Liberal Democrats have responded to the Labour Government’s plans to cram the district with over 10,000 extra houses with a ‘Hands Off Herts’ campaign, to be launched on a cross-party basis on 18 January. Liberal Democrat Leader of St Albans District Council Robert Donald said
We are not going to take this lying down and will protest at every appropriate forum – at council meetings, at the regional assembly, in Parliament and wherever there may be people who will listen and take action.
Liberal Democrat Candidate Sandy Walkington added
John Prescott famously said that the green belt was a Labour achievement and they intended to build on it. Everyone thought he was scrambling his words again. Sadly he seems to have meant what he said, and it is a disaster in the making. The mid-Herts infrastructure simply cannot cope with further massive development.
This has to be an all-party campaign to defend the district against being strangled. The threats are coming from all directions – the expansion of Hemel Hempstead to the west, of Hatfield to the east and the proposed freight terminal in the south. Yet the roads and railways are already at bursting point, we have major problems with schools, promised improvements in health services have been cynically scrapped, water resources are severely strained. What planet do they live on?
Chris Brazier says
There is no infrastructure to support this many extra houses, it will mean the destruction of our Green Belt and unique identity. Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans will merge into one large urban sprawl. I urge as many people as possible to attend the public meeting on 18 January. We have to make our voices heard.’