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you are aware the committee for EARA have been fighting several campaigns in
recent months on resident’s behalf including:
* Opposing the quarry on Ellenbrook
* Opposing the inclusion of a number
of sites in the Ellenbrook area in the local plan ensuring that houses are not
built on our precious green belt
have also successfully secured funding for equipment for the new Ellenbrook
playground and for the adult gym, football goals and basketball hoops in the
In order to continue to be effective on your behalf and to ensure that we have
sufficient funds to cover expenses such as obtaining expert advice re the
quarry proposals as mentioned below, printing, website costs and other
incidental costs, we will be visiting residents to ask for a small contribution
to enable our work on behalf of residents to continue.
We would ask if you could make a voluntary contribution, it is suggested a
minimum contribution of £2 per household would give the committee the funds to
proceed. We obviously try to keep costs to a minimum and use email for
communication where possible and in fact the last household collection was over
8+ years ago.
To join the residents association either speak to one of our committee members
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will add you to the database and circulation list for updates.
local information and about all our campaigns can be found on our website at www.ellenbrookresidents.org
A quick update on local issues – Feb 2020
We have negotiated for residents a 10% discount off the bill at the Element Bar
and Grill, part of the Comet Hotel. They have just got a new chef and are
looking at a new and improved menu. To get the discount just mention Ellenbrook
residents and if they need the code it is “Ellenbrook 01/20”. We have
met with the management and made some suggestions, one of which is the
unwelcoming entrance to the car park, and the impression you have to pay to
park, if you are attending the Hotel or bar, the car parking is actually free.
At last a break in the weather has allowed the workmen to lay the final coating
on the footpath and install the picnic benches, the park is finished. This has
been a long and hard project where myself, the committee, Jill and Mike the
station master have all worked hard to raise the funds required working closely
with Carrie Lloyd, Hatfield Town Clerk, who has really helped with all the
arrangements and grant funding. It looks like the hard work has paid off, hopefully
it gives a great place for all of us to use and enjoy. None of this would have
been possible without the generosity of you the residents who contributed, and
funds raised at various activities and of course the corporate companies we
talked into helping.
Planning Issues locally
Well a busy few months have gone by and some good news at last re future
plans for the surrounding area. Some of the committee have spent ages lobbying
councillors and other influential people locally along with submitting lengthy
and detailed objections to various proposals, these seem to have worked for
now, and thanks to those who submitted their own objections, it all helps to
preserve our little area and protect the small amount of green belt we have
Hatfield Local Plan –
You may remember that back in 2019 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council put out a
call for sites as part of the Local Plan (for housing development). Although
rejected in 2016, owners of land resubmitted four sites in the Ellenbrook area
for consideration again for housing development. These were Hat2 Ellenbrook
Fields, Hat 3 bordering driveway to Nast Hyde House / Wilkins Green Lane, Hat 4
Wilkins Green Lane and Hat19 bordering driveway to Nast Hyde House and Bramble
Road. EARA and many local residents submitted strong objections to the sites,
and I am pleased to announce that all sites have again been rejected and will
not be included in the local plan for development. The decision has been
approved at the WHBC committees. WHBC also decided not to include the proposed
development at Symonshyde despite it being approved in 2016.
This is great news for our area particularly as all four Ellenbrook sites were
rejected during the initial work on the suitability of the sites by officers of
However, the total number of dwellings in the new Local Plan falls short of the
number that the planning inspector suggested for our borough, so we will have
to wait and see if the proposed local plan is accepted.
on the old Hatfield Aerodrome – update
This came to Hertfordshire County Council Planning committee just before Xmas
and the councillors refused to make a decision as they were not happy with the
risk from the Bromate/Bromide pollution. They have asked for the Environment
Agency, Affinity Water and Public Health England to attend and explain the
level of risk posed.
We spoke at the last meeting and submitted a 1000+ signature petition, we have
requested to speak at any future meeting. It is not expected to be heard now
until March, but we will let you know as soon as it is listed again. A huge
thanks again to those residents who attended the meeting and supported us, it
really made the councillors sit up and listen.
We have been lucky to have a second opportunity to prevent the quarry and get
our Country park set up, this time we had much more support by residents
attending and the councillors were very aware of this. So, when it does come up
again please try and attend to show the councillors the strength of feeling
against this proposal, it may well be our last chance to influence the decision
The developers have this week submitted further documents to support their
case, we do not think it does, but it is very technical and we are talking to
an expert in this field for advice. This expert is an academic and a
practitioner in this field of work. He has provided an initial report which was
read out at the last meeting, we think we need to get him to speak against the
quarry at the next meeting, this will mean we have to pay for his time etc.
Thank you in advance for your support and if you have any questions please do
not hesitate to contact the committee by speaking to one of the committee or
Let’s hope for a mild winter and I am already looking forwards to the Spring,
the bulbs we planted on the Alban way are already sprouting, if they survive
the cold snap it will look lovely up there.
On Behalf of all the EARA Committee.