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News Review 2008

Each year we put together a reminder of the local news items that featured on the site in the previous 12 months. The following is the Brookmans Park Newsletter's News Review 2008.

Travellers site ‘not a done deal’
Local residents at the travellers site meeting - image courtesy of Freddy O'Hare
More than 100 local residents attended a public meeting about plans to set up a 17-pitch travellers site on Bulls Lane. They were told that there will be a series of consultations, public inquiries and reports carried out over the next two or three years. Decisions on sites for both new housing and travellers are unlikely to be taken before 2010.

Local boy wins gold
Brookmans Park schoolboy, David Fraser, won a gold medal for gymnastics
Brookmans Park schoolboy, David Fraser, won a gold medal for gymnastics in only his second major competition. David, a member of the Marriot’s Gymnastics Elite Boys Squad took top prize at the East Region Set Work Qualifiers. David was entered in the P4 Under Age category, which is for boys born in 2000, to gain competition experience after putting in a good performance in the London Open earlier in the month.

Burglars target local newsagent
Brookmans Park News has fallen victim of another smash and grab raid
Brookmans Park News fell victim to another smash and grab raid, the fourth burglary at the store in recent years. Thieves used towing chains attached to their vehicle to tear back the protective shutters before smashing their way into the Bradmore Green premises. They escaped with a large quantity of cigarettes, postage stamps and the contents of the cash register.

Gobions play area improved
Gobions play area improved
New play equipment was installed in Gobions Open Space ahead of schedule and under budget. The work, carried out on behalf of North Mymms Parish Council, cost £64 short of the £21k budget for the project. The design was approved by children at Brookmans Park primary school with climbing frames, parallel bars, a roundabout, rotator and fireman’s tower.

Green Close ‘hotchpotch’ rejected
Green Close ‘hotchpotch’ rejected
Too cramped, overdeveloped, unduly dominating, and failing to reflect the established character of Brookmans Park. Just some of the reasons given by council planners for rejecting plans for 14 flats in Green Close. "By virtue of its bulk, design, scale and mass it would appear as a cramped form of development on this restricted site ... and would harm the existing spacious character of the street scene and surrounding area."

Police issue parking warning
Parking along Oaklands Avenue
Police warned motorists using Brookmans Park station and parking in local roads that officers will be issuing tickets if anyone is found to be breaking the law. The warning came following an increase in what officers are describing as "parking-related issues in Brookmans Avenue, Oaklands Avenue, Peplins Way, Bradmore Green and Westland Drive." The village station car park introduced pay and display a few weeks earlier.

Local historian hits 100
Dr Peter Kingsford
Local historian Dr Peter Kingsford turned 100 in November. Peter has written several books about the history of North Mymms and has given this site permission to reproduce his works on this site for the benefit of all. Much of this site's history section exists thanks to Peter. Civic representatives and community leaders attended a surprise celebratory luncheon to mark the event.

Santa serves festive spirit
the annual christmas tree lighting ceremony
Mulled wine, mince pies, carols, a visit from Santa and gifts for the kids - all part of the annual christmas tree lighting ceremony, which took place as usual on Brookmans Park's Bradmore Green. Around 200 turned up to meet Santa, watch the lights being switched on and join in the community carol singing, led by pupils from Chancellor's School, accompanied by the Potters Bar Town Band. Brookmans Park Rotary Club organised the event.

Leach Fields lease ends
Leach Fields lease ends
The year ended with the news that Leach Fields, a nature conservation area, leased to the Gobions Woodland Trust (GWT) for almost 20 years and enjoyed by many in the local community, was to be closed to the public from 1 January, 2009. All access points were to be blocked. The site features 100 species of native grasses and flowers.

You can discuss any of the issues raised in this News Review 2008 in this site’s forum.

December 26, 2008

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