Radlett community ruptures over Newberries development

Newberries car park in Radlett.

Newberries car park in Radlett. - Credit: Archant

Radlett residents are up in arms over the controversial development of a car park for a supermarket and hotel.

The construction on the Newberries site, adjacent to the main shopping street, has been opposed by a petition with over 1,100 signatories.

Last week’s meeting of Aldenham parish was attended by dozens of members of campaign group The Residents Against Newberries Car Park Scheme (TRACKS).

Chair Will Grimsey said: “TRACKS members and other Radlett citizens turned out in force to use this last public opportunity before the scheme goes to planning in order to demonstrate their anger, frustration and complete objection to the Newberries car park development scheme.

“I think that councillors left the meeting shocked at the level of dissatisfaction with them from their constituents.”

TRACKS claims the development will take business away from existing shops, and will exacerbate traffic problems in the village.

They say that a poll they commissioned asking “what do Radlett residents think of the HBC scheme?”, saw 90 per cent choose the option ‘object’.

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The development is being overseen by Hertsmere council (HBC), who own the site and have run the car park for the last 20 years.

Cllr John Graham, portfolio holder for economic development, said: “Hertsmere Borough Council remains committed to the proposed Newberries development, which will reinvigorate the village through improvements to the landscaping in the area, provide increased car parking, and will boost the local economy and retail scene.

“We’re continuing to refine plans to develop a hotel and premium food retail store on the site of the Newberries car park.

“This meeting was an excellent opportunity to hear the views of local residents and interested parties about the plans.”

To see the plans, visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Business/Commercial-Property/NewberriesTo find out more about TRACKS, visit www.tracksradlett.co.uk