Bricket Wood News
New survey reveals “There’s no place like home.”
Many villagers wanting to sell their homes have decided where they want to move to – Bricket Wood.
Demand for bungalows, homes with no more than three bedrooms, warden assisted housing and retirement properties reflect the “downsizing” plans of Bricket Wood’s older than average population. It’s clear that if the property is right residents will simply stay put.
The continued popularity of the village is revealed in the early conclusions of the Community Survey, a critical snapshot of a community confronting the needs of demands of the short and long-term future.
The survey will eventually dovetail into the Neighbourhood Plan – the official shape of things to come – and reflects the preferences of the 492 households in the parish that took part; nine per cent. There were 5,593 homes recorded in the 2011 census. However, the replies are a pointer to what the community wants to change and improve. They include
More two-three bedroom, starter homes and low cost properties to lure young families to their area – though few people are happy to develop Green Belt land.
90 per cent of homes want traffic calming measures including roadside warning signs and lower speed limits
A call for a though train service from Abbey Line stations to London Euston – and improved frequency, reliability and affordability of all local public transport.
Concerns about parking on pavements, grass verges and near shops - and poorly maintained pavements and footpaths. The volume of HGV traffic and the risks crossing main roads are seen as a deterrent to walking and cycling around the village.
Two thirds of homes are happy with GP services and primary and secondary schools- but unimpressed by sports and youth facilities
90 per cent back the installation of solar panels- but are split over wind turbines.
Virtually all those who responded were over 55. Because the needs and expectations of the next generation are central to the consultation programme the deadline of the online survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ParishNPlan. has been extended to encourage those in the 35-45 age group. Schools and churches are being asked to urge families and younger couples to help dictate future housing, leisure, medical, green spaces and facilities for teenagers and younger children by completing the survey.
Arguably building homes is the most crucial and contentious issue that galvanises villagers as it inherently threatens precious Green Belt land and the future complexion of the village, increases housing density and puts pressure on services, schools and infrastructure. So they key question in the next stage of drawing up St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan (and there will be more meetings to come!) is:
Graham Newson, Editor, The Voice
Date: Thursday 9th March 2017
Start Time: 8:00 pm
Refreshments: served from 7:50pm
Venue: St. Luke’s Church, The Crescent, in the Main Hall
Your opportunity to meet the BWRA Committee, ask questions and raise any concerns you may have.
Or how about joining our committee and taking an active part in the life of our village? You are assured of a warm welcome.
Further work to the restoration and improvement of the woodland on Bricket Wood Common has commenced. The work is being carried out by contractors, Maydencroft, under the instruction of Munden Estate. They will begin in the section adjoining Little Munden Farm on the east of School Lane and will soon be working in the hornbeam areas on the west of School Lane close to the two most northerly parking bays.
We are carrying out both thinning work of existing trees and coppicing of hornbeam. The work is designed to allow more light to reach the woodland floor which should help develop the ground flora and improve the habitat for several species of invertebrates, moths, butterflies, birds and small mammals.
The individual areas we are working in are quite small and will be clearly marked. The cutting of the trees will take place in January and February, and will be completed before the bird nesting season. The work will be done by hand using chain saws - some vehicle access will be required but it is our intention to keep this to a minimum. The extraction of cut timber will be carried out when the weather improves and ground conditions allow minimising any damage to the ground.
This work is in accordance with the Bricket Wood common Management Plan and has the approval of the Forestry Authority and Natural England.
Munden Estate Office
Tel: 01923 675658
Bricket Wood Common Greenspace Action Plan Consultation
The Countryside Management Service is working in partnership with St Albans City and District Council to draw up a new Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) for Bricket Wood Common.
We have been gathering the views of stakeholders and user groups since the beginning of July. The feedback from this process has now been drawn together in the draft Bricket Wood Common Greenspace Action Plan. Consultation on the draft GAP will run until Thursday 15th December. To view the draft plan, visit:
Following the consultation, the GAP will be amended as required, agreed and actions to deliver the plan will commence.
To comment on the draft GAP, contact:
Andrew Taylor, Countryside Management Service.
Tel: 01992 556063
Over the last couple of years several Bricket Wood Residents’ Association (BWRA) committee members have retired or moved away.
New members are urgently needed to ensure that the Residents’ Association can carry on.
The BWRA Needs You. Without new committee members it is unlikely that the BWRA can survive.
Interested? Can you contribute just a little of your time?
If you can please contact any committee member or come to a meeting. The meetings, In the Doctor’s waiting room, St Luke’s Church, begin at 7.45 on the first Wednesday of each month.
Hanstead Wood is now open to the public, with access by foot from the Smug Oak Lane entrance.
Please use the road and footway to access the Wood, as the land on the lake side of the road is private property, and this must be respected.
Any trespass on the private land may result in the removal of any access to the Wood for all visitors.