On Wednesday 20th December from 10:00am at County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DQ, Herts. County Council's Development Control Committee will consider an application by Veolia Environmental Services to construct and operate a mass burn incinerator at Ratty's Lane in Hoddesdon.
Please say what you think of Veolia's proposal for a new plant to incinerate our waste, the sooner the better! In time for this meeting we are asking you to write or send an email to your county councillor. You can look them up and find their contact details here. Your message should be polite, clear and to the point; do not let it ramble on! HertsWOW prefers to stay positive and say what we want to happen but we also have to say what would get in the way of doing so.
A personal letter is always best if you have the time. For instance you can say why a good outcome matters to you and your family and friends. If you need to make this quick, just pick your main concern, or that of your family/neighbours/friends/group and tweak it a bit to say it in your own way.
Also "... there is a right for any member of the public being resident in, or a registered local government elector of Hertfordshire to present a petition relating to a matter with which the Committee are concerned, containing 100 or more signatures of residents or Hertfordshire business rate payers. A maximum of 2 petitions shall be presented unless otherwise allowed by the Chairman of the Committee. To enable the process to be open to as many individuals as possible, presenters of petitions will not normally be eligible to make an individual presentation as well."
You can obtain a form for presention and/or petitioning from Rob Egan,* email: Rob.Egan@hertfordshire.gov.uk.
*Principal Planning Officer, Spatial Planning & Economy, Environment & Commercial Services
The form includes guidance on what to do and by when to do it.
Model letter or email
To: Councillor [THEIR NAME], Herts. County Council
From: [YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS, WITH POSTCODE]
Subject: Veolia's Revised Plan for a Waste Incinerator
[say why you object - see suggestions below]
Please urge your fellow councillors to reject this proposal and to cancel the contract with Veolia now.
[NAME or SIGNATURE]
[on behalf of a group?]
Examples of what to say
P.S. SEE OUR BLOG POST ON 4th MARCH 2016 FOR THE (FRUSTRATING!!) RESULT...
We are urgently gathering signatures here on the change.org web site to enable us to address the County Council's Cabinet Panel on 4th March 2016. The meeting will recommend whether the Council should commit to incineration of our residual, municipal waste for 30 years from 2020 (or later):
We are focussing on what we are striving for: to boost the levels of diversion from waste across the County. Would you be able and willing to help us hold a public discussion of how to do so in your area?
In support of the Herts. Waste Partnership's WasteAware campaign, we wish to explore the best in each of the Districts and Boroughs and to propose ambitious plans for the county to be an exemplar of best practice in using valuable materials in the 'Circular Economy'.
Here are web pages in which the Council or another source explains how to obtain access to information (data sets and documents) in its possession: