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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

Ten more “drop-in” events are being held across Hertfordshire in July and August where the public is invited to find out more about the proposal to close Welwyn Garden City’s QEII Urgent Care Centre (UCC) overnight. 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.

Green belt society publishes planning objections

Checklist for those wanting to oppose development proposals


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 North Mymms District Green Belt Society (NMDGBS) has listed the reasons why it feels the proposed development sites in the parish should be opposed. The group has published three documents on its website explaining the “technical” reasons why sites proposed for development should not be included in Welwyn Hatfield’s Local Plan.

Local rights of way repairs update for June

What is being fixed and what needs fixing


North Mymms footbridge - image by Hertfordshire Walker

Hertfordshire’s Countryside & Rights of Way team has released the latest update on works currently underway on the footpaths, bridleways, and byways in the parish of North Mymms. The information is emailed to this site on a regular basis by Access Projects Officer Dawn Grocock.

Welham Green Summer Fun Day

St Mary's School, North Mymms


class room at North Mymms St Mary's image courtesy of the school

The St Mary’s Summer Fun Day takes place at the school on Dellsome Lane, Welham Green, on Saturday 22 June. Gates open at noon and the event ends at 3pm.

Council calls for comments on development proposals

Reminder sent out encouraging people to have their say


Photograph of new housing - image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has tweeted that people have until 5pm on Tuesday 18 June to comment on the sites that have been promoted to be included in the Local Plan. (UPDATE: comment deadline extended until 5pm on Friday 21 June)

The local green belt society held a public meeting at the United Reformed Church in Brookmans Park, on Monday 3 June to discuss the proposals, and North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) held a public meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 4 June at North Mymms Youth and Community Centre.

The European Elections - your new MEPs

Representing the East of England


Image by Marco Verch released under Creative Commons

The elections for the European Parliament resulted in seven MEPs being elected to serve the East of England.

They included three Brexit Party MEPs, Richard Tice, Michael Heaver, and June Mummery, two Liberal Democrats MEPs, Barbara Gibson and Lucy Nethsingha, one Green Party MEP, Catherine Rowett, and one Conservative MEP, Geoffrey Van Orden.

Witness appeal after Brookmans Park break-in

House was being renovated at the time


Police appeal sign

Hertfordshire police have put out an appeal for information after a house in Moffats Lane was burgled. It happened between 5.50pm on Tuesday night 21 May and 7.30am on Wednesday morning 22 May.

Some dog restriction signs removed from Gobions

“Dogs must be kept under control” signs taken down


Blue dog restriction sign - image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

Some of the blue signs at Gobions Wood nature reserve, put up by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT), have been removed.

The signs marked the areas where, according to the HMWT, dogs must be kept under control at all times and where no professional dog walkers are allowed.

60th anniversary of Brookmans Park Village Day

Organisers plan a “party in the park”


Brookmans Park Village Day 2019 flyer courtesy of the PTA

There’ll be the usual wide variety of games, stalls, entertainment, and prize draws at Brookmans Park Village Day this year as the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) marks the 60th anniversary of the event. There is also hot and cold food and a licensed bar.

Public meeting to discuss green belt concerns

Proposals for an additional 3,200 dwellings


Image courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net released under Creative Commons

The local green belt society has organised a public meeting to discuss proposals for 42 new or re-promoted development sites in North Mymms. If built on the land could accommodate an additional 3,200 homes in the parish. This is on top of the 621 new homes currently allocated in Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s (WHBC) Local Plan.

Local library needs volunteers

Two hours a fortnight “would be a great help”


Image of Brookmans Park Library courtesy of Hertfordshire County Council


The public library on Brookmans Park’s Bradmore Green is looking for volunteers who would be willing to give two hours of their time a fortnight to ensure the popular facility continues.

There are fears that the library could close if enough local helpers are not found.

Welwyn Hatfield sets out planning deadlines

Council wants plan adopted “as quickly as possible”


Image of Housebuilding by jovike released under CC BY-NC 2.0


Following the release last week of the locations of the 140+ new and re-promoted sites put forward for possible development, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has set out the steps that it says have been agreed “to ensure that the Local Plan is adopted as quickly as possible”.

