Welcome to the Friends of Moneyhole Park web site!

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Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in General Information | Posted on 17-07-2009

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This is the  home on the web on the Friends of Moneyhole Lane Park in Panshanger, Welwyn Garden City. We are a small but growing group of people who value this great and much used local amenity. We are working hard to make the park a tidy, safe, and natural outdoor space.

 

This is a local community powered, volunteer driven initiative. Your help and contributions are always welcome.

Merry Christmas & December Roundup

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information, Uncategorized | Posted on 26-12-2016

Moneyhole Park’s popularity increases year on year. We have seen a marked increased in folks from far and wide enjoying Moneyhole and the surrounding woods.

A brief roundup on Moneyhole

1 Nature Trail

FOM secured two lots of funding from the HCC  Locality fund to repair and improve the Nature Trail walk around Moneyhole. Phase 2 was completed in Spring including the muddy intersection at the allotments, Birchall Farm causeway and Moneyhole POW path entrance. This was finally made fit for all season use. Finesse and WHBC do not seem to have a budget for Moneyhole footpaths. FOM’s efforts by  its few kind and dedicated volunteers improved this path over the last 9 years. Please email your Panshanger and Haldens HCC & WHBC councillors for funding for Phase 3 and future repairs and cc us at moneyholepark@gmail.com.

2 Dog and Litter Bins

Sadly several bins were vandalised during the year. The Wyton entrance dog bin was replaced 2 weeks back. Please report damaged bins and acts of vandalism to  WHBC or Finesse.

Finesse will be installing  another dog bin in the park. Hopefully this will benefit those dog owners who never use dog bins before.  We live in hope.

To request dog/litter bins for your street and neighbourhood, email Debbie Wattts – d.watts@welhat.gov.uk to be placed on the waiting list.  Unless you ask, WHBC do not as a rule, install these. Several bins installed in recent years in Panshanger and Moneyhole were requested by yours truly. Nothing happens unless you ask.

3 Panshanger Park

Great news! The long awaited Western route into Panshanger Park is finally opened. You can now access the whole of Panshanger Park from Moneyhole through Henry Woods. A victory for Friends of Panshanger Park and the many local WGC supporters.

Wear wellies and sensible walking boots as sections are muddy in winter. Please keep dogs on leads where sheep are grazing. There were two nasty attacks by uncontrolled dogs this year. Click on map to enlarge.

3 Park Angels

Once again, a big thank you to all you Park Angels who pick up litter and dog mess quietly and  regularly. Many park users are unaware that park wardens do not pick litter on the playing fields, footpaths and in the woods.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management changes at Moneyhole

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Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 21-04-2016

There are proposed changes to the management of Moneyhole Park relating to Panshanger Football Club. The park and pavilion has been the home of PFC for many years they have a lease agreement with the council. Finesse of course manage the park.
This coming Monday the council will debate a change to this and likely approve a new arrangement with PFC where they manage the pavilion and possibly more of the park. The details of this, and what it may mean is unknown. The council’s statement about it is unclear and explains nothing about what the new agreement will allow. Will other groups be able to access the pavilion facilities if the club is not using it? Will the toilets opened up if there are events at Moneyhole?  Could charges be introduced?
The first line of the statement below implies that PFC will have occupation and use of the park as a whole, what are the implications of this for park users?
Nobody wants to curtail the great work that PFC does, it’s a great community asset, but others also use the park, and it’s funded/maintained by the council currently. If this asset is to be given over, in part or in whole, then residents should have the opportunity to know what’s being proposed and how it might affect them. Bearing in mind the costly mistakes made at KGV park not long ago it seems prudent to ask more questions about this plan, before the die is cast. If you are interested in hearing this matter debated on Monday evening please attend. Questions about it can be be asked but they must be submitted by 5pm on the 22nd April They can be sent by email to democracy@welhat.gov.uk
The council meeting will held in the Mundells location:
25/04/2016 7:30pm    
Council    Cypress Room,Salvation House, 2 Sterling Court
Mundells
Welwyn Garden City
AL7 1FT

