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A brave attempt fails – so a village shop closes

THE Wilstone village stores will cease trading and close its doors on Saturday 29th August at 1pm. After six months of trading, this marks the end of a valiant attempt to make the shop a viable proposition. Tim and Jenny re-opened the village shop in March and have worked hard to make a go of it, but the numbers don’t stack up and they cannot continue. (more…)

Herts and the East: election results

VOTERS in the Tring and villages division turned out in significantly higher numbers than elsewhere for the County and European elections in June. The local turnout was 49% compared with an overall 39% for Hertfordshire and 38% for the East of England Euro constituency. (more…)

Parish Go Extreme

The next special meeting for young people to discuss the ‘Parish Go Extreme’ project is on Tuesday 30th June at 6pm at Long Marston village hall. The meeting will discuss the next stage in the provision of additional equipment at the village recreation grounds, and will last no longer than 1 hour. All children from the villages are invited to attend and take part in the discussion. Interested adults are welcome too.

Sandbags available

To help residents with flood protection the Parish Council have a supply of sandbags available. Several homes regularly at risk have taken advantage of this free service and have a couple of sandbags on loan. Contact the Parish Council chairman Mike Tomlinson on 01296 661311 if sandbags would help shore up your flood defences.

Bridleway to link Herts and Bucks

A new bridleway to link Wilstone with Marsworth has been proposed by Herts County Council at the suggestion of local farmers P E Mead and Sons. This new through route across the county boundary would join up some existing footpaths and bridleways and allow horses and riders to avoid the dangerous B489. Starting at Wilstone Green, the route will be to Dixons Gap, across Wingrave Road and then continue over the fields to Marsworth village. Some of the route is already used by riders. The Parish Council welcomed the proposal and hoped that the bridleway status would also bring some benefits in the way of improved maintenance by the County.

‘Core Strategy’ consultation

For some while Dacorum Borough Council has been working on what it calls its “Core Strategy” for the next twenty years. Their website says: “The Core Strategy will set out the strategic vision, objectives and spatial strategy for the borough for twenty years. (more…)