Anne Main and Oliver Dowden have reacted to the news that the petition to stop rail freight in Park Street has gained over 10,000 signatures by writing to every county councillor in Hertfordshire.
The St Albans and Hertsmere MPs said in their letter that the ‘site was destined to be returned to the people of Hertfordshire’ and that they urged the councillors to ‘carefully consider the implications for the county.’
Mrs Main said following the news on the petition that the ‘public opinion penny’ had ‘dropped’, and that there was a ‘groundswell of opinion in and around St Albans that rail freight would be a disaster for the district.’
‘This is now the second petition of its kind to reach the 10,000 signature mark. The public opinion penny has dropped, and all elected members at county have to give this their full consideration.
‘With such potentially dreadful consequences for the county, councillors must consider the implications for the rest of Hertfordshire, and what viable alternatives there are.’
In the letter, jointly penned by the MPs, they said that the land at Park Street was ‘was destined to be returned to the people of Hertfordshire. We strongly believe that if this site is to be developed that it should be with a scheme that would benefit, enhance and deliver for the people of Hertfordshire. This proposal fulfils none of these obligations.’
Anne said that ‘this is one of the biggest decisions councillors are ever going to make. The public expects to be listened to.’
If you haven’t already done so please sign the petition against the rail freight terminal BEFORE the 26th September.