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Hertfordshire to discuss waste options

Senior county councillors in Hertfordshire are meeting to discuss their next moves after Defra withdrew PFI credits for the proposed energy from waste facility at New Barnfield in Hatfield.

The project, which Veolia is contracted to build and operate, faces an uncertain future after Eric Pickles threw out planning permission in July and Defra withdrew PFI credits in October after its research showed that the facility would produce greater over-capacity than originally thought.

Veolia is due to appear in the High Court in December to appeal Pickles’ decision.

After the meeting of the highways and waste management cabinet panel on Tuesday, the full county council will vote on any recommendation at its meeting on 10 November.

The recommendations in a report from chief executive and director of environment, are:

  • to give Veolia three to six months to produce a revised plan
  • to monitor Veolia’s legal challenge and agree any appropriate variations
  • for the chief executive and director of environment to serve any notices related to the other two points

The council also has an option to terminate the project.

If this were to be decided, the council would find itself back at the pre-PFI procurement position “of looking for a long-term solution for Hertfordshire’s residual waste which could involve either officer procured options such as the shorter term interim contracts or going to the market for a long term solution”.

  • The full notes for the cabinet meeting can be accessed on the right.

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