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Sandy Walkington campaigns with the Liberal Democrats across St Albans

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Helioslough latest: Secretary of State announces another Public Inquiry

September 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I and my Liberal Democrat colleague David Parry were slagged off left and right when we suggested last autumn that the only way forward in terms of preventing the Helioslough Freight Terminal would be to hold a new Public Inquiry, thus allowing substantial new facts on the ground to be considered. We argued that otherwise […]

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A re-opening of the previous public inquiry still makes the most sense if we want to stop the Helioslough lorry terminal

November 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Along with other witnesses to the previous freight terminal inquiry, David Parry and I were invited to comment on the latest submissions from Helioslough arguing that the Park Street freight terminal should go ahead.  St Albans District Council also submitted a critique which is an excellent piece of work and STRiFE offered their own arguments […]

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Helioslough rightly under pressure as public has their say at the Inquiry

December 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Today was the first opportunity for members of the public to give evidence as witnesses at the Railfreight public inquiry.  It was a good morning.  Anne Main spoke first and concentrated on rail issues and particularly the disgraceful failure of Network Rail to provide a witness to the Inquiry who could be questioned and cross-examined […]

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As new railfreight inquiry begins, have we uncovered a fundamental flaw in Helioslough’s traffic modelling?

November 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Today was the first day in the new Public Inquiry into developer Helioslough’s appeal against St Albans District Council’s refusal of their application to build a massive freight terminal with a few railway sidings attached in the crucial Green Belt south of the city. I joined the demonstration organised by STRiFE beforehand and then we […]

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St Albans versus Helioslough – Round Three

May 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Now it has been confirmed that St Albans District Council will consider the new application from Helioslough, we will have to dust off the “Hands Off Herts” logo. I cannot over-emphasise the destructiveness of the Helioslough proposal. There is no meaningful change in their new proposal. The monster freight terminal they propose would be a […]

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St Albans and the Helioslough dragon

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

As we always knew they would, Helioslough are back with a repeated application to build their monster freight terminal. It’s a kick in the teeth for local people. St Albans Council still needs to see the detail of the application to check that it fits the rules. If it really is unchanged from the previous […]

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Minister for Forked Tongues

July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Conservative Secretary of State Eric Pickles has just delivered an astonishingly two-faced speech to this year’s annual conference of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He said: You can plan for growth but not at any price. So we have been very clear that we must have secure safeguards to protect the green belt. That vital […]

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“SANDY FOR ST ALBANS SOUTH!”

April 5th, 2013 · No Comments

I feel very privileged that the Liberal Democrat members in Sopwell and Verulam have asked me to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for St Albans South in the Herts county council elections on May 2nd.  Having narrowly missed being elected to Parliament, I will be honoured to serve at least part of the constituency in […]

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Park Street Freight Terminal: Two Councils, Two Petitions

January 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment

In my previous blog post, I described the huge support for the STRiFE petition to the county council asking them to neither sell nor lease to Helioslough the land they own at the Radlett Aerodrome site in Park Street.  (My understanding is that the Earl of Verulam owns a significant part of the proposed site […]

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Huge turn-out for STRiFE petition photocall

January 6th, 2013 · 2 Comments

There was a gratifyingly large turn-out in this morning’s mist and gloom for the photo-call to promote STRiFE’s petition to  Hertfordshire County Council not to sell or lease its land to Helioslough for the freight terminal.  Hats off to Cathy Bolshaw and the STRiFE team for being so proactive. I was joined by Liberal Democrat […]

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