Public urged to fight new Radlett rail frieght terminal plan

PUBLISHED: 17:15 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 06 May 2010

The original proposal was turned down in October

The original proposal was turned down in October

CAMPAIGNERS are urging the public to get behind the fight to stop the building of a massive rail freight terminal on the former Radlett Aerodrome site, following news that developers Helioslough are to submit a new planning application for the scheme. The

CAMPAIGNERS are urging the public to get behind the fight to stop the building of a massive rail freight terminal on the former Radlett Aerodrome site, following news that developers Helioslough are to submit a new planning application for the scheme.

The original application was refused by the Secretary of State last October. However, the developer is going to resubmit another application shortly to St Albans District Council.

A public consultation will be held on Friday, March 13, from 11am-7pm and Saturday, March 14, from 10am-4pm in the Mountbatten Suite at the Noke Hotel, Watford Road, Chiswell Green, and campaign group Stop the Rail Freight Exchange (STRiFE) is calling for the public to again fight to get the proposal stopped.

They are asking for anyone with expertise in the environmental, planning or logistics industries, who is able to help with their knowledge or are prepared to hand out leaflets as a road agent to get in touch.

MP Anne Main is also calling for people to join in the campaign. She said: "It is no surprise that the developer has scurried back with a new proposal. This is still a monstrous application which we must resist strongly.

"I am urging all my constituents, who share my concerns, to go along to this consultation and to make their views known to both the Council and the developer. This is a completely new application so we must fight this battle afresh as only objections relating to this specific application will be taken into consideration. I do not want this to slip through because St Albans did not get a wake up call in time.

"STRiFE need our support now, more than ever, and I will continue to work with them to fight this potentially disastrous proposal."

To find out more about STRiFE see www.strife.biz or contact Cathy Bolshaw on 07710 327969.

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