Neglected area

PUBLISHED: 10:34 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, — The altruistic concern that your correspondent Brian Turberville (Herts Advertiser, January 1) shows towards the run-down state of London Road in St Albans is touching, but I would like to return the compliment by filling him in on a few facts on t

SIR, - The altruistic concern that your correspondent Brian Turberville (Herts Advertiser, January 1) shows towards the run-down state of London Road in St Albans is touching, but I would like to return the compliment by filling him in on a few facts on the situation.

Firstly, Mr Turberville should be aware that the site has been owned by Tesco for eight years now and that the poor state of its repair is owing entirely to their neglect.

Secondly, the Stop Tesco campaign group has made several suggestions for a better use of this site, including a much-needed school. However, as Mr Turberville has clearly been following this story in the newspaper, he will already be aware of this.

Thirdly, if it is perceived that the vastly-increased traffic - particularly deliveries in articulated lorries - plus increased noise, light and air pollution that will inevitably be part of a new supermarket on any site, would constitute an improvement to this area, then maybe this part of town is in far worse a state than even I was previously aware.

I have lived opposite this site for five years - perhaps Mr Turberville would like to visit since he personally does not appear to live near?

ELEANOR SMITH,

London Road, St Albans.

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