The Autumn Clean-Up – was a success, considering all that was happening around the country. A full account of the day is here.
That account and other news is also available in our latest newsletter. Thoughts about Luton Airport, local government reform, the government’s planning white paper and electric cars also feature – read all about it here.
Having just mentioned Luton Airport, there are two pressure groups in the county who also raise various issues about the possibility of developments. LADACAN has a fact filled website (https://ladacan.org/), although I suspect that Luton Borough Council and the London Luton Airport Ltd might have their reservations about it. There is also the Luton Luton Airport Town and Village Community Committee (LLATVCC) which is producing newsletters – LLATVCC Oct 2020 and LLATVCC Nov 2020. – which gives lots to think about.
Hitchin Footpaths – How You Can Help For some years, Hitchin Forum members have worked in coordination with Hertfordshire County Council’s
Countryside Access Officer for our area. Read more here about what we do and what can be done for the town’s 100+ footpaths and bridleways. We produce reports for Herts County Council via Countryside Management Services – see them here
Highover Farm Development. There is an amended plan available on the NHDC website – if you have difficulty with that link the Application number is 18/01154/OP. The Forum has been involved in a meeting with the developers and others and the meeting minutes are here. Comments on the plans are included in our January newsletter.
– see the latest in our newsletter (‘Town Centre Meeting’) – here. Much interest was stirred up by the Churchgate Resurgence PB last year – their website is here and their ideas were surfacing in the Town Centre meeting in September. NHDC seems to be working on options for the future and we look forward to good communications and consultations with the local residents.
Friends of Butts Close –
Butts Close is the oldest open space in Hitchin with a long history of use stretching back to late medieval times, when it was a sporting ground for archery. The Friends help take care of it, do some extra litter clearance and even some planting – Tony who coordinates the group is pictured here (photo Simon Maddison). The Christmas Newsletter is here and more about the Friends here.
Air Quality in Hitchin – what is happening?
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 town. Information on all of our current and recent campaigns, issues and concerns are available here. We have organized working groups to look at the main issues as they arise – eg. the town centre, transport, open spaces and recreation, planning applications and planning policies 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 to challenge developments that we think will damage our heritage and future- more history is here.
Read more about Hitchin, its history and the changes 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.