2017 – LHVT response to HBC paper

For information, this was the response sent by the Letchmore Heath Village Trust (LHVT) in NOVEMBER LAST YEAR (2017) to Hertsmere Borough Council’s paper entitled