Harpenden tries to fly the flag again

PUBLISHED: 08:39 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

DETERMINED town councillors have once again applied for permission to fly a celebratory flag on Harpenden s award-winning Common. For two years in succession, the common has won The Civic Trust s Green Flag Award, which recognises the best green spaces i

DETERMINED town councillors have once again applied for permission to fly a celebratory flag on Harpenden's award-winning Common.

For two years in succession, the common has won The Civic Trust's Green Flag Award, which recognises the best green spaces in the country but the town council has never been allowed to fly the flag.

St Albans District Council has twice refused planning permission for a flagpole on the Common car park opposite The Silver Cup pub on the grounds that it would have a negative impact on the Green Belt land.

A new application to fly the flag was logged by John Bagshaw, the Harpenden Town Clerk, at the end of last month.

Harpenden Common is the only park in England and Wales not to be given planning permission to fly a celebratory flag and Town Mayor Pat Kent, who travelled to Liverpool last March to collect the flag, said that she couldn't understand the district council's reasoning.

Cllr Kent, who is also a Harpenden South Ward councillor, said: "Harpenden has won the flag two years running and it deserves to be shown off on The Common. It's something we're very proud of - earning a green flag is no mean feat, so why can't we celebrate it?"

She added: "We want to have it flying on the Common where everyone can see it; not hidden among the trees by the pond, which is where the district council suggested we put it after permission was first refused last year.

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