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Hunsdon Parish Council - Notice of Vacancy

Hunsdon Parish Council has a vacancy following the resignation of Cllr Fleur Maule; see here

Transport Vision for the Gilston Area

Places for People are hosting a workshop to discuss the overall Transport Vision for the Gilston Area, on Saturday 7th July from 10:30 until 13:00, in Hunsdon Village Hall. The workshop aims to share the findings of further work undertaken in response to comments received to date. Residents might further wish to read East Herts Council's newly published Spatial Vision for the Gilston Area, avaialble on the EHC website here

Hunsdon Chapel Update

Contractors will be working on part of the Recreation Ground on Tuesday, 3rd July, taking soil samples. See here for more information

Hunsdon Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Hunsdon Parish Council has recently been given approval to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for that part of the parish which is outside 'the Gilston Area' (as defined in the East Herts District Plan and which is being addressed through the joint Hunsdon, Eastwick & Gilston Neighbourhood Plan). Read about the formation of a local Steering Group and its preliminary plan of action here
This Hunsdon Parish Neighbourhood Plan Group is keen on attracting new members to join the group or who may have particular skills they could contributed. We would welcome any interest and invite you to a Group meeting with our consultants, who have been appointed to assist the village in drawing up a plan over the next 18 months. Your help in devising planning objectives for land use and preservation in the village is needed. We will be planning a big consultation event in the autumn when we have done further work and there will be other opportunities to participate. The contact for the group is Carole Page, clerk to the Parish Council

Hunsdon Post Office is back in full operation!

Many residents will be aware that Hunsdon Post Office and General Store was for some time this year unable to provide full Post Office services due to a problem with the secure broadband connection. That has now been resolved and the full range of Post Offices services are again available. The new proprietors have also worked hard to establish their suppliers and so can now offer a great range of everyday products at competitive prices. Hunsdon Post Office and General Store is a valuable and much-appreciated asset in the village - please give Mr & Mrs Patel your support now they have overcome some initial teething problems.

Public Consultation on the Main Modifications to the East Herts District Plan - Response by the Hunsdon, Eastwick & Gilston Neighbourhood Plan group

At the Examination in Public (EiP) last November, the Inspector instructed East Herts Council (EHC) to make various modifications to its draft District Plan. These modifications are classified as MAIN or MINOR Modifications with the Main Modifications being subject to further public consultation. EHC published their amended draft District Plan in early February 2018 and opened a public consultation for the period 15th February to 29th March 2018.
The HEGNP group has studied the Main Modifications and, whilst some of the changes are welcomed, some of them give reason for great concern. The group is preparing a comprehensive response to these modifications, however we would encourage all residents to respond in this consultation. To assist you in preparing feedback to the Main Modifications we have drafted a template covering the three key issues (as we see them) with the Plan as it now stands. Please read the relevant page on the HEGNP website here.

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.

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.

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 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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