Fresh fight begins to urge county to reject Herts incinerator scheme

Artist's impression of the incinerator at New Barnfield

Artist's impression of the incinerator at New Barnfield - Credit: Archant

Campaigners are again urging the county council to reject a proposed large incinerator, months after they successfully fought against one planned for Green Belt land near St Albans.

Veolia last week announced plans to build a waste burner at Rye House in Hoddesdon to treat the county’s residual waste collected by local authorities while generating low carbon electricity.

And in just two months’ time a Herts county council waste management cabinet panel will recommend the proposal’s acceptance or rejection.

The authority asked the energy giant to submit an alternative waste treatment plan after its controversial incinerator planned for New Barnfield, just over one mile from Colney Heath, was rejected.

In July last year, Communities Secretary Greg Clark refused Veolia’s application to construct and operate a massive waste burner in the Green Belt, overturning the council’s approval.

That followed a lengthy campaign by Colney Heath villagers and Hatfield Against Incineration (HAI).

The latest scheme has also attracted concern, with HAI calling upon the county council to reject the revised plan and “pull out of the contract with Veolia as it is no longer fit for purpose”.

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In April 2011 Veolia was appointed as preferred bidder by the authority to deliver the county’s residual waste treatment contract.

The company provides commercial waste collection recycling and treatment services to businesses from its depot in St Albans, and a hazardous waste treatment facility in Redbourn.

Cathy Roe, HAI secretary, said the council had “already wasted over £12 million on an ill-conceived plan for an incinerator at Hatfield. The plan was opposed by the public and defeated.

“The county council should have learned by now that incineration is not the way ahead for dealing with waste, and that electors will not tolerate another similar plan for the county.”

Cllr Richard Thake, the council’s cabinet member for waste management, said Veolia’s revised plan would be “carefully examined to see if it provides a viable and value-for-money solution”.