Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Template letters for BPRA anti-incinator campaign

The BPRA anti-incinator team has put together a number of suggested letters for Brookmans Park residents to download and send to the planning inspectorate. Please note that the information from HAI calls for THREE copies of the signed letter in one envelope.

There are two types of letters; one to send if you have objected before and one to send if this is your first letter of objection.

You may either use these as they stand, or we would encourage you to alter them and personalise as you see fit. Remember to put your own address in the usual place.

All letters must be with the inspectorate by the 21st August. Alternatively, there is a box in Brookmans Park Newsagents. Please post your letters in here by no later than Saturday 17th August.

Click here to download a sample letter if you have objected before, and here if this is your first time for objecting. There are over 50 sample letters and one will be chosen at random for you to download.

Friday, 26 July 2013

BPRA draws up anti-incinerator campaign strategy

Up in arms (Cropped from a picture by Jason Reeve)
Members of the BPRA gathered in the URC hall last night to hear Cathy Roe, Secretary of HAI (Hatfield Against Incineration), outline the many reasons why Brookmans Park residents should be joining the fight to stop the Hatfield Incinerator, and how best to do that at this late stage.

Cathy asked for urgent action from Brookmans Park on four fronts:

1) Send "lots and lots" of letters and emails of objection - as many as possible! Even if residents have objected before, they should send another letter or email saying that they still object "regardless of the extra information submitted by Veolia in July, we still object". This last phrase is to acknowledge the 'extra information' that Herts CC has just received from Veolia in support of their case.

Letters go to Leanne Palmer, The Planning Inspectorate, 3/02 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN. Quote case no 2192045. Send 3 copies. Emails go to Leanne.Palmer@pins.gsi.gov.uk quoting case 2192045

2) Attend the Public Enquiry! If you can only spare a little time, make it in the morning of the first day on Tuesday 10th September so that the arriving Planning Inspectors see the full scale of opposition. Meet at the Fielder Centre at 9.30am for a 10.00am start. This will need home-made banners and posters!! There is apparently plenty of parking at the centre, postcode for Satnavs AL10 9TP

3) Help HAI to deliver their leaflets in Brookmans Park in late August.

4) Help to raise funds for the extra legal help - the enquiry has been doubled from 3 weeks to 6 weeks and there needs to be extra legal representation. Veolia and Herts CC have no problem with finding funds, but HAI and the umbrella organisation New Barnfield Action Fund will struggle.

Members of the BPRA agreed that urgent action was needed. Teams of volunteers signed up to a door-to-door campaign to start as soon as possible. Residents will be given information about the BPRA and an invitation to join and become voting members, together with information about the Brookmans Park Anti-Incinerator campaign and template letters of objection.

It was also agreed that the BPRA would urge and encourage as many residents as possible to attend the enquiry, and that they would help to deliver the HAI's leaflets in late August.

All leaflets, letters and any other documentation will also be published on this website for all to see and download.

Updates will be tweeted using our Twitter account @brookmansparkRA and copied to our Facebook page. You can keep up to date with the important dates.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Choosing a logo for the BPRA

The BPRA now has eight possible logos to choose from. All have been suggested by local residents either via email or via the logo discussion thread currently running in our forum. Here are the eight listed in no particular order.

Logos 1-3

Logo 4

Logo 5

Logo 6

Logo 7

Logo 8

A poll was added and, after almost 50 votes the result was a dead heat between Logo 6 and Logo 7. The BPRA decided to go with Logo 7.

Join the BPRA and make a difference

Image courtesy of Barry Walker and released under Creative Commons
Image courtesy of Barry Walker
Released under Creative Commons
The Brookmans Park Residents Association (BPRA) has been set up to give a voice to our community.

The more members we have, the louder our voice and the more influence we will have, so join us today.

Membership is £5 per household, per year.

This will all go towards the running costs, which will include hiring halls for meetings and other costs associated with running campaigns.

Membership entitles you to attend meetings as a voting member, raise issues that you would like to see addressed and gives you a say in which campaigns to take forward.

The BPRA is committed to "safeguard and promote the interests of residents in the area on matters concerning housing and the environment". Join us now and make a difference.

