Same problems

PUBLISHED: 10:26 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, — Regarding the application (Herts Advertiser, January 8) by Hallam Land to build 150 residential dwellings on the remaining 12 acres of the 20-acre King Harry Lane Playing Fields site in St Albans, this proposal suffers even more acutely from exactl

SIR, - Regarding the application (Herts Advertiser, January 8) by Hallam Land to build 150 residential dwellings on the remaining 12 acres of the 20-acre King Harry Lane Playing Fields site in St Albans, this proposal suffers even more acutely from exactly the same problems as the previous applications which were twice turned down unanimously by St Albans District Council.

No detailed solution is put forward to solve the very serious traffic congestion which daily bedevils the area around the King Harry pub and St Stephens Church. The developer merely offers a "contribution" to part of the expense of such a solution which "hopefully" someone else will produce. This is simply not good enough. To allow 150 - possibly 300 - more vehicles to spew out daily into an already highly-congested road would, in our view, be irresponsible to put it mildly.

As is well known, previous developers such as Sainsbury's have in the past offered funds to solve this traffic problem - funds which were never spent because no satisfactory solution was ever produced. Traffic is of course only one of the infrastructure problems which this proposal exacerbates. The council is aware of the issues which already exist with school places and other services in the city centre.

The application reference number is 5/2008/2807 and residents are urged to send comments in writing to the council to arrive not later than the very early final date of January 19.

BARRIE MORT,

Chair, Verulam Residents Association.

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