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Buntingford Civic Society

Since September when I last wrote an article for the Journal, for the October issue, a lot has happened in Buntingford. The Town Council, in collaboration with the Royal British Legion and Freman College, repeated the World War One exhibition, focussing on the first three months of the war from 4th August to 11th November 1914. The exhibition took place over Remembrance weekend, finishing on Tuesday 11th, to commemorate the start of the war 100 years ago. By all accounts it was extremely well attended and served as a poignant reminder of those brave souls who fought for our freedom.

A quick update on the Planning front. A development proposed for land to the east of Aspenden Road was rejected by EHDC's Development Management Committee some nine months ago, but the developer has now decided to take that decision to appeal. This appeal will be informal, which means there will be no Inquiry held in public.

The outline planning applications for Wheatley Areas 2 and 3 were again refused, and in this case the appeal will be heard at a Public Inquiry starting on 6th January at Wallfields in Hertford. A team from the Town Council, Civic Society, BARD and Chamber of Commerce will be presenting evidence against the application alongside EHDC Planning. Let's hope the outcome is better than that experienced at the previous Wheatley appeal for Area 1.

As mentioned in my previous article I attended a Parliamentary Select Committee forum at Portcullis House, Westminster. The full report from the forum is still awaited, but as soon as it is publicly available we will try to get it circulated to all BCS members

By the time you read this, the first phase of changes to the Journal will have been made and I hope the new look cover meets with the approval of all its readers, BCS members and non-members alike.

The Civic Society is serving wine, soft drinks and mince pies at the Library during the Late Night Shopping event on 28th November. Please come along and raise a seasonal toast, while supporting Buntingford Library in its fight for survival.

A friend of mine recently went to see his GP as he was concerned that his wife was going deaf and wanted advice on how to find out. His GP told him to stand in the middle of the lounge while his wife was in the kitchen preparing dinner and ask, in a normal speaking voice, "What's for dinner dear?" If he got no reply, move closer and ask again. That evening he carried out the GP's instructions and getting no reply moved to the lounge door, then the hall, then finally right behind her in the kitchen, each time asking "What's for dinner dear?" She finally turned round and said: "For the fourth time, CHICKEN!"

Sorry if you've heard that one before! Thanks for reading.

Graham Waite, BCS Co-Chair

If you have any queries about Buntingford Civic Society or issues you would like to raise, you can email the Chairman direct at chairman@buntingfordcivic.org.uk.

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