Jul 272012
 

Andrew Dixon and St Peters Labour team have called for the speed limit on Sopwell Lane and Albert Street in St Albans to be reduced to 20 miles per hour. After hearing numerous stories from local people about the dangers of speeding traffic on the streets and the frequent damage caused to parked cars, Andrew has lead a campaign to get the District and County Council to deliver safer street for residents.

Earlier this year Andrew presented a petition with 98 signatures to the joint district and county council highways committee calling on them to reduce the speed limit and protect local people. The issue will finally come up for discussion this summer and Andrew is keen to hear from all those local people who have concerns about traffic. Continue reading »

Jul 272012
 

Responding to the demands of local people who are finding it increasingly difficult to park near their homes, the St Albans Labour Party has called on the District Council to abandon their piecemeal proposals for reform of the residents’ parking permit scheme and demanded that they conduct a full review of local needs. Branding the response from the Conservative leadership inadequate and out of touch with local people, Labour’s councillors and local community activists have said that they fear that a rare opportunity to help residents in the crowded city centre will be squandered.

“What we need, first, is a full review of the situation,” said Councillor Martin Leach, leader of the Labour group on the council. “The District Council leadership needs to take a proper look at what local residents and the community needs. They need to assess the real demand for parking space, the realistic amount of available space, the unique needs of each of the town’s areas and work out where and how more space can be created. In short, we need a long term strategic response not a half-baked scheme cobbled together withough paying attention to residents. What’s more, with the council due to begin drawing up a core strategy to guide planning over the coming decades, now is the right time to look at this. It may be many years before there is a better opportunity.” Continue reading »

Jul 152012
 

The St Albans Labour Party has launched a campaign to increase the number of affordable homes built in the District. The campaign seeks to commit the council to return to the target, first set in 1994, of building at least 200 homes every year. There are a record 1,800 families on the waiting list for Council housing this year – a number that grew by 300 in 2o10.

The response of the Conservative leadership of the District Council to the growing crisis has been dangerously inadequate. Instead of working harder to help ordinary families in need of decent housing, they have made the decision to reduce the building target into just 100 affordable houses per year as part of their new Local Plan. It is a decision that threatens to blight the lives of families and our community for years unless they can be persuaded to change their mind. Continue reading »

Jul 142012
 

Roma Mills scored a remarkable victory on Thursday, reclaiming the Batchwood District Council seat she lost just eighteen months ago. The bye-election victory saw local residents deliver a resounding victory for the popular local figure, she received 55 per cent  of the vote thanks to a 15 per cent swing to Labour, taking votes equally from Liberal Democrat and Conservative.

The Labour councillor said that, having held the position of local councillor for more than 20 years before losing the title at the 2010 district elections, she already has a good understanding of the issues affecting the area and its residents and the needs of local people Continue reading »