Green Belt Committee e-mail
The full text of the e-mail from
North Mymms Green Belt Society explaining why it is backing plans for a bypass of
Craig Rees, the Chairman of the North Mymms District Green Belt Society, is sorry to learn that Paul Large has withdrawn his membership of the Society over its suggestion of bypassing Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms. Perhaps after reading this explanation, Mr Large might feel less aggrieved.
Unlike Mr. Large, the committee of this society sees a difference between the projected traffic flow on Hawkshead Lane, and the opposed second access road from the Cranborne industrial estate to Swanland Road crossing Green Belt land.
The 1998 Hertsmere Local Plan (deposit version) (page 133) discussed the existing problem of the single access to this industrial estate, but deferred any proposal until after a transportation study for Potters Bar and the surrounding area. We shall continue to oppose any Cranborne to Swanland Road proposal.
Hawkshead Lane is a different problem, being narrow and twisty with passing points to enable vehicles to pass more easily. It is a 'rat-run' from the A1000 to the M25 at South Mimms and we are advised that accidents do happen on this stretch of the lane.
If a large vehicle, like a horse box, meets traffic on this stretch, the traffic has to back up. There are drivers who would not relish backing down this narrow lane and over the humpback bridge. What happens when two large vehicles meet? If the Vet College does expand its large animal facilities, the number of large vehicles like horseboxes will increase, as projected in the RVC statement supporting this planning application.
We 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?
Instead of just being negative, we suggested a bypass to the south of the houses on Hawkshead Lane, and 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? 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.
What a problem, reversing a large vehicle all the way back up the lane. Our sole objective was to highlight the Hawkshead Lane traffic problem and have it addressed soon, and not if and when there is an increase in the number of traffic accidents. There will be no battle between local residents and this Society since we all want the same thing - a safe flow of traffic through North Mymms.
E-mail from the committee of the North Mymms Green Belt Society
The North Mymms Green Belt Society's views are set out on its website
February 4, 2000
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