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The Lower Heath – what’s happening now?

We were very grateful to everyone who contacted the press and their local Councillors when we got the shock news, only a week ahead of the Cabinet Panel meeting on 9 December, that Hertfordshire County Council (“HCC”) was going back

Posted in Ariston site, Education, Fontmell

Farewell to the temporary road

Work on the removal of hundreds of tons of sand and hardcore which made up the road across the Lower Field has been going ahead this week and it looks as if it will be completed next week beginning 30th

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell

Fontmell Close open again

It must be a great relief to residents of Fontmell and Bridle close that almost all traces of the sinkhole have gone after 14 months of repair works.  The Grand Opening is on Saturday, 3rd December. FoBH looks forward to

Posted in Fontmell

One year has elapsed since Fontmell Close sinkhole event

The news of a sinkhole in Fontmell Close, which appeared dramatically in the early hours of the 1st October 2015, rapidly hit the national media. Not only were residents stranded in Fontmell Close and Bridle Close, but the event prompted

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell, Play area

Exploratory drilling at the play area

The Heath has been subjected to drilling work in several areas as a follow up to ‘anomalies’ found in the ground that might be related to the subsidence in the Fontmell/Bridle close area.  Work now continues by the children’s play

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell

Progress on the Lower Field

A verdant sward of new grass now runs across the Lower Field towards Fontmell Close. This was recently an unsightly mess following attempts to provide access for residents of Fontmell and Bridle Close after the sinkhole appearance last October. Photo:

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell, Maintenance

Remedial works on the Lower Field

Work started this week to restore the Lower Field. The photo on the left shows how it looked after the Fontmell/Bridle Close sinkhole episode and the photo on the right shows how things are beginning to look now.  Photos: MN

Posted in Fontmell, Maintenance

Sinkhole Tours

Last October the country thrilled to the drama of the sinkhole on Bernards Heath – and the story is not finished yet. Much was written and said in the media, but there is nothing like being on the spot to

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell

Ariston Site – Further survey works

Peter Bone, Senior Surveyor for Public Sector Services, writes ‘Please note that the County Council has arranged for some further survey works to be carried out to check the ground conditions at the Ariston Works site. For most of the

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell

Objects left on the Lower Field

Friends of Bernards Heath met with representatives of St Albans District Council and councillors Roma Mills and Richard Curthoys to review the current condition of the Lower Field. The new road across the field from the old fire station works

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell, Maintenance

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Missing display board
June 2017
Missing board - Townsend drive
If you missed this interpretation board recently, the legs rotted and it is in for repair


Poppies June 2017
Now appearing on the Heath
Poppies, perhaps brought in with the soil used on the Lower Field after the sinkhole event.
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