Runways Farm Appeal Won

An appeal has been won to continue Motor vehicle activities days on Bovingdon airfield.

Last year, serveral companies operating on the site at Runways Farm, Upper Bourne End Lane, were served with an enforcement notice to stop the motor activities taking place. Farm manager Cathy Leahy appealed the decision from Dacorum Borough Council in February 2014.

Bovingdon & District Horticultural Society

Bovingdon & District Horticultural Society was first established in 1927 and is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society.  They now have our own website at http://www.bovingdonhortsoc.org.uk/

Bovingdon Post Office

Bovingdon Post Office®
62 High Street, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0HJ
Proposed move to new premises & branch modernisation.
It is proposed to move the Bovingdon Post Office branch to a new location at Bovingdon News, 33 High Street, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0HG. If the move goes ahead, subject to consultation it will change to a new local style branch.
This change is part of a major programme of modernisation and investment taking place across the Post
Office network, the largest in the history of Post Office Ltd, which will see up to 8,000 branches modernised and additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.
What will this mean for customers?
Post Office services will be offered from a till on the retail counter in a modern open plan branch
Longer opening hours
The majority of Post Office products and services will still be available
Improved accessibility

Over 50? Do you want to learn more about other European communities?

Are you 50+?

Do you want to learn  more about other European communities?

Do you want to expand your volunteering experience?

Community Action Dacorum are currently looking for four Senior Volunteers for two volunteering opportunities in 2015.

The volunteering is in France and Latvia,  and dates as below

Pau, France                        4th – 24th March

Tukmus, Latvia                  14th April – 4th May

All travel costs, accommodation and a weekly living allowance is covere

 

Alison May

EUROPEAN PROJECTS ASSISTANT

Community Action Dacorum

48 High Street

Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AF

Tel : +44 1442 253935 ext 225

Fax : +44 1442 239775

E-mail :  Alison@communityactiondacorum.org.uk

Website : www.communityactiondacorum.org

We Support, Empower, Develop

Changes to your waste collection this November

Changes to your waste collection this November

You should have had a leaflet through your door in the first two weeks of August about the new Recycle for Dacorum waste collection service. The leaflet will give more information on the planned changes as well as dates and locations of the local roadshow events. You can view the pdf fileRecycle for Dacorum leaflet online now.

The new Recycle for Dacorum (R4D) service starting from 24 November 2014 will make it easier for you to recycle more.
A blue lidded wheeled bin, green wheeled bin and grey wheeled bin and a green kerbside caddy
Your new service will include:

  • A new blue lidded wheeled bin for all your recycling (paper, plastic, tins, cans and glass) and now cardboard will be collected together in one new wheeled bin every two weeks. You will also be able to recycle food and drinks cartons like Tetra Pak for the first time. .
  • A new kerbside caddy for all food waste will be collected weekly at the kerbside.
  • The existing green wheeled bin will be for garden waste only and will be collected every two weeks from February to November.
  • Waste that can’t be recycled will be collected every two weeks in your grey wheeled bin as it is now.

The new blue lidded wheeled bin for mixed recycling will sit in place of your recycling boxes as they will no longer be needed. We will collect and recycle your old boxes once the changes are in place.

From the end of August to mid October we will be touring the borough with our exhibition vehicle, both on weekdays and weekends, to give you an opportunity to see the new bins, ask questions, take part in competitions to win fantastic prizes including dinner for two at The Grove or a spa evening at Champneys. View the full list of pdf file R4D roadshow dates (374KB).

This change applies to waste collections from houses. If you live in a flat your waste collection will not change until 2015. We will provide you with more details about changes for flats in due course.

If you are currently on a sack collection we will be assessing your property to see what type of recycling service (sacks or wheeled bins) will be most suitable in the future. Please do not worry if you are not at home when our Recycling Advisors visit as they will leave a letter explaining the service you will receive from 24 November.

Smell most foul?

For some time now we have all had to tolerate a smell most foul, (or should that be Fowl?) depending which way the wind is blowing.

The Environment Agency are aware of the issue and are now diligently monitoring it. They have supplied a hotline number for people to ring. Should you smell a nasty niff in the air, please ring the free phone number: 0800 80 70 60. If you don’t want to give your name, you can state that you wish to remain anonymous.

The hotline support team will ask you your postcode and various questions including:

Where do you think the smell is coming from?

How would you rate the smell on a scale of 1 – 6?

How would you describe the smell?

What is the weather like (sunny, cloudy, overcast, still, breeze, windy)?

Have you had to close your windows?

How far are you from the source of the smell?

The hotline support team will then offer to give you a call log reference number. We would be very grateful if you could note it down and post it back on this page, so we can keep a log.  Don’t worry the Environment Agency will never give out anyone’s names or personal information.

