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  • Tories voting to let sewage dumping continue
    Petition: Oct 26, 2021

    MPs recently voted on whether to ban water companies from dumping raw sewage into our rivers and coastlines. Local Three Rivers Conservative MPs Gagan Mohindra and Dean Russell voted to keep allowing water companies to pollute our rivers and coastlines with raw sewage!

    The only MP covering Three Rivers that voted to stop sewage dumping was Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper. Newly elected Liberal Democrat MP for neighbouring Chesham & Amersham, Sarah Green, also voted to ban it. Since being elected she has been working hard with community groups to force the Government to change, joining forces with Lib Dem-run Three Rivers Council.

  • Letter correspondence
    Article: Oct 21, 2021

    The Housing Minister has refused to better protect Green Belt following requests by Lib Dem MP Daisy Cooper, who represents parts of Three Rivers and St Albans Councils, and the leaders of the two Lib Dem-run Councils.

    The Conservative Housing Minster confirmed they will continue to use outdated 2014 population data, even though recent data would result in a lower housing target. The Minister also refused to stop including a Council's progress towards the housing target when considering planning appeals - including on Green Belt or even on sites in land protected as an Area of Outstanding of Natural Beauty (AONB).

  • Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst and Cllr Matthew Bedford at a threatened field
    Article: Oct 21, 2021

    At the Council meeting on Tuesday, Three Rivers Council backed a motion from the ruling Liberal Democrat group calling on the government to change national planning rules which force the council to build homes in the Green Belt.

    Cllr Matthew Bedford, Three Rivers Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said "Government housing targets are calculated using out-of-date forecasts from 2014, and enforced through the Planning Inspectorate which is an unelected quango. Elsewhere in Hertfordshire, the Planning Inspectorate has given permission for large new housing estates in the Green Belt, despite the harm caused. We want the government to change the rules and we have asked our local Conservative MPs to back us."

  • Cllrs Margaret Hofman, Chris Lloyd and Dominic Sokalski at County Hall with the petition
    Article: Oct 19, 2021

    Herts County Council have unanimously accepted a Lib Dem motion to produce a detailed report into closing Little Green Lane to motorised traffic. This will allow the petition to progress to the next stage, with costings and the type of barrier to be assessed.

    The campaign has had overwhelming resident support and continues to grow. Over 1,300 residents have signed the Lib Dem petition calling for the unpaved parts of Little Green Lane to be protected by having it closed to general motorised traffic.

  • Cllrs Dominic Sokalski, Margaret Hofman and Paul Rainbow
    Article: Oct 3, 2021

    Over 1,200 residents have so far signed a petition calling for Little Green Lane in Croxley to be protected by having the unpaved part of the road closed to motorised traffic.

    Local campaigners say this will help stop the fly-tipping that occurs there and preserve the rural nature of the road and surrounding area for future generations.

    Campaign organiser Liberal Democrat Croxley Cllr Dominic Sokalski said, "We promised during the election to work hard to protect Little Green Lane. I am delighted the petition has now surpassed a thousand signatures and it will have to be considered by Herts County Council at its next meeting on October 19th. We hope the county council will agree our request."

    Fellow Lib Dem Croxley Cllr Margaret Hofman said, "We would like to a say a big thank you to all the residents who signed our petition to get us well over the needed thousand signatures to secure debate at Herts County Hall. The reaction on the doorstep was very positive. Almost everyone we asked, without exception, could see closing the unpaved part of the road to traffic would enhance and protect our environment and green space."

    The campaigners are still collecting signatures and you can sign the petition via the link here.