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HATFIELD AGAINST INCINERATION UPDATE ON THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST AN INCINERATOR AT NEW BARNFIELD The Public Inquiry into the Planning Application by Veolia to build at 380,000 tonnes per year incinerator at New Barnfield ended on October 25th. The parties who opposed the incinerator now await the Report of Inspector Richards and the decision of the Secretary of State. This is likely to be known next Spring. In addition to the Public Inquiry, there has been an Examination, by Inspector Andrews, of the Herts County Council Waste Sites Allocations plan. The Waste Sites Allocations plan is about all the waste sites proposed for the whole county, including New Barnfield. The session on Nov 5th was about the New Barnfield site, and the session on Nov 6th was about modifications that Herts County Council proposes to make to their Waste Sites Allocations plan in the light of issues raised at the Examination. Inspector Andrews will now consider all the material about Waste Sites for Herts, and a list of proposed main modifications to the Herts Waste Sites Plan will be published by December 16th. The public – individuals and organisations – will then be invited to respond to a Consultation on those modifications between January 6th and February 14th 2014. Cathy Roe, Secretary of Hatfield Against Incineration, said, “When we see the final proposed modifications to the Waste Sites Allocations plan, HAI will, if necessary, suggest ways in which people can respond. So the campaign is not yet quite complete, and is likely to continue in January 2014.” Paul Zukowskyj, Secretary of New Barnfield Action Fund, said, “Two independent inspectors are now considering the issues that have been put to them, and we are hopeful that eventually we will have a positive result for New Barnfield.”
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6:14pm Sunday 9th June 2013
Heavy Metal bands rocked once again at the Breaks Manor on Saturday night to rave reviews. Hatfield lads Sonic Scream were followed by Death Valley Knights and Neuronspoiler, all going down really well with fans. The concert was the first in a series of monthly events that have been organised by generous Town Councillor Dean Archer who bore the initial costs out of his own pocket...
3:33pm Sunday 9th June 2013
A controversial scheme to replace the former Herts County Supplies stores and offices in Mount Pleasant Lane with up to 116 new homes took a step closer last week as demolition contractors began clearing the site. Local residents have long been against the scheme as they fear a 'rat run' will be created through the Ryde estate ...
9:46am Thursday 6th June 2013
A year after the first Portas Pilot winners were announced, the BBC has reported that ten out of twelve government funded towns have seen a drop in the number of ‘occupied retail units’. This is a massive blow for the scheme which was fronted by local MP Grant Shapps. Over 400 towns entered a competition ...
6:06pm Wednesday 5th June 2013
Hatfield Town Councillor and heavy metal fan Dean Archer, is presenting the first in a series of regular rock music concerts on Saturday June 8th at the Breaks Manor Youth Centre. Remarkably he is paying for this out of his own pocket, too, with all profits going to the Youth Centre. “Hopefully” he says, “Some of the profits will continue to fund future concerts” ...
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10:29am Tuesday 28th May 2013
In response to a request from the community, Hatfield Town Council will be leaving the War Memorial Gardens open this week so that residents of Hatfield may leave flowers and messages of condolences for Drummer Lee Rigby who was murdered in London last week...
9:37pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
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8:18pm Saturday 11th May 2013
The long awaited debut of Hatfield’s £27,000 portable stage finally took place on Saturday. Having spent the past two months in storage, preparations for its journey began at 7 am when Council operatives arrived at their Hilltop yard to tow the trailer down to the town centre. They were met at 8 am by four building contractors who were hired to assemble the stage in White Lion Square. By 11 am the stage was up and a...
3:44pm Friday 10th May 2013
12:14pm Friday 10th May 2013
Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault took place in Hatfield. The offence occurred on Wednesday, May 1 at 2.30pm in the Kennelwood Car Park on Queensway. The victim, a man in his 30s, was a passenger in a car which was parked when he was approached by the driver of another vehicle who assaulted him...
6:39am Friday 3rd May 2013
The Conservatives lost three seats in the Welwyn Hatfield area following yesterdays County Council elections. Most notably, Tory cabinet minister Stuart Pile was defeated in Hatfield South by Hatfield Against Incineration campaigner Paul Zukowskyj representing the LibDems. Throughout the Borough, UKIP received some strong support but ...
6:01am Friday 3rd May 2013
Firearms, ammunition and drugs were seized during a warrant in Welwyn Garden City this week. Officers from the Tactical Team executed the warrant in Bessemer Road at around 6.30am on Tuesday (April 30). The property was searched and officers seized prohibited firearms, 103 rounds of rifle ammunition and suspected Cocaine...
7:10am Thursday 18th April 2013
The man who began the successful Portas Pilot entry for Hatfield, is aghast that the Town Team responsible for spending the £100,000 prize winnings have squandered over £44,000 on purchasing 60 new pop-up market stalls. “There was nothing wrong with the existing ones!” exclaimed ...
9:17am Wednesday 17th April 2013
Seven years ago planning permission was approved to build a 450 seat grandstand complex at Angerland Common Playing Fields. But, amid much controversy, the University did not provide community group Sport Hatfield with the mooted 50 year peppercorn lease to enable the stadium to be built. But now things could be about to change for the better. A new community group called Hatfield Sports Association have taken the baton and there is now real hope...
