The St Albans Liberal Democrats have slammed the lack of local consultation over a Hertsmere Borough Council proposal to build a potential 4000-8000 extra homes on the edge of London Colney village. Conservative run Hertsmere Borough Council had carried out a consultation last week with Shenley residents, but failed to inform either St Albans District Council or residents in London Colney of the plans.
London Colney resident and Liberal Democrat campaigner Tony Lillico said, ‘I am furious that neither Hertsmere Borough Council or St Albans District Council had thought to talk to London Colney residents about this proposal. It seems to me completely bizarre that residents as far away as Bushey could be told about this plan before we knew about it here locally.
London Colney has major traffic issues, particularly around the Bell and London Colney roundabouts and along the High Street and Barnet Road. If the village is going to potentially triple in size, local infrastructure has got to be majorly improved . London Colney needs a cross party campaign to make sure the interests of the village is heard by the local council.’
Liberal Democrat councillor Rob Prowse, who sits on Planning Development Control Committee South at St Albans District Council said, ‘It is complete madness that neither London Colney residents or the district council were aware of these plans earlier. Both councils are run by the Conservatives but seem unable to talk to each other.
There clearly is a shortage of affordable homes locally but real thought needs to be given to infrastructure when planning something of this scale. It’s clear that Hertsmere and St Albans councils need to talk to London Colney residents before going any further with these plans.’