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PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 December 2016

The Alban Way.

The Alban Way.


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I’m writing to say a big congratulations to St Albans council for their excellent work in gradually removing nearly all of the trees along the Alban Way. For generations now, there has been almost nothing done to remove these trees, instead we have had to listen to the irritating bleating of those who talk only of the trees being “a delightful bower of green”, and “an irreplacable natural habitat for countless species of birds and other wildlife”. Even worse are those whingers who moan that cutting down trees which are between 30 and 130 years old, is appallingly short-sighted and will deprive future generations of a once stunning public walkway

Of course, even if any of the above were true, you’d have to be a complete moron to not see the excellent profitabilty available - by providing work to tree-felling contractors I’m sure everyone must be making a nice bit of cash, and that’s surely the important thing. As well as applauding this spirit of free enterprise, I would also like to give my thanks for the new insights into St Albans that had previously escaped me - now that the trees are being so thoroughly thinned I am able to see into all manner of interesting back windows of private homes, and a number of industrial centres and b If you would like to comment on any of the stories or features which have appeared in the Herts Ad, please email usiness parks are also no longer so densely screened - I had no idea all those skips, pallets, and wheely bins were there! Thank you!

The first good work was done last year when an impressive number of sturdy trees were felled along the Alban Way stretching from Cottonmill all the way to Camp Road. Now, this year, the buzz of chainsaws rings delightfully through the air along the next stretch, and hopefully will take us all the way to Hatfield. It gives me enormous pleasure to cycle to work each morning and see all these new stumps and piles of sawdust where there had only been irritating trees for the previous hundred years. I do hope more can be done to remove the remainder of the trees all along the Alban Way - I realise concreting over the whole stretch and perhaps converting it to a proper road for motor vehicles may be a little way off, but at least the first steps have been made.

So, once more - a Merry Christmas to everyone responsible for this brilliant bit of “conservation” - and if those future generations of St Albans residents want to be surrounded by tall, mature trees, well I’m sure they’ll be able to buy some from somewhere if they’re really so important.


Maynard Drive, St Albans

Your front-page story (December 15) saddens but does not surprise me. I agree it’s not pleasant for panto-goers to have to witness drunkenness and anti-social behaviour, or human desperation, on their way to be entertained at Christmas-time. Perhaps those upset by the spectacle of socially-disadvantaged people in the vicinity of the bright lights of the Alban Arena could pause for a second and ask themselves why they are there and what they might be able to do to help.

No, please don’t forego an ice-cream in the interval to give a “beggar” your £3.50 instead. These people need far more than your spare change once a year. Social care for vulnerable people is in disarray; benefits payments, even to those in dire need, are being slashed; homelessness is on the rise; foodbank use is increasing and the NHS is severely under-funded. And all this is owed to cuts to investment in services by past and current governments.

I volunteer with homeless and vulnerable people, some of whom are literally begging for a sleeping bag so they don’t freeze at night. The use of the word “loitering” in the article was interesting - these people have nowhere else to go. I think if I were unlucky enough to be forced to sleep on the streets, I too might seek solace in a bottle or can of something to block out the cold for a few hours.

I’m not sorry that residents and visitors to St Albans are being forced, on their way to the panto, to witness the harsh realities of our society today which, with the Brexit vote, are only likely to worsen. I hope it will move more people to protest, not against unpleasantness outside the Arena, but against a supposedly humane society allowing vulnerable human beings to suffer like this.These people are not going to simply disappear during the interval through a panto trap-door.


Firwood Avenue, St Albans

I, too, am very unhappy about the proposed development at 1 Mount Pleasant. It is bulky, out of proportion to surrounding buildings, and hugely detrimental to the area.

Furthermore, examination of the plans and drawings in planning application 5/2016/3494 shows that they are misleading with regard to the scale of the buildings. For example document no 7098127 purports to show a view of the development from the access road to Old Garden Court with rooftops in Wellclose Street visible over the top of the new buildings. There is no spot on the access road where that would be possible. A number of other drawings and elevations have the same disregard for accuracy when indicating the bulk of the proposed development, all of them making the buildings appear smaller than they will actually be.

I believe that the planning department have been seriously misled about the scale of the proposed development.


Fishpool Street, St Albans

So, Barrie Cashin, ‘we Brits’ don’t like Vegemite. I happen to love it and spread it liberally on my bagel (oh dear, should I be having Hovis sliced white instead?) most mornings. On this issue, as on many, many others far too numerous to mention, I’ll just have to disagree with you.


Welbeck Rise, Harpenden

I was interested in recent discussions about dangerous driving on your letters pages, but wonder why no-one mentioend the dangerous driving that goes on every market day in St Peter’s Street, St Albans.

Numerous large lorries and vans are parked on the pavement and road. Huge high-sided vehicles back onto the pavement from the road.

Cars and vans drive down the wrong side of the road and park in the bus bays, which means that buses have to double-park and passengers have to risk their lives getting out into the middle of the road to see if the bus is coming.

Many drivers use their phones while doing so.

I spoke to a traffic warden about this and he said that market traders have “permission to park”. I saw a council permit issued to one of the drivers, however it is for parking, not driving dangerously on the wrong side of the road with no regard for the law.

One recent Saturday a car overtook a bus which was waiting at the pedestrian crossing, went across St Peter’s Street then reversed onto the pavement on the opposite side of the road. The police drive past such activities and do nothing about them.


Old Watling Street, Flamstead

I was pleased to see Mr White note the damage that parking vehicles on pavements, which are obviously not designed for it, can cause. It’s now endemic around here, just outside the Controlled Parking Zone, with a mix of commuters, builders’ vans and residents with more cars than space.

Two wheels is bad enough but in residential roads with wider pavements, you sometimes see all four wheels on and that in areas where the surface is typically a thin layer of Tarmac. The legal point arises as to who is responsible if a pedestrian trips on the uneven surface and is injured, and it’s we who ultimately foot the bill to repair the damage of either kind. It’s not allowed in London but apparently is in Hertfordshire.


Highfield Avenue, Harpenden

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