Poor relations

PUBLISHED: 10:25 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

SIR, — As a resident of London Colney, I feel angered by the constant disregard by our county and district councils to provide the London Colney residents with the same level of service that St Albans enjoys. Just because we do not enjoy an AL1 postcode,

SIR, - As a resident of London Colney, I feel angered by the constant disregard by our county and district councils to provide the London Colney residents with the same level of service that St Albans enjoys.

Just because we do not enjoy an AL1 postcode, we suffer from the services we pay for just because our postcode is AL2.

We do not enjoy the same level of policing, although via our council tax we pay for it. You will only see a police car in London Colney if someone has dialled 999. You will however see a police car in St Albans.

The residents of London Colney need to have a police presence every weekend. Between the hours of 11pm and 2am from Thursday to Sunday, the High Street is full of loud, drunk boys and girls, waiting for buses, taxis or whatever and neighbours have had their cars damaged and been verbally abused. The only reason this happens is because there are no police cars patrolling our streets.

We are sick and tired of being the poor relations to St Albans. We pay the same taxes but don't enjoy the same level of protection.

It goes deeper than policing - the local council rarely collects our recycling and without a phone call, they can take months to collect our paper/glass etc.

It's about time the powers that be got their acts together. London Colney has a vast number of daily visitors to Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, Boots - doesn't the income London Colney generates deserve a better respect from the police and district council?

PAUL BOWREY,

High Street, London Colney.

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