Statement about the proposed change of management from WHBC:
WELWYN HATFIELD COUNCIL COUNCIL – 25 APRIL 2016 Recommendation from the Cabinet on 2 March 2016:- Grant of a Management Agreement to the Panshanger Football Club for Occupation and Use of the Moneyhole Lane Park The Cabinet considered the grant of a management agreement to enable the football club to manage the pavilion and its community activities and events on behalf of the Council. The Cabinet agreed that all payments and obligations due from the current lessee of the pavilion under the lease be written off in full at the point of termination of the lease to enable it to be formally surrendered back to the Council. Delegated authority was given to the Head of Policy and Culture, in consultation with the Executive Member, Policy and Culture, to complete negotiations with representatives of the Panshanger Football Club leading to the formation of a management agreement between the Club and the Council. An exception to the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules was approved to enable nominated representatives of the Panshanger Football Club to sign an agreement to manage the pavilion on behalf of the Council, rather than it being put to the market to determine if others were interested in managing it because whilst the lease was currently vested in the sole name of a lessee, the Club was in occupation of the pavilion and had used it as their operating base for almost thirty years. The Cabinet RECOMMENDS the Council to approve up to £43,000 in capital growth to carry out the necessary works to bring the pavilion up to a standard which fully complied with all legal requirements including the installation of a new boiler and water heating system for the pavilion and a new lighting system within the main hall. The Cabinet RECOMMENDS the Council to approve an additional £8,200 per annum in ongoing revenue growth to meet all ongoing repair and maintenance costs associated with keeping the pavilion in good operational order. The Cabinet RECOMMENDS the Council to approve revenue growth to cover the business rate of £12,571 per annum as the discretionary rate relief currently in place would be removed, the current building insurance premium of £839.52 per annum and an estimation of utilities costs of £3,000 per annum.

Free treasure Hunt 7 May – Herts Walking Festival

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event | Posted on 20-04-2016

There is a free Treasure Hunt on Saturday 7th May  2016 from 9am to 3pm through the woods in Moneyhole Park.

Start from Moneyhole Car Park, WGC AL7 2HQ

Under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult.

www.hertsdirect.org/walkingfestival

Free Treasure Hunt 07 May 2016

April 2016 Spring Newsletter

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, General Information, Local Web Links, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch, Uncategorized | Posted on 16-04-2016

April Newsletter 2016

April showers! Spring has arrived.

Bluebell Watch – Bluebells are now in bloom in Henry and Birchall Woods. It should peak in  a weeks time.  Enjoy.

Reports are coming in about bluebells display in Panshanger Park and Lamers Wood.

Nature Trail (NT) – FoM handed the footpath maintenance back to Finesse in Dec 2012. As no path maintenance was carried out, FoM secured 2 tranches of HCC Community funds for Phase 1 & 2 path repairs last year.

  • Phase 1 was completed in Oct 2015 for £2000 by a subcontractor engaged by Finesse.
  • Phase 2  Finesse Leisure carried out the repairs in this phase for £1500. Work was done on 16 March. Sadly the standard of the repair was poor. Finesse responded to the feedback and rectified the uneven lumpy surface on 7 April. Our thanks to Cllr Sara Johnson for the funding and to Finesse for the repairs.
  • Future repairs – Please email us photos of the footpaths that still require attention.
  • Volunteers – Following December 2015’s appeal, one kind volunteer responded. We need more. Can you spare a couple of hours to help spread the remaining wood chips?  Finesse is very short staff. Bring a friend or two.
  • FoM’s ultimate aim request is for an all weather path like KGV Playing Fields.
  • Email moneyholepark@gmail.com .

Departure – Emily Nicholls sadly has left as Moneyhole’s Finesse contact last month. She shall be missed. Our thanks and best wishes to her as Stanborough Park’s General Manager.

Andy Carr is her replacement contact for all Moneyhole issues. His email is a.carr@finesseleisure.com.

Park Maintenance - Neil Stevens is the current maintenance supervisor. Please contact Neil  ( N.Stevens@finesseleisure.com ) on all maintenance issues around the park such as fallen trees, branches, broken benches or other park furniture. Please CC Andy Carr and FoM

Park Angels – As always our big thanks to all the unsung park angels who pick litter in the park & woods.

Dog & Litter Bins – A dog bin by the Pavilion was removed. BEWARE a small part of the metal pole is still above the ground. FoM is seeking it’s reinstatement. Do report any damaged or overflowing bins to Serco and Finesse for action. See emails at the end.

