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39 reported crimes in North Mymms in February

15 reports of ‘violence and sexual offences’


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The February 2020 crime figures for North Mymms show that 39 incidents were reported during the month, 12 fewer than in January.

The most common category of crime was ‘violence and sexual offences’, with 15 incidents being investigated, seven in Brookmans Park, seven in Welham Green, and one in Little Heath.

Garden waste collections suspended until further notice

Council to prioritise “most critical collection services”


WHBC brown bin, image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons


Garden waste and food waste collections have been cancelled because of the coronavirus emergency.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) says the decision not to collect the brown bins is so that their “depleted crews” can prioritise their waste disposal efforts “during this challenging time”.

The authority has set out a number of changes to the rubbish and recycling collections as a result of the virus.

Information hub about local shops and services

Community urged to share updates


Bradmore Green Brookmans Park

The North Mymms Youth Project (NMYP) has created a webpage setting out which shops and businesses in the parish are open or closed following the introduction of the new coronavirus restrictions.

Organisers say they hope to update the page daily when possible. The page is embedded below. You can scroll down the page to see all entries. Refresh for the latest update.

May Local Plan hearings postponed

Government advises delay because of virus crisis


Previously promoted development site BrP6 in Brookmans Park
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Hearings to discuss Welwyn Hatfield’s local plan have been postponed until further notice.

The sessions, which would have considered proposals for local housing development, were due to take place from 11 to 15 May.

Hertfordshire health walks temporarily suspended

Council says it will restart programme as soon as it can


Hertfordshire Health Walks picture courtesy of Herts County Council


The popular community health walks organised by Hertfordshire County Council have been cancelled until further notice. Dozens of residents took part in the weekly events, organised to help people keep fit and socialise.

For those who are social-distancing because of the coronavirus outbreak, but who still want to get out and about in the countryside, our walks site, Hertfordshire Walker has more than 20 walks in North Mymms, all free to download.

Police issue coronavirus cold-calling warning

Beware of offers of help from strangers



Police in Hertfordshire have issued a warning to anyone being offered help by cold-callers. They say opportunists have been targeting the elderly and vulnerable who are self-isolating.

Local youth project offers coronavirus help

Volunteers ready to assist with shopping and daily tasks


Images of groceries by The Unwinder, phone by Pikrepo, dog walking by Chris Reynolds, and postbox by Soapbeard, all released via Creative Commons.
Volunteers ready to help those self-isolating and feeling vulnerable with everyday tasks

The North Mymms Youth Project (NMYP) is offering help to those who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The group says it has a team ready to post letters, do shopping, walk dogs, or just have a chat on the phone.

Police warn of coronavirus-related scams

Fraudsters cashing in on virus fears online and by phone


COVID-19 coronavirus particle computer generated
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More than 20 new coronavirus scams have been identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) since February, according to Hertfordshire police.

A message circulated via the county’s Online Watch Link (OWL), a neighbourhood watch network, warns those who are concerned about coronavirus of the methods being used by the fraudsters.

Potterells medical centre texts coronavirus advice

Don’t ring or visit surgery if you have symptoms


Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A text message has been sent to patients at Potterells Medical Centre advising those who are displaying symptoms, or who feel at risk of coronavirus, not to phone or visit the local surgery on Station Road, North Mymms.

The medical centre's site also advises people who think they might have the virus not to visit local pharmacies or the area’s hospitals, but to stay indoors and avoid contact with others.

Hope and Anchor licence extension refused

Appeal process available if desired


The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - October 2019  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - October 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

An application to extend the opening hours at Welham Green’s Hope and Anchor pub to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays has been refused.

The application also sought to remove the condition limiting the pub to staging 12 events a year.

Another dead horse dumped along Bradmore Lane

Animal’s hind legs had been tied


The blue rope used to tie the dead animal’s legs Warning, this article contains an image that might upset some people Image submitted by a local resident - released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The blue rope used to tie the dead animal’s legs
Image submitted by a local resident - released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Warning, this article contains an image of a dead animal


The body of a small horse has been dumped at the entrance to a field off Bradmore Lane, Water End.

It’s the second dead horse to be left lying at the side of the lane in a little more than a year.

51 reported crimes in North Mymms in January

22 reports of ‘anti-social behaviour’


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The January 2020 crime figures for North Mymms show that 51 incidents were reported during the month, six fewer than in December.

The most common category of crime was ‘anti-social behaviour’, with 20 incidents being investigated, 16 in Welham Green.

20mph signs along Mymms Drive

Speed limit reduced on unadopted Brookmans Park road


20mph sign at the north end of Mymms drive between Moffats Lane and Brookmans Avenue Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
20mph sign at the north end of Mymms drive between Moffats Lane and Brookmans Avenue
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All vehicles entering Brookmans Park from the A1000 will now have to drive through 20mph zones as they approach the village.

Signs have been put up on Mymms Drive, advising motorists that the speed limit along the Brookmans Park road has been reduced.

It means that, with George’s Wood Road also reduced to 20mph several years ago, the two roads entering Brookmans Park from the east have lower speed limits.

