|Our aim is to preserve as much as possible of the peaceful green and pleasant countryside which has been left to us after the ravages of road and building developments.
We live in an exceptionally fragile habitat. Major motorways radiate out from London through Hertsmere and the urban creep of London is always a danger. The proposed construction of a huge Rail Freight Interchange Station at Park Street is the current greatest threat. If it goes ahead it will undoubtedly blight the whole area and cause endless road and rail problems.
We are opposed to it together with every other local conservation organisation and the local councils.
Sadly the Green Belt though protected in Law from 1947 is not immune to Central Government edict and we await the outcome of the enquiry in July with great anxiety.
It is not our policy to interfere with reasonable improvements to private property and we are in favour of brownfield development.
We accept that a community has changing needs and cannot be preserved as in a museum. Playing fields, community centres, libraries and some new housing have to be provided. Our quality of life depends on careful planning especially in the control of traffic.
We try to retain those buildings with interest, history or architectural merit.
The destruction over the years of many landmark houses has robbed Elstree and Borehamwood of much of its visual amenity. I include the razing of the old cottages on Elstree High Street, the loss of the timber framed house at the Shenley Road / Theobald Street junction and the current demise of Little Organ Hall Farm. We must preserve what is left.
We are trying to serve the community and speak up for you all.
This is a letter that was sent on learning of the death of a local green campaigner:
We learned with sadness of the death in June 2011 of Dr Lewis Wild lately of Barnet Lane. He died in Seaford Sussex where he had retired and was in his 96th year.
He held a Doctorate in Chemistry and was employed in research and was married to the late Dr Daphne Wild, a consultant psychiatrist. He remained active and interested in Greeen Belt news in his retirement.
Borehamwood and Elstree owe him an enormous debt of thanks because he was the founder of The Woodcock Hill Society and campaigned against development of the Hill in the ’60s. Without his successful fight we would have had nothing to preserve as our Village Green in the recent battle by WHOSE so ably led by Pat Strack our present Mayor and Councillor Sandra Parnell and their team. Woodcock Hill is historic as well as a beauty spot being the site of the Armada Beacon and Lord George Murray’s Optical Telegraph carrying naval despatches to and from Yarmouth in the 18th century.
The threat to our local countryside continues and is greatly increased by the new government initiatives relaxing controls on development and allowing possible inroads into Green Belt land. We have arranged a meeting with the Hertsmere Planning Department to find out how this will affect us.
I do beg you to join the Green Belt Society for a token fee of £5 per household and add to the weight of protest against encroachment on the green space the divides and protects us from the urban sprawl of London. Our Membership Secretary is Pat Strack. 36 Carrington Avenue. Borehamwood WD6 3HA Phone 020 8386 3151 or email: “>email@example.com
Dr Ann Goddard
28 Deacons Hill Road Elstree WD6 3LH
Chairman Borehamwood and Elstree Green Belt Society