Branches & sticks – A reminder. Please do not leave these on the fields as these damage Finesse’s grass mower blades. This is a request from Finesse.

Friends of Panshanger Park (FoPP) .

Heritage Walks 2016

Walks led by members of the Friends will start at 2pm from Thieves Lane car park on the following Sundays:

24th April, 29th May, 26th June, 31st July, 28th August, 25th September & 30th October

The walks are 3½ miles (6km) long, taking in the Panshanger Oak ,and will last 2—2½ hours.

If you would like to join one of their walks please mail – friendsofpanshangerpark@gmail.com

Visit www.friendsofpanshangerpark.co.uk

Friends of the Mimram – their aim is to protect and improve the River Mimram, one of the world’s 200 rare chalk streams. To volunteer, visit http://www.friendsofthemimram.co.uk/

Central Hertfordshire Green Corridor Group (CHGCG) – FoM attended the inaugural meeting on 08 February to promote the benefits of the vital east-west green corridor through Hertfordshire. This corridor borders Panshanger and Moneyhole Park. FoM fully supports the Green Corridor concept.

 PRESS RELEASE 25 January 2016

A new Central Hertfordshire Green Corridor Group (CHGCG) has been formed to promote the benefits of the vital east-west green corridor through Hertfordshire.

The Group will provide specialist focus and advice on Heritage, Ecology, Access, Development and Green Belt issues.

CHGGC is initially looking at the strategic green corridor north of the A414 between Stanborough and Hertford.

The Group’s focus is to:

  • Raise public awareness of the sustainable opportunities and benefits generated by a well-planned green corridor and its role in facilitating ecosystem services.
  • Ensure that wildlife has a wide enough corridor so that it can move freely through countryside, towns and villages as it adapts to climate change.
  • Promote and lobby for improvements to the green corridor within planning authorities and councils.
  • Engage with landowners and developers on an individual and landscape/corridor wide scale.
  • Respond to development proposals as appropriate.
  • Identify projects that collectively maintain and enhance the benefits of the green corridor.
  • Share specialist knowledge and improve communications.

CHGCG’s spokesman David Farmer said:

 “Our Group will add significantly to the debate on how the County should develop. We expect development but it must be carefully planned and located. Better engagement by planners and developers with the wider community and its wealth of knowledge is the best way to achieve acceptable and sustainable change. Care needs Central Hertfordshire Green Corridor Group Heritage – Ecology – Access – Development – Green Belt”

For more information contact – centralhertsgreencorridor@gmail.com 75 Sylvandale, Welwyn Garden City AL7 2HT

Tarmac Birchall Garden Surburb – The second public roadshow was held on the 11 March.

The revised proposal still fails to fully address the infrastructure issues from transport, sewage, medical to leisure facilities for 2500 homes (5 – 6000 pop). The Northern (East Herts) proposal include gravel extraction very close to existing homes and Moneyhole Park. FoM have grave concerns that the scale of BGS can cause the ancient Henry & Birchall Woods to become sterile areas. The current proposal do not support a realistic Central Herts Green Corridor during and after the development.

Panshanger People (PP)- Visit  PP website for more update and information – http://panshangerpeople.org.uk/  Their contact email – panshangerpeople@gmail.com

Panshanger Community News – Email us if you have any local news or community events.

Park Photos – send us your park photos to share.

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Follow us Twitter @moneyholepark                             Email – moneyholepark@gmail.com

FoM website administrator and organiser – Can you help to run the Community Newsletter and/or the website updates?

Ideas and volunteers are wanted.

Useful emails

Date: 16 April 2016

December 2015 Newsletter

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Anti Social Behaviour ASB, General Information, Local Web Links, Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 14-12-2015

December Newsletter 2015

What an unseasonably mild but wet winter so far. It’s that time of the year to take stock.

WHBC Green Chain Link – FoM attended the Local Plan Green Chain Workshop on 07 July to create an East West green chain link for walkers and wildlife.

