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It only seems 5 minutes since my last article for the Journal. Oh how time flies!

Not much to be said on Planning this month, except that Barratt Homes has submitted an application to demolish Buntings Nursery in London Road in order to build another two 5-bedroom dwellings. This is yet another example of the drive for profits outweighing common sense, especially with the expected future influx of young families to the Town. Buntings serves residents who need childcare in order to fulfil employment obligations. If you want to object to the application you can do so by going to the East Herts Planning website and input the application number 3/15/0479/FUL. Although the closing date for objections is 22nd April, you can still write to the Case Officer, Elizabeth Aston.

So far as other developments are concerned, Fairview (old Sainsbury's Depot) and Pigeon (Buntingford North) have both been released by the Secretary of State (SoS) to carry on, but Wheatley Areas 2 & 3 and Aspenden Road East appeals have both been "recovered" by the SoS and a decision is expected on or before 15th September 2015. The Bovis application is still progressing but it is hoped that this will be "called in" for review by the SoS when East Herts are in a position to make their recommendation.

Heritage Walks

As I mentioned last month, to mark this year's national Civic Day on Sunday 21st June we are arranging two guided walking tours of Buntingford's Conservation Area. This will include a visit to Peel House to see the old cells and exercise yard, by kind permission of Gillian Johnston. The tours will be led by Robin Webb, with a maximum of 15 people on each. To ensure you are not left out, you are encouraged to book now. You can either book by email to: chairman@buntingfordcivic.org.uk giving your name, address, telephone number, the number of people and whether or not you are a BCS member, or you can ring 01763 271287. The tour is free for members; non-members £1 per head, payable on the day. The tours will start at 10.30am and 2.30pm (times may change).

Graham Waite, BCS Chairman

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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