Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed yesterday (10 November 2014) to ask Veolia for an alternative option for dealing with Hertfordshire’s residual waste.
The decision follows the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles’, ruling not to grant planning permission for Veolia’s recycling and energy recovery facility at New Barnfield.
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Waste Management, said: “Veolia will be asked to prepare an alternative option for the long-term treatment of Hertfordshire’s residual waste. They will have six months to complete this work. We’ll then carefully consider their proposal before deciding whether to continue with Veolia or request termination of the contract.
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Waste Management – “They will have six months to complete this work. We’ll then carefully consider their proposal before deciding whether to continue with Veolia or request termination of the contract”
“Under the existing contract, Veolia’s preparation of an alternative option comes at no extra cost to Hertfordshire County Council. As we have free access to Veolia’s expertise, it would be short sighted not to ask them for an alternative to New Barnfield.
“We have plans in place to deal with waste up to 2021 so we have sufficient time to come up with a long-term solution that is both environmentally and financially sound.”
In addition, as Veolia is challenging the Secretary of State’s planning decision, Cabinet agreed to monitor this case closely and review options should Veolia’s challenge be successful.
If Veolia’s challenge is successful while they are working on an alternative plan, the county council can then decide whether to ask Veolia to continue with work on alternative proposals or return to the original plan to build a facility at New Barnfield.
Terry added: “While legal action is underway, we need to consider the implications of both a successful or unsuccessful challenge and have options available for either scenario. Veolia’s legal challenge is entirely at their own cost and independent from the county council who are not challenging the decision.”