Please kindly pass the Environment Agency hotline number to friends and neighbours, who may not have internet access, or be aware that the situation is diligently being monitored by a professional body who can effect change.

Blowing up helicopers on Bovingdon airfield

Damian Lewis joins Ewan Macgregor in Bovingdon?

Homeland star Damian Lewis has joined the cast for a big-screen version of Our Kind of Traitor, a John Le Carre novel currently being filmed in Bovingdon and London.

Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris play an English couple on holiday in Marrakech  who get embroiled with a Russian oligarch.

All the action kicks off in Bovingdon on Thursday 24th.

 

Tesco vs Coop Rumours

Tesco vs Coop Rumours

Is it possible Tesco are not keen on developing the flats and supermarket anymore. The supermarket chain won planning permission for a store and eight flats on the corner of High Street and Chesham Road in 2010 despite widespread opposition from villagers but rumoured now have put in planning for the store only and leaving it to us to descide its fate? Haven’t seen the planning app though.

Planning permission ran out at the end of February last year and the supermarket giant successfully applied to Dacorum Borough Council for more time to create the express store. It said it intends to start work in the spring.

Coop and ChippyDoes this now open the door for the Coop to expand and maybe buy the chip shop next door?

Anyone else noticed the market has moved? Could they be about to use the full runway for some other event?

Please add your comments and gossip below.

European elections 2014 – Meet the candidates

European elections May 22nd 2014 – Meet the candidates

These MEPs represent the Bovingdon (Eastern area) on issues decided on in Brussels including economic affairs, consumer rights, immigration, the environment and trade.

Currently there three Conservative MEPs representing the region, alongside two UKIP members, one Labour representative and a Liberal Democrat.

The election system used in the European polls means every vote will count. Rather than the first-past-the-post system used in local and national elections, the seats will be allocated  across the region counted and seats allocated proportionately to each party – meaning the more votes a party gets, the more of its candidates get elected.

UKIP

Candidates: Patrick O’Flynn, Stuart Agnew, Tim Aker, Michael Heaver, Michael McGough, Andy Monk, Mark Hughes

British National Party

Candidates: Richard Perry, Christopher Livingstone, Mark Burmby, Paul Hooks, Stephen Smith, Philip Howell, Michael Braun
Christian Peoples Alliance

Candidates: Carl Clark, Mark Clamp, Chris Olley, Stephen Todd, Jane Clamp, Kirsty Evans, Kevin Austin

English Democrats

Candidates: Robin Tillbrook, Charles Vickers, Stephen Goldspink, Maria Situmbeko, Bridget Cowen, Don Whitbread, Jeremy Moss

NO2EU

Candidates: Brian Denny, Eleanor Donne, Stephen Glennon, David Goode, Leonardo Impett, Teresa MacKay, Emily Thompson-Golding

UK Independence Now

Candidates: Paul Wiffen, Karl Davies, Raymond Spalding, Edmond Rosenthal, Rupert Smith, Dennis Wiffen, Betty Wiffen

Liberal Democrats

Candidates: Andrew Duff, Jo Hayes, Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Stephen Robinson, Michael Green, Linda Jack, Hugh Annand

Labour

Candidates: Richard Howitt, Alex Mayer, Sandy Martin, Bhavna Joshi, Paul Bishop, Jane Basham, Chris Ostrowski

Greens

Candidates: Rupert Read, Mark Ereira-Guyer, Jill Mills, Ash Haynes, Marc Scheimann, Robert Lindsay, Fiona Radic

Conservatives

Candidates: Vicky Ford, Geoffrey Van Orden, David Campbell Bannerman, John Flack, Tom Hunt, Margaret Simons, Jonathan Collett

353 bus becomes 730 – except Sunday

Hemel Hempstead – Chesham – Amersham – Gerrards Cross – Uxbridge

Please note that the 730 service operates Monday to Saturday (Excluding Public Holidays) then old 353 on Sunday.

Download the 730 Timetable (39KB PDF)

Guide to 730 Tickets 

730 operates from Hemel Hempstead, through Chesham, Amersham and Gerrards Cross to Uxbridge. Here is a quick guide on the ticket options available for the 730 route. Click on the zones to see an interactive map and prices.

  • Zone 2 Whelpley Hill – Chesham – Amersham (Stanley Hill School).
  • Zone 3 Whelpley Hill – Chesham – Amersham – The Chalfonts – Gerrards Cross (East Common).
  • Zone 4 Hemel Hempstead – Bovingdon (HMP).
  • Zone 5 Chalfont St Giles (London Road) – Chalfont St Peter – Gerrards Cross – Uxbridge.
  • Zone 6 Whole route Hemel Hempstead – Bovingdon – Whelpley Hill – Chesham – Amersham – The Chalfonts – Gerrards Cross – Uxbridge.