Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, backed calls by Hitchin residents for a link road to allow access to the industrial estate in north Hitchin, removing heavy lorries from residential areas. Peter said, “While it is important for business be able to operate in Hitchin, it is also crucial that local residents’ quality of life is preserved.”

    “A petition organised by the Cadwell Lane Residents Association has already gained five hundred signatures, urging action so that residents are not forced to suffer heavy industrial traffic through their streets.”

    “It proposes a link road from the industrial estate directly to Stotfold Road, ensuring traffic did not go through residential areas.”

    “I will be holding a meeting with HG Williams, whose scrap metal plant generates much of the traffic entering Hitchin’s industrial estate. I have also been in discussion with the Environmental Agency, local council departments and others who are concerned with this problem.”

    “The Department of Transport has indicated that grants may be available for re-opening the rail sidings near the industrial estate, which would substantially reduce lorry movements.”

    “This matter is a reminder of the difficulties of ensuring adequate infrastructure we face at a time when the Government is intent on building many more homes in Hertfordshire.”