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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.

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.

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