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We promised to post our response to the County Council’s bombshell last Friday – and here it is.
Remember that the County Council can give itself planning permission for school building – so if they decide to retain the Lower Field as a school site and sell off the rest of the site for housing in Spring 2017, there may be no further opportunity to make the case
Please, please, contact Roma Mills (County Councillor) [Roma.Mills@hertfordshire.gov.uk] or Christopher Hayward (Chairman, Resources & Performance Cabinet Panel) [Christopher.Hayward@hertfordshire.gov.uk] and Richard Curthoys [Cllr.R Curthoys@stalbans.gov.uk] to make your views known before the Panel meeting on Friday morning
Here’s the Friends response to the report to the Resources & Performance Cabinet Panel. Read more ›
We heard last Friday (2 December) that the County Council will put the old fire station site off Harpenden Road (“the Ariston Site”) on the market for housing in Spring 2017.
At the same time, the Council is going back on the plan to transfer the Lower Field to the District Council to retain it as part of Bernards Heath open space in perpetuity, and instead wants to earmark the Lower Field as a 2 form entry primary school site – adding an additional 420 children up and down Harpenden Road during the school run.
The Friends of Bernards Heath believe the sensible place for a new school (if indeed one is needed) would be in the vicinity of the fire station, currently earmarked for more houses.
We’ve been campaigning for nearly twenty years for the Lower Field to be recognised as a full part of Bernards Heath alongside the registered common – and for the past fifteen years following the Village Green Inquiry, that’s been the District Council’s view too.
We’ll be putting our case in more detail on our website in the next few days, but in the meantime, please make your views known to our county and district councillors before the Cabinet Panel meeting on Friday 9 December. Their contact details are:
County Councillors (click on the link to email)
|Roma Mills||County Councillor St Albans Northfirstname.lastname@example.org||01727 837319|
|Chris Hayward||Chairman – Resources & Performance Cabinet Panelemail@example.com||01923 291574|
District Councillors (click on the link to email)
|Richard Curthoys||Marshalswick South||Cllr.R.Curthoys@stalbans.gov.uk||01923 675924 or 07896786485|
|Salih Gaygusuz||Marshalswick Southfirstname.lastname@example.org||01727 858289|
|Steve McKeown||Marshalswick South||Cllr.S.McKeown@stalbans.gov.uk||07980 101206|
|Malachy Pakenham||Batchwoodemail@example.com||01727 868247|
|Tim Smith||Batchwoodfirstname.lastname@example.org||07966 241934|
|Roma Mills||Batchwood||Roma.email@example.com||01727 837319|
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 the removal of the temporary road across the Lower Heath, scheduled for early next year.
Some of the volunteers who helped to clear out the old WW2 fire fighting water tank on Sunday, 27th November also unearthed a bottle of champagne (inset). We’ve previously found a full bottle of gin during a clear up and there are probably more hidden caches – what next? Read more ›
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 a long sequence of investigations on the adjacent Bernards Heath and the construction of a relief road across the Lower Field.
The 12m hole has been partially filled with concrete and most services restored. You can read a press release by the Herts County Council, who hope to have the road through Fontmell Close open again by Christmas.
There is no news yet about the removal of the temporary road across the Lower Field.
There are more links to the sinkhole in our document archive.
A thunderstorm on the 16th September over Bernards Heath broke the long spell of relatively dry weather in July, August and September, when local gardens and the Heath were looking parched. We’ve only been measuring rainfall and temperature over the last 2½ years, but this was a record. You can find our data here.