Local Issues

Anne Main MP meets with Oliver Dowden MP and local Conservatives to discuss local issues
9th January 2019

Yesterday in Parliament, Anne Main MP met with St Albans representatives and neighbouring Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden to discuss issues facing the local area, including the proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) planned for the Radlett air field site.

Jock Wright, Deputy Chair Political and Claudio Duran, Chair of St Albans Conservatives, came to discuss recent rail performance for local passengers, the local plan for the district and the proposed SRFI site which is currently included in the council’s local plan for new houses.

Oliver Dowden MP also attended the meeting to discuss his own concerns about the proposed SRFI and the incredibly damaging impact it could have on his constituency.

During the meeting the group discussed the importance of building more homes in the area. The government are working to increase the number of new homes being built to ease the pressure on our housing market and to provide more homes to help young people get their first step on the ladder.

St Albans Conservatives locally have been working hard to make that a reality for people in St Albans. The local plan continues to make good progress through the various stages required before it can be put into action.

Speaking after the meeting, Claudio Duran said, ‘I was thankful, at this busy time, to be able to meet with Anne and Oliver to discuss the Radlett site and its future.

‘It is vitally important to ensure that, if the land is to be taken out of the green belt through the Local Plan, we get affordable houses for our community, rather than rail freight. I will continue my campaign against the rail freight site alongside Anne and Oliver as we look to the future.’

Anne Main MP said, ‘It was a really helpful and important meeting for us all. We are working extremely hard to improve the lives of everyone living in St Albans district. Their work on the proposed rail freight site highlights the diligence and passion they have for local issues that matter so much to the people of St Albans.

‘I was really pleased that Oliver wanted to join our meeting as he has strongly opposed this dreadful plan for a rail freight site since he was elected. Oliver and I will continue to coordinate with each other in the hope that this land will be used for the best interests of the people in the area. There is no doubt in my mind that this should be housing and not a rail freight site.’ 

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