Proposed Green Chain Link

FoM’s key responses were:

  • 1 Strategic Green Infrastructure link – TheFriends of Moneyhole Park (FoM) welcome and support the proposal to create a Green Chain link from the West ( Stanborough)  to the East via Green Lane (POW path), Moneyhole Park and Panshanger Park. This will fill the gap in the town.
  • 2 Eastern Green Link – This proposal  formalises the current public rights of way.
  • 3 Lafarge Additional SE Green Link – In principle, we support a Lafarge’s proposal for another additional Green Link path from Commons Woods through their land to Panshanger Park via Birchall Farm and Woods subject to their plans.
  • 4 Northern Green Link is missing from the consultation proposal. There should be a Northern route from Moneyhole Park to Tewin and Welwyn North. There are current rights of way and existing footpaths to these villages.
  • 5 Mimram Valley Green Chain Link - Another route is missed off the consultation plan.
  • 6 Moneyhole Park – Panshanger Park link – FoM has already secured agreement and funding to improve the Nature Trail around Moneyhole Park. See below

Nature Trail (NT) – FoM obtained 2 tranches of HCC Community funds for repairs to the paths.

  • Phase 1 Competed early October 2015  £2000 from the 2014/15 HCC Community Fund was given for emergency repairs to badly damaged sections along Birchall Farm & Wyton NT.  Scrappings (stone chippings) were laid in the worst affected sections. Wood chips were used on some sections over the foundations laid by FoM volunteers in the 2009.
  • Phase 2 Start Date TBA  £1500 was given from the 2015/16 HCC Community Fund. Finesse will advise FoM the start date in the new year. The PoW Green Lane/Causeway/Allotment/Moneyhole muddy junction is part of Phase 2 repairs. The white tree markings of 2, 21, 22 etc denote the sections to be improved.
  • Volunteers – Can you spare a couple of hours to help spread the remaining wood chips?  Finesse  is very short staff. Bring a friend or two. Email moneyholepark@gmail.com .
  • The original FoM request for an all weather path like KGV Playing Fields is still our ultimate aim.

New extended carpark – FoM welcome the long awaited promised car park extension completed on 11 Dec 15. 27 new spaces were added.

New noticeboard – We welcome any community posters, notices or news. Lost and found messages can be posted too. The old damaged noticeboard has yet to be removed by Finesse. Ideas for re-use are welcomed.

Park Maintenance - Neil Stevens is the maintenance supervisor. Please contact Neil  (N.Stevens@finesseleisure.com) on maintenance issues around the park including fallen trees, branches, broken benches or other park furniture.

Park Angels -Huge thanks once again to the unsung park angels picking litter in the park & woods for several years.

Dog & Litter Bins – An additional dog bin was installed this year by the play area. Our thanks goes to the folks who diligently empty the dog and litter bins for us. Do report any overflowing bins to Serco and Finesse for action. See emails at the end.

Branches & sticks – Dogs love them but sadly damage the expensive mower blades. Finesse has kindly asked dog owners not to leave sticks and branches behind in the park.

Arson – A noticeable rise this year in small fires started in park and woods. Usually over the Spring and Summer holidays. Luckily, only one small patch of Henry Woods suffered serious damage. Please report  any suspicious fires immediately to the police and fire services.

Trail Bikes – Sadly these bikers pose a danger to walkers, dogs and children in the woods and park. Please call 101 immediately to apprehend these offenders. Damage to the footpaths were partly caused by these bikers in the wet months.

Benches – two broken benches were repaired this summer. Kindly report any acts of vandalism to the police and Neil Stevens of Finesse. Copy FoM so that we can monitor the progress.

Friends of Panshanger Park (FoPP) AGM was held on 17 November. It was a great turnout. There are ongoing discussions with Tarmac to link the Eastern route to the West. Access to the famous Panshanger Oak was granted this year but only from the Western route. Visit www.friendsofpanshangerpark.co.uk Email friendsofpanshangerpark@gmail.com

Friends of the Mimram – their aim is to protect and improve the River Mimram, one of the world’s 200 rare chalk streams. To volunteer, visit http://www.friendsofthemimram.co.uk/

Panshanger People (PP)- Visit  PP website for more update and information – http://panshangerpeople.org.uk/  Their contact email – panshangerpeople@gmail.com

Panshanger Community News – Email us if you have any local news or community events.

Park Photos – send us your park photos to share.

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A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Follow us Twitter @moneyholepark                   

Email – moneyholepark@gmail.com

FoM website administrator and organiser – can you help to run the Community Newsletter and/or the website updates? Ideas and volunteers are wanted.

