Following St Albans City Council's recent failure to stop the go-ahead of the Helioslough rail freight scheme
on the former Radlett Airfield, St Albans Councillor Jay Baillie has tabled a petition to try to stop Herts County Council selling the land to the Government.
Sandy Walkington of the Liberal Democrats released this message earlier urging Hertfordshire residents to sign the petition.
"The massive Helioslough lorry terminal could now go ahead thanks to the decision by Eric Pickles to support it and the failure of the recent legal challenge by St Albans Council. Now it is all down to Hertfordshire County Council and whether it decides to sell the land.
This petition has been tabled by St Stephen parish councillor Jay Baillie. It points out that Hertfordshire County Council's prime duty is to look out for the interests of Hertfordshire residents. Not to sell this Green Belt land is in the best interests not just of local people but of all residents in Hertfordshire, both now and for generations to come, given the important Green Belt role it plays in protecting local communities from coalescence.
I don't want sheds bigger than Terminal 5 dominating the skyline from the Abbey. I don't want our roads turned into an all-day traffic jam. I don't want the nature of St Albans to be changed for ever. If Eric Pickles is so determined to destroy this site and the surrounding communities by imposing this on us, let him compulsorily purchase it!
Please sign the petition now so that Hertfordshire County Council knows that we mean business."