‘New Barnfield incinerator is far too big for Hertfordshire’s needs’ inquiry told

PUBLISHED: 11:48 19 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:59 19 October 2013

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

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


The waste incinerator proposed in south Hatfield is much bigger than Hertfordshire needs to dispose of its rubbish, a planning inspector has been told.

Energy firm Veolia and Herts County Council, both of which back the project, claim that by 2016, Hertfordshire will be generating 340,000 tonnes of non-recylable rubbish every year.

Tony Fletcher, a waste disposal expert called by Welwyn Hatfield Council – which opposes the plans – disputed the claim.

On Thursday last week he argued that by 2026, the volume of rubbish available would be much lower.

He said: “The figure of 340,000 tonnes is now an erroneous and significant overstatement by more than 100,000 tonnes.

“The net effect would be an oversized facility that will compete for recyclable waste in the market place, or give rise to imports from neighbouring counties or counties distant from the plant.”

Mr Fletcher, who calculates the annual volume of excess waste in Hertfordshire in 2026 at just 232,000 tonnes, claimed the county council had exaggerated the effect of population growth, and understated the likely improvement in recycling rates.

He concluded: “The implications of excess waste can be presumed to be higher equivalent costs for the county, or treatment of waste from further afield.”

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