Residents offer “solution” to school traffic issues

Meeting held to consider impact of Chancellor’s School’s expansion plans on local roads


Photograph of Weekday parking close to the Chancellor's entrance on Pine Grove Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
Weekday parking close to the Chancellor’s entrance on Pine Grove
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Residents living close to Chancellor’s School in Pine Grove, Brookmans Park, have put forward “a solution to the traffic issues” associated with the school’s expansion plans.

They say the proposal - which is reproduced below - has been “carefully thought through by the residents” who are likely to be affected when the development of the school takes place.

Coronavirus posters at local pharmacies

Public information advice on display



NHS and Public Health England posters about the symptoms, spread, and efforts to prevent and contain coronavirus, have been placed in the windows of local pharmacies as part of the government’s information campaign.

Final say on local green belt development plans

Comments must be in by 5pm on Wednesday 1 April


Site known as WeG15 south of Welham Green now removed from Local Plan Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Site known as WeG15 south of Welham Green now removed from Local Plan
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
An email has been circulated setting out the deadline for final comments on the proposals for development on the area’s green belt.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s (WHBC) head of planning, Colin Haigh, has mailed all those interested in the progress of the Welwyn Hatfield Draft Local Plan with an update on the recent proposed changes, along with details on what happens next.

He also sets out how anyone concerned can have their say; the deadline for comments in Wednesday 1 April.

Coronavirus warning posted on local surgery site

“Do not attend” under certain circumstances


Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A message has been posted on the Potterells Medical Centre website advising anyone who might have been in contact with someone with coronavirus, or are experiencing symptoms, to stay away.

Green belt society urges community action

It follows “positive changes” to the Local Plan


Green belt meeting details

“Some good news - but must keep up the pressure”


Green belt campaigners have welcomed the recent changes to the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan, but are calling on local residents to continue to add their voices to efforts to “protect our communities”.

Earlier this month the local authority announced that proposals to build hundreds of new dwellings in North Mymms were being shelved, and that all existing ‘high harm and new ‘moderate high harm’ sites would be removed from the Local Plan.

Hearing set for Hope and Anchor licensing extension

Application and representations to be considered next month


The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - October 2019  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - October 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The proposal to extend the opening hours at Welham Green’s Hope and Anchor pub will be heard by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) officials on Wednesday 4 March.

Police release CCTV images after local break-in

Men caught on camera “could have important information”


Image released by Hertfordshire Constabulary
Images have been circulated by Hertfordshire police of two men they would like to talk to in connection with a break-in at a house in Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park, in the early hours of Saturday 1 February.

If anyone recognises the men they are asked to contact the police non-emergency number 101.

Another attempted burglary, this time in Welham Green

Four incidents reported in as many days


Hertfordshire Police Crime Alert graphic


There’s been another attempted burglary, this time in Welham Green. Police say two men knocked on the door of a house in Old Farmhouse Mews at 4pm on Monday 3 February. They then used a set of keys to try to get in. When they failed, they left and walked into Vincenzo Close.

Aggravated burglary in Mymms Drive, Brookmans Park

Thieves forced their way into the house past the owner


Hertfordshire police appeal graphic


Police are appealing for witnesses after four masked men forced their way into a house in Mymms Drive and stole high-value items between 5.05pm and 5.40pm on Monday 3 February.

Officers say the burglars conducted an “untidy search” of the premises, and took hundreds of pounds worth of cash along with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery.

The stolen items were taken away in a purple Puma gym bag which was also stolen from the address.

Proposals to build hundreds of new North Mymms dwellings shelved

Green belt to be protected, with existing ‘high harm’ and new ‘moderate high harm’ sites removed from Local Plan


Site known as WeG15 south of Welham Green being considered for housing  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Site known as WeG15 south of Welham Green now removed from Local Plan
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) is to consult on a plan to protect the borough’s green belt which will remove all existing and proposed ‘high harm’ and new ‘moderate high harm’ sites from the Local Plan, along with those that result in coalescence between villages.

Councillors have decided that building on such green belt sites was “too high a price to pay”.

Shed break-in in Brookmans Park

Police appeal for witnesses 


Hertfordshire police crime appeal graphic

Hertfordshire police say a shed at a house in Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park, was broken into over the weekend.

It's not known if anything was stolen, but police would like anyone who saw anything to get in touch.

Brookmans Park resident confronts burglar on stairs

Home owner threatened by intruder as torch shone in face

Hertfordshire police appeal graphic

Police say an intruder broke into a house on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park in the early hours of Saturday 1 February.

Gobions sheep distressed by dogs running free

Warning signs being ignored by some pet owners


Red dog behaviour sign close to restricted areas of Gobions Wood  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Red dog behaviour sign close to restricted areas of Gobions Wood
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) is appealing to dog owners using the Gobions Wood nature reserve to observe the dog restriction signs, and keep their pets on leads in the designated areas.

A flock of Shetland sheep owned by HMWT has returned to the trust’s meadow land adjoining Gobions Wood to graze. A spokesperson for the trust says that, despite “sufficient signage in place”, some people are ignoring the notices which  request them to keep their dogs on leads.

