STOP Harlow North update - The STOP Harlow North campaign is in full swing now that the public consultation on the Pre-submission draft of the District Plan is open. See the SHN website here; The website includes a template response which sends an email to the Planning Policy team at East Herts Council and is probably the easiest means to have your views recorded and acknowledged. If enough objections to EHC's current plans are registered then it should ensure the Independent Inspector at next year's Examination in Public devotes particular attention to the soundness of this part of the Plan. Read the second of STOP Harlow North's campaign newsletters here.
Please try to attend the public meeting in Hunsdon Village Hall at 7:30pm on Monday, 5th December to hear about the public consultation on the draft District Plan and the STOP Harlow North campaign.
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.
If you are continually experiencing poor broadband speeds in the village, or your broadband is constantly dropping, please e mail the parish clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone landline number, full name and postal address by 31st October. A representative of BT.com, who addressed the parish council meeting regarding BT's service in Hunsdon, has asked for a listing so that the problem can be highlighted at BT.
Alaska, our short haired white cat was shot by an airgun on the afternoon of Friday 7th of October, she managed to return home and was given emergency surgery in the early morning of Saturday 8th Oct, she is at the intensive care unit of Dick White Referrals near Newmarket but despite the best efforts of the team giving her round the clock care signs are not good for her to survive this callous act. Being a white cat with a bright pink collar there is no way she would be confused with a wild animal. Hertfordshire police are investigating within a fairly narrow search area where it was expected she was shot. Our primary concern, as members of the community, is that the person who shot her may shoot at other pets in the area, at cars or worse at people. We are appealing to anyone who knows a neighbour or someone in their own house who possesses an air rifle or an air pistol, or to anyone who may have heard a gunshot, however muffled, on Friday afternoon. Any information given is towards protecting our community. Please help police find the shooter by dialing “101” and selecting Hertfordshire Police. Any information, however small the detail is could help. Quote crime reference number A4/16/567; please do not approach people directly, let police handle the crime
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.
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
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