Our AGM at Brookmans Park United
Reformed Church.Details overleaf
Saturday 11th Oct
NM Memorial Hall.Our 23rd Michaelmas Lunch.Tickets available via our Secretary in
Gypsy and travellers site on
Bulls Lane, Bell Bar?
The Government requires all local authorities to
provide more pitches for gypsies and travellers – one pitch per family with
up to two caravans.The East of
England Regional Assembly recommends 17 more pitches in Welwyn Hatfield by
In 2007, consultants reported to Welwyn Hatfield
Council that they could recommend only one site in the whole borough to put
the required 17 pitches, and that was on Green Belt land at Bulls Lane, Bell Bar.
In Spring 2008, the council is expected to consult
everyone about this.Please ensure
that you make your views known to us so we can pass them on.
East of England Plan
The adopted EEP is due to be published early in
2008.We wait to see how successful our
campaign and the ‘NoWayTo10K’ campaign have been.Welwyn Hatfield Council estimate that any
figure above about 5,000 will have to be built on Green Belt land.Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield may be
designated Key Centres for Development and Change.
At the time of writing, it seems that the sewerage
system is already working at near capacity.The QE2 hospital is being downgraded with many services being
transferred to the ListerHospital, Stevenage.On top of that, no money is available to widen the A1(M)
near Stevenage to cope with the extra
We had to stop the printing of the
original version of this Newsletter in order to include this item
Waste handling site at New Barnfield, Travellers Lane?
EU directives require more waste recycling
by 2020.Herts County Council must provide
12 new waste handling sites.Some will
be used to consolidate waste from several vehicles into one huge skip for handling
elsewhere.Some will be for sorting
waste, and some will have an incinerator.
48 possible sites have been identified including one
at New Barnfield, Travellers Lane.This is in the Green Belt.
It is premature to even guess which use would be made
of this site if it is selected.
The County Council has just started consulting
everyone, with comments required by 10th
March 2008.The papers and response forms are available
at County Hall, all district & borough council offices and all HertsCounty libraries.
See overleaf for more
This Society thinks that the New Barnfield site could
create tremendous traffic problems.At
our AGM we will provide response forms.
Our successes in 2007
Planning applications - In 2007 there were 191applications in the parish.We objected to or commented on 25 of them (13%),
with 14 refused or withdrawn,
6 approved and 5 still to be decided.
In 2006 Welwyn Hatfield Council refused a second
application for a ‘country house’ at Friday
Grove,Bluebridge Road (south of BrookmansPark).At the appeal inquiry in 2007 we spoke as did a Parish Councillor and a
Gobions Woodland Trustee.The appeal was
dismissed.The Planning Inspector
included several of our comments in his report, showing that due notice was
taken of our opinion.
Herts County Council
Waste management to 2020
Your comments must be received at County Hall by Monday 10th March 2008.
Hertfordshire County Council
is consulting all residents on how best to manage waste in the period to 2020.You can:
·use a copy of the paper response form available on the
internet or at libraries etc.
The various documents and
response forms are available at County Hall, District and Borough Council
offices, and all HertsCounty libraries.This Society recommends that you concentrate on the ‘Waste site allocations preferred options’ documents.
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.
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
Welham Green.A map of the site is
overleaf.The potential Hertsmere sites include
Cranborne Road in Potters Bar, and Tyttenhanger
Quarry on Coursers
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.