Category: Around Hertford

I’m sitting in the railway station

I’m sitting in the railway station

“I used to have a standing joke and say if I’d been really bad and went to purgatory when I died, I’d find myself trapped in Peterborough railway station on a cold winter’s night, with the cold wind blowing across the Fens.” Not my words but those of Louise Doughty talking to BBC News about …

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Fings aint what they used to be

Fings aint what they used to be

Since it was announced that Chase Homes intended to buy Bircherley Green the newspapers, message boards and pubs have been full of hopes, plans and wish lists. Unfortunately the planning process does not work that way. I have lived in Hertford since 1980 but was born and grew up in Camden Town. On Saturday morning …

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Continuing story of Peyton Place aka Hertford

Continuing story of Peyton Place aka Hertford

The best thing about going on holiday with the grandchildren is that you forget about the cares of home and become a child yourself again. The downside is that when you come home you realise that nothing has changed and you are an adult again. So I didn’t expect much to have happened in Hertford …

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Nostalgia – Coronation Street style

Nostalgia – Coronation Street style

Coronation Street is currently being repeated on ITV3 with two episodes in the afternoon. It has now reached Christmas 1992. Soap operas as we once knew them were welcome escapism from a day at work and to enjoy with the family over tea, or dinner. I find myself complaining at the TV – bring back …

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Never send to know for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for Hertford

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for Hertford

So, the powers of conservatism in Hertford have finally won. The developers have pulled out of the second phase of the Bircherley Green redevelopment scheme. This is a Pyrrhic victory at best. We are left with a shopping centre with empty and boarded up shops and grass growing through every crack like a town in …

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Balham, sorry, Hertford – Gateway to the South

Balham, sorry, Hertford – Gateway to the South

It is a case of deja vu – waiting for the next boot to fall or in Hertford’s case, waiting for the gates to open. To underline the reversal of traffic flow there are two ‘No Entry’ signs at the western end of Maidenhead Street. However if you are driving from Mill Bridge they are …

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The Last Hooraah – 2 May 2019 – Bengeo Ward Election

The Last Hooraah – 2 May 2019 – Bengeo Ward Election

I failed to get elected to Hertford Town Council for the Bengeo Ward. I would like to thank the other 258 electors who did vote for me. I would also like to thank all those people who took time to read my election manifesto page which showed a healthy amount of hits according to my …

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Pedestrianisation of Bull Plain

Pedestrianisation of Bull Plain

The above is an artist’s impression of what Bull Plain would look like if it was pedestrianised. Unfortunately this drawing was made in 1965 and was found in  a publication called Mercury Remembers, published by the Hertfordshire Mercury invoking ‘Memories of yesteryear in Hertford, Ware and surrounding areas’. Below is a drawing of Bull Plain …

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Parish Council Elections May 2nd 2019

Parish Council Elections May 2nd 2019

Those with long memories may recall that I wrote about the last local council elections on April 16th 2015. I commented along the lines that this was like a blanket of apathy descending on Hertford. I have been involved in Hertford since 2000 and if you read my previous posts (see right) you will know …

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Trees on Folly Island

Trees on Folly Island

In some of my more mischievous moments at the Hertford Transport Forum I would manipulate the conversation to be able to include Hertfordshire Highways, Folly Island and trees in the same sentence. I knew it would wind up some of the more streetwise Officers. For those who did not know the Folly Island Residents Association …

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