Developers hoping to build a rail freight interchange on 600 acres of green belt land at the former Radlett airfield have posted their intentions on their website.
The SEGRO Logistics Park Radlett webpage reads: “SEGRO is committed to proactive and effective engagement with local communities.”
In the Q&A section, SEGRO also say they are “adopting a community-first approach”.
However, nearly 10,000 local residents have signed a petition condemning the project and criticising the damage they say it will cause to the environment.
Locals have taken to social media site X to report alleged sightings of trees on the site being felled, despite the fact that a judicial review launched by Save St Albans: Fight the Freight activists is currently in process.
St Albans councillor and Fight the Freight activist Nuala Webb said: “As with so many apparently slick PR statements, it’s what they don’t say that is more important than what they do say.
“There’s no mention of the loss of hundreds of acres of valuable green belt and there’s no mention of the increased pollution that will impact Radlett and St Albans from the thousands of extra vehicles using this site every day.
“They say they have no need for new traffic surveys even though the data they used is more than 20 years old. It ignores increases in traffic since then and takes no account of future traffic forecasts.”
SEGRO has been contacted for comment.
Photo Credit: Save St Albans: Fight the Freight