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Chancellor's School to resubmit building plans

Existing roads "able to support expansion" - report


Proposed location plan of new Sports Centre and General Teaching Block Image courtesy of Chancellor's School
Proposed location plan of new Sports Centre and General Teaching Block
Image courtesy of Chancellor's School
The planning application for a new sports hall and classroom block is to be resubmitted to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council "immediately after the Christmas break", according to Chancellor's School. The decision follows the results of a survey into the likely transport impact of the plans on local roads.

Free UV marker pens from Herts police

Local residents urged to mark valuable presents


Free pens available in Brookmans Park and Welham Green Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Free pens available in Brookmans Park and Welham Green
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Hertfordshire police are giving away free UV (Ultra Violet) security marker pens so that local residents can mark any valuable gifts they receive over the festive period.

Officers suggest items such as bicycles, laptops, and mobile phones should be marked with the owner's house number and postcode to help locate the items in the event of theft.

Xmas and new year bin collection dates

Saturday collections over the holiday period


Festive season bin collection details from Welwyn Hatfield council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Serco have announced changes to the local waste collection services over Xmas and the new year period. The council says a regular service will be provided, including collections on Saturday 22 and 29 December and on Saturday 5 January.

Brookmans Park scout hut broken into

"Another unnecessary expense" - group scout leader


Damaged door at Brookmans Park scout hut Image courtesy of Brookmans Park Group Scout Leader, Ian Lewington
Damaged door at Brookmans Park scout hut
Image courtesy of Brookmans Park Group Scout Leader, Ian Lewington

Brookmans Park's group scout leader, Ian Lewington says that there has been a break in at the local scout hut on Station Road.

Robbery at Brookmans Park station

Ticket office broken into, ticket machine damaged


Brookmans Park station ticket office - image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Brookmans Park station ticket office - Wednesday 19 December 2018
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

British Transport police have been taking fingerprint dustings inside Brookmans Park station ticket office following a burglary overnight. The ticket window has been cordoned off while investigations continue.

Households face £2 monthly tax increase for more police

Hertfordshire plans to raise £10.7m to strengthen force


Hertfordshire police officers - image courtesy of Hertfordshire police

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hertfordshire has proposed an increase of around 50p a week per average household in order to "protect neighbourhood policing teams and investment in services for victims".

David Lloyd wants to add £2 a month to the average household council tax rate to build on his investment in more officers, bringing the total to more than 2,000.

MP asks for rail Xmas presents for constituents

Transport minister unable gift wrap promises


Screen grab of Westminster Hall debate

Transport minister Andrew Jones says he is unable to give a firm date when Oyster cards will be rolled out on the Welwyn Garden City line, but says it will be by the autumn of 2019, or sooner if possible.

He was responding during a debate about the local rail service, called by Welwyn Hatfield MP, Grant Shapps. You can view the debate below.

Local rail services debated in parliament

MP demands answers regarding "shambolic" services


Train at Welham Green Station - September 2018

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps secured a debate at Westminster about what he describes as "the shambolic rail services" between the constituency and London.

In it he planned to "demand answers" about the performance of Great Northern Rail and make the case for Transport for London to take over the service.

Local Plan newsletter - December 2018

Next steps for Local Plan confirmed


One of the local plan hearing sessions
One of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan hearing sessions

Welwyn Hatfield has published its latest newsletter setting out the next steps for the borough's Local Plan.

The newsletter recaps a lot of what was covered on this site earlier this month when the independent inspector, Melvyn Middleton, ruled that the council's current plan failed to meet the need for housing.

Chancellor's School transport survey underway

Building plans to be resubmitted when complete


The main entrance to Chancellor's School - image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

Chancellor's School is waiting for the results of a new transport survey that will assess the likely impact of the proposed expansion of the school on the neighbourhood, in particular in terms of traffic flow and parking. The school hopes the results will be known later this month or early next year.

However a self-appointed group, which claims to have unanimous support of local residents is opposing the plans because "of the likelihood of increased traffic along Pine Grove, George's Wood Road, and at the junction with the Great North Road".

Pine Grove resurfacing could take six days

But the road will close daily for five hours not six


Pine Grove, Brookmans Park, due to be resurfaced from Friday 14 December Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
Pine Grove, Brookmans Park, due to be resurfaced from Friday 14 December
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
Chancellor's School has confirmed that the resurfacing of Pine Grove, Brookmans Park could last until Thursday 20 December, although the school says the work is not expected to take that long.

The road will now be closed to traffic for five hours a day not the six originally thought. Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) had announced Pine Grove would be closed between 09.30 and 15.30, but Chancellor's School has spoken to the council and it's now been agreed that the road will reopen at 14.30 to allow for school traffic.

Pine Grove resurfacing work - road closure details

No vehicle access for six hours a day over five days


Road closure notice on Pine Grove. Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons


Hertfordshire County Council has notified residents in Pine Grove, Brookmans Park that the road will be closed for resurfacing work between 09.30 and 15.30 from Friday 14 December for five days.

Cars will not be allowed to use Pine Grove during the work hours, and drivers are asked to move their cars before work starts.

Welwyn Hatfield's Local Plan falls short

Inspector asks Council to investigate more housing sites


Local Plan graphic

Welwyn Hatfield is set to carry out a further study of the possible sites for housing development in the borough.

It follows the public examination of the council's Local Plan by independent inspector Melvyn Middleton who ruled that the current plan failed to meet the need for housing.

Mysterious death of local rail worker in 1888

17-year-old 'killed instantly' 200 miles from home


The headstones for 'Herby' and his parents, Annie and Henry Town Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons
The headstones for 'Herby' and his parents, Annie and Henry Town
Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons
The curiosity of a four-year-old, visiting St Mary's churchyard, North Mymms, with his dad more than 25 years ago, started a process that eventually shed light on the mysterious death of a local teenager in 1888.

Attempting to read the faint and fading etching on the headstone of Herbert George Town resulted in a father-and-son research project that gradually pieced together the story of 'Herby', as he became known to the pair.

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