Save Ellenbrook Country Park
PETITION TO FORMALLY CREATE THE ELLENBROOK COUNTRY PARK & TRUST AND PREVENT QUARRYING AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ON THE SITE
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We, the undersigned, petition Hertfordshire County Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and St Albans District Council to:
- Enforce the legal agreement s106 creating Ellenbrook Country Park
- Ensure that the quarry application is heard by full Hertfordshire County Council and that the risks associated with bromate pollution are fully investigated
- Ensure that any further applications for housing development on Ellenbrook Country Park are heard by full Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and the cumulative impact of overdevelopment in Hatfield is considered along with the risks associated with the bromate pollution
In particular we seek the establishment of Ellenbrook Park Preservation Trust Limited and the granting of a lease for 125 years to that Trust for the land forming Ellenbrook Park. We also request that the monies agreed during the planning process amounting to over £2Million pounds now be handed over by Arlington’s as promised.
The s.106 agreement was signed 18 years ago with the promise of the Trust to be formed. Whilst access to the area has been permitted for several years the Park and Trust have not been formally established, and other actions have been proposed in the last three years not in accord with the purpose of the Trust.
Before any further planning proposals are considered by any relevant planning authority the terms of the 2000 s.106 agreement should be complied with. The park is a unique public and important recreational and public health resource for Hatfield and other local residents and preserves the green belt gap between Hatfield and St Albans.
We ask that :-
- The application by Brett Aggregates on behalf of Arlington to quarry this land is heard by HCC Full Council and dismissed due to the high risks posed by the Bromate pollution to irreversibly contaminate the water course from which Affinity Water draw our drinking supplies.
- That the application by Arlington to build 1,100 homes on the specific area of the old Hatfield Aerodrome that is already polluted by Bromate (and not a proposed quarry site) should be heard by WHBC Full Council and dismissed due to the irrecoverable risks posed by the Bromate pollution to the water course from which Affinity Water draw our drinking supplies and the cumulative impact of housing development in the area .
- A full investigation be made of the potential risk of disturbing the bromate leak underground by the methods proposed by Brett Aggregates (with plans to dig a quarry deeper than 14 metres) and therefore the risk posed to the current Affinity Water resources for Hatfield’s public water supply through Tyttenhanger and Roestock pumping stations, in the interests of Hatfield, Smallford and St Albans residents to prevent any further high risk development of the site.