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Buntingford Civic Society = Planning Plus

Anyone looking at our website will note that the BCS was formed in 1970 with the intention to “improve the fabric of the Town and to help develop a sense of civic pride”.

The onslaught by predatory developers during the last 18 months has caused us, quite rightly, to focus on the first part of our brief, but last Saturday we took a small step to bolster civic pride. We are fortunate in having a large number of clubs and societies that residents of Buntingford and surrounding villages can take advantage of and thankfully there are a huge number of people who willingly give their time to run them. In recognition of their work BCS felt it would be useful to provide a platform to promote their activities.

Janet Murrell and Carol Noble took up the idea and brought together some 24 clubs and charities ranging from Air Ambulance, gardening and railways to U3a and the W.I., on 10th May in the Community Centre. With demonstrations from the Karate and Boxing clubs, plus a marvellous dance show from the Buntingford Dance School, the afternoon appeared to be a worthwhile exercise. The exit poll seemed positive but we will need to study the feedback before deciding whether it should become a regular event.

Now, is it time to give the Journal a face lift? “Touch it at your peril, we like it the way it is”, is one reaction, but you may not agree. What about colour, different paper or a different shape? All options are open for discussion, so could we have your views please? Let us know either via our web page or a letter to the Editor.

But there’s no getting away from the planning applications. As I write this piece I notice the Development Management Committee scheduled for 28th May has been cancelled. EHDC is apparently considering the recommendations of an Employment study on the Fairview (ex-Sainsbury’s) site, so it’s unlikely the application will come before the committee until June. It remains the view of your Civic Society that we should continue to press for a reduction in house density whilst promoting the regeneration of this ‘brown field’ site. When the time comes we will again ask for your support in making the trip to Hertford to ensure our voice is heard.

Paul Spears, Co-Chairman

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

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