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Sandy Walkington campaigns with the Liberal Democrats across St Albans

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Entries Tagged as 'Park Street'

Minister for Forked Tongues

July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments · Sandy's blog

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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Historic STRiFE petition presentation – dancing on legal pinheads at County Hall

March 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Sandy's blog

Today saw the presentation of the STRiFE petition at County Hall.  The petition calls on the county council not to sell the land in its ownership for the Park Street freight terminal. As Cllr Aislinn Lee pointed out, it was a moment of history since it was the first time that any petition to Hertfordshire […]

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Park Street Freight Terminal: Two Councils, Two Petitions

January 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Hands off Herts, Sandy's blog

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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A terrible Christmas present for St Albans

December 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sandy's blog

Today’s sneak announcement from Eric Pickles that after all he is minded to approve the Helioslough freight terminal is truly terrible news.  Nothing has changed in terms of the inappropriateness of this site.  It’s going to mean misery for residents in Park Street, Colney Heath and the south of St Albans district.  Commuters will suffer […]

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Shock Pickles decision: No new Public Inquiry into Park Street freight terminal

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Sandy's blog

I am still getting my head round the implications of the letter e-mailed to me this afternoon from the Department for Communities and Local Government stating that Eric Pickles “has concluded that it is unnecessary for him to re-open the inquiry into the Radlett appeal and conjoin it with the planned inquiry into the Colnbrook […]

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We cold but happy many

October 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Sandy's blog

The constant complaint about politicians is that you only see them at election time. I hear it when I knock at doors in the run-up to the local elections every May.  But Liberal Democrats go out all year round.  Talking to people is the best part of local politics, and the response is always best […]

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Helioslough latest: Secretary of State announces another Public Inquiry

September 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Sandy's blog

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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Park Street Freight Terminal – A tale of two ministers

July 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sandy's blog

I am very pleased to reproduce the above letter.  A really pathetic attempt by local Conservatives to smear Vince Cable as a supporter of and secret lobbyist for the Park Street freight terminal has backfired spectacularly. As I have written previously, Conservative Party links to Helioslough were exposed when it was revealed that Simon Hoare, […]

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Lessons for the Park Street freight terminal decision from the BSkyB scandal

April 25th, 2012 · No Comments · Sandy's blog

“It’s time for deputy heads to roll” was the excellent joke on today’s BBC World at One as they reported the resignation of Jeremy Hunt’s special adviser over his wholly inappropriate links with the Murdoch empire in the middle of a quasi-judicial process to determine the outcome of News Corp’s proposed takeover of BSkyB. Certainly […]

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STOP PRESS – Park Street Freight Terminal decision delayed till June

March 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sandy's blog

I have just received an e-mail from the Department for Communities and Local Government to say that the Secretary of State is postponing his response to the court decision on the Helioslough appeal, which we had all been expecting next week. You will recall that the Planning Inspector recommended approval of the scheme.  The Secretary […]

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