Firmly opposed to Hatfield incinerator plan

PUBLISHED: 11:09 18 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

SIR - Letters from two different local Conservative county councillors in last week s paper show the true threat that the county council s incineration plan poses to Hatfield. Hatfield South councillor Stuart Pile attended the crucial county council

SIR - Letters from two different local Conservative county councillors in last week's paper show the true threat that the county council's incineration plan poses to Hatfield.

Hatfield South councillor Stuart Pile attended the crucial county council cabinet meeting on October 20 which voted unanimously to promote New Barnfield as the reference site for their 270,000 tonne incinerator and to move New Barnfield Library and the Park Education Centre away from the site to make room for the incinerator.

Yet his new letter claims he is now opposed to the incinerator that he voted for in October.

Councillor Pile's Conservative colleague Bill Storey gives the game away, however.

His lengthy letter is a consistent voice of support for waste incinerators.

His letter doesn't express the slightest reservation about the extra traffic, the extra carbon dioxide emissions or the other pollution that a waste incinerator will bring to Hatfield.

His fulsome support for a waste incinerator demonstrates very clearly why the 100% Conservative controlled council cabinet wants to see a waste incinerator in Hatfield.

The Labour Party's opposition to waste incineration in Hatfield is very clear.

Mike Hobday, our Parliamentary candidate was an outspoken opponent of waste incineration when he was a county councillor between 1997 and 2005.

As Labour's candidate for South Hatfield in the borough council by-election on June 4, and also someone who has grown up in Hatfield, I am totally opposed to the waste incinerator and will oppose it wholeheartedly.

I firmly believe that waste should be recycled, not burned, and I don't want to see a major new source of pollution in Hatfield.

This proposal is simply more proof that Hatfield has become the dustbin of the county in the eyes of the authorities.

People think it already, why give that assertion substance?

I am firmly against these 'proposals' and I am of the opinion that if South Hatfield had some councillors that truly cared for Hatfield, then it would not get treated in this shameful manner.

I hope that the residents of Hatfield feel the same.

Kieran Thorpe,

Labour candidate,

Hatfield South by-election.


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