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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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!

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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

Sizzling May Bank Holiday

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 06-05-2013

May Bank Holiday – What a difference the sunshine made to today’s May Bank Holiday. Around the park many folks were out enjoying the sunshine and several families were picnicking in a group.

The park fruit trees are laden with white blossoms. Birdsong filled the air. This year’s display of wood anemones put on its best show in living memory. Bluebells are starting to come out and will peak in a few days all being well.

Found – A local family came across a large crash model aeroplane. If you are or know the owner please email us moneyholepark@gmail.com

Park Angels -  A big thank you to the many park angels picking litter as they go. You make such a difference.

Nature Trail -  Wood chips wanted. If you know a friendly tree surgeon who can donate some let us know. It saves paying to dump the wood chips into a land fill.

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

 

Last Nature Trail Repair?

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 28-11-2012

Saturday 10 November 2012

Despite the inclement weather it was a great turn out by 7 volunteers to re-surface a section of the Wyton Park entrance footpath.

Grateful thanks to Eugene, Mark, Erin, Eileen, Nuala and Will for helping to complete the task in record time.

Alas this will be the last repair for the year and possibly in the future. We need a kind tree surgeon to donate wood chips as Mark has hung up his chain saw.

Contact moneyholepark@gmail.com if you can donate wood chips or volunteer in the future.

November 2012 – Nature Trail Repairs & Community Information

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Local Web Links, Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 05-11-2012

Nature Trail Repairs Sat 10 Nov – CHANGE OF VENUE

Can you spare 2 hours this Sat 10 Nov from 10 am to 12 noon? We have a pile of wood chips to spread over a section of the footpath by the Park’s Wyton entrance,  midway on left of Moneyhole Park. Bring a friend, spade, rake or a barrow. Please dress for the weather. If it rains heavily, we shall cancel and rearrange. Kindly email if you can join us.

Four year old Westie needs new home

Can you give a loving home to a 4 year old Westie after Christmas? Owners emigrating. Please email if you can help.

Mimram Abstraction & Water Management Plan (from Friends of Mimram)

Affintiy Water wants your views for the next Water Plan as directed by Ofwat. Let them know of your concerns about the Mimram by 15th December. Consultation covers water metering, leaks, charges, abstraction and much more. See Friends of Mimram website for more details. http://www.friendsofthemimram.co.uk/rivermimram.html

Neighbourhood Watch

Police issued a safety advice today after a series of incidents where people are being distracted in cars parks and their bank cards stolen.  Incidents reported were in Harpenden, Bishop Stortford, Berkhampstead, Letchworth, Broxbourne and Rickmansworth.

In the majority of cases the victim was approached by a man or a couple in a car park. They tell the victim they have dropped £10. The offender then helps the victim put the money in their purse, stealing their bank card at the same time. In some cases the offender(s) distract the victim with a map, whilst they steal their wallet or purse. Sadly the majority of the victims are elderly losing hundreds of pounds.

Bericot Green – WGC Dowsers

WGC dowsers carrried out a successful preliminary survey on the site this morning Mon 05 Nov when they heard about the HCC planning application. Some residents have seen and spoke to them. We shall keep you posted when they post tangible findings.

Allsop Auction

The 3 lots of Sylvan Way verges and tree belt were sold last week at auction. The valiant efforts of Loraine and affected residents resulted in a temporary Tree Preservation Order (TPO) being imposed prior to the auction. The campaign will go on to prevent development on such strips of  lands. Email protectsylvanway@gmail.com or visit the forum http://projectsylvanway.freeforums.net/index.cgi . Such developments have ramifications for all in WGC & Hatfield not just Panshanger.

Neighbourhood Planning – Localism Act

Check out this link. Worth working together to have a say over development in the community.  http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/inyourarea/neighbourhood/

Acknowledgement

Our grateful thanks goes to Mark & Linda May who spread wood chips along  Wyton path on two Saturdays last month by themselves.

Email: moneyholepark@gmail.com    Twitter: @moneyholepark

October 2012 Newsletter & Panshanger Community Information

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 20-10-2012

October is one of my favourite months. The nip in the air with the onset of glorious displays of red and golden leaves are a welcome change. Alas this year is slightly disappointing with a slower onset of autumnal splendour. I like crunching leaves underfoot, the changing treescape and the woodland scent. Please submit and share your photos of local floral and fauna or landscape.

Nature Trail repair 10am – 12 noon Sat 10 Nov 2012

Sat 13 Oct – A big thank you to Eugene for helping out last Saturday to spread woodchips on footpath along Stirling Way. Overhanging branches and bramble were cut back at some narrow sections.

