A meeting has been organised with the aim of stopping a proposed rail freight terminal from being constructed on Green Belt land.

In December, Hertfordshire County Council agreed that the land, near Park Street, should be sold to developers SEGRO, who have already been granted planning permission.


The meeting - to take place this Sunday, January 8 - will be held at Greenwood Park Sports Hall, Chiswell Green, and is entitled "Stop The Fake Rail Terminal", a reference to the amount of lorries expected to be used.

The meeting will run from 2pm until 4pm, and St Albans MP Daisy Cooper will be among the speakers.

Andy Love, who previously started a petition for a full public consultation prior to any sale of the former Radlett Airfield land, told The Herts Advertiser: "All are welcome and hopefully everyone attending will find the meeting both informative and relevant.

"The meeting will cover what the proposed rail freight development would mean for the area, the planning obligations that the developer should adhere to and what is being done to try to stop the county council selling the Park Street Green Belt.

Herts Advertiser: The meeting will discuss the proposed development, and how it may be stopped.The meeting will discuss the proposed development, and how it may be stopped. (Image: Andy Love)

"There will also be opportunities to ask questions, and understand how residents can help stop this massive freight terminal development becoming a nightmare reality for all living, working and going to schools in St Albans.

"Please make the time to attend this important meeting on January 8, and don't leave others to fight for you and your family's health and wellbeing."

In November, a spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council explained the potential benefits of the proposed rail freight terminal: "Any potential sale could mean a significant amount of money for local public services at a time when budgets are extremely stretched due to inflationary pressures.

"Agreeing the sale of the land could also support the council’s corporate priorities by enabling a new country park, increasing local jobs and reducing road pollution."