We are looking to welcoming spring with our big town clean up! We are planning to hold this a bit earlier than usual to avoid Hertfordshire’s school Easter break as school children make up many of our volunteers. Another reason is that undergrowth seems to be springing up earlier, making it more difficult to find litter in overgrown areas. So this is an experiment to find out if we can persuade the weather to be kind a month earlier than usual!
Date for your diaries: Sunday 25 March, 10am – 12 noon.
We have identified the following sites for litter clearance and would be happy to know of any other areas you are aware of that needing cleaning up:
– Redhill Path (the footpath that comes out onto Redhill Road by the shops)
– the area outside the train station forecourt (where Tesco & McDonalds are)
– Park Way bypass between the Three Moorhens pub & the Library roundabout
– Ransom’s Rec, Bancroft Rec, Pinehill Field, Butts Close & The Dell
We provide the organisation, instructions, pickers & black bags but we always need more volunteers so please join us by emailing: email@example.com
There are various aspects of Hitchin life – click on the following to see what we are involved in….
Churchgate At the last Hitchin Committee (of NHDC) the news of the lease for the shopping arcade by Hammersmatch was mentioned. No further details have been revealed, but hope is in the air, with recent comments here . More on the saga here.
Butts Close – the story of the Inquiry, and more about the Friends of this valued green space.
Hitchin Town Hall & the District Museum – hoping for progress, click & read more!
The District Local Plan & the Examination In Public – details and our submissions.
Air Quality in Hitchin – what is happening?
Careful where you walk! all about footpaths.
What else do we do? The Forum exists to develop and channel energy and enthusiasm for the town. We work to highlight things that we think need to change and improve the environment, and challenge developments that we think will damage our heritage and future. Information on all of our current and recent campaigns, issues and concerns are available here.
We have working groups to look at the main issues which arise – the town centre, transport, open spaces and recreation, planning applications, planning policies and, lastly, how we get the information out – communications. More details here with info on the planning system.
Hitchin Forum was formed in 1992 as a non-political umbrella to bring together people and organizations who want to maintain and enhance Hitchin’s special character. It enables the views of people who live and work in Hitchin to be presented in a co-ordinated manner to relevant bodies – more history is here.
Read more about Hitchin, its history and the changes here, where to find local footpaths here. Members are regularly updated on issues and meetings, by occasional emails and a 2 monthly newsletter – present & previous ones are here. We hold several members’ meetings through the year.
Do join us! Anyone with an interest in Hitchin can join the Forum, either as an individual or as a nominated representative of an organization in the town. If you do want to be more involved then tell us – we often need an extra pair of hands! But – there is no obligation to do more than sign up – that is support enough. It is important that we have a wide membership base, partly so that we can hear a wide range of opinions, and also that we hear about issues in all corners of the town – membership details here.