Road closure warning for Brookmans Park

“Delays likely” with Bradmore Green resurfacing


Road closure sign on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Road closure sign on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
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A section of Bluebridge Road leading into Bradmore Green will be closed from 9.30am to 4pm on Tuesday 4 February to enable carriageway resurfacing work to be carried out.

The Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) website states that the work will take place “throughout the length of the parking bays outside The Raj Indian Restaurant”.

57 reported crimes in North Mymms in December

16 reports of ‘violence and sexual offences’


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The December 2019 crime figures for North Mymms show that 57 incidents were reported during the month, five more than in November.

The most common category of crime was ‘violence and sexual offences’, with 16 incidents being investigated in Brookmans Park, Little Heath, and Welham Green.

According to Hertfordshire police, the category ‘violence and sexual offences’ includes “offences against the person such as common assaults, grievous bodily harm and sexual offences”.

Free accessibility help at North Mymms stations

One-to-one assistance and free taxis available


The stairs leading to the northbound and southbound platforms at Brookmans Park station  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The stairs leading to the northbound and southbound platforms at Brookmans Park station
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Great Northern Railways (GNR) is offering free assistance to anyone with mobility difficulties who can’t manage the stairs at Brookmans Park or Welham Green stations.

The service is available to anyone who can’t lift heavy or awkward luggage up the stairs, or anyone unable to climb stairs.

They’ll even book and pay for a taxi to the nearest station with ‘step-free access’.

No trains from local stations this weekend

Saturday and Sunday closure for East Coast Main Line upgrade


Brookmans Park station
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
There’ll be no trains from Brookmans Park or Welham Green stations over the weekend of Saturday 25 January and Sunday 26 January while the latest stage of the East Coast Main Line upgrade takes place.

The closure is one of two planned over the next two months by Network Rail. The second is the weekend of Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March.

Council investigates disputed “right of way”

“Discrepancy” and “anomaly” checked by Hertfordshire


The southern entrance to Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 with warning sign Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The southern entrance to Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 with warning sign
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Hertfordshire County Council is looking into an “alignment query” regarding a well-used bridleway in Little Berkhamsted that has been considered a right of way for years.

Council officials have been searching through historic records to try to find out whether bridleway 18, which appears on the Hertfordshire definitive right of way map, is in the right place.

More than 1,200 extra homes proposed for North Mymms

New housing allocation could increase from 501 to 1,736


Site known as WeG15 south of Welham Green being considered for housing  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Site known as WeG15 south of Welham Green being considered for housing
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Councillors on Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s (WHBC) Planning and Parking Panel are to consider proposals to increase the number of new dwellings in North Mymms by 1,235 as part of the adjustment to the borough’s Local Plan.

Hope and Anchor applies to extend licensed hours

Pub could stay open to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays


The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - January 2020 Image by North Mymms News, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - January 2020
Image by North Mymms News, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The proprietors of the recently reopened Hope and Anchor on Station Road, Welham Green, want to extend the hours the pub can open and remove the restriction limiting the pub to staging 12 social events a year.

The pub’s director says the change is aimed at meeting local demand, and to offer a budget venue in Welham Green.

Anyone concerned about the increase in opening hours has until Friday 7 February to make their representations.

Double scam warning for local residents

TV licence and Amazon Prime frauds


Hertfordshire Police crime alert graphic

Police say they have received reports of telephone and email scams being carried out across Hertfordshire.

The scams involve bogus calls and emails from fraudsters pretending to be representatives of TV Licensing, Amazon Prime, or the recipient’s bank.

Hertfordshire police are warning residents not to be taken in by fraudsters who appear convincing.

BPERC responds to claims in anonymous letter

“Deep concern” over “factually incorrect” letter


11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park - March 2019 Screen grab of image from Google Maps
11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park - March 2019
Screen grab of image from Google Maps
The Brookmans Park Estate Residents Committee (BPERC) says it is “deeply concerned” about a letter sent door to door in Brookmans Park at the weekend.

The group says the letter, which is unsigned and anonymous, contains “factually incorrect” claims “without accountability”.

Brookmans Avenue flats - another perspective

Anonymous letter posted door to door


11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park - November 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Letters have been circulated in Brookmans Park claiming that the former occupants of a house that was demolished to make way for flats were denied entrance to a public meeting in the village called to oppose the development.

The anonymous letter offers “some context” to the decision to carry out the building work, and states that the flats “do not set a precedent for any other development” in the village.

Campaign to save local public right of way

Evidence gathered in attempt to keep bridleway open



Residents in Little Berkhamsted are enlisting the public’s help in trying to save a public right of way, after warning signs were posted discouraging walkers and riders from using the route.

“DO NOT ENTER” signs posted on local bridleway

Public right of way “in dispute” 


The southern entrance to Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 with warning sign Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The southern entrance to Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 with warning sign
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A popular bridleway, which features on three of the local rambles on Hertfordshire Walker, has had the right of way sign removed and notices posted warning walkers not to enter.

Access to the bridleway in Little Berkhamsted is “currently in dispute”, according to a local resident.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside and Rights of Way team is looking into the matter.

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