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Campaign against flats conversion continues

Another letter delivered 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
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Brookmans Park Estate Residents Committee (BPERC) has circulated another letter urging people to oppose the development of flats at 11 Brookmans Avenue, with a reminder that the 30-day period to object is under way.

The day North Mymms entered aviation history

When the first flight over England touched down in a local field


Lunardi during his historic flight over Hertfordshire
Drawing by George Moutard Woodward
Image courtesy of The British Museum released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
On the afternoon of Wednesday 15 September 1784, North Mymms entered aviation history. The Italian balloonist, Vincenzo Lunardi, making the first manned aerial voyage over England, touched down briefly in a cornfield near the parish border with Northaw.

75 tonnes of timber cleared from Gobions Wood

Wood to be sold to help cover cost of managing the reserve


Photograph of wood clearing at Gobions. Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) says it has finished removing logs from Gobions Wood, although several have been left “to develop a natural dead-wood habitat”. The work took two weeks to complete - one week to cut the timber and another to remove it.

The North Mymms slavery connections

A microcosm of global “conquest, trade, enrichment and exploitation”


Gobions from south-west - tinted print by  J.P Neale 1818 Image Courtesy of Peter Miller
Gobions from south-west - tinted print by  J.P Neale 1818
Image Courtesy of Peter Miller
Between 1700 and 1850, wealth derived from India and the Caribbean was channelled into North Mymms through the purchasing of land and development of property.

The four North Mymms manor houses, Brookmans, Gobions, Potterells, and Moffats, have, in the past, been owned by families who, between them, enslaved 690 people.

These global connections are still visible throughout the parish today, providing reminders that the history of North Mymms is intricately linked to that of Britain’s expanding empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Bell Bar housing plans “overwhelming”

Residents group says it’s “appalled by what is planned”


BrP1 Bell Bar looking north from Bell Lane  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
BrP1 Bell Bar looking north from Bell Lane
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
An action group has been set up to oppose the potential allocation of a site for 130 houses in Bell Bar.

The site, known as BrP1, is contained in proposed changes to the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan which was subject to a public consultation earlier this year.

The Bell Lane Action Group (BLAG) says the proposal for developing the site is “overwhelming” and the group intends to oppose the plan “all the way”.

Tribunal to consider Brookmans Avenue flats

Occupiers put their case, residents’ group calls for objections


11 Brookmans Avenue, photograph by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
11 Brookmans Avenue photographed 16 June 2020
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A couple who demolished their Brookmans Park house in order to build apartments on the plot so they could “downsize and remain in the village” where they have “lived happily for 40 years” have spoken out about efforts to oppose the development.

Reintroduction of car park charges

Resident parking restrictions will not be enforced for now


Campus East car park Welwyn Garden City. Image a screenshot from Google maps

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) says it will begin charging for its car parks and enforcing town centre parking restrictions from Monday 15 June.

The change follows the waiving of charges over recent months in response to the changing coronavirus situation.

Concern over spraying of chemicals close to homes

Complaints of eye and skin irritation from nearby residents


The RVC field south of Brookmans Park and to the west of Bluebridge Road Image courtesy of Nick Lees
The RVC field south of Brookmans Park and to the west of Bluebridge Road
Image courtesy of Nick Lees
On Wednesday 27 May, Nick Lees of The Gardens, Brookmans Park, noticed that the field that backs on to his home was being sprayed.

Soon after, his eyes and skin became irritated. His wife suffered a similar reaction.

He says he was so concerned about what was being sprayed that he contacted the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), which owns the field, to try to find out.

Timber removal from Gobions Wood

Some paths might be cordoned off while work is carried out


Timber removal from Gobions Wood Image courtesy of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Timber removal from Gobions Wood
Image courtesy of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is removing large amounts of timber from the middle of Gobions Wood this week. Those walking in the area are advised that some of footpaths in the area might be cordoned off while the work takes place.

Hertfordshire Walker reaches 100

More walks planned for 2020


Photograph of boots by Hertfordshire Walker and released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

In January 2018 the first walk was published on Hertfordshire Walker. Since then, another 99 have been uploaded covering 510 miles of footpaths, byways, and lanes in the Hertfordshire countryside.

That’s the equivalent of a 170-hour walk from Hatfield to Aberdeen, or 60 walks from Potters Bar to Welwyn Garden City.

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