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Consultation on waste plan

The Greendale Waste Recycling Centre, Woodbury Salterton, in the middle of the Devon countryside. © Copyright Kevin Hale
A waste recyling centre in the Devon countryside
© Kevin Hale
The green belt society says a proposal to create a waste handling site on Travellers Lane in Hatfield will cause a significant increase in heavy traffic.

The North Mymms District Green Belt Society (NMDGBS) has highlighted the issue in its latest newsletter, which is being distributed to every home in the area.

The site is one of 48 possible locations identified by Hertfordshire County Council as it attempts to meet an EU directive on waste recycling, which states it must provide 12 new sites by 2020.

Some of the waste handling would involve consolidating waste from several vehicles into one huge skip for handling elsewhere. Some will be for sorting waste, and some will have an incinerator.

The NMDGBS also points out that the site New Barnfield, Travellers Lane, Hatfield is in the green belt.

Comments about the proposal must be received at County Hall by Monday 10 March 2008.

According to the NMDGBS, Hertfordshire County Council is consulting all residents on how best to manage waste in the period to 2020.

You can:

  • use the appropriate on-line response form click here
  • send you comments by email to cdu(at)
  • use a copy of the paper response form available on the internet or at libraries.

The various documents and response forms are available at County Hall, District and Borough Council offices, and all Hertfordshire County libraries.

The NMDGBS recommends that respondents concentrate on the ‘Waste site allocations preferred options’ documents.

The following information is taken from the NMDGBS newsletter ...


In 2006/7 the county handled 600,000 tonnes of household waste, of which 360,000 tonnes (60%) went into landfill, 109,000 tonnes (18%) were recycled, 89,000 tonnes (15%) were composted and 37,000 tonnes (6%) were incinerated. Commercial waste was over 1 million tonnes, and construction and demolition waste was over 1.5 million tonnes.

Existing landfill sites may be full by 2009 and there are few suitable new sites. The Council aims to increase recycling and composting from 33% to 50% by 2020. Currently the figure is only one third in this county. Local authorities have been set limits on the amount of waste sent for landfill and will be fined £150 for every tonne over that target. Waste is expected to grow by 2% a year, so the county must reduce landfill and provide new facilities for handling this rubbish.

Possible sites

The county needs up to 12 new sites by 2020, and the consultation document lists 48 possible sites, with six in Welwyn Hatfield and five in Hertsmere. The potential Welwyn Hatfield sites include council-owned land at New Barnfield on Travellers Lane, Welham Green. A map of the site is overleaf. The potential Hertsmere sites include Cranborne Road in Potters Bar, and Tyttenhanger Quarry on Coursers Road near London Colney.

There is a need for both small and large sites, with priority being given to extensions of existing sites. No decision has been made on what use might be made of each site but it could be for waste transfer, or sorting, or incineration. Waste that cannot be recycled will be mechanically sorted, some of it burned to produce energy, and some incinerated, with the residue going into landfill.

Council Taxes will rise even more if we do not reduce the amount of waste produced, recycle more, and alternative means of disposal are not produced. This consultation will give everyone of us the opportunity to make our views known about recycling, excess packaging, plastic bags, etc.

New Barnfield, Travellers Lane

The advantage to the county is that it already owns this land. It is not next to housing.

The main concern of this society is that use of this site for waste handling will cause a significant increase in the number of very heavy vehicles using South Way, Hatfield and all surrounding roads.

Although South Way was deliberately built to become a dual carriageway, there would have to be an upgrade of the junction with the A1(M) to enable traffic to and from the north to get off and back on the motorway. Roads to the east of this site are not designed to carry this weight of heavy traffic.

You can discuss this issue in this site's forum and you can download the NMDGBS's latest newsletter by clicking on the following links.

9 February 2008

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