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Little Hay Golf Complex

You may be aware of the planning to modernise Little Hay Golf Complex, which includes construction of a multi-shot driving range and water features. Construction traffic is planned to be via Upper Bourne End Lane (from Macdonalds services on the A41).

Site route to Little Hay via Upper Bourne End Lane, rather than Box Lane

Site route to Little Hay via Upper Bourne End Lane, rather than Box Lane

This will effect access to the properties and businesses at the top of the lane and Runways Farm.

Construction traffic will comprise the importation of recovered soils brought to the site using tipper wagons.

The duration of the construction phase is anticipated to be in the order of 18 months with about 420 deliveries of material expected per week.

During the summer holidays the  paintball site also has some 300 cars every day.

Rubber Dinghies save 6 Families in Village Flood

..during the storm the Vicar of Bovingdon, died suddenly..

..during the storm the Vicar of Bovingdon, died suddenly..

Thanks to Don Crofts for this cutting from June 1946. Full extract see Pictorial section.

It goes on .. ”During the storm the Vicar of Bovingdon, the Rev. Kenneth Hawkins, died suddenly after taking Evensong in the village church.

”He offered a lift home to one of his parishioners. On the way back to the vicarage a sudden clap of thunder made him feel ill. He went to the house of Dr. Burnett, where he later died.”



Aircraft Activity on part of the ‘Disused’ Bovingdon Airfield

Dacorum BC refused the CLEUD application for aircraft activity at Berry Farm, Whelpley Hill (part of the disused Bovingdon Airfield) in November 2012. Recently Dacorum issued an Enforcement Notice regarding aircraft activity on Berry Farm. This Enforcement Notice was to restrict aircraft activity to 76 aircraft movements (take offs/landings) a year.

The applicant has now appealed this Enforcement Notice and as part of this appeal requested planning permission be granted for aircraft activity on the concrete runway and grass airstrip on Berry Farm land.If you want to comment you can go online to:
In the ‘case reference’ box enter 2196482 and press ‘Search for cases’. This should provide you with all the details you require to make your comments. Note that no comments will be accepted after 03 June 2013.
Please write your comments quoting reference number APP/A1910/C/13/2196482 and send by 3rd June 2013 deadline to:The Planning Inspectorate
3/26 Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
** This appeal has now be withdrawn **

Driving tests at Halfords in Hemel Hempstead

Plans to offer practical driving tests from the Halfords store in Hemel Hempstead were given the go ahead today (7 May) by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.

Driving tests will be available from the store every Wednesday and Friday from Wednesday 12 June. All tests will be conducted by DSA examiners.

The move is part of an initiative to offer a more local service for driving test candidates.

As well as using conventional test centres, DSA is working with public and private sector partners to provide driving tests in areas that don’t have a local test centre.

Tesco – three years on . . .

With the news that Tesco is struggling to find new avenues for growth on home turf and is scaling back some of its international plans, especially in a recession-scarred Europe, time perhaps to reflect on the old Chiltern Jaguar garage at the top of the High Street?

Vicar Tim Marshall, passed away October 2010.