3:35pm Monday 15th April 2013
The Mirror on-line has published a story about MP Grant Shapps using ‘fakery’ to promote the Consertives 2015 recruitment drive. His Tory party website shows a group of ‘eager young activists’ who are the same group of people shown smiling on an Australian university website! The Mirror reports: “In a message running alongside the Tory recruitment site Mr Shapps says: “We need to ...
8:02pm Thursday 11th April 2013
Public Inquiry: This will be held from September 10th for up to 12 days. Those who oppose an incinerator at New Barnfield will participate at the inquiry as "Rule 6 Parties" and will have legal representation. The Rule 6 Parties which have asked to put the case against the incinerator are: New Barnfield Action Fund....
1:34pm Wednesday 10th April 2013
Hatfield Against Incineration and the New Barnfield Action Fund were today surprised to be told, via an election leaflet, that the hated incinerator had been stopped. Unfortunately, it would appear this claim is untrue. Cllr Pile’s election leaflet claimed that he’d ‘stopped the incinerator in its tracks’, whereas...
6:44am Sunday 7th April 2013
Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a robbery in Welwyn Garden City on Friday (5th April) evening. Three offenders, one of whom was carrying what is described as a short walking stick, have approached three teenage girls on Bridge Road East at around 10.45pm and then demanded the girls’ mobile phones.
6:36pm Thursday 4th April 2013
The Town Council are highly delighted with the increase in income following the refurbishment of Hatfield Kids Fun Zone in May 2012. Since the project was completed over 800 children’s parties have taken place with income exceeding the budget by £19,000...
9:58am Wednesday 3rd April 2013
In the immortal words of Slade Prison’s TV Governor, Mr Venables, “Welwyn Garden City is hardly a walk on the wild side” But all this could be about to change. It has now been discovered that WGC is advertised as one of the best locations for ‘doggers’.....
9:33am Wednesday 3rd April 2013
It has been reported that the WelHat Borough Council are considering a £125k contribution to the fund to bolster the on-going legal challenge against the hated incinerator. This paper has long maintained that the original £20k donation Borough Council was a paltry token gesture but now...
8:09pm Sunday 31st March 2013
Recently Hatfield’s 50 year twinning arrangement with Zierikzee has floundered. Suggestions for a new arrangement have varied with an offer from an obscure Polish town to Hatfield linking up with several of the other Hatfield’s in the UK and around the world. But whilst Hatfield is spoilt for choice, no town has ever wanted to twin with Welwyn Garden City - not even neighbouring Hatfield! But moves are ...
6:44pm Sunday 31st March 2013
Grant Shapps has written to Welwyn Hatfield constituents about the imminent work that is to be undertaken on the QE2 hospital site: I’m pleased to be able to get in touch to give you some good news. Building work on the New QE2 is finally about to begin. The breakthrough comes following a funding dea with the Department of....
10:05am Wednesday 27th March 2013
Hatfield’s beleaguered Town Team are continuing to receive the derision of residents over their purchase of a £27,000 portable stage that will spend 99% of its time in storage. The cost of the stage was taken from the £100,000 Portas prize money which was intended to be used for improving Hatfield’s run-down town centre. Last week, on BBC radio, Conservative MP Grant Shapps was caught flustered...
11:11am Tuesday 19th March 2013
Recently BBC 3 Counties Radio invited WGC Tory Borough Councillor Mandy Perkins to discuss Hatfield’s run down town centre with Hatfield Labour Councillor Dean Archer. A nervous Cllr Perkins tried to defend the alleged bias that sees most investment go to WGC whilst Hatfield rots...
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9:17am Saturday 16th March 2013
Jude, a lurcher with aristocratic connections, has been missing from his home at Hatfield House since midday, Wednesday 13th March. He was last seen at around 3pm on the same day around the A414 area between Essendon and Hatfield. Reports say that he had re-entered Hatfield Park...
5:27pm Thursday 14th March 2013
Town councillor Dean Archer, has called the destruction of Hatfield's 190 year old Cat & Fiddle pub "Another shameful act of cultural vandalism by an uncaring Borough Council". Mr Archer believes that planning officers did not try to save the landmark building at all. "The Borough Council care little for Hatfield...
8:00pm Tuesday 12th March 2013
A controversial portable stage, which cost a whopping £27,000, has finally been delivered to Hatfield. The stage was purchased in Poland and paid for out of the Portas Pilot prize winnings which were awarded to help improve Hatfield's dismal town centre. But, it seems, the two and a half ton structure will be spending 99% of its time in storage, nearly two miles away in a lock-up behind the ...
7:13am Thursday 14th March 2013
The RSPCA have described an abandoned horse, found in a field near Hatfield, as a 'walking skeleton'. The three year old, named Maggie, survived by eating tree bark. She was found badly malnourished in a flooded field and afflicted with mange, lice and other signs of serious neglect. She has since...
4:50pm Wednesday 13th March 2013
9:08pm Sunday 10th March 2013
A week ago, an article appeared on-line in the Institute of Race Relation website. It began, “...If you want to feel and smell austerity, go to Hatfield” Perhaps every local politician should read this and consider that their actions or inactions have conspired to systematically destroy a truly historic town simply to benefit a dreary but overly powerful neighbouring Garden City.
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