Radlett rail freight: 'We should all stand united against these plans'

Radlett rail freight: 'We should all stand united against these plans'

Radlett rail freight: 'We should all stand united against these plans'

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Politicians will stand united against plans for a rail freight terminal near Radlett.

At a full council meeting today, county councillors debated their future decisions if proposals for a rail depot on the former aerodrome site in Park Street, St Albans, were to go forward.

In December, the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles announced he was minded to approve the application.

A last minute motion put forward by council leader Cllr Robert Gordon has now been supported unanimously.

This notes the planning authority's decision to seek leave for a judicial review and states the county council will engage with planning authorities and land owners to discuss the secretary of state's decision.

It explains a decision to sell the land will only be made when the county council are rational and fully informed.

Initially, Liberal Democrat councillor Aislinn Lee put forward a motion which asked the county council not to sell the land for the rail freight terminal site.

This motion has now been withdrawn and she seconded the passed motion out forwarded by Councillor Gordon.

Councillor Lee said: "This is not about party politics and we should all stand united against these plans. This is why I have decided to support Councillor Gordon's motion.

"All I would ask is that Councillor Gordon's party is honest with us regarding selling this piece of land.

"I have always been committed to supporting the Park Street residents in their campaign against these plans and have done for ten years now.

"I am hopeful we will see the back of these plans."

When coming to the end of her speech, Councillor Lee raised her concerns over the decisions made by Mr Pickles.

She added: "The current Secretary of State is the most appalling minister I have witnessed when it comes to making the right decision."

The motion put forward by Councillor Gordon received unanimous support from all county councillors.

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