What is the proposed timescale?
It was noticed on 17 February 2011 that Biffa had updated their website, which now says:
"On January 18th 2011 we advised members of the Westmill Liaison Group that the planning application has been further delayed but that the intention is still to go ahead with the project and submit a planning application sometime this year.
"We will advise the community and all interested parties as soon as we have a definite date for the actual submission".
From the same section on their website they give their proposed timeline:
"We intend to submit a planning application for the new energy recovery facility at Westmill sometime in 2011.
"If the application is approved by the end of 2012 construction should begin in 2013.
"Completion of the construction work is likely to take approximately three years.
"The energy recovery facility could start to accept waste during 2016."
The Biffa website update has arrived one month after their announcement in a small local meeting. We published on this website some while earlier that Biffa weren't keeping the community properly advised of their proposals. We have not been officially informed. So much for their commitment to community involvement with all interested parties.
It appears that they consider that the residents of Ware, Hertford and surrounding district aren't interested parties. If Biffa had really wanted to keep the community advised and told us here at BIG we would have sent a communication to all members of BIG's contact list. They could have told the local papers. They could have put a note through our doors. There are so many ways they could have kept us informed. Is this really working in partnership with the community?
Click here to see the latest timescale from 2011 to 2050.
19 July 2011 Update - At today's meeting of the Westmill Liaison Group there was no further news on any application being submitted, other than to say “it hasn’t been dropped but no application has yet been submitted”.