Bricket Wood News

Spring Litterpick: Saturday 3 March 2018

posted 7 Feb 2018, 10:41 by Bricket Wood Residents' Association   [ updated 7 Feb 2018, 10:44 ]

Bricket Wood Residents' Association 

Spring Litterpick 

Saturday 3 March 2018 

Meet at 09:30 - 10:00 am by Oakwood Road shops at the village sign, Bricket Wood
Gloves / pickers / bags supplied 

Please come and help keep our village tidy 

BWRA Annual General Meeting: Thursday 22 March 2018

posted 7 Feb 2018, 10:07 by Bricket Wood Residents' Association   [ updated 7 Feb 2018, 10:12 ]

Date: Thursday 22nd March 2018

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.

  1. Annual reports and accounts.
  2. Nominations and election of Officers - Chair, Vice-Chair, Honorary Secretary, and Honorary Treasurer - and members of the Management Committee.
  3. Motion: Amend the BWRA Constitution to reduce the quorum for the Management Committee from 8 to 6.

Refreshments served from 7:50pm

Everyone welcome!

Bricket Wood Common, Woodland Management Work: 18 January 2018

posted 7 Feb 2018, 09:52 by Bricket Wood Residents' Association

We will continue the woodland management work on Bricket Wood Common this year. To date the work has been successful, the areas of coppiced hornbeam are being to re grow and areas where trees have been felled are showing good signs of recovery with natural regeneration. The control of squirrels continues as they are a big threat to young growing trees.
During February work will take place in an area that stretches west into the Common opposite the entrance to Little Munden Farm. Trees of poor quality that provide no use to future silviculture will be felled and existing hornbeam will be coppiced to give future growth. Care will be taken to remove poor quality trees that surround good quality trees to allow the better ones to flourish whilst removing the competition from the poor neighbours.
During this process we are keen to maintain a continuous forestry cover – when looking down from above you would not see large open spaces or clear fell where trees have been removed in bulk, you would see a continuous canopy of developing trees.
The felling work will take place in February and will be completed before the bird nesting season. The felled timber will be left in situ until the dry summer months when it will be removed with as little impact on the soil and woodland floor as possible. It will be necessary to create a wider ride to enable access to the woodland area but this will be managed with care to avoid compaction.
All work is being carried out with approval of Natural England and regular consultation takes place with representatives of St Albans District Council and the Bricket Wood Common Management Committee.
18 January 2018
Henry Holland-Hibbert
Munden Estate

BWRA Christmas Open Meeting: Thursday 14 December 2017

posted 15 Nov 2017, 11:53 by Bricket Wood Residents' Association

The Bricket Wood Resident's Association invites you to its Christmas Open Meeting and social evening. 

Thursday 14th December 2017 

Start Time: 8:00 pm 

Venue: St. Luke’s Church, The Crescent, in the Main Hall 

Come and join us for a glass of wine, mince pies and a chat. 
Visit the displays by local charities and Bricket Wood societies. 

Everyone Welcome!

Neighbourhood Plan: Update 10 February 2017

posted 28 Feb 2017, 13:33 by Bricket Wood Residents' Association

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  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:

 “What to build?” “Where to build?”

United Reformed Church, West Riding, Bricket Wood

May 9th, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Graham Newson, Editor, The Voice 

Hanstead Wood Open to the Public: 10 July 2015

posted 12 Jul 2015, 14:08 by Bricket Wood Residents' Association

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. 

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