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It seems a very short time ago that I did my last Chairmans report, it always surprises me how quickly the months pass, however with this issue being double, that means we can a have a month's break and enjoy the summer.

An update on "The Cage". We are waiting for a confirmed date as to when the remedial works are to be carried out. Once these works have been completed, we will then move forward with the installation of a new plaque.

As part of the ATF scheme for High Street / Station Road / London Road, which is making good progress, the Planter and Town Sign formerly located near the entrance to the "Cougars" field is being re-located to the southern side of the entrance to the BP garage. When this is in its new position it will be re-planted. I must say that I use this stretch of road quite frequently and I am impressed with the outcome of this scheme as I think it will make the whole of London Road a much safer environment for all users, especially pedestrians and small cyclists and has greatly improved the appearance of the southern entrance to the Town. I know that there have been a lot of negative comments about the disruption to traffic, but the old saying "you can't make omelettes without breaking eggs" springs to mind.

Finally, I feel I must comment on the article "The Greening of Buntingford" submitted by David Woollcombe, which appeared in the June issue of the Journal. It is unfortunate that our new District Councillor felt the need to place this article in this publication. The Journal is, and has always been, an apolitical publication so the article in question did not sit easy with us. As a "one off" and in fairness to our County Councillor the Civic Society Executive Committee have decided to offer him the "right to reply".

I would like to take this opportunity to remind ALL contributors to the Journal that this publication must NOT be used as a political forum, and any future articles of this type will not be published.

Graham Waite, Chairman, Buntingford Civic Society

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.

The July/August issue of the Buntingford Journal will be available from the usual retailers from 29th June.

More information about the Buntingford Civic Society can be found here and membership forms can be found here.

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