BPRA Agenda July 25 2013

Anti-incinerator meeting

July 25 2013 7.30pm at Brookmans Park URC


  • Welcome
  • Introduction to Cathy Roe of HAI.
  • Discussion on Strategy for the BPRA campaign against the Hatfield Incinerator.
  • Discussion on Implementation for the BPRA campaign against the Hatfield Incinerator.
  • AOB
Close by 9.30pm

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Anti-incinerator meeting update

The following information was posted by the chair of the BPRA in our discussion forum.
I have been asked to clarify the invitees for this meeting - it is for all the members of the BPRA who wish to attend, particularly if they would like to help plan and implement the strategy for the BPRA against the incinerator. We have invited Cathy Roe of HAI (Hatfield Against Incineration) to the meeting to give us some guidance, but all other attendees will be Brookmans Park residents. If you are a Brookmans Park resident and would like to join the BPRA and the meeting on Thursday, please contact me in advance.

You can reply in the forum thread or by using the contact form in the right hand column of this site. The meeting about the incinerator is being held at the Brookmans Park URC at 7.30pm on Thursday 25 July.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The BPRA has a Facebook page

Screen grab of the Brookmans Park Residents Association's Facebook page
BrookmansParkRA on Facebook
The Brookmans Park Residents Association wants to be as accessible as possible so that local residents can raise any issues and share their thoughts in the way that suits them best.

We have set up a Facebook page for those who prefer chatting there, we have our own discussion forum on the Brookmans Park Newsletter, there is this blog, and we are on Twitter posting under the name @BrookmansParkRA.

And, if that's not enough, you can add comments to any articles posted on this blog by going to the bottom of the page and logging in via email, Twitter, Facebook or Disqus.

If none of those options suit, please contact us using the form in the right hand column on any page. We will read all comments submitted and reply when appropriate.

Make a date with the BPRA

Image of calendar taken by Photo Steve 101 and released under Creative Commons
Image by Photo Steve 101
Released under Creative Commons
The Brookmans Park Residents Association now has a public calendar for tracking important events.

You can access it by clicking on the 'calendar' tab at the top of any page on our site.

The calendar will feature BPRA events and meetings, including the time, date, venue and details.

It will also include events that are related to issues being tackled by the group.

The information displayed comes from a feed of our own Google Calendar. It will be updated on a regular basis.

We have chosen the ‘agenda’ view as default because more information can be displayed in one page, however you can switch to the weekly or monthly layout by click in the tabs.

How to use the calendar 

screen grab of the BPRA calendar
If you spot an event that grabs your interest, click on the title and then ‘more details’.

If you want to save the event to your own calendar, click on the title and then ‘copy to my calendar’.

You can click the print icon at the top of the list of events in any mode – agenda, weekly or monthly - and print a copy of the page.

If you are clicking around and find the calendar is empty, click on the small downwards pointing arrow just to the right of the agenda tab, select the ‘brookmansparkresidentsassoc’ calendar, and the entries will reappear.

If you have a date that you think the BPRA should add to the calendar, please let us know using the contact us email form in the right hand column of the site, or by posting about it in our thread about the calendar in the BPRA forum.

Monday, 22 July 2013

BPRA anti incinerator strategy meeting called

Image of Brookmans Park URC released under Creative Commons by the BPRA
Brookmans Park URC, Oaklands Avenue
Image by BPRA released under Creative Commons
Are you worried about the possible environmental impact an incinerator in Hatfield could have on the area?

The BPRA (Brookmans Park Residents Association) is officially opposing the incinerator.

If you live in Brookmans Park and are keen to do something about it, please pop along to the URC in Oaklands Avenue at 7.30pm on Thursday 25 July.

All are welcome, but we do need people who are prepared to take action and volunteer to take part in the campaign.

Notice about the meeting was posted in our BPRA forum.

The BPRA meeting to agree strategy for our stand against the Incinerator will be this Thursday 25th July 7.30pm at the URC in Brookmans Park. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the strategy and helping to organise and implement, is very welcome. Please contact me in advance so that I know numbers."

So if you do intend to come along, please let the BPRA know via the forum thread, through a forum personal message, or by using the contact email form on the right hand side of this page.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Welcome to the BPRA website

Image by Ariel Grimm and released under Creative Commons
Image by Ariel Grimm
Released under Creative Commons
This simple site has been set up to feature the work of the Brookmans Park Residents Association (BPRA) which was established on July 18, 2013.

The site will include news updates about the issues being tackled by the group and our latest tweets from @BrookmansParkRA.

You can comment on articles on this site or in the BPRA discussion forum on the Brookmans Park Newsletter. There you can also post about any issues you feel the BPRA should address. Volunteers are welcome.

Could you design a logo for the BPRA?

The Brookmans Park Residents Association (BPRA), which was formed last week, now needs a logo. Three members of the Brookmans Park Newsletter Forum have submitted designs. If you want to have a go, you can post to the logo discussion thread currently running in our forum.

Three suggestions

Here are the three submitted so far. The first by forum member Richard Jackson.

