STOP Harlow North is an organisation whose purpose is very clear from its title. It is supported by, and has representatives from all the Parish / Town Councils in this area; Sawbridgeworth, High Wych, Eastwick & Gilston, Hunsdon, Widford and Much Hadham. SHN was formed in 2003 - the last time large-scale housing development was proposed in the area - and for many years has been very successful in encouraging widespread public opposition to what the Parish Councils see as an undemocratic, unnecessary and unsustainable imposition on the locality. The prospect of large-scale housing development will never go away altogether because 'The Gilston Estate' has been progressively acquired for that purpose by Places For People, however some recent turns of event have suddenly brought that prospect into much closer focus, and needing STOP Harlow North to change up a gear in its activities if it is to effectively manage our opposition to thousands of homes being built which would inevitably have a huge negative impact on current residents. STOP Harlow North is embarking on a publicity campaign to address this new threat, including regular newsletters. The first of these campaign newsletters can be found here. Please read it and act as it suggests to defend your current quality of life.
You may have noticed that the seesaw and springer have been removed from the park recently, but don't worry because they will soon be replaced by a new springer and a rope climber. Read more about plans for improving the playground here
The Parish Councils of Hunsdon and Eastwick & Gilston have committed to working together to produce a Neighbourhood Plan - the Hunsdon, Eastwick & Gilston Neighbourhood Plan (HEGNP). Watch out for a first bulletin through your letterbox shortly and/or in the meantime read about the plan on a dedicated website here.
The Precept for the village increased by 5.5% this year. There are several heads for expenditure leading to the increase. Generally our costs have risen across the board. We have allocated funds to the Neighbourhood Plan but are looking for grants to support the bulk of this expenditure. Our support for the Village Hall has increased to lessen the burden on the few people that are active in keeping things going. We have also had to budget for legal costs relating to Hunsdon Skip Yard.
Further to the original consultation sent out in July 2015, we have now received a revised scheme for the above proposed development. Further documents have been submitted to include the following:
These and all related planning application documents can be viewed at the following link: https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=24290 . The case officer for this application is Rob Egan on 01992 556224 (ext: 26224). If you have any further comments to make then please submit them not later than Wednesday 2nd March 2016.
The Parish Council strongly opposes this application and, as requested at the recent meeting, is publishing its principal reasons for opposition in the attachment here for consideration by residents if they wish to comment. The Parish Council's initial response to the consultation can be found here An updated response (March 2016) in response to the revised scheme can be found here
There have been several reports recently of hawkers who become aggressive when people don't purchase their wares. ` The police are aware and have asked that, in the event that this happens again, people call them on the non-emergency number 101. They can then dispatch a unit and the incidents can be collated to get the area designated as a "no cold calling" area.
Thank you. Hunsdon PC
Congratulations to James and Bianca at the Fox and Hounds for being voted Hertfordshire Restaurant of the Year 2015 in the Food & Drink awards last year. They have been nominated this year as Hertfordshire's Best Independent Restaurant. If you believe they have what it takes to hold on to the title for 2016, then please cast your vote now at www.hfda.co.uk.
2016 is the centenary year of Cub Scouting, and Ware and District Cubs have hired the use of some display cabinets in Ware museum for 4 months from September 2015. Each pack in the district has
been asked to contribute to the display by loaning bits and pieces representing Cubs Scouting in our district (caps, uniform, photos, trophies, camp blankets, badges etc). Can you help us ensure
that Hunsdon Cubs are represented in this event?
If you have anything you could loan for the display we would love to hear from you. Please contact Karen Osterley 07971 753193 email@example.com.
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At the first Village Forum in December, it was suggested and agreed that a Village Calendar should be incorporated in this website so that all village organisations could publicise and co-ordinate events they have arranged. This is now up and running, and the Parish Council invites and encourages everyone to use it. Click here or use the button on the left of the screen.
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 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