Blurred vision

PUBLISHED: 11:08 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, — An exhibition at the Old Town Hall this Saturday, starting at 10am, appears to be the last chance to comment on the district council s plans for the future of St Albans, the City Vision . This exhibition was originally scheduled for February, so i

SIR, - An exhibition at the Old Town Hall this Saturday, starting at 10am, appears to be the last chance to comment on the district council's plans for the future of St Albans, the "City Vision".

This exhibition was originally scheduled for February, so it would have been helpful if the council had published a notice in last week's Herts Advertiser. The notice actually given was just a two-line addition to an existing page on the council website some time in the last 10 days. It would be nice to think that the council would at least provide a public notice in this week's newspaper - even if less than 48 hours notice is totally inadequate!

Given the time available, taxpayers cannot realistically be expected to read the whole 146-page document - even if sufficient copies were available, so I suggest concentrating on Section 5 which, unsurprisingly for this council, is loaded towards their long-term plan to close St Peter's Street to normal traffic.

I would urge anyone who would like to have some say in the future of St Albans - and of course how taxpayers' money is spent - to make the effort to visit the exhibition and comment on the council's proposals.

Whether any notice will be taken of your comments is an open question, given the lack of any publicity or sensible notice, and the fact that the council has already voted to approve the document (Herts Advertiser report of a couple of weeks ago).

Nevertheless you can lobby your local councillor. Unfortunately this is a "non-election" year so they may take no notice - but at least you can try!

MIKE BIBBY,

Barncroft Way, St Albans.

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