|Posted by hertswow on December 21, 2017 at 1:30 AM|
At the all-day meeting of Herts. County Council's Development Control Committee yesterday, the councillors appeared to give serious consideration to the issues. It consisted of a morning of objections, Veolia's case for the proposal and the Committee's own discussions in the afternoon. The councillors on the Committee then reverted to type and voted 7:3 the Officer's report, i.e. in favour of granting planning permission for the incinerator plant.
That approval in principle is subject to the Secretary of State's lifting his hold on their actually granting planning permission. However at this point the latter would be a formality if CLG were to do so. That makes it essential for everyone so minded to write to Sajid Javid MP* forthwith, citing planning grounds of national significance or liable to set a national precedent.
Office of Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP:
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Email: [email protected]
Contact us if you wish to discuss examples of such grounds: [email protected]
Whilst the local community's aim of refusal (or ours of deferral) was not achieved, there was an impressive show of banners outside and the protesters filled the Council Chamber. The 12 speakers objecting to the proposal included representatives of local companies and of a range of authorities from Hertfordshire and Essex. The objectors' seemly conduct was exemplary in encouraging the Committee to exercise due condern for the future of the Hoddesdon/Broxbourne area.