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Out of control dogs and dog fouling

Dog owners urged to keep pets under control


Sign on footpath 9, Brookmans Park. Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Dog owners using a local public footpath are being urged to keep their pets under control and to clear up after them. It follows concerns for the welfare of livestock in the area, and the failure of some dog owners to pick up and remove dog mess.

Gobions Wood health warning for people and animals

Toxic caterpillar can cause skin, eye, and throat irritation


It’s thought the oak processionary moth could be in Gobions Wood Image courtesy of the Woodland Trust
It’s thought the oak processionary moth could be in Gobions Wood
Image courtesy of the Woodland Trust

Notices have been put up at some entrances to Gobions Wood reserve warning people to keep away from a certain caterpillar that, if touched, can cause “unpleasant skin, eye and throat irritations”.

The Brookmans Park Cold War bunker

Part of a nationwide network built in case of nuclear attack


The Brookmans Park Transmitting Station - 2002
Photograph courtesy of Paul Large of Falcon Media
Did you know that there is a Cold War bunker in Brookmans Park that would have been used for broadcasting government-controlled information to the nation if there was a threat of a nuclear attack?

His Way - the Frank Sinatra story

At the North Mymms Memorial Hall


Flyer for Robert Habermann's The Frank Sinatra Story


The local support group for Isabel Hospice is hosting another musical evening in October - and this one will appeal to all Frank Sinatra fans. It’s The Frank Sinatra story - His Way and features Robert Habermann singing many of Sinatra’s hits.

Contactless readers active at Brookmans Park Station

But Oyster cards can’t be used on the new machines


Contactless pay-as-you-go reader at Brookmans Park station - 29 August 2019 Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Contactless pay-as-you-go reader at Brookmans Park station - 29 August 2019
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Rail travellers using Brookmans Park station can now use the new pay-as-you-go contactless readers on National Rail services between Brookmans Park and London.

But Transport for London (TfL) is stressing that Oyster cards can't be used.

43 reported crimes in North Mymms in July

18 incidents of violence and sexual offence reported


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The crime figures for North Mymms for July 2019 reveal that 43 incidents were reported during the month with 17 in and around Brookmans Park, three more than the previous month, and 19 in the Welham Green area, five fewer than the June total. The crime figures for the previous month recorded 46 reported incidents locally.

Regular visitors recommended to bookmark this site

Old web address could soon change hands


Computer keyboard.

We are considering ending the renewal of www.brookmans.com, which was the web address for the Brookmans Park Newsletter before it became North Mymms News in February 2018.

Volunteers wanted to help clean up Travellers Lane

Local business owner aims to restore pride in the area


Travellers Lane Industrial Estate, Welham Green
Image courtesy of Mike Goldwater
The managing director of a company on the Travellers Lane Industrial Estate in Welham Green says he's appalled that parts of the business area have become “overgrown and unkempt”.

He’s calling on local businesses to encourage pride in the estate and pull together to tidy the place up.

Invitation to talk to local police about crime

Police surgery open to all residents


North Mymms Memorial Hall, Station Road, Welham Green

If you want to talk to the local police about crime and policing in the area there is an opportunity on Thursday night 22 August.

Safe stolen from Brookmans Park house

Thieves smashed the back door to gain entry

Hertfordshire Constabulary appeal graphic

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary in Calder Avenue, Brookmans Park. It happened at lunchtime on Thursday 16 August.

Rail travellers told to avoid the bank holiday weekend

Great Northern issues advice during upgrade work


East Coast Main Line do not travel notice

Great Northern is “strongly advising” against rail travel over the August bank holiday weekend.

There will be no service on the line between Moorgate and Welwyn Garden City on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August, and a reduced service from Moorgate on bank holiday Monday 26 August.

Meet the area’s new Safer Neighbourhood sergeant

Policing feedback from local residents encouraged


Sergeant James Stopford - Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Sergeant James Stopford - Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
The Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) has a new Sergeant covering Welwyn Hatfield South, the policing area that includes North Mymms.

Sergeant James Stopford, who has been settling into the role over the past few weeks, says he is eager to connect with local residents in order to hear their feedback regarding policing and crime in the area.

