I am frankly dismayed by Hertfordshire County Council’s decision not to make any highways-related objection to the Helioslough freight terminal application. It looks like they have just caved in to Helioslough’s legal threats. It is totally abject for them to cite concern about costs being awarded against them – of course there is always a risk but it is a classic developer bully boy tactic to make councils crumple. Herts County Council has well and truly crumpled.
It is not even a case of being stabbed in the back - it's a knife in the stomach.
There were perfectly sound reasons for the highways issues to be revisited at this Inquiry. Patterns of road usage are always changing, for example there is the potentially significant impact of Butterfly World.
The fight against the terminal will continue of course. The rail capacity arguments remain powerful reasons for the application to fail yet again. But it is quite shocking that the Conservative ruling group on Herts County Council have decided to put narrow financial interests above those of the residents of St Albans.
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