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One of the principal arguments against major house building in Harpenden is that its services and amenities have chiefly reached saturation point with little margin for improvement even were the money and the will available. Here are a few vital statistics to bear in mind.
The town offers very few employment opportunities, deemed by many commentators to be very important for new building projects. 87% of Harpenden's work-force commutes out of the town; 65% by car and 22% by train, with others driving into the town to swell the ranks of the 3000 daily rail commuters on already crowded trains.
The primary and secondary schools are massively oversubscribed.
Harpenden's population is 30,000 plus yet the three G.P. practices have 55,000 patients on their lists, drawing on settlements outside the town and there is no capacity at any of them for extra facilities.
The Herts County Council announced in 2013 that 'it is likely that the current water supply cannot sustain greater demand.'
500 new house/flats means 210 more primary children, that is some eight classes, over half the normal two-form entry infant and junior school; and 190 secondary pupils, that is over a full year intake for the usual six-form entry secondary school
We are, you might say, at bursting point...apart from the water, of course...