Local plan consultation closes Wednesday 21 August

Limited time to comment on the “soundness” of the plan


BrP5 - between Bradmore Lane and Potterells - proposed for 290 homes Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
BrP5 - between Bradmore Lane and Potterells - proposed for 290 homes
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Those wanting to comment on the “soundness” of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Local Plan have until midnight on Wednesday 21 August to do so.

Comments are invited about whether the plan has been “positively prepared”, is “justified” and “effective”, and whether it’s “consistent with national policy”.

Potterells Medical Centre open during road closure

Patients will still be able to access surgery next Monday


Potterells Medical Centre will be open on Monday 19 August despite road closure  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Potterells Medical Centre will be open on Monday 19 August despite road closure
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Potterells Medical Centre will be open as usual on Monday 19 August when part of Station Road, south of the surgery, is closed.

Section of Station Road closed Monday 19 August

Signs at Bulls Lane and Bradmore Lane junctions


Road closure sign at the junction of Bulls Lane and Station Road, Welham Green
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
T-Mobile will be working on the telecommunications mast on Station Road on Monday 19 August resulting in a section of the road being closed to traffic. This is because a crane will be required for the work on the mast. Diversions will be in place.

Local footpath closed for up to three weeks

Wooden staircase replaced on popular route 


Work on the staircase on North Mymms footpath 11 Image courtesy of John Hall
Work on the staircase on North Mymms footpath 11
Image courtesy of John Hall via Twitter
The wooden steps on North Mymms footpath 11, which runs east-west to the south of Brookmans Park, are being rebuilt. It could be between one and three weeks before the right of way is reopened to the public.

Gobions rubble could be left “for up to one year”

Parish asks angling club to remove the material


One of two piles of rubble either side of the path to Gobions Pond Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
One of two piles of rubble either side of the path to Gobions Pond
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) is asking the local angling club to remove the mounds of rubble that have been deposited at the side of the path to Gobions Pond.

The council says it understands the intention is to leave the rubble for “up to one year” - a situation the local authority says is “completely unacceptable”.

Local resident seeks owner of dog mess

Lost and found appeal on Bluebridge Road


Dog mess sign. Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Warning, this item might put you off your meal


A Brookmans Park resident has posted a small sign on the grass verge encouraging dog owners to clear up after their pets.

The anonymous Bluebridge Road resident has crafted a handwritten note attached to a stick placed behind the offending items.

Warning, stop reading if you have a weak stomach.

HMWT information tent visits Gobions

Plenty of interactive activities for youngsters


Volunteers and staff at the HMWT information tent in Gobions Open Space Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Volunteers and staff at the HMWT information tent in Gobions Open Space
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Nature-lovers, dog-walkers, and families stopped by at the temporary Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) information tent at Gobions Open Space on Thursday to find out more about the organisation’s work locally and around the county.

The trust’s information tent was pitched close to the car park with volunteers and staff on hand to to talk to the public.

HMWT visitor centre in Gobions Open Space

Thursday 8 August from 10am to 2pm


A Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) ‘pop-up’ information tent. Image courtesy of HMWT

A Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) ‘pop-up’ information tent, similar to the one pictured above, is being set up at Gobions Open Space on Thursday close to the free car park and play area.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand for four hours to meet anyone interested in the work the trust carries out at nearby Gobions Wood reserve and at all the other trust-managed sites.

Dates for Welham Green Friendship Group meetings

Helping to deal with loneliness and social isolation


Meetings are held at the Sibthorpe Arms in Welham Green Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Meetings are held at the Sibthorpe Arms in Welham Green
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Welham Green Friendship Group has announced the dates for the five remaining meetings for 2019. The social gatherings are held once a month on Tuesday mornings at the Sibthorpe Arms, Welham Green starting at 11am.

Could this be the missing North Mymms coal post?

Grade II listed item appears for sale on Facebook


Left the missing coal post, and right the one listed for sale on Facebook
Image on left courtesy of Martin Nail released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 UK
Image on right a screen grab from the Facebook listing
An investigation is underway into the attempt to sell a missing Grade II listed coal duty marker similar to the one that used to stand at the corner of Warrengate Road near the junction with Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms and which has been missing for almost 30 years.

