New Barnfield Planning Application
The county council has noted the decision of Veolia not to challenge the refusal of planning permission made by the Secretary of State in July 2015 and will, in due course, discuss with the local planning authority the future use of its holdings at New Barnfield.
Richard Thake, Executive Member for Community Safety & Waste Management said:
“We had planned for this eventuality and on 7 July received a plan B from Veolia known as the draft Revised Project Plan (RPP).
“All the information in this plan will be carefully considered before we make a decision on the next steps.
“It is essential that we find a cost effective and appropriate solution to disposing of Hertfordshire’s residual waste. This is a very large area of expenditure for the county council, with in the region of £27m spent annually on dealing with over 265,000 tonnes of collected residual waste.
“Despite the excellent collection facilities offered by the districts and boroughs and the services provided by the extensive network of the household waste recycling centres, recent analysis that we’ve carried out shows that on average nearly 50% of the waste that is thrown away by us could be recycled at the kerbside. This is despite campaigns to encourage greater recycling, an expanded range of recycling services provided, as well as greater awareness of the need to think before you throw something away.
“It is therefore critical that we all work together to find a way of reducing these costs by reducing, re-using, recycling and recovering as much waste as possible. Even if we make significant improvements in how we manage our waste, there will still be a need to provide disposal facilities for significant quantities of residual waste and the thorough evaluation of the draft RPP, alongside consideration of alternative options, forms part of that process.
“The county council’s aim is to be in a positon, by October this year, to update Members and decide on next steps in what might be a lengthy process.”
Due to the ongoing commercial and confidential nature of the discussions concerning this draft proposal over the coming months, we concur with Veolia that any disclosure of details would, at this point in time, be counterproductive and premature. We will however keep that decision under review.