News Review 2006
April saw a campaign against plans to build a large country house on green belt land to the south of Brookmans Park. The North Mymms and District Green Belt Society called for a 'show of strength' in its opposition to the plans to build at Friday Grove - also known as the 20-acre field. The plans were rejected, but the owner, Neil Bedford, said he would appeal.
In May, a commuter was mugged at Brookmans Park Station. The 55-year-old local man was approached on the footbridge from Brookmans Park station to the village as he walked home having got off the 23:11 from London. Police appealed for witnesses and, later in the year three youths were arrested and charged.
In June, local residents were up in arms about speeding along local roads, particularly Brookmans Park’s Bluebridge Road and Welham Green’s Dixons Hill Road. As well as comments on this site’s forum, there was action with North Mymms Parish Council calling for a meeting with Hertfordshire Highways to discuss ways to slow traffic down.
In July, a recommended walk, published by a local walking group, became the centre of a right-of-way dispute. The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) confirmed that an unofficial short cut to Gobions Woodland Trust land from an RVC field was not a permissive route. The college urged walkers not to stray from the official path.
In August, after a year working as the local community police officer, PC Jitu Davé announced he was moving on. Jitu said he was leaving with a ‘heavy heart’ after being accepted ‘wholeheartedly’ by ‘very special local people’. The secretary of the local Neighbourhood Watch, Brenda Harris, said PC Jitu Davé would be sorely missed. "This is a very sad day for our community," she said.
In September, officials at Hertfordshire Highways suggested they were ready to introduce red road markings on Bluebridge Road in an effort to cut traffic speeds. They said the work could be carried out in early 2007. According to Deputy District Manager, Mark Goodyear, the calming feature could be a small red patch of surface laid across the whole width of the road.
October saw the North Mymms Parish Council magazines go on sale. The calendar for 2007 was to be the first produced by the council. 200 were produced featuring 13 images of North Mymms, many contributed by local residents. Pictures featured the whole parish, from Queenswood School to North Mymms House.
In November, more than 650 North Mymms residents responded to a survey organised to gauge public opinion about plans to build an extra 4,200 homes in the area. The local green belt society feared the homes would have to be built on green belt land and organised a campaign to oppose the proposal. The survey was handed in to the planning office at Welwyn Hatfield Council.
Two years ago the Christmas Tree lasted until January before being attacked by vandals, in 2006 year they got to it before Christmas. It's thought vandals attacked between late on Saturday 16 December and early Sunday morning 17 December, chopping off the top of the tree and the star.
27 December 2006
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