Rail Freight inquiry re-locates for w/c 19 Nov

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News release: 12 November 2007

The Rail Freight planning inquiry which started 6 November and will sit in the District Council chamber from 10am Tuesday to Friday each week for approximately eight weeks, will be re-located for one week only, whilst it helps to host the University of Hertforshire’s graduation ceremony.

Between 20 - 23 November, the public inquiry will be held in the Dagnall Street Baptist Church, St Albans, AL3 5EE, which can hold up to 220 people.

All seats for members of the public will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. However, should you have any disability requirements and wish to reserve a seat in advance, please contact the Programme Officer, Lesley Young by telephoning 01727 819304, or send texts, emails, voicemail on the mobile number 07920 823637 or by writing to her at the:-

District Council Offices
St Peter’s Street
St Albans
Herts AL1 3JE

A set of proofs of evidence, summaries of proofs and statements of common ground, will be available for inspection at the District Council Offices. Anyone wishing to view these documents during office hours should make arrangements with Lesley Young, to do so. They cannot be removed from the premises. These documents can also be viewed on the Rail Freight link on the home page of the council’s website www.stalbans.gov.uk, which will also have updates as to the progress and the programme of events.

During the first two days of the inquiry, proceedings were broadcast via a live webcast and these webcasts will remain archived on the council’s website for 1 year. On day one, 387 individual pc’s connected to the webcast and on day two, there were 149. There is an online help and FAQ page if you experience problems with the webcast: www.stalbans.ukcouncil.net/site/help.php. After completion of the inquiry the Planning Inspector will send a report to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision. Anyone wanting a copy of the decision on the appeal should request this by writing to the Planning Inspector at the:-

Planning Inspectorate
Room 4/04 Kite,
Temple Quay House,
2 The Square,
Temple Quay.
Bristol BS1 6PN
Quote reference: APP/B1930//07/2045747/NWF
Or via email to sarah.banwell@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Davina Mansell, Press Officer
Email: d.mansell@stalbans.gov.uk