Protesters to march in Hoddesdon on 30 September

A protest march against Veolia’s proposed energy recovery from waste plant in Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon, will take place on Saturday 30 September.
 
Protesters will meet at Barclay Park at 11am where there will be an opening address from Charles Walker OBE MP. The march will move slowly through the town centre, into Burford Street and finish at the Pound Close recreation ground where there will be entertainment and closing speeches.
 
The march will last for approximately one hour and all concerned members of the public are welcome to attend and to bring their own home-made placards.
 
The organisers are looking for volunteers to help steward the event as well as first-aiders (holders of a recognised qualification), petition holders and children’s entertainers.
 
Broxbourne Council has already objected to the proposal but a report recommending that a further more detailed objection be made to Hertfordshire County Council, the planning authority in matters of waste disposal, will be heard at the next Planning and Regulatory Committee meeting on 3 October.
 
The objection will be based on the facility being in the wrong location and its size, as well as the increased movement of traffic to and from the site.
 
Ratty’s Lane is very narrow and is accessed via Essex Road, which is already severely congested. Broxbourne Council has also requested the Secretary of State to “call in” the application so that a public inquiry can be held.
 
The application is available to view on the County Council’s website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/planning. The official consultation period has closed, but representations will be considered until the day the application is determined, which has not yet been announced.
 
Members of the public who are interested in attending the march can find out more details by visiting www.facebook.com/bantheburner.