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Green Belt Society backs bypass

The North Mymms Green Belt Society has reaffirmed its support for a bypass to divert traffic travelling to and from the Royal Veterinary College in order to relieve possible vehicle congestion in Hawkshead Lane.

It follows an e-mail to this site from a resident of Swanland Road, and member of the NMRA, questioning the society's decision to suggest and support a bypass.

The correspondent has resigned from the Green Belt Society over the issue. To read that story click here.

The Green Belt Society's backing for the by-pass was first suggested by honorary secretary, Bob Horrocks, who was reporting on a visit by society members to see for themselves the site of the Royal Veterinary College's planned extension.  To read that story click here.

The committee of the Green Belt Society has now written to this site giving the reasons for its stance.  A summary of that e-mail follows, to read the full version click here.

In that e-mail, Craig Rees, chairman of the Society, supports the suggestion, saying something needs to be done to prevent Hawkshead Lane becoming a ‘rat run’ from the A1000 to the M25 at South Mimms.

Mr Rees says that the committee cannot see Welwyn Hatfield Council refusing this planning application simply because of the projected traffic increase.  

"So what might be done to improve the current and projected traffic flow?" he asks.

The e-mail continues; “ Instead of just being negative, we suggested a bypass to the south of the houses on Hawkshead Lane …someone else suggested a road to the north on RVC land. Both would be on Green Belt land. Our suggestion would divert all through traffic away from this residential area, to the benefit of the residents and not purely to accommodate the RVC.”

“What other options are there?" he continues.  "Do nothing? Maybe the traffic problem is not sufficient to justify any action at all when compared with other roads? Maybe a traffic 'pinch' to stop wide vehicles going over the bridge? But this could cause problems if a driver failed to see any warning sign and went all the way down Hawkshead Lane in a large vehicle only to be prevented from going any further.”

The Society predicts there will be no battle between local residents and the Society, “since we all want the same thing - a safe flow of traffic through North Mymms.”

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

February 5, 2000

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6, 1999


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