Government changes to a plan intended to guide development in the east of England until 2021 have been dubbed "neither deliverable nor sustainable" - according to a report on the BBC Website.
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So here we have it.
The new vision for the future of Hertfordshire, expressed in the jargon-packed “Regional Spatial Strategy” on which we are all invited to comment.
This vision requires the most heavily populated county in the country to take up to 100,000 additional houses, with no guarantee of supporting infrastructure and a clear threat to build large numbers of those houses on what is now Green Belt.
An American supreme court judge – I think 19th century vintage – once said “I like paying tax – it’s the price of civilization”.
I took part in the Sleep-Out at St Albans Abbey last December for the first time. This is the annual event when people sleep (or not) for a night in the open air round the outside of the Abbey. It’s to draw attention to the plight of the homeless and to raise money for local homeless projects. It was an absolutely foul night in terms of pouring rain, and no tents were allowed.
It is so depressing that the local Labour Party decided not to support opposition to building on the local Green Belt at tonight’s meeting of St Albans City and District Council.
The biggest threat to our district since the Second World War and they decide to toe the government lin
The public meeting organised by St Albans District Council on Thursday 18 January to discuss the proposed massive increase of new homes in Hertfordshire was packed out.
This was remarkable given the appalling weather which meant that people travelling from London had great difficulty getting home. It proved the strength of feeling that there is a real and present danger that the government is setting out to destroy what makes our county and our district so special.
The Government is lumping St Albans and its villages together with Hatfield, Welwyn and other neighbouring towns - and calling us "London Arc West".
So much for 2000 years of history!
PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT: St Albans High School for Girls / 7.30pm. Please come and lend your support!
That’s how the Labour Government has chosen to lump St Albans and its villages together with all the neighbouring towns in its “Regional Spatial Strategy”. So much for 2000 years of history. They are proposing up to 100,000 more homes in Hertfordshire in less than 20 years. This must be at least 20 percent more homes than there are now.
What do St Albans residents think of the Richmond-upon-Thames proposal to charge more for residents’ parking permits for gas-guzzling cars – as per their recent announcement?
We always hear that people are not prepared to stick their hands in their pockets to pay for going green, yet a clear majority of Richmond residents supported this proposal.
Paul Burstow MP, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Commons, visited St Albans yesterday. I met him at St Albans station with (Lord) Tom McNally, leader of the large Liberal Democrat group in the House of Lords, who is a St Albans resident and regular commuter. I took them both down to Park Street to learn about the threat to the village and the green belt from the proposed lorry terminal on the former Radlett aerodrome site.