, reveal that only about 60 people will able to have a seat in the public gallery of the decision meeting on October 24 at Hertford County Hall.

A further 80 will be able to listen from upstairs via an audio link.

This is because the council have failed to provide enough space for the number of protesters likely to attend the meeting – and they have also been told they will need to apply in advance for tickets.

Mr Cowan said: “At best this seems lazy, at worst, designed to muffle the outrage many people feel about the issue.

“It is a fundamental right to be able to attend and see the councils’ processes in action.

“When Welwyn Hatfield council held the meeting to decide the recent Tesco application, it was moved to the theatre which holds about 350, and that wasn’t enough.

“Here an equally controversial decision is being seen live by 60 at most.

“Why can’t it be moved to Welwyn Hatfield anyway? We are the ones affected.”

After four years and 6,300 complaints to the county council there is sure to be a strong crowd on the morning of the meeting.

The Hatfield Against the Incinerator protest group will be out in force and Welham Green residents association is even putting on free buses to take protesters to the event.

Anyone wishing to attend the meeting, which will start at 10am on October 24, is being advised to get there early and to contact Nicola Cahill at County Hall on 01992 555554.

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