Update on the POW Camp 116 at Mill Lane Hatfield Heath
The latest information on the application for POW 116 at Mill Lane appears to have hit yet another hurdle. A meeting with the UDC Planning Committee should have taken place on Wednesday 19 December 2018 but due to set of unusual circumstances this has been cancelled and it is not known when this will appear on the Planning Committee Agenda.
The History Society will continue to endeavour providing current information as soon as is possible but considering the original date was set for August is has been massively protracted. One reason is that Specialist Conservation Advice was requested on the amended application. This resulted in a 9 page document which contained several conditions which should be considered. Details can be viewed by accessing UDC planning under UTT/17/2499/FUL which makes interesting reading. All parties objecting to the planning application are intent on pursuing this at the UDC. However as the Chairmans casting vote has been responsible for agreement to the Stansted Airport development moving ahead it appears that Land at the West of Mill Lane will not become a priority even though the development would be detrimental to the history and heritage of the Village.
The latest information provided at the Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 2 January 2019 is that apparently the POW 116 will be on the UDC Planning Committee for Wednesday 16 January 2019. If this takes place representatives from the Parish Council, Community and History Society will be able to voice their objections during a three minute period for each person.
It does appear from a published Agenda from UDC for the 16th that once again the Camp application is not being put before the Committee. Will update again when we have further details.
June Visit of the History Society on Saturday 30 June 2018
A summer visit with a small group from the History Society to Stow Maries Aerodrome proved to be a most interesting day. Commemorating Armed Forces Day and 100 years of the Royal Air Force offered a wide ranging day programme. A variety of activities contributed to the regular exhibitions which are normally accessible that includes museum presentations, blacksmiths store, workshops, a squadron museum and a flight line of aircrafts. The Airmen's Mess was available for refreshments and BBQ and Bar were open for trade, an important feature on an extremely hot summer's day.
Hatfield Heath Community Primary School
For the Commemorative Service of the 100 Year Anniversary of the 1918 World War 1 Year Six at the Hatfield Heath Community Primary School were invited to write individual poems of reflection. The Pupils showed great sensitivity in the way they approached their writing. One particular poem
'We shall remember Them'
was read during the Church Service and demonstrated a feeling of expression for and reflection by a very young person.
A relationship between the School, Royal British Legion and the History Society plays an extremely important aspect for the Village.
Articles on all talks and events are published in the Hatfield Heath Village Magazine which can be accessed on their web site