Section of Hawkshead Lane closed for two days

4.5 mile detour to be put in place


Roadworks Hawkshead Lane, Brookmans Park Aug 1-2. Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Hawkshead Lane will be closed west of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) down to Warrengate Road for two days from Thursday 1 August. It’s to allow Affinity Water to lay new pipework. Diversions will be put in place.

46 reported crimes in North Mymms in June

11 incidents of violence and sexual offence reported


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The crime figures for North Mymms for June 2019 reveal that 46 incidents were reported during the month with 14 in and around Brookmans Park, four more than the previous month, and 24 in the Welham Green area, double the May total. The crime figures for the previous month recorded 38 reported incidents locally.

The most commons crime in North Mymms in June was violence and sexual offence with 11 incidents being investigated, including eight in Welham Green, two in Brookmans Park, and one in Little Heath.

Recall of Quorn cocktail sausages

Hertfordshire Trading Standards say they might contain metal




A alert has been sent out by Hertfordshire Trading Standards warning anyone who has bought Quorn cocktail sausages to return them for a full refund. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says the product might contain “small pieces of metal” making the sausages unsafe to eat and presents a safety risk.

Grant Shapps becomes Secretary of State for Transport

Welwyn Hatfield MP given cabinet post


Grant Shapps at a Boris Johnson campaign rally on 12 June 2019. Screenshot from BBC News

The new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has appointed the Welwyn Hatfield MP, Grant Shapps to the role of Secretary of State for Transport in his new cabinet.

Shapps, pictured above during a Tory leadership event in June, was part of Johnson’s campaign team.

Neighbourhood Watch issues hot weather advice

Police urge residents not to invite burglars


Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Police urge people not to leave windows open and unattended during the hot spellImage by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A warning has been sent out by Hertfordshire police alerting local residents to be on their guard against opportunistic burglaries that can happen during periods of hot weather.

In a message via the Hertfordshire Online Watch Link (OWL) people are warned not to leave their doors and windows open and unattended.

Age UK Hertfordshire issues telephone scam warning

Elderly woman almost conned out of £5,000


ever give personal details or bank details over the phone Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Never give personal details or bank details over the phone
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

If it hadn’t been for the alertness of a bank cashier, a “frail” Hertfordshire woman would have been conned out of thousands of pounds following a telephone scam.

Age UK Hertfordshire is urging anyone with elderly relatives or elderly neighbours to warn them of the scam.

Comments invited on the “soundness” of the Local Plan

Consultation closes at midnight on Wednesday 21 August


Previously promoted development site BrP6 in Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
It’s the next stage in the development of Welwyn Hatfield’s Local Plan with representations invited regarding the “soundness” of the plan.

The independent inspector will select comments raised when he puts together the agenda for the public hearings into the Local Plan where the council will be given the chance to respond.

Chancellor’s expansion plans get green light

Council gives go-ahead for new buildings


Aerial photograph of Chancellor's taken by Paul Large of Falcon Media in September 2002
Aerial photograph of Chancellor's School taken in September 2002
Image by Paul Large of Falcon Media

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Planning Committee has agreed to plans set out by Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park for the building of new sports and education facilities on the Pine Grove site.

Mystery white powder in Gobions

Substance thought to be flour laid to mark a route


Image courtesy of Sophie Campbell-Johnson Posted on the Brookmans Park Community Facebook page
Image courtesy of Sophie Campbell-Johnson
Posted on the Brookmans Park Community Facebook page
Concern has been expressed on the Brookmans Park Community Facebook page about the appearance of white powder in both Gobions Open Space and the Gobions Wood nature reserve.

Some were worried about whether the powder could be harmful to pets.

Person “safely taken off rail tracks” at Brookmans Park

Incident caused earlier train disruption

Herts police incident graphic

Hertfordshire police were called to an incident at Brookmans Park this morning following concern for the “welfare of a person on the tracks”.

Railcards can’t be used with the new contactless system

GTR responds to travelcard and fares queries


Welham Green station - image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

There have been a number of questions asked by rail uses via Twitter following the announcement that contactless readers - not Oyster card readers - are being installed at Brookmans Park and Welham Green.