Useful emails

Spring 2015

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 05-05-2015

Bluebells – Time to enjoy the bluebells at its best this Spring in the next few days. New paths have appeared in both Birchall and Henry Woods  creating new circuits.

Nature Trail (NT) – FoM has secured £2000 from the Community Fund (CF) for emergency repairs to some damaged sections along Wyton NT. Weather permitting, work will start this month.

This is first CF grant that FoM had gained to improve the Nature Trail. FoM volunteers carried out all past foundation work, laying wood chipping and repairs. Thanks to Cllr Sara Johnson and her HCC Community Fund grant. Finesse needs more funding for repairs to the rest of the NT before winter.  Glad a little of our Council Tax is spent back here.

The original FoM request for an all weather  path like KGV Playing Fields is still our aim.  If you support FoM’s proposal, lobby your councillors and Finesse for more funding.

New noticeboard – We welcome community posters, notices or news. Lost and found messages can be posted too. The old damaged noticeboard will be removed by Finesse. Email us.

Coffee Morning Picnic Run – A new coffee morning picnic run by the WGC Coffee Club that is a facebook group for new people who have moved to WGC. They will be using the Moneyhole park for a social picnic. Contact them on FB if you wish to join.

Park Maintenance - Neil Stevens is the current maintenance supervisor. Please contact Neil  (N.Stevens@finesseleisure.com) if there are maintenance issues around the park.

Friends of Panshanger Park (FoPP) -  180 people attended the Peoples Anniversary Walk on Tues 31st March.  Walking groups came from Hertford, Welwyn Garden City, Hertingfordbury and Birch Green.  Gary O’Leary, Chairman of Friends of Panshanger Park and Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society addressed the crowd, prior to a walk to see the Panshanger Great Oak and the Orangery, currently off limits to the public.

Read the article at FoPP on www.friendsofpanshangerpark.co.uk

FoPP Heritage Walks 2015

Why not join one of FoPP free heritage walks? Enjoy a pleasant stroll through this delightful Humphry Repton landscape and its history. Walks led by members of the Friends start at 2pm at Thieves Lane car park.

SUN 31st MAY & SUN 28th JUNE free heritage walks.

If you would like to join one of FPP walks please email – friendsofpanshangerpark@gmail.com

Bericot Green  - Sadly the planning committee passed the application against local concerns. This was a sad decision as Panshanger ward has lost the last decent green amenity space for an over sized, out of character, building.  Due diligence was perfunctory. A great shame. Remember those who poorly served the community.

Friends of the Mimram -

Protect and improve the River Mimram, one of the world’s 200 rare chalk streams.

Friends of the Mimram – A fantastic, dedicated local group who has achieved so much to revive the Mimram, a local gem.

If you wish to volunteer for the Friends of the Mimram and visit.  http://www.friendsofthemimram.co.uk/

Park Angels -  Thanks to the unsung park angels picking litter in Moneyhole park & woods. It has made such a difference to all Park users.

Panshanger People (PP)

PP is backing Gary O’Leary as an Independent candidate in the local elections on Thursday 07 May.

Have a visit before Thursday http://councillorgaryoleary.co.uk/

At elections always judge the incumbents by their deeds and their past effectiveness. Gary is  one of PP committee members, who is standing to give local residents real voice.

Visit  PP website for more update and information – http://panshangerpeople.org.uk/

Contact details – email (panshangerpeople@gmail.com)

Panshanger Community News – Email us if you have any local news or community events.

Dog Wardens – will be stepping up their patrols due to the rise in dog fouling by a small group of irresponsible owners on the fields and around the footpaths.

Friends of Moneyhole Park (FoM)

Follow us on Twitter @moneyholepark. Email us: moneyholepark@gmail.com

Community News

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in core strategy, Event, General Information, Uncategorized | Posted on 20-02-2015

2015

Year of the Goat – Happy New Year to those celebrating Chinese New Year.

Hertfordshire Health Walks provide free, local, led, health-focused walking opportunities across Hertfordshire. The programme currently offers around 2500 walks per year, with 40,000 attendances and led by 260 trained, insured and experienced volunteer Walk Leaders. Walks are between 20 and 90 minutes, with various levels of difficulty.

Visit www.hertfordshirehealthwalks.org now to find out about the 56 walks we offer every week! It’s as simple as just turning up ( it saves them administration costs if you sign up online before attending your first Hertfordshire Health Walk).