Sat 10 Nov - Join us for the next one by Henry Woods & Brichall Woods junction. Meet at the woodchip pile by the mobile mast (right hand corner of the Park).  Bring a friend, rake, shovel or barrow to this free work out.  Please email moneyholepark@gmail.com to confirm your attendance

Acknowledgements – The following were funded by Cllr Sara Johnson from her HCC Locality Budget. We wish to thank Sara on behalf of the residents.

  • Sylvan Way Roundabouts -  Two roundabouts (Wellington Dr/Bericot Way & Tempfords/ Shackleton Way) resurfaced in recent months as reported previously.
  • New Dog Bin – A dog bin has been installed by  Bericot Way and Moors Walk roundabout.

Bericot Green Comments deadline – 01 Nov 2012

Please email or send your comments to the Planning Department on this massive development on Bericot /Sylvan Way junction. See FoM website on how to comment. Will kindly updated the website with a easy to follow article and links. Please cc your councillors, MP & contact@bericotgreen.co.uk when you comment. 

Sylvan Way Allsop Residential Auction 01 Nov 2012  lots 158, 159 & 160 Grass verges & strips of tree belt land

Three lots of Panshanger Sylvan Way grass verges and narrow strips of tree belt are offered for sale by Allsop on 01 November 2012 by auction for potential development. The freeholder is Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd.

Should development planning permission be granted for such narrow strips of tree belts and verges which are part of the Garden City concept?  We welcome residents’ views on the matter. There is a two week time window before the auction date.

 Panshanger 20 year Housing Plan Proposal – Airfield & surrounding amenity land

Two local plans documents for 7200+ dwellings submitted to planning came to light on WH forum  -  http://coins.welhat.gov.uk/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=15889
This is a 18 year plan to identify potential development sites. Consultation then formally starts 12 Nov 2012 till 18 January 2013. You can complete a questionnaire online at: www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan2012. Raise this with your councillors and keep us posted.

Forthcoming Events

Herts Police WGC Dog Watch Launch Sat Oct 20th 12pm to 3pm at KGV park WGC(Beehive Lane end) Bring your pet dogs to free fun dog show.
Police PSCO surgery – Wed 24th October  7pm to 9pm Barndicott Hall, Barndicott (off Watchlytes) Panshanger Welwyn Garden City
Talk to PSCO Christina about your local concerns and crime prevention advice. You also can book a free home crime prevention check and have your property/pedal cycles etc security mark at the surgery. Tea and coffee available, friends, children and pets welcome.
Contact PCSO Christina Cooper Police Community Support OfficerNeighbourhood Watch by  Email: christina.cooper@herts.pnn.police.uk or on 01707 354192
Dogs For DisabledChristmas Fair - Saturday 27th October10:30 – 3pm WGC Free Church.  Come and support a worthy cause. Stock up with reasonably priced Christmas presents, cards & decorations.
Councillors Surgery  - Sat 27 Oct 10 -10.45am @ Moneyhole Pavillion Committee Room. Come and raise your concerns with your councillors.Surgeries are held last Sat each month except December. Same time and place. See website for list of dates.

Lost & Found

  • A bank debit card was found on Friday in Henry Woods and was handed in to WGC Barclay Bank on Tues 16 Oct.
  • A house key with a fob is still unclaimed.

Park AngelsA big thank you to all kind folks who picks litter around the park and woods. It has made a big difference. Keep up the good work.

Suggestion

-Should FoM be renamed Panshanger Haldens Community Group or East WGC Residents Community Group to reflect the wider community content? Email comments, suggestions or if you want to be an founder member of the new group.

Follow us on Twitter – @moneyholepark. Email – moneyholepark@gmail.com. Please forward to friends and neighbours. Contact us if you wish to added to the circulation list.

Nature Trail Repairs Sat 13 October

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 08-10-2012

Can you spare two hours to repair sections of worn Nature Trail paths this Saturday 13 Oct between 12  10-12 noon?

A free work out! Help us to shift and to spread donated wood chips along Stirling Way section.

Do dress for the weather. Bring a friend, rake, shovel or barrow.

Meet by wood chip heap on Stirling Way park entrance top left corner of the Park.

Email us on moneyholepark@gmail.com if you can help or turn up on the day.

Autumn Newsletter and Panshanger Community Information

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Local Web Links, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 28-09-2012

Now that Autumn is upon us, it is a great time for the woodland walks and to spot the varieties of sprouting mushroom and fungi making their annual display.

