Close lane

PUBLISHED: 11:40 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 06 May 2010

SIR — With regard to the Campaign to close dangerous lane (Herts Advertiser, July 24), I wrote to members of the St Albans District Council Joint Highways Panel to express my support for the petition to close Barley Mow Lane to vehicular traffic at a

SIR - With regard to the "Campaign to close 'dangerous' lane" (Herts Advertiser, July 24), I wrote to members of the St Albans District Council Joint Highways Panel to express my support for the petition to close Barley Mow Lane to vehicular traffic at a point between the mobile home site and the former Barley Mow public house.

I have been resident in Tyttenhanger Green for almost 15 years and for most of this time I have held the view that this road should be closed between these two points. I'm not jumping on the proverbial bandwagon either as this was my response to the question in the Parish Plan survey carried out by Colney Heath Parish Council approximately four years ago, in which respondents to the survey were invited to identify a single action which they believed would most improve their quality of life in the parish.

Some vehicles coming from the direction of the former Barley Mow public house appear to revel in tearing through Tyttenhanger Green at speeds which not only exceed the 30mph speed limit but which have, on more than one occasion, resulted in the driver of the vehicle losing control and causing damage to property and legally-parked cars.

As far as I am aware, in the time I have lived in Tyttenhanger Green no one has been injured by a car speeding through - yet! I don't care if the idiots in the speeding cars injure or indeed kill themselves but I am extremely concerned about the potential for speeding cars to inflict injury or death on a member of my family, one of my neighbours or a visitor.

I believe it is the duty of councillors, whether elected or co-opted, to represent the views of their constituents and act on their behalf. The majority of residents in Tyttenhanger Green support the petition to close Barley Mow Lane. I understand this petition has attracted more than 220 signatures.

I urged the council to act before a tragedy occurs and avoid the need to take remedial measures afterwards. There are too many examples in this country where action is taken only after a disaster occurs - anyone remember the Kings Cross fire? Blocking Barley Mow Lane will, at a stroke, deprive a minority of the opportunity to inflict their idea of fun - and my idea of hell - on the residents of Tyttenhanger Green.

STEVE PARISH,

Tyttenhanger Green.

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