Park Benches – the 3 damaged park benches in 2014 are now repaired. Do report damaged park furniture to Emily Nicholls. Her email is E.Nicholls@finesseleisure.com

Noticeboard – After more than a year, the damaged replacement is imminent. The funding was kindly provided by County Cllr Sara Johnson. If email us you have any posters, notices or community news.

Park Maintenance - Sadly John Bayliss, the maintenance supervisor has left. Please contact Emily if there are maintenance issues around the park until further notice.

Nature Trail – Winter has taken its toll and the Nature Trail has not been maintained  since FoM handed over the maintenance in 2012. FoM has suggested recently to Finesse and the Councillors that it’s time Moneyhole has an all weather concrete path similar to KGV Playing Fields. Watch this space. If you support FoM’s proposal, email your councillors asap.

Friends of Panshanger Park (FPP)

FPP negotiated successfully with Lafarge Tarmac for FPP to enter the public restricted western area of the park .  This  allows them to extended their walks to take in the famous ancient Panshanger Oak, the remains of the Orangery and Conservatory and the site of the house.  Their walks will now be three and a half to four miles and last 3 hours.  If you wish to join their walks do bring appropriate footwear, e.g. walking boots or wellingtons, water and a snack with you if desired.  Unfortunately as yet there are no toilet facilities at the Thieves Lane car park or around the park.

You can already walk from Moneyhole Park through Henry Woods into Panshanger Park along Butterfield Way to Birch Green, Cole Green Way and back to Moneyhole  Park.
This new access hopefully link the West to East Park walks. Great progress and work by FPP. We await more details from FPP.
If you would like to join one of FPP walks please email – friendsofpanshangerpark@gmail.com   www.friendsofpanshangerpark.co.uk

Bericot Green  - The planning application was resubmitted and consultation closed on 22 December 2014. http://publicaccess.welhat.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=N6/2014/2462/MA

Friends of the Mimram - For the latest update on the good work of the Friends of the Mimram and how to volunteer, see their website.  http://www.friendsofthemimram.co.uk/index.html

Park Angels -  A big thank you to the unsung park angels quietly picking litter in Moneyhole park and woods.

Panshanger People (PP)- WHBC Local Plan 

The Council have now launched their latest consultation on housing in Welwyn Hatfield Borough and Panshanger is still designated as a preferred site.  The plans are virtually unchanged from last time, but once again, comments will need to be submitted; on the council’s consultation portal, on one of their forms or in a letter.  http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan .

There are still 700 homes and a traveller site without provisions for any new infrastructure like school, road, public transport, shopping or leisure facilities. Spreading the new housing demand across the whole borough is a fairer and more sensible way to share the burden.

The deadline is March 19th .   PP are having a public meeting on February 27th at 8.00pm in Panshanger Community Hall, Moors Walk.

Visit their website for more update and information – http://panshangerpeople.org.uk/

Contact details – email (panshangerpeople@gmail.com) or phone Jerry Larke on 01707 329923.

Panshanger Community News – Email us if you have any local news or community events.

Friends of Moneyhole Park (FoM)

Follow us on Twitter @moneyholepark. Email us: moneyholepark@gmail.com

Come and meet your prospective councillors

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information, Local Web Links | Posted on 15-05-2014

A community announcement by Panshanger People Saturday 17 May @ 6.00pm

Just a reminder that our public meeting at the Moors Walk Community Centre is only a few days away, Saturday at 6:00pm. We have invited all the Panshanger and Haldens local election candidates of whom five have currently responded that they will be attending.There is often little opportunity to hear directly from candidates in the run up to local elections, this is a great chance for us local residents to hear the views of candidates and how they plan to represent us, with regard to the housing proposals for the airfield and Hillyfields. For your info, the turnout in the most recent local elections held was 30% for Haldens and 25% for Panshanger. With the local plan and development proposals now looming large we are hoping the turnout this time around will be higher.

The Panshanger People Committtee. 

