We had mostly left County Hall on Wednesday when they slipped the papers into our pigeon-holes for the upcoming special meeting on the Park Street Freight Terminal. The Conservative ruling group is recommending that the county council enter into a Section 106 agreement with Helioslough for the Park Street freight terminal and sell its land to allow the development to go ahead. In effect, it's throwing in the towel.
St Albans and Park Street were stabbed in the front by Eric Pickles when he suddenly reversed his previous position and said he was minded to approve the scheme. Now we are being stabbed in the back by his Conservative colleagues at County Hall with pound signs in their eyes. From my initial reading of the massive wedge of paperwork, they seem to be taking the position that they are bound to agree because the Secretary of State said the proposal is ‘in the public interest’. Well it certainly isn’t in Hertfordshire’s interest and the county council’s duty is to stand up for Hertfordshire and its residents. As I have posted so often before, there are so many reasons why this is a truly awful thing to do to St Albans. The words ‘Thirty Pieces of Silver’ come to mind. I hope as many people as possible can come to the meeting on December 9th at County Hall where Liberal Democrat councillors will be opposing this terrible recommendation by all possible means.