It is really crucial that the people of Bengeo Ward feel that they have a voice in the new Neighbourhood plan. We have been busy working on the plan for nearly 18 months and we are at the stage where we have a set of policies and a draft plan. Now you have a unique chance to give us feedback during our public consultation on Saturday the 23rd of March and Sunday the 24th of March.
Whatever your situation if you have some thoughts about our neighbourhood – make sure that your opinion on the policies we have developed is expressed so that we can take account of it.
There are five key areas within the plan these are :
- Natural Environment and Green Spaces
- Traffic and Sustainable Transport
- Culture and Community
- Housing and Development
Each of these areas have working groups which have developed policies and objectives, these will inform the decisions of planners for a generation to come.
I am really keen that our plan is as radical as is possible within the Neighbourhood Plan framework and that we tackle within it pressing issues like traffic congestion and rat running. We want to protect some valued green spaces , improve local rights of way and make walking and cycling around the area safer and more enjoyable. We want to help create a Bengeo we can be proud of for our children and grandchildren. It is your Neighbourhood Plan and it is up to you to make sure that we know what you think. So I really look forward to seeing you at the exhibition and having a chance for a chat and listening to your thoughts. See you there!
» Click here for the consultation leaflet
The Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan is organising a public exhibition at Bengeo Primary School on the weekend of the 7th and 8th July 2018 from 1pm to 5pm on both days.
This exhibition is the next stage in the public consultation driving the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan (BNAP).
Come and see the results of work so far to develop the future of Bengeo ward:
- Learn more about the Neighbourhood Plan and its process
- Hear about the results of the BNAP survey conducted earlier this year
- Discuss the initial ideas emerging from consultation so far about:
– Built Environment – housing, community buildings
– Green Spaces – including Bengeo Field
– Sustainable Transport – traffic, parking, walking, cycling
– Community and Culture Quarter
- Get involved – let the BNAP team know your own ideas about how you want the area you live in to evolve over the next 15 years.
Hertford’s oldest building – St Leonards Church in Bengeo – is currently hosting a local history exhibition entitled “Bengeo: A century of change 1840 to 1940”.
A similar exhibition four years ago proved highly popular and many people asked for it to be put on again, so the parish has taken the opportunity to use the church before it opens for its summer season. It will be open on 5th, 6th an 7th May, 12th, 13th,19th and 20th May from 10am to 4pm, with free entry.
Whilst the main focus will be on the years of huge growth and change 1840 to 1940 there will be some information going back further.
There will be a large selection of then and now photographs comparing postcards and images from the past to what is there now.
There will also be information on the history of individual roads and some more prominent houses for those who live within the parish of Bengeo but its hope will also be of interest for visitors from the surrounding area as well.