North Mymms News contacted Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and put the questions to the media team.

Next steps for North Mymms housing development

Dates for your diary - the Local Plan timetable


BrP5 - between Bradmore Lane and Potterells proposed for 290 homes  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
BrP5 - between Bradmore Lane and Potterells proposed for 290 homes
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Two weeks ago the public consultation period for the 140 new and re-promoted sites put forward for inclusion in the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan closed. An estimated 10,000 comments had been received by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC). 42 of the new and re-promoted sites are in North Mymms and could accommodate more than 3,200 homes. WHBC says there will now be a year-long process culminating in the adoption of the new Local Plan next summer.

38 reported crimes in North Mymms in May

10 incidents of anti-social behaviour reported


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The crime figures for North Mymms for May 2019 reveal that 38 incidents were reported during the month with 10 in and around Brookmans Park and 12 in the Welham Green area. The crime figures for the previous month recorded 45 incidents locally.

The most commons crime in May was anti-social behaviour with 10 incidents being investigated, including six in Welham Green, two in Bell Bar, one in Brookmans Park, and one in Colney Heath.

Unofficial dog ban notices appear in Gobions

Dog owners told to ignore the signs


Dog ban notice at Gobions - image courtesy of Brookmans Park News and Events Facebook page

Signs have been posted at Gobions Open Space telling dog owners that dog walking is no longer allowed on the parish council-owned field or on any council-owned land.

But a North Mymms Parish councillor says the signs should be ignored and do not represent parish council policy.

Police investigate keyless Range Rover thefts in Brookmans Park

Advice offered to help prevent keyless theft


Herts police crime alert image

Hertfordshire police say owners of keyless Range Rovers should take steps to try to protect their vehicles from being taken by thieves. It follows the arrest of a man in connection with thefts of the vehicles in Brookmans Park. Officers are looking for other offenders operating in the area.

Latest telephone scam calls in Hertfordshire

Neighbourhood watch update on hoaxes


Phone scam images by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Three telephone scams are being carried out locally according to the Online Watch Link (OWL).

One claims tax is owing, another that there are BT telephone line problems, and the third is claiming bank account fraud.

All three want to fool victims into giving over personal details and paying the caller money.

How to respond to proposed urgent care changes at QEII

Public events and online questionnaire


Image of urgent care centre courtesy of the CCG

Public “drop-in” events are being held across Hertfordshire where those concerned about the proposal to close Welwyn Garden City’s QEII Urgent Care Centre (UCC) overnight can find out more about the plans. There is also an online questionnaire for those unable to attend.

It’s official - Oyster is NOT coming to Welwyn Hatfield

Transport minister confirms Oyster stops at Potters Bar


Welham Green station June 2019, still waiting for contactless reader  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Welham Green station June 2019, still waiting for contactless reader
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Update 6 July 2019. Since this article was published, the local MP Grant Shapps has criticised this site online and on his Twitter account after it was revealed that the MP had incorrectly claimed that Oyster was coming to Welwyn Hatfield. Shapps wrote that the site's editor had ignored a statement from the Department for Transport (DfT), and that the DfT had “officially pointed out” that the article and headline were “particularly misleading”.  None of this is true. All the points in the DfT statement, originally supplied by the MP’s office, had already been covered in official documents and existing quotes from the DfT and Great Northern Railway (GNR). The exchange reported by Shapps never took place.  David Brewer 



There has been conflicting information in recent months about whether or not the Oyster card system will be rolled out in Welwyn Hatfield.

The area’s MP, Grant Shapps seemed confident it would, and announced in print, online, and on social media that Oyster is on its way.

However the train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Transport for London (TfL) maintained that it’s not.

Now the transport minister Andrew Jones MP has clarified matters - Oyster will NOT be introduced north of Potters Bar.

Confusion over Oyster for Welwyn Hatfield

Was talk of local rollout just a “hypothetical option”?