Local rights of way repairs update for May

What is being fixed and what needs fixing


A gate on a Hertfordshire footpath  Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Hertfordshire’s Countryside & Rights of Way team has released the latest update on works currently underway on the footpaths, bridleways, and byways in the parish of North Mymms. The information is emailed to this site on a regular basis by Access Projects Officer Dawn Grocock.

New weekly food waste collections announced

Service to start in autumn 2020


Image of black bin courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has awarded its new waste collection and street cleansing contract to Urbaser Limited.

The contract will run for nine years from April 2020. From autumn 2020 two new services will be added including a weekly food waste collection and a weekly collection for small electrical items, textiles and household batteries.

42 North Mymms sites put forward for development

Your time-limited chance to comment on local proposals

Update: Deadline for comments now 9am on Monday 24 June


Bricklaying - screengrab taken from a You Tube video

42 new and re-promoted North Mymms sites that could be developed to accommodate more than 3,200 new homes have been revealed. They were put forward earlier this year when Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council made a fresh call for sites after the independent inspector ruled that the current Draft Plan didn’t meet the local housing requirement. All are in the green belt.

New mains water pipe for North Mymms

Part of work to remove metaldehyde from water supply


Work being carried out alongside Warrengate Road Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Work being carried out alongside Warrengate Road
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A new pipeline connecting the North Mymms water treatment works to the mains supply is being put in place.

Once connected it will carry water to recently installed equipment at the Warrengate Road site designed to take metaldehyde - a chemical used to kill slugs - out of the North Mymms supply.

Gobions car park cleared of rubble

Hardcore moved to side of Gobions Pond path


Rubble removed from Gobions Open Space car park  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Rubble removed from Gobions Open Space car park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Two large mounds of rubble that were deposited in the car park at Gobions Open Space two weeks ago have been moved, freeing up parking spots at the parish council owned car park. The building material is now either side of one of the access paths to Gobions Pond.

Local election results May 2019

Welwyn Hatfield Council with no overall control


Polling station at the North Mymms Memorial Hall in Welham Green Image courtesy of Welham Green Facebook page
Polling station at the North Mymms Memorial Hall in Welham Green
Image courtesy of Welham Green Facebook page
Thursday’s Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council local elections saw the Liberal Democrats gain four seats with the Conservatives and Labour both down by two.

The Conservative candidate was elected in Brookmans Park and Little Heath ward. The Liberal Democrat candidate was elected in Welham Green and Hatfield South ward.

Dog restriction breached in Gobions play area

Council worker who spoke to owner called “real jobsworth” 


Gobions play area in Gobions Open Space Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Gobions play area in Gobions Open Space
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The grounds team working for North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) is filling in the gaps under the two gates leading to the Gobions play area in order to prevent dogs getting in.

It follows an incident when a woman with a dog was spotted in the play area by a NMPC member of staff.

Are you interested in becoming a PCSO?

Invitation to attend career information evening


Herts PCSO recruitment material

Hertfordshire Constabulary is inviting anyone who would like to join the force as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to attend an information evening on Thursday 16 May at the force HQ in Welwyn Garden City. The event starts at 7pm.

North Mymms bowls club open day

Invitation to try your hands at bowls free-of-charge


North Mymms Bowls Club in action Image courtesy of North Mymms Bowls Club
North Mymms Bowls Club in action
Image courtesy of North Mymms Bowls Club

Anyone interested in having a go at bowling is invited to turn up at the North Mymms Bowls Club open day on Sunday 5 May between 10am and 4.30pm.

Equipment will be provided, all you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes. Trainers are recommended. And there is absolutely no cost involved.

Jonas Way potholes filled in

Temporary repairs to Gobions access road


Chippings used to level the potholes along Jonas Way  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Chippings used to level the potholes along Jonas Way
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Stone chippings have been used to fill the potholes that had opened up along Jonas Way, Brookmans Park.

The material used on the Gobions Open Space access road looks similar to the material in two mounds of hardcore that was deposited in the parish council car park earlier this month.

