Now it has been confirmed that St Albans District Council will consider the new application from Helioslough, we will have to dust off the "Hands Off Herts" logo. I cannot over-emphasise the destructiveness of the Helioslough proposal. There is no meaningful change in their new proposal. The monster freight terminal they propose would be a knife in the belly of St Albans. They are planning on our getting tired of having to raise yet more money and summon more energy to fight them off.
Well we will prove them wrong. This is not a party political issue. It remains crucial that all parties and all elected representatives of every colour continue explicitly and vociferously to oppose this appalling plan. I will work as one with Anne Main and Roma Mills. Park Street and St Albans deserve nothing less. St Albans District Council will have the key initial role in pulling together the opposition case. STRiFE will continue to play a crucial part, with the benefit of rising above party politics. But we also need to involve as many other local groups and statutory bodies as possible. Assuming this once again goes to a public inquiry, the range and variety of opposition must leave whoever is appointed as Inspector under no illusion that there is any meaningful local support for the freight terminal plan.
I don't normally quote Conservative philosophers, but as Edmund Burke said, "All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to remain silent." PS Round Three? I reckon Round One was the period up to the first refusal of planning permission by St Albans District Council. Round Two was last year's public inquiry and the rejection of Helioslough's appeal. Now it's Round Three, seconds out of the ring.