GTR says Oyster is not coming to Welwyn Hatfield, the local MP says it is


Contactless card reader being installed at Brookmans Park Station
Contactless card reader being installed at Brookmans Park Station
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Spring/Summer edition of a newsletter, delivered door-to-door in Welwyn Hatfield this month, announces “Oyster coming down the track”.

The publication, PeopleTalk, which is about the work of local tory MP Grant Shapps, continues on page five with a quote from the MP in which he says “It’s fantastic to finally see Welwyn Hatfield included in the Oyster zones”.

But that’s not the case according Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

GTR has confirmed that Oyster is coming down the track as the pamphlet claims, but say it’s stopping at Potters Bar and will not reach Welwyn Hatfield, despite the warm welcome by our local MP.

Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan consultation closed

Estimated 10,000 comments added by interested parties


BrP5 - between Bradmore Lane and Potterells proposed for 290 homes Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
BrP5 - between Bradmore Lane and Potterells proposed for 290 homes
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
The public consultation period for the 140 new and re-promoted sites put forward for inclusion in the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan closed at 9am on Monday 24 June.

A spokesperson at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) said there have been more than 9,000 comments online, and the planning department still has more than 350 emails and a stack of letters to get through. The final total of responses is expected to be in excess of 10,000.

42 of the new and re-promoted sites are in North Mymms and could accommodate more than 3,200 homes. WHBC has set out what happens next.

Overnight closure of QEII Urgent Care Centre proposed

Public discussion event at North Mymms Memorial Hall



Local residents are being asked for their views on a proposal to close the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at the QEII overnight.

The East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says on average fewer than one person an hour uses the UCC between 10pm and 6am and of those who do visit overnight 86% leave without the need for further investigation and require no treatment.

Dangerous caterpillars removed from Welham Green tree

Parish council issues all clear, but residents should still check


Warning sign on the entrance gate to the play area Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Warning sign were put up at the entrance gate to the play area
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A nest of oak processionary moth (OPM) caterpillars has been removed from an oak tree in a Welham Green park. The caterpillars are a hazard to humans and animals causing rashes along with eye and throat irritation. They can also damage oak trees by stripping them of their leaves.

Oyster card rollout to stop at Potters Bar

Brookmans Park and Welham Green to miss out


Contactless reader at Brookmans Park station ready for August activation
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Oyster card payment system which is expected to be introduced at Potters Bar station next month will not be extended further north according to Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

Earlier this week this site reported that a contactless payment reader installed at Brookmans Park Station is expected to be operational in August, but that it would not accept Oyster cards.

GTR has today confirmed that Potters Bar is the end of the line for Oyster cards under any current GTR plans.

Dangerous caterpillars found in Welham Green

People advised to avoid the children’s play area


The oak tree cordoned off along with a warning sign Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The oak tree cordoned off along with a warning sign
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (OPM) have been identified in an oak tree in Welham Green.

The caterpillars can be a hazard to the health of oak trees and can also be dangerous to humans and animals causing rashes along with eye and throat irritation.

45 reported crimes in North Mymms in April

31% for violence and sexual offence


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The crime figures for North Mymms for April 2019 reveal that 45 incidents were reported with 22 in and around Brookmans Park and 16 in the Welham Green area.

The most commons crime was violence and sexual offence with 14 incidents being investigated including seven in Brookmans Park, six in Welham Green, and one in Little Heath.

Police investigate Furzefield stabbing report

Hertfordshire constabulary appeals for witnesses


The image is copyright Adrian Cable and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

Police say a boy was taken to hospital yesterday following reports of a stabbing incident near the Furzefield Leisure Centre in Potters Bar. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Hertfordshire police.

Dog attacks and injures sheep in Gobions

Incident happened despite warning signs


Warning signs at the Mymms Drive entrance to Gobions Wood nature reserve Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons


Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) has posted a notice at one of the entrances to the Gobions Wood nature reserve following a dog attack on sheep which the sign indicates happened on bank holiday Monday 27 May.

Brookmans Park station to go contactless in August

Pay-as-you-go reader installed ready for activation


The contactless pay-as-you-go reader at Brookmans Park station Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has confirmed that the installation of a contactless pay-as-you-go card reader at Brookmans Park station is in preparation for the service to be introduced in August.

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