Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Herts CC to fund 'huge chunk' of Veolia's legal bill

From the front page of the Welwyn Hatfield Times today "County to foot huge chunk of Veolia's legal bill at waste burner enquiry"

'Taxpayers will have to not only pay for the county council's legal costs at the upcoming Hatfield incinerator public enquiry, but also £250,000 towards applicant Veolia's fees - taking the total to £500,000'.

'Terry Douris, Conservative, the county council's cabinet member for highways and waste management, called the six-figure sum "a very tiny amount in the overall scheme of things". He added that the council was contractually obliged to put up £250,000 of Veolia's legal fees, but denied that a mistake was made in signing the contract'.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Brookmans Park residents give huge 'thumbs down' to Hatfield incinerator

Brookmans Park residents have delivered a massive boost to the anti Hatfield incinerator campaign with two days to go.

The last collection was made today from the BPRA's post box in Brookmans Park News, and the final 151 letters of objection are now on their way to the Inspectorate in Bristol.

Objectors who have missed the deadline for letters can still make their views known before the final deadline of Wednesday 21st August, by emailing   making sure to give your name and address and your reasons for objecting.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The importance of the BPRA door-to-door anti-incinerator campaign

Have you registered your objection yet? BPRA anti-incinerator
campaign material delivered to every home in Brookmans Park

Majority against

A campaigner calling door-to-door on behalf of the Brookmans Park Residents Association (BPRA) has reported an overwhelming surge of opinion AGAINST the proposed Hatfield incinerator.

The local resident who took on to knock on 51 homes in Shrublands and Woodlands wrote in our forum that 97% of those he spoke to were going to send letters opposing - some for the second time, others for the first.

Worryingly, some had never heard of the incinerator, which underlines the importance of the BPRA's leaflet and letter campaign. The campaigner wrote:

Alarmingly four of the households had not heard of the incinerator!

Knocking on doors

However another, delivering to Peplins Way and Peplins Close, stressed the importance of following up the leafleting campaign by knocking on doors. They found the following responses:
  • Some had put the leaflet to one side but did intend objecting, and were grateful for the reminder.
  • Several seemed to have only a vague idea of what I was talking about, and no real sense of it being an issue that impacted them and their loved ones.
  • Two were elderly without access to computers and glad to receive the letters.
  • Only one had actually already responded.
The campaigner said:
From this it is clear that putting leaflets through doors is not enough and we need to follow up.

Still time to object

Remember, you have until Saturday 17 August to post your letters in because all letters must be with the inspectorate by August 21.

More details, and sample letters (you need to send three copies) can be found in our earlier post, but are copied below.

Click here to download a sample letter if you have objected before, and click here if this is your first time for objecting. There are more than 50 sample letters and one will be chosen at random for you to download.

The BPRA would like to thank all those who delivered leaflets and all those who have responded.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

BPRA chips in on national waste and recycling live chat

This site, tweeting under the name @brookmansparkra along with the Brookmans Park Newsletter, tweeting under the name @bpnewsletter took part in the Guardian Sustainable Business live online chat on waste and recycling in business Thursday lunchtime. We felt it was important that we tried to make our voices heard during the hour-long debate. We posted a couple of questions between us, but were not thrilled with the answers - or the lack of them. The exchange is embedded below (it might take a moment to load) as a record of what took place.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Brookmans Park Residents Association logo chosen

The BPRA has a new logo, just two weeks after the group was set up.

A number of local residents submitted their suggestions and we invited everyone to pick the logo they liked best.

In the end it was a dead heat between Logo 6 and Logo 7. After considering both, the BPRA committee decided to go with Logo 7 (below).

Logo 7, designed by Richard Jackson

The winning logo, made up of two green triangles, will now be included in all our official stationery and other communications.

Richard Jackson explains the concept behind the use of triangles in the BPRA Forum.

Richard also designed the Logo 6 which polled the same number of votes as the one chosen by the BPRA.

Logo 6, designed by Richard Jackson

Thanks to all who submitted logos. You can see all seven here. And thanks, too, to all those who took the time to vote. The final voting scores are captured below in a screen grab as the poll closed.

The final voting scores in the poll for the BPRA logo