SIFE e-petition closes with just 18 votes: Colnbrook’s case against SIFE collapses

In a sad indictment of village divisions and a lack of leadership, Colnbrook’s anti-SIFE e-petition closed this morning with just 18 votes!

stopSIFE banners (the topmost banner was stolen)

stopSIFE banners (the topmost banner was stolen)

The online poll on the Government’s e-petition website ran for exactly 12 months and failed to gain backing from the Parish Council, which distanced itself from, and then caused the collapse of, the stopSIFE campaign.

Chair Peter Hood even demanded that banners placed around the village be pulled down.

E-petitions gaining 100,000 signatures automatically gain the right to be debated in Parliament.

The anti-SRFI protest at Radlett is well on its way to a SECOND debate.

In October 2010 developer Goodman claimed, in its Outline Planning Application, that Colnbrook residents were not opposed to SIFE.  The expected appeal by Goodman has been delayed again and again while the legal drama surrounding a possible Radlett Judicial Review was played out.   Secretary of State Eric Pickles is widely expected to grant final planning permission for the Radlett site in November once the S106 discussions are finalised, whereupon Goodman are expected to try again.

Today’s news will put any future campaign on the back foot, sending out a message that Colnbrook will be a shoe-in.

Meanwhile Heathrow and the Airports Commission, which has pit villages against each other by proposing three competing options for a Third Runway, will be eyeing the results with interest.

While the Wraysbury and Sipson options have already received a vociferous backlash there hasn’t been a peep out of Colnbrook on the issue.

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