Bericot Green Development – planning application for 75 bed care home and 10 disabled youths homes, 20 day care units and 4 independent elderly living units have been received on 25 Sep 2012 for half the site. There is a 21 day consulation period. It is basically unchanged except for the new Shackleton Way access. Apart from the large complex, impact on the neighbourhood, amenities, infrastructure, parking and traffic are of concern. View the application on https://fastweb.welhat.gov.uk or post your comments through www.welhat.gov.uk  Please contact Tony Barring-Hill for more information or co-ordinated action on tony@barrington-hill.co.uk. https: www.bericotgreen.co.uk

Councillors Surgery resumes tomorrow - Sat 29 Sep 10 -10.45am @ Moneyhole Pavillion Committee Room. Come and raise your concerns with your councillors. Hopefully they have access to the pavillion on this occasion and henceforth. Surgeries are held last Sat each month except December. Same time and place.

Nature Trail Repairs – we have a couple of kind volunteers who emailed with offers of help. Two or more will make it viable to organise a Saturday morning 13 October from 10 – 12noon. Email us on moneyholepark@gmail.com

Panshanger Roundabout Advertisement Boards – The Council withdrew their applications to advertise on most of Panshanger roundabouts on 12 Sep after local objections.

Sylvan Way roundabouts – Two roundabouts (Wellington Dr/Bericot Way & Tempfords/ Shackleton Way) were resurfaced recently. After three years of reporting pot holes and cracking surfaces, Herts Highways finally resurfaced the two roundabouts instead of patching  just the specific holes reported. Persistence pays.

Dogs Olympics, Hatfield House 14 October – Royal Vet College is holding a Dog Olympics fun day with agility shows, best dog shows and many other events. Visit RVC website for opening times and for more information. Herts Neighbourhood Police will also there to sign up Dog Watch volunteers. Come and meet their new mascot Douglas.

Dog Watch – Be ears and eyes of the community. Welhat Neighbourhood Police is relaunching the Dog Watch scheme. Email samantha.griffin@herts.pnn.police.uk

Nature Watch – Have the kites moved on?

Birchall Farm – A resident reports today that test pits were dug by Lafage next to Moneyhole Park. Can anyone else confirm this and their plans?

FoM website administrator and organiser – can you help to run the Community Newsletter and/or the website updates? Current incumbent will be standing down. Ideas and volunteers are wanted or the community website, twitter and circular will cease.

Send us your Panshanger and Moneyhole Park news for future inclusion.

Follow us Twitter @moneyholepark

Email – moneyholepark@gmail.com

June Newsletter

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 28-06-2012

Jubilee Picnic Monday 04 June 12

PSCO Christina Cooper did a sterling job organising this for the community. Jubilee House Care Home, Girl Guides, Panshanger Church and Street Wardens lent their support. Inspite of the inclement weather, there was a reasonable turnout out of ardent supporters of the event held inside the PFC hall. Our thanks to her, PFC and everyone who came.

Nature Trail

Tuesday 05 June- Eileen, Mark, Erin and yours truly re laid a section of the Nature Trail from the main park entrance.

Volunteers We have 3 heaps of donated wood chips around the park. What we really need are some kind volunteers.
Kindly email if you can spare and hour or two either on a weekday or weekend. Please state the  likely days and time. I shall try to arrange some dates to suit.

Bericot Green Development

The HCC held an exhibition at Springmead JMI on Tuesday 19 June. It was a proposal to redevelop the small piece of amenity land between Bericot Way, Sylvan Way and Shackleton Way in Panshanger for 100+ housing units including the relocation of Hyde House and St Michael Care Homes. The development is wholly out of character for the area without any new provision for the infrastructure or supporting services. There will be a striking 3 storey and ‘E’shaped complex care homes on half the site and housing outline for the other half. The housing outline is indicative at this stage. More flats are not ruled out in the final build. The Bericot Green development and traffic may affect many Moneyhole Park users and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Responses must be received by Friday 29 June. Please contact tony@barrington-hill.co.uk for more information/questionnaire or visit www.bericotgreen.co.uk.

Nature Watch

Lesley kindly posted photos and a delightful story on field mice found in her garden on the website.
A fox cub was spotted in Roseacre Gardens around mid afternoon Sunday 24 June.
Recently the range and number of birds spotted in and around Moneyhole were pretty impressive. Email us.

Found

Sunglasses- contact us if you have lost a pair of sunglasses in the Park or Woods.

Lost

Car keywith a Tesco key fob in Moneyhole Park over Jubilee Bank Holidays.

Tree Poll

Vote in the poll if you think of replacing fell and dead trees around Moneyhole with fruit trees is a good idea. Community orchards are gaining in popularity. Fruit trees  attract wildlife and benefit park users. It can help to preserve old varieties.

Park Angels

Grateful thanks to the kind park angels who pick up litter around the park and woods, Moneyhole is much cleaner than the surrounding streets. Pity the litter louts and smokers still drop  rubbish around the park and woods. The warmer dry nights attract a different set of park users and their litter.

Twitter

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