Hopes of closing problem lane are dashed

PUBLISHED: 18:04 23 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

VILLAGERS hoping that a country lane would be closed to through traffic in a bid to stop fly-tipping, speeding and intimidating behaviour have been left disappointed. But there is hope for the residents of Barley Mow Lane in Tyttenhanger as a highways pan

VILLAGERS hoping that a country lane would be closed to through traffic in a bid to stop fly-tipping, speeding and intimidating behaviour have been left disappointed.

But there is hope for the residents of Barley Mow Lane in Tyttenhanger as a highways panel will reconsider the proposal if the police can provide more evidence of the anti-social behaviour said to blight the rural lane.

The proposal to close a 100-yard section of the road was refused by the St Albans Highways Joint Membership Panel on Thursday on the recommendation of highways officers, but they will consider a gating order if the police come back with more detailed evidence.

If the order is granted at their next meeting in April, then a gate will be put across a section of Barley Mow Lane between the stables and Riperian Way to stop through traffic but allow access in emergencies.

More than 200 residents in Tyttenhanger signed a petition in favour of the original proposal which was met with a counter-petition from the Barley Mow Lane travellers' site whose residents argued that they would be unable to move mobile homes on and off the park.

Following the meeting, Lynn Myland, who set up the Barley Mow Safety Forum with her husband in the face of repeated problems, urged residents to report all incidents to the police, including fly-tipping.

If people want any advice they should contact Lynn Myland by email at lynnmyland@hotmail.com

For the full story read next week's Herts Advertiser.

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