Following the approval of the plans for the redevelopment of the Harperbury Hospital site by Bloor Homes St Stephen Parish Council has expressed its ongoing concerns on the safety of the Harper Lane / Watling Street junction and its disappointment in the lack of Section 106/CIL funding allocated to the Parish.
With this development falling within the Parish of St Stephen, the Parish Council made a number of requests to St Albans City and District Council for allocation of Section 106/CIL funding for improvements to Parish sporting facilities. It was disappointing, however, that all these requests have been turned down by SADC as they do not consider the Parish facilities, even those at Park Street Recreation Ground, to be close enough to the development. Whilst some open space and play areas will be provided on the development site, the Parish Council had requested funding to improve the cricket facilities at Park Street, where there are established cricket teams playing at both County and local levels, none of which will be offered at Harperbury.
The Parish Council has also been actively involved in discussions about the safety of the Harper Lane / Watling Street junction and the problems presented by the narrow railway bridge. These problems are only likely to be exacerbated by the increase in traffic flow from the new development and continue to cause concern. It should be noted, however, that Bloor Homes have been working with Hertfordshire Highways to improve the safety of the junction by the installation of traffic lights, together with a pedestrian/cycle way on the existing the railway bridge, and have promised to consult further with the Parish Council.