TUESDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2008BP Want Longer Hours
BP have asked the District Council to allow extended opening of their new forecourt and facilities at Rush Green.
Building of a new filling station, car wash and M&S Simply Food is currently underway on the site. A condition of the planning approval states that the facilities could only open from 7am to 10pm during the week and 9am to 8pm at weekends.
The condition was specified to prevent nuisance to local residents during the early morning and late evening.
BP have submitted a new application asking for these hours to be extended to 6am to midnight seven days a week.
FRIDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2008Second M&S For Town
A second M&S Simply Food outlet is to open at Rush Green in November.
The shop is part of a redevelopment of the BP site at the A10 interchange that received planning approval in July.
The Mercury reports that the store will be open 24 hours a day, although a condition of the planning approval states that the site may only be used between 7am and 10pm during the week and 9am and 8pm at weekend.
The petrol station will be closed during building work, leaving just one petrol station operating in the town.
WEDNESDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2008Free Swimming For Over 60s
The Disctrict Council are to offer free swimming to the over 60s from next April, subject to a two-year government grant
Announcing the decision at last night�s Executive meeting Linda Haysey, Executive Member for Community Development, Leisure & Culture, said: �This move fits with our priority to improve the health and wellbeing of a significant proportion of our residents.
�We hope they will take advantage of this offer as we all know that regular exercise is essential to good health, and exercising in the water perhaps the most beneficial.�
Senior citizens in East Herts currently pay a half price concessionary rate - £1.70 - for swimming at pools in the district.
MONDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2008Bengeo Hall Campaign
A campaign is underway to prevent a developer building a large house on green belt land south of Ware Park Road.
Wilson Properties are proposing to build the detached house in the grounds of the Hall, with a driveway from Ware Park Road .
It is unclear who is behind the campaign, but a number of yellow notices calling for objectors to contact the council have appeared in surrounding areas. The notices claim that the development will go ahead unless people comment on the plans.
Earlier proposals to build a house were withdrawn, although permission has been granted for the refurbishment of the house.
Bengeo Hall was bought at auction in February by Gary Barton, whose property company has an addess in Potters Bar. The property was put on the market after the previous owners lost a four-year legal battle over plans for the building.
Objectors have until 12th September to submit their views
SUNDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2008Impressions of Languedoc
The Courtyard Arts Centre are currently running an exhibition of paintings, drawings, photography and video by local artists, following a visit to Southern France in May.
Eight artists worked together on the project and the works on show demonstrate each artist's unique interpretation of the landscape around Paziols and the coastal town of Collioure.
Impressions Of Languedoc is on until Saturday 13th September.
WEDNESDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2008New Homes for Abbis Site
Planning permission has been granted for 8 new homes and a commercial unit on the site of the former Abbis Garage on the corner of St.John's and Railway Street.
An amended application for three mews houses and a town house of the site has also been approved.
However, it is unclear when building work will start. Developer Parkhall have put the neighbouring Dolphin car park site up for sale, with detailed planning permission for 14 modern flats.