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SAVE ST ALBANS: Campaign group launches new petition against rail freight plans

 Published on: 23rd February 2023   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

Local campaign group Save St Albans has launched a petition against Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) plans to sell Radlett Airfield.

If the sale goes ahead, developer SEGRO has plans to build a new rail freight interchange on the site.

The petition was set up on Change.org on January 25 and received almost 4,000 signatures in the first two weeks.

The group originally submitted the petition to HCC’s website, but it was declined on January 26 as HCC said it was the same as a previous petition.

The council added its constitution prevents the submission of a second petition to its website in relation to the same council decision within six months.

In response, the campaign group says the two petitions are different requests, at different points in the decision-making process.

The first petition was in relation to a full public consultation taking place before the land was sold.

A spokesperson for Save St Albans said: “You’ll see petitions about footpaths, speeding and grit bins, but not about the biggest issue affecting this part of Hertfordshire.”

A spokesperson for HCC said: “As one of the parties to the sale of land in Radlett to SEGRO, the county council has already considered representations from community groups, residents, and elected representatives. These representations included a petition opposing the sale of the land which was considered at the time the decision was taken.

“After consideration, and in light of the planning permission already granted in 2014, cabinet agreed to proceed with the sale of the land. The disposal of this site will lead to the creation of a new country park for the benefit of local residents, a by-pass for Park Street, create much-needed employment, and will reduce the carbon footprint of transporting freight across the nation.”

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