November 2012 – Nature Trail Repairs & Community Information


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.

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 or visit the forum . 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.


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

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October 2012 Newsletter & Panshanger Community Information


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 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 & 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  -
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: 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: 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.


-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 – Please forward to friends and neighbours. Contact us if you wish to added to the circulation list.

Bericot Green Care Home Proposal


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Campaign, General Information, Local Web Links | Posted on 11-10-2012

Just to make local residents aware,  a proposal by Quantum Care for a care home development on Bericot Green is open for public consultation until October 17th. The proposed development consists of:

75   bed Care Home
20   person Elderly Persons Day Care Centre
10   Person short break Young Physically Disabled Home
4     Independent Living Units
1    Enablement Suite

Details of the plan, can be found here:

The online comment form can be found here:

There is  local opposition to the plan and a group of residents  have set up a website which can be found here:

This information is to inform residents of this proposal and the fact that consultation period is drawing to a close so any comments you wish to make should be submitted NOW.

A map outlining the intended location (from one of the planning documents in the public domain) is shown below:

Bericot Green site map

Autumn Newsletter and Panshanger Community Information


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 or post your comments through  Please contact Tony Barring-Hill for more information or co-ordinated action on https:

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

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

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.

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Panshanger roundabouts to get advertising


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Campaign, General Information, Local Web Links | Posted on 18-08-2012

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Currently there is a plan to place advertising hoardings on most of the roundabouts in our area. Both large roundabouts and small ones,  such as the the juntions of Lincoln Close and Lysander way.

Our area is of course fairly green and pleasant, will advertising on all our roundabouts add or detract from that?

The public have the opportunity to comment on these objections until the end of August. The locations and links are below. You can add your view by clicking the comment link at the bottom of each application.  If people don’t object in enough numbers to each application it’s pretty certain that it will happen.

You could also email a councillor and ask them for support, their addresses are:  Putting a comment yourself on the applications is likely to be more effective however.

Below are the application details. If you feel inclined to keep Panshanger advertising free, you are encouraged to comment.

N6/2012/1457/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Bericot Way/Lysander Way and Lincoln Close

N6/2012/1458/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way/Moors Walk and Russett Wood

N6/2012/1467/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way/ Bericot Way and Wellington Drive

N6/2012/1468/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Tempsford/Sylvan Way and Shackleton Way

N6/2012/1469/AD:             Roundabout at junction of Mundells and The Boulevard

N6/2012/1470/AD             :Roundabout at junction of Herns Lane and Moors Walk

N6/2012/1471/AD              :Junction of Blackfan Road, Cypress Avenue and Sylvan Way

N6/2012/1477/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way, Birchall Wood and Forresters Drive

N6/2012/1481/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Shackleton Way and Waterbeach

N6/2012/1482/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Bericot Way, Douglas Way and Rivenhall End

N6/2012/1484/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Panshanger Drive and Black Fan Road

N6/2012/1485/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Bessemer Road and Shire Park

N6/2012/1486/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Waterside and Mundells

N6/2012/1487/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Moorswalk and Hardings

There is another article on the subject here:

June Newsletter


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 for more information/questionnaire or visit

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.


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


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.


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Friends of Moneyhole – striving for a cleaner, safer & inclusive park

Roger, over and out


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Anti Social Behaviour ASB, Campaign | Posted on 14-04-2010

The 25 March SOSC meeting on the residents petition for a security barrier was first the council, and the strangest, meeting some of us ever attended.

Not only were the  car ASB issues unsolved, they cast aspersions  on the victims claims and denigrated the FoM group, who supported their petition.

Background – Many residents complained of ASB at Moneyhole car park going back years. The police,  Cllr  Bennett and Cllr Trigg, our local ward councillors, attended most of these FoM meetings. Yet little was done. The  victims were blamed for not calling the police. When police are called no one is caught or prosecuted.  This does not encourage victims to call again. As a result FoM started a campaign last year to petition for a night time barrier (£12,000) which was suggested by the residents.

The SOSC committee met on 25 March but failed to deal with the underlying issue. They voted in the Council’s recommendation of temporary CCTVs to verify the victims claims. If proven the Council may put in humps next year! The humps do not solve all the car ASB and creates other issues.

Why do the years of ASB reported, and still being reported, not count? (See FoM ASB 06Mar10 minutes and ASB Incident Log.)

Meanwhile, whilst the authorities obfuscates, the victims continue to suffer.

The authorities  let the residents  down by :

  • Supporting  a 24/7 park users rights over the residents rights to sleep
  • Failing to acknowledge the ASB goes back 14 + years
  • Failing to represent the residents case properly
  • Failing residents in denying them their right to sleep or peaceful enjoyment of their homes
  • Failing to meet or consult residents affected
  • Dismissing their ASB problems as perceived
  • Dismissing the residents’ barrier proposal without proper investigation or consultation. (See SOSC report or FoM rebuttal )

Then again why should anyone be  surprised when Cllr Trigg  issued these recommendations a week before the meeting!

The SOSC can only vote one way as no real debate was allowed.

The victims seem to be totally ignored and their opinion means little to those who purportedly meant to represent and protect them as servants of the people, which is their job

Not local democracy’s finest hour.

Message received loud and clear.

Every resident should consider what action they can and wish take.

Security Barrier ASB Meeting Sat 06 Mar


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign | Posted on 11-03-2010


FoM called a fact finding meeting with the residents,  SOSC and Ward councillors.

The aim is to acquaint the councillors on the long standing car related ASB problems before the crucial SOSC meeting on 25 March.

5 SOSC and Ward councillors kindly attended – Cllr I Dean, Cllr L Lotz, Cllr D Bennett, Cllr R Trigg and Cllr S Johnson.

We thank the residents of Roseacre Gardens for the loan of their Residents Lounge.

The minutes can be viewed here.

Anti-social behaviour log


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Campaign | Posted on 28-02-2010


Local residents are asked to keep a log of anti-social behaviour in the park, many have done so and the current version of the log is now available on this site. It gives a flavour of the types and quantity of ASB taking place. It can be viewed on the ‘Useful Documents’ page of this website or click here to download it.

This log proves to the authorities that ASB does happen at the park, and therefore  resources are required to address the problem.

Grant Shapps visits Moneyhole in support of entrance barrier proposal


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Campaign, Uncategorized | Posted on 21-01-2010

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Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps recently visited Moneyhole Lane park to learn about the  proposal for an automatic barrier designed to reduce  over-night anti social behaviour at the park. He ventured out, along with several residents,  on a very snowy day to hear about the long-standing issues faced by nearby residents. A log is now being compiled of all reported ASB around the park by residents, already there are over 30 entries and climbing. This is being done to prove to the Police and others that there is a problem at Moneyhole, previously it has been claimed that no problem exists.

Grant Shapps and residents at the park in early January

Grant Shapps and residents at the park in early January

A sample from the log can be viewed here:  INCIDENTS LOG V0.4

Friends of Moneyhole thank Grant for taking the time to come and see us. We hope his support  will also inspire our local councillors to make good their intention to support a Community Chest application for this initiative, as was stated at the last FoM meeting.

FoM issued a Press Release outlining the facts and issues around the barrier proposal. That can be can be read HERE.

An article about this also appeared in the Welwyn Times print edition of January 21st.