Hertford Saved! – Doomed!

So, after 6 years a development on the Bircherley Green Shopping Centre site was given the green light on 25th June 2020. I sat through 2 hours of the Development Management Committee and frankly learned nothing that I didn’t know already. It confirmed two things. One it was not viable to offer affordable housing and… Continue reading Hertford Saved! – Doomed!

Isolation for Folly Island

Strangely enough Folly Island is not a natural island. I always thought so until I was doing a bit of research using Rosemary Bennett’s excellent ‘Folly Island’ and discovered that until 1772 the island was connected to the mainland at Dicker Mill. A strip of land was dug out to make it easier for barges… Continue reading Isolation for Folly Island

Bircherley Green 2020

As promised in my previous post I am placing my letter of objection to the latest planning application for Bircherley Green as submitted by Chase New Homes. The full list of documents accompanying the application can be viewed here. My own letter of objection is posted here and can be read as a .pdf file.… Continue reading Bircherley Green 2020

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 you will know how frustrated… Continue reading Elections May 2nd 2019

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… Continue reading Trees on Folly Island

Slow boat to Sainsbury’s

I have been giving some thought in the last few weeks to the idea of river shopping. To be more precise, a regular ferry connecting Hertford East Rail Station, Bircherley Green Bus Station and Sainsbury’s. The infrastructure is already in place. Why this sudden flash of inspiration? Since the service road was blocked by concrete… Continue reading Slow boat to Sainsbury’s

Town councillors vote 3-0

It was with a wry smile that I read in the Hertfordshire Mercury that Hertford Town Council had voted unanimously to reject the planning application to redevelop Bircherley Green. This would be fine if it wasn’t so wrong or, far from the truth. It was the Planning sub-committee that voted to reject the plans. There… Continue reading Town councillors vote 3-0

Bircherley Green – 2017

Finally after many months of bated breath a planning application has been made for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green Shopping Centre. Both are long overdue. If you cannot wait any longer this is the link to the the appropriate page: https://www.publicaccess.eastherts.gov.uk and enter 3/17/0392/FUL into the search box. There are pages and pages supporting the… Continue reading Bircherley Green – 2017