Whom to blame

SIR, —I write regarding Mr James Craigen s letter (Herts Advertiser, April 24) concerning yet more housing development in the St Albans district. I understand and share Mr Craigen s anger. However, I know from recent bitter experience that Mr Craigen is

SIR, -I write regarding Mr James Craigen's letter (Herts Advertiser, April 24) concerning yet more housing development in the St Albans district.

I understand and share Mr Craigen's anger. However, I know from recent bitter experience that Mr Craigen is pointing the finger of blame in the wrong direction.

St Albans District Council's planning committees frequently and regularly reject inappropriate developments, but these decisions are constantly and consistently overruled by central government planning inspectors - against whom there is no appeal except the arcane and very expensive process of judicial review.

If Mr Craigen wishes his anger to be directed appropriately, he would be well advised to write to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

BRIAN COILEY,

Archers Fields, St Albans.