Residents’ photos of Hatfield incinerator blimp

PUBLISHED: 17:13 05 October 2011 | UPDATED: 17:20 05 October 2011

The blimp above New Barnfield

The blimp above New Barnfield


PHOTOGRAPHS of the blimp that hovered over the proposed site of the Hatfield incinerator have been sent in by Welwyn Hatfield Times readers.

Representatives from Veolia Environmental Services were back at New Barnfield on Friday, to carry out a study on the visual impact the waste-burning facility would have on the area.

Launching a blimp 100 metres into the air – 20m higher than the expected height of the facility’s chimney – the gas-filled zeppelin was visible from several areas of Times Territory, especially Hatfield and Welham Green.

Windsocks were attached to the blimp, one at 42m denoting the height of the incinerator itself, and a second, 10m below the balloon, which acted as a marker.

Several residents sent pictures of the blimp from their homes to the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

Kathy Harrison, from Vincenzo Close, Welham Green, emailed pictures of the blimp from her back garden. She wrote: “This will be my new view also could been seen from kitchen window. I am not happy.”

Meanwhile, fellow Welham Green resident Don Bewick took snaps from both Holloways Lane and Dellsome Lane, at the junction of Parsonage Lane and Huggins Lane.

Mr Bewick said: “The balloon is just visible as a dot between the houses. However, you appreciate that this would just be the tip of the iceberg, above a complex equating to the size of St Albans Cathedral, if construction of this awful blot on the landscape goes ahead.”

A Veolia spokeswoman said: “The blimp was flown at a height well in excess of the proposed facility, while the different viewpoints were visited, the views assessed and photographs taken as a record.

“In addition, fully accurate photomontage images will be produced, illustrating in much greater detail the appearance of the building within its landscape setting.

“All illustrative material prepared through these exercises will be included within the planning application for the proposed facility.”

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