Brookmans Park pharmacy closed on Saturdays

Jhoots says branch now open Monday to Friday only

But will close for an hour at lunchtime


hoots Pharmacy, Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Jhoots Pharmacy, Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Those collecting prescriptions from Jhoots Pharmacy in Brookmans Park need to visit on a weekday following the company’s decision to close on Saturdays.

Jhoots has confirmed that from now on the Bradmore Green branch will be open Monday to Friday. It will also close for an hour between 1pm and 2pm.

New summer train timetable announced

“Most existing services stay the same”


Class 717 departs Brookmans Park station 15 April 2019  Screen grab from video courtesy of Simon Goldsworthy
Class 717 departs Brookmans Park station 15 April 2019
Screen grab from video courtesy of Simon Goldsworthy
Great Northern says it’s rolling out its summer timetable on Sunday 19 May 2019.  The company says most services will continue to operate to the current timetable, but some times are changing by a few minutes “to improve punctuality”.

Radar speed signs for Welham Green

Funding for flashing warning signs agreed


Photograph of The speed warning sign on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The speed warning sign on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Speed Indication Devices (SIDs) - the flashing warning signs that tell motorists when they are travelling too fast - are to be set up along Dixons Hill Road and Station Road in Welham Green.

Parish to publish North Mymms Way brochure

Local long distance path could be divided in three


Photograph of The start of the final path heading north to Brookmans Park Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The start of the final path heading north to Brookmans Park
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The parish council is considering dividing the North Mymms Way into three sections to “make it more manageable”.  The 12 mile (19.3 km) circular route around the parish of North Mymms takes half a day to complete.

Bulls Lane partially blocked by fly-tipping

Garden turf dumped east of Skimpans Bridge



A load of garden turf has been fly-tipped along Bulls Lane close to Welham Green, reducing the passable width of the road by half.

Drivers should take care because there is at least one concrete fence post buried under the pile of earth and grass.

Hardcore dumped in Gobions car park

Parking spaces restricted “for up to two weeks”


Image: Two large mounds of hardcore at the southern end of Gobions car park Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Two large mounds of hardcore at the southern end of Gobions car park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Two large mounds of rubble have been dumped in the car park at Gobions Open Space without permission.

According to North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC), which owns the land, the material was deposited by North Mymms Angling Club who intend to use it to “replace the pathways around the fishing lake and renew the fishing lake swims”.

Welham Green community website closes

Yet another hack attack takes site down


Screen grab of WelhamGreen.org taken in August 2018  Grab courtesy of the Wayback Machine
Screen grab of WelhamGreen.org taken in August 2018
Grab courtesy of the Wayback Machine

A community website that has served Welham Green for almost six years has closed following the latest attack by hackers.

The independent site was created by Welham Green resident, photographer and historian Mike Allen. It launched on 1 July 2013.

According to the mission statement on the front page of the site, the project aimed “to make Welham Green a better place to live and work in”.

New tenant found for Hope and Anchor

Plan is to move in on Tuesday 16 April


The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - 1 April, 2019  Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - 1 April, 2019
The company that owns Welham Green’s Hope and Anchor on Station Road says it’s hopeful that the pub will open shortly. The announcement follows confirmation that a new tenant has been found for the 19th century pub. Ei Group, which owns the building, says refurbishments will follow once the plans are signed off.

Repairs to Leach Fields fences planned

Three horses removed while fences are fixed


Broken fence alongside footpath 86  Image by North Mymms News  Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Broken fence alongside footpath 86
Image by North Mymms News
Local police say they have spoken to the owner of the horses that have been escaping from Leach Fields. The animals have frequently been found wandering local footpaths and straying into North Mymms Parish Council's open spaces.

Police officers say they’ve been told that the fences will be fixed and three horses removed while repairs are carried out.

North Mymms Parish Plan consigned to history

Three years of work to produce a reference document


Image: The front cover of the North Mymms Parish Plan

“A blueprint for the future of North Mymms”


Do you remember the North Mymms Parish Plan? When it was published in 2011 it was hailed as “a blueprint for the future of North Mymms”. The plan’s authors described it as a “powerful tool to influence decisions”.

Now, eight years on, the 36-page document is used by North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) for research only; it is no longer available on the parish council website, and it has no legal status.

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