Police operations reduce crime in Colnbrook, Poyle and Foxborough

Police operations reduce crime in Colnbrook, Poyle and Foxborough

Crime is down in Colnbrook, Poyle and Foxborough, according to police figures. From December 2011 to November last year, there were 1,316 crimes reported, compared to 1,579 in the same period in the previous 12 months.

Tories suffer as Lib Dems win Spelthorne by-election

Tories suffer as Lib Dems win Spelthorne by-election

THE Liberal Democrats have held on to their Sunbury Common ward seat on Spelthorne Borough Council in a by-election that saw the Conservatives pushed into fourth place.

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.