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www.panshangerpeople.org.uk

Easter Monday Walk 21 April – Friends of Panshanger Park

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, Local Web Links | Posted on 20-04-2014

Friends of Panshanger Park will be offering two Family walks on Monday 21 April, at 10am and 2.30pm, both from the Thieves Lane car park. They will not last more than two hours. Participants should wear strong shoes, bring water or a drink and protection from the sun or rain depending on the weather on the day.

 http://friendsofpanshangerpark.co.uk/

Springtime

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information, Local Web Links | Posted on 13-04-2014

Easter – Spring has sprung. After the really wet winter, the Nature Trail paths and woodlands paths have dried out. Easter is just around the corner. Park Fruit trees are now in bloom and delightful wood anemones are carpeting sections of Birchall Wood.

The bluebells have started to flower. It will  peak in a week or so. The bluebells have spread in recent years, which is pleasing. Go out and enjoy the the woods over the coming weeks.

Kites - Let’s go an fly a kite. Show your child and grandchild the pleasure of kites. We have a wonderful outdoor space  here in Moneyhole Park. Make this a summer of memories. Weekends, Bank Holidays and throughout summer are ideal time for fresh air and family time.

Noticeboard – lock was tampered over the winter. Finesse promised to replace it after April. We await this replacement.

Park Maintenance - John Bayliss is the new maintenance supervisor. Please contact him if there are issues around the park at j.bayliss@finesseleisure.com. John has asked all park users  to help to remove branches that can damage the grass cutting mowers. John was made aware of the broken bench near the Wyton entrance and hopefully this will be repaired in the near future.

Nature Trail -  It is over 2 years since we volunteers relaid the Western sections of the trail as we lost our supply of free wood chippings.  John was told that Finesse should now take over responsibility for the maintenance.

Muntjac - a muntjac was attacked and killed last month. If anyone knows the identity of the owner or the German Shepherd dog, do contact the police. This is the second attack in the last 3 years. Sadly these things happen unless owners are in control of their pets. http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/deer_ripped_apart_by_savage_dog_in_horror_attack_at_welwyn_garden_city_park_1_3370514?usurv=skip

Park Angels -  As always without the many park angels quietly picking litter as they go, our park and woods would not be as clean. Thank you.

Orchards boost Wildlife - This idea of planting fruit trees are catching on. FoM fully supports this and hopefully Finesse and WHBC do too.  http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/boost_for_welwyn_hatfield_wildlife_1_3542827. Contact them and your Councillors if you support this.

Friends of the Mimram - Good news as Affinity has agreed to reduce the amount of water abstraction in the coming years. Well done Affinity and Friends of the Mimram for their campaigns.

Free Open Meeting Wednesday, 14th May7.30 in the Civic Hall, Old Welwyn http://www.friendsofthemimram.co.uk/contact.html or email davidcheek@btinternet.com

Friends of Panshanger Park (FPP) - The inaugural walk of a new walk in Panshanger Park was held on Monday 31 March. It was a great turnout. You can now walk from Moneyhole through Henry Woods on to Panshanger Park via Butterfield Way to the new loop Country Park East walk. Try it.

“32 years have passed since the signing of a legal agreement to deliver a Country Park at Panshanger. A Park to be returned to the people of Hertfordshire In exchange for valuable mineral extraction rights given to owners Lafarge Tarmac.
Finally, a substantial part of the new Country Park will open on Monday 31st March 2014. This is phase one (Country Park East) and represents about one third of the Country Park area.  More areas of the Park should open later in 2014″
Gary O’Leary Chairman, Friends of Panshanger Park

The FPP website – http://friendsofpanshangerpark.co.uk/

Bericot Green  - The planned council consultation meeting was cancelled due to the withdraw of the latest application. Contact the Bericot Green action group for more details. Questions must be raised with HCC as to the legitimacy of any development that do not benefit the local community in accordance to the original terms of the bequest.

Wildlife - A red kite and a lapwing was spotted in recent weeks. A woodpecker is  back in Henry Woods. Tell us what you have seen. Photos are most welcomed.

Roundabouts -

1 the proposed surfacing works at the Sylvan Way/Moors Walk roundabout, Welwyn Garden City is rescheduled for 25-26th April 2014 for 1 Nights (starting 25th @8pm finishing at 6am on 26th).
2 the Bericot Way/ Rivenhall roundabout was also reported and holes will only be patched as needed. Please log this with HCC Highway and contact your councillors.

Pot holes, broken pavements & bollards – Do report  any faults to Herts Highway or WHBC. Unless you tell them, the authorities don’t know there is a problem.

Friends of Moneyhole Park

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