News review 2005
The Brookmans Park Christmas tree was chopped down between the evening of Sunday, January 2, and Monday morning, January 3.
The tree was put up by Potters Bar and Brookmans Park Rotary, along with local volunteers, and was responsible for bringing several hundred local residents together for carols around the green. More details.
The presentation came during a reception at the end of the annual civic service held at Christ Church, Little Heath, on Sunday 9 January.
The former community bobby was presented with an engraved plaque bearing the parish council coat of arms by council chairman, Bob Horrocks.
Vojislav hung up his tunic and boots late last year after 25 years on the beat. More details.
The updated site, www.brookmans.com/scouts highlights some of the many and varied activities that have been offered to local youngsters recently.
Public Relations Officer James Bentall relaunched the site to show how scouting has changed in recent years.
"It's sad to see that some members of the community obviously feel scouting has nothing to offer them and react by attacking our scout headquarters. Perhaps, if they were more aware of the variety of activities open to them, they might be more inclined to support us, and maybe come along and join in," he said. More details.
The video was produced by Hugh Baddeley and Philip Elgar along with other members of North Mymms Local History Society (NMLHS).
NMLHS gave this site permission to reproduce the video, along with dozens of books and features, which can also be found in this site’s history section.
The authority also discouraged the use of wheelie bins.
The council defines the boundary of a property as the point at which it meets the road or pavement.
Welwyn Hatfield District Council (WHDC) says the rubbish should be kept inside the boundary of your property, and not on the pavements, grass verges, or the road.
In the past, WHDC has collected rubbish from anywhere on a property, all local residents had to do was to make sure the refuse collectors could gain access on the correct day. More details.
Dozens of volunteers turned out on Sunday morning 17 April and were handed bags, gloves, and pickers, all provided by Welwyn Hatfield District Council. The council also removed the collection of rubbish.
The area around Brookmans Park station was cleared by 19 scouts, two scout leaders, and four parents. The local scouts also cleaned up around the entrance to Gobions, the top of Pine Grove, and the Woodside Lane lay-by.
In 2004, 40 bags of rubbish were collected. According to one of the organisers, Councillor Bob Horrocks, there seemed to be less litter this year, probably due to improved litter-picking by the council. More details.
Mr Shapps polled 49.6%, with the defeated MP, Melanie Johnson, polling 36.3% - an 8% swing. Lib Dem, Sarah Bedford, polled 14.1%.
This represented a Conservative majority of 5,946, which was 13.3%. The turnout was 44,716, which was 68.1%, up 4.2% on the last election.
In that election in 2001, Labour polled 43.2%, the Conservatives 40.4%, the Lib Dems 14.1%, and others 2.3%.
In the County Council elections, Cllr Bill Storey held Hatfield Rural for the Conservatives. More details.
It came after a resident saw a youth take a bottle from a reycling bin and smash it against a wall.
Community police officer, Elvett Phipps, said that with the warmer weather, young people were again starting to gather in Gobions Open Space, staying there until late in the evening.
"One young lad, amongst a group of youths, was seen removing a glass bottle from a recycling box and proceeded to smash the bottle against a wall, leaving shards of glass across the pavement," he said.
"The youth was, however, very apologetic when confronted by a resident. The issue here was the potential for a nasty injury to a toddler, someone's pet, or to anyone else for that matter," he adds.
PC Phipps calls on parents to remind their sons and daughters to respect their surroundings. More details.
In previous years this site has been commended twice and won the Overall Merit Award once.
The awards were presented in London on Tuesday night, July 5, where the judges said the site was 'a clear winner in a very strong field.'
John Fraser, one of the Brookmans Park Newsletter Forum moderators and a regular contributor to the site, collected the trophy on behalf of the site.
The website team would like to thank all the people that have contributed to the site in the past either through written features, photos or by posting to the forum, and demonstrating to the judges that this site really is one where the content is created by the community it has been designed to serve. More details.
The one and a half hour walk highlights some of the historical and geological features in the area and is part of the Parish Environmental Action Plan (PEAP).
The walk was devised and designed by a team of local volunteers and the leaflet produced thanks to an initiative led by the Countryside Management Service and the North Mymms Parish Council, in conjunction with North Mymms and District Green Belt Society, the Gobions Woodland Trust, the North Mymms Local History Society, the North Mymms Scouts, the Royal Veterinary College and this site.
The walk starts and finishes at Brookmans Park station via Water End and Welham Green. The leaflet includes a map, a dozen directions along the route, and eight points of interest with links to more information on this site.
PC Phipps had served as the community officer for Brookmans Park, Welham Green, and Little Heath since October 2004.
It was a short-lived spell, but the Brookmans Park and Little Heath Neighbourhood Watch thanked the officer for his service to the area as they welcomed the new appointment.
Later in the year, PC Dave was to meet area co-ordinators for the neighbourhood watch team to answer their questions and discuss their concerns. More details.
The Environment Agency was given new powers to recover the cost of clearing up after fly-tippers. From now on, offenders will have to foot the bill.
New measures in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act also give local authorities more effective investigatory powers to catch fly-tippers, as well as the capacity to remove abandoned cars from the streets.
The cost of clearing up the mess left by fly-tippers can now also be recovered by landowners and occupiers who have had to clear illegally tipped waste.
Any tippers found guilty could end up paying the full costs incurred by councils for clearing the waste and investigating the crime. Vehicles used in tipping can also be seized and searched. More details.
The choir of Chancellor's School led the carol singing for the second year running.
The tree was again paid for and erected by local Rotary Club members.
Local MP, Grant Shapps, flicked the switch at 6.30pm as Rotary volunteers passed around mince pies and mulled wine.
A collected was made for a number of Rotary Club charities, including Isabel Hospice - Children and Teenage bereavement support. More details.
Windows in Brookmans Park shook following the blast and some said it felt as though a sudden storm had whipped up while others felt the house 'tremble'.
Brookmans Park Forum users reported hearing the blast and feeling it shake their windows as far south as Kew and Harrow.
Some local school children had an unexpected day off as health experts and Hertfordshire County Council decided to close all schools within a 10 mile radius of the depot. More details.
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25 December 2005