STRiFE say “this is NOT the end!” as e-petition fightback launched

STRiFE say "this is NOT the end!" as e-petition fightback launched

Campaign group STRiFE has vowed to continue fighting after the Government’s decision to go-ahead with the rail freight interchange on the Radlett Aerodrome site. They are seeking to persuade Hertfordshire County Council to block the development under the terms stipulated in Eric Pickles’ decision before Christmas.

Hostile reaction to Radlett freight exchange decision

Hostile reaction to Radlett freight exchange decision

Local newspapers and other media outlets have carried further reaction to Eric Pickles shock decision on the Radlett freight terminal yesterday.

Shock go-ahead for Radlett rail freight depot

Shock go-ahead for Radlett rail freight depot

The Radlett rail freight depot has been given the go-ahead today in a shock move by Minister Eric Pickles, in what will no doubt be a devastating Christmas present to the campaigners there.

St Albans MP Anne Main, who has fought against the scheme, said:
“I am devastated on behalf of constituents who fought long and hard against this mindless act of vandalism. When the Minister discussed this with me I made it clear how angry I was and I find the decision incomprehensible.”

Coming just a week after he rejected a “conjoined” public inquiry with Colnbrook, Pickles’ move has surprised everybody after a six and a half year fight and two previous public inquiries.

The impact on the Colnbrook SIFE development is far from clear. A conjoined Inquiry would have indicated only one of the two schemes would be given the go-ahead. However, road to rail proponents have long called for a network of at least 4 Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFIs) around London.

Public inquiry into Radlett rail freight terminal ‘unnecessary’

Public inquiry into Radlett rail freight terminal 'unnecessary'

News of Eric Pickles’ decision not to hold a “conjoined” public inquiry for the rival SIFE and Radlett proposals has not gone down well with Hertsmere MP James Clappison. He said this week the case against the Radlett rail freight interchange is “overwhelming” and it would be “undesirable” for Mr Pickles to give the go-ahead without a public inquiry.

Pickles’ u-turn gives Colnbrook a second chance!

Pickles' u-turn gives Colnbrook a second chance!

St Albans Council: “Conjoined Inquiry is both appropriate and necessary”

St Albans Council: "Conjoined Inquiry is both appropriate and necessary"

St Albans Council has welcomed Eric Pickle’s proposal to reopen the Public Inquiry into the Radlett SRFI, claiming that a new Inquiry conjoined with that for SIFE would allow the Council to demonstrate that “the Colnbrook proposal would cause less harm to the Green Belt”.