Created by Richard Jackson
Richard then put together a design based on Brookmans Park's Bradmore Green. He wrote in the forum:
Attempt number 2....using the shape of Bradmore Green to provide 2 triangles.  Changed colour to green to match.  With thanks and apologies to Google maps for the snip below the logo but wanted to demonstrate the shape!"
Created by Richard Jackson
Forum member Epiphany chose a blow lamp for the following reason
The logic actually is that BP probably owes its very existence to this little object as it was responsible for the fire that destroyed Brookmans Manor House back in 1891."

Suggested by forum member Epiphany
Would you like to have a go?  If so, please post your efforts in the discussion forum thread. Thanks in anticipation.

Friday, 19 July 2013

BPRA to campaign against the Hatfield Incinerator

Screen grab of Flipboard magazine about the Hatfield Incinerator
Screen grab of free magazine (details below)
Grab by BPRA released under Creative Commons
It's official, the newly-formed Brookmans Park Residents Association (BPRA) is to campaign against an incinerator being built at New Barnfield in Hatfield.

The group is holding a public meeting on Thursday 27 July at 7.30pm.

Update: The venue has now been confirmed as Brookmans Park URC.

All who want to get involved are welcome to attend.

The announcement was made on the BPRA forum.
After last night's meeting, we have decided to 'officially' join the campaign against the Hatfield Incinerator."

The group is holding a public meeting on Thursday 27 July at 7.30pm (venue to be confirmed) and all are welcome to attend.

More details on the BPRA forum page.

A thread, entitled Hatfield incinerator - what's going on? is currently running on the Brookmans Park Newsletter Forum.

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download our free magazine to keep up-to-date with news about the Hatfield Incinerator.

The Brookmans Park Residents Association is formed

Brookmans Park's Bradmore Green
Image by BPRA released under Creative Commons
The threat of a waste incinerator being built in the area, along with concerns about plans to build new homes in the village, brought 20 local residents together for the inaugural meeting of the BPRA - the Brookmans Park Residents Association.

Despite sweltering heat, those who had expressed an interest in playing some part in the formation and running of the BPRA gathered at the URC on Thursday 19 July to sign off on the wording of the constitution and agree on roles and responsibilities.

We now have a constitution, a chair, a secretary, a treasurer and a plan, although more volunteers are needed.

Initial soundings about whether a local residents association would be supported, along with the issues it should tackle, were taken at this year's Village Day, when a team set up a stall and canvassed people on their concerns.

One of the BPRA team posted about the issues raised in our discussion forum.
A huge 'Thank You' to all who turned up today, both to help on the stand and to sign up. It's very heartening to meet such lovely people and to know that there's a feeling of goodwill towards the founding of a Residents Association in Brookmans Park.

The main topics mentioned by our visitors today were:
  • Threat to the surrounding Green Belt
  • Inappropriate development
  • Planning approvals contrary to the character of the village
  • Hatfield Incinerator
  • Speeding
  • Parking
  • Potholes
  • Poor state of many pavements
  • Poor state of some verges
All felt that Brookmans Park needed a bigger voice and a bigger say in our future as a community."

At the first meeting of the BPRA at Brookmans Park URC on Thursday 18 July the following priorities were agreed.
  1. Planning and development:
    • In particular the threat of building houses on the site of Brookmans Park primary school.
    • The proposal to build 250 homes on RVC land south of the village.
    • Developments that are seen as being out of keeping with the rest of the village.
    • Whether existing planning restrictions are being applied properly.
  2. The Hatfield incinerator:
    • Concern over the proposal to build a waste disposal incinerator at New Barnfield in Hatfield.
    • Transparency in the process, including broken political pledges.
  3. Village parking:
    • The station car park and its future.
    • Village parking provision.
    • Parking restrictions and yellow lines.
    • Poor parking on pavements.

Discussion forum

A number of residents have been discussing forming the BPRA for some time. Three months ago the idea was mooted on the Brookmans Park Newsletter Forum. Soon after a discussion forum was set up for all BPRA issues. Any registered forum members (it's free) can start threads and post to this new area.


The BPRA is on Twitter and tweets under the name of @BrookmansParkRA. We will be using the hashtag #AL9, which is the postcode covering the area.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

BPRA Agenda July 18 2013

Inaugural Meeting

July 18 2013 8pm at Brookmans Park URC


  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Draft Constitution
  • Election of Officers:
    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  • Volunteers for committee.
  • Action plan for membership.
  • Discussion of immediate issues/projects and agree outline strategy.
  • AOB

Close 9.30pm