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Briggens Estate identified as a 'preferred area' for quarrying sand and gravel

The Briggens Estste is the remaining Green Belt land between The Gilston Area (Harlow North) and Stanstead Abbotts to the south west of Hunsdon Parish, although a small section falls within the parish. It has been identified in the draft Hertfordshire County Minerals Local Plan 2016 - 2031 as a 'preferred area' for a large sand and gravel quarry. Should the site be allocated, Tarmac intends to submit a planning application at the earliest opportunity and consides that extraction could begin in 2022.

Herts County Council is currently undertaking a public consultation on the draft Plan, and Hunsdon Parish Council is joining with Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council in making a formal and comprehensive response to the consultation but also in encouraging all residents to respond. To this effect it supports the 'Say NO to the Quarry' campaign and would encourage residents to read and respond to the information being promoted by that group and in particular to use the proforma response to the public consultation. You can either complete and send in the paper response, or complete an online response through the group's website here.


Congratulation to Hunsdon JMI - Top of the league again

For the second year running, Hunsdon JMI School has the highest overall performance at the end of Key Stage 2 among primary schools in Hertfordshire - see the DFE 'league tables' here. Huge congratulations to the current pupils but more so all of the staff on this outstanding achievement.


The end of an era - Von and Hemi Patel move on

After 19 years running Hunsdon Post Office and General Store, Von and Hemi Patel have been encouraged away to help run a large, international family business. On Sunday, 26th November many residents gathered in the Village Hall to say thanks for everything they have done in the village, bid them farewell and wish them good luck for the future. Click here to see a slideshow of their farewell.


Examination in Public of the East Herts District Plan

An important milestone has been reached this month. The Examination in Public of the District Plan has been held. The Gilston Area was addressed on the morning of the 8th November and a bus load of residents from Gilston, Eastwick and Hunsdon arrived early at Wallfields to join our MP, Mark Prisk and register a protest against the loss of our Green Belt and the unsustainability of the proposals for 10,00 homes.
SHN, CPRE and the joint NPG’s consultant, Chris Bowden of Navigus, combined to respond to the inspector’s questions challenging the justification for the proposed housing on the Green Belt and the deliverability of the proposals due to the absence of firm plans to provide the necessary supporting infrastructure, transport, water supply and sewerage systems.
It's hard to know how this will all pan out because obviously the Inspector did not give any clues but we believe that she will next make recommendations to East Herts for policy amendments in the District Plan to meet the shortcomings she perceives which will then be consulted upon before being adopted or not by the District Council. After this stage she will make her full report and final recommendations to the Secretary of State for a decision. We are looking at a year from now to see this finally settled.
Obviously we would love her to recommend the removal of the Gilston Area policies in their entirety but as you know the joint NPG has been realistic and over the last year engaged with both East Herts and the developers to secure the best possible outcome safeguarding our communities should the Gilston Area be allocated. Key issues for us are the visual and environmental impact on the landscape and villages, the financial commitment to a programme of necessary supporting infrastructure, the layout and design quality and the interim and permanent ownership and management of the community assets (in particular the Airfield Park).
The pivotal document for us is the Concept Development Framework. East Herts now have our detailed responses to their consultation and interestingly the authors of the document – Places for People, the principle land owner – have accepted the vast majority of the changes we wish to see. The NPG is about to embark on a series of meetings to revise the CDF which we have asked should then be subjected to a further round of consultation to secure the approval of our communities. It is absolutely vital that we influence and agree the revised CDF as this document will guide all future planning applications for the GA development. Skipping this stage and relying on formal objections to an application is unlikely to have any impact.


John AshleyMBE - a Tribute

Residents will no doubt be aware of the sudden and sad passing of John AshleyMBE in October. John and Betty moved to the village in 1969 to run the Post Office and General Store, which they did very succesfully until retiring in 1992. Otherwise John was Vice Chairman of Hunsdon Parish Council for several years until taking the more demanding role of Parish Clerk where, again, he brought his great experience and good sense to bear for many more years. His commitment to the community was rewarded in 2002 by appointment as MBE. John will perhaps, though, be remembered by many as custodian of the flower displays throughout the village - including his 'watering can on a pole'! Cllr David Gibbs has written a fuller tribute here


Collecting Used Postage Stamps in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

The Scout Group would like your help. We are collecting stamps to donate to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People . We have collected 2 big buckets in 2 years, but as you can imagine it takes an age to collect stamps these days so we're casting our net wider! Can you please help spread the word in your groups and workplaces? Read more here.


STOP Harlow North

STOP Harlow North has issued its latest newsletter which gives a quick update on the current status of the District Plan submission, the Garden Town initiative and the recent Government White Paper on Housing.


Hunsdon Parish Council News

In early May we say farewell to Joy Robinette, our Parish Clerk for the past 12 years, and David, who initiated and saw through the acquisition of Hunsdon's defibrillator. The two of them have contributed hugely to so many aspects of village life over the time they have been here. We wish them all the best in their new life in Suffolk. However we have an immediate and perfectly-suited replacement for Joy in the shape of Carole Page, who has been a parish councillor herself for the past few years, and we wish Carole well in that new role. That means, however, that Carole's position on Hunsdon Parish Council becomes vacant alongside an existing vacancy. Have you considered becoming a Parish Councillor? Please read more here if you might be interested, or speak with any of the current councillors.


Bus Services

As from May 2017 the 410A bus service to / from Harlow is scheduled to finish. If you wish make representation on this then see the advice from Hunsdon Parich Council here


New Year's Honours

Congratulations to Mrs Diana Gee on receiving the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list, for her devoted services to her community and, in particular, Hunsdon's Over Three Score Club.


New to Hunsdon?

If you would like hard copy of an information-packed Welcome Pack then please call Mrs Jill Whitley on 01279 842712 or email hunsdonwelcomepack@hwwchurch.org.uk to arrange delivery.


2018 dates for Hunsdon Parish Council meetings:

Monday 15th JanuaryMonday 19th FebruaryMonday 19th March
Monday 16th AprilMonday 21st May AGMMonday 18th June
Monday 16th JulyMonday 17th SeptMonday 15th October
Monday 19th November

CVSBEH Community Car Scheme and Furniture Recycling Scheme

The Community and Voluntary Service in Broxbourne and East Herts has recently started two new community services that cover our parish - a Community Car Scheme to arrange volunteer drivers for people in need of transport, and a Furniture Recycling Scheme. If you are at all interested in becoming a volunteer driver in the Community Car Scheme, then please read more here. If you would like to know more about using the scheme then please read more here.


The Royal Airforce at Hunsdon 1941-45

The Hunsdon Local History and Preservation Society has republished Fred and Vera Hitching's highly-regarded book "The Royal Airforce at Hunsdon 1941-1945". See here for details


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