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Anger over bypass plan

A resident of Swanland Road has withdrawn his membership of the North Mymms Green Belt Society over the decision to call for a bypass south of the area.

In an e-mail to the 'Have Your Say' section of this site he said it was, “outrageous and downright ridiculous”, for the Society to propose building on green belt land, “to the detriment of all who live nearby”.

Members of the NMGBS recently visited the Royal Veterinary College in Hawkshead Lane to see for themselves the site of a proposed extension.

Reporting on that visit on the Society’s website, honorary secretary Bob Horrocks mentioned the plan to bid for a bypass. Click here for earlier story.

“Apart from our duty to protect the green belt from any incursions, we have written to the council joining in with the RVC's concerns at the existing and projected traffic of heavy vehicles along this lane. We have asked for a bypass to the south of existing houses in Hawkshead Lane to carry the RVC traffic and vehicles using Hawkshead Lane as a cut-through to the M25 South Mimms roundabout,” he wrote.

But that decision has been criticised as being made just to serve the needs of the RVC.

In his e-mail to this site the local resident said that two years ago he and others campaigned and won against proposals put forward by Hertsmere district council to build a road across green belt land joining Swanland Road. This, he said, was supported by the Green Belt Society.

"There are other ways to deter traffic of particular size and that is by enforcing restrictions on the road which exists NOT building another one. Have some thought for those of us who live here," he wrote, going on to warn that the decision to call for a bypass would be fought.

Another correspondent to this site has suggested an alternative could be to build a new road NORTH of Hawkshead Lane to cope with the projected extra traffic if the expansion plans were to go ahead.

The author said access should be by a short road running west to east just south of the water treatment works, from Swanland Road, crossing Warrengate Road and entering RVC property to the rear of their buildings.

The RVC expansion plans, number S6/2000/39/FP, are available for inspection at Welwyn Hatfield Council until Tuesday, February 15, the last date for local residents to make objections.

The plans are also published on the RVC website, showing the area to be developed, drawings of the scale of the development and details of the case for supporting the plan.

The North Mymms Green Belt Society's views are set out on its website

January 30, 2000

Have your say: Should the Royal Veterinary College expand into green belt land? Have Your Say

Recent news:
Hawkshead Lane bypass bid - January 30, 2000
Vet college expansion plans submitted - January 26, 2000
Green belt vets expansion plan - Dec 10, 1999
Vet College expansion opposed - Nov 13, 1999
Vet College plans to expand - Sept 29, 1999
Golf club 'rumours' spark green belt fears - July 27, 1999
Golf club housing plan opposed - July
6, 1999


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