Park Street People Power

Tonight's meeting of the St Albans District Council Planning Referrals Committee was so uplifting.  I bet it's a long time since anyone wrote that about their deliberations!

It wasn't the councillors of course, it was the sheer number of local residents and their quiet articulacy.  And it was nice to see political parties burying the hatchet for once as well. 

The council's own officers had prepared a comprehensive demolition of the Helioslough proposals.  But it was the residents and their representatives who quietly impressed with their knowledge of technological and environmental issues.

While the Hands Off Herts campaign was set up to repond in particular to the threatened housing developments east and west of St Albans, the rape of the Green Belt to the south by such a monstrous warehouse scheme would be absolutely catastrophic.  

I hope that Helioslough see sense and do not go to appeal.  If they do, I hope that the Council is able to fund the best possible representation to ensure that we continue to win - and then get their costs back from the developer.

This is a chancer proposal which is seeking to cloak a roadfreight terminal in environmental responsibility.  I am really glad that senior Liberal Democrat parliamentarians took the time to come to Park Street earlier this year to express their opposition - we just have to keep up the pressure.  

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