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.

Public inquiry into possible village green status for Wraysbury field completed

Public inquiry into possible village green status for Wraysbury field completed

THE public inquiry into converting a plot of land into a village green in Wraysbury has been completed. Results will be known within two months.

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”.

Wraysbury fight on Village Green status extended for a further week of hearings

Wraysbury fight on Village Green status extended for a further week of hearings

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A residents action group in neighbouring Wraysbury is fighting to have a large field in the centre of village awarded Village Green status. The Public Inquiry into the matter has been extended to allow a further week of hearings in what, if granted, could also be a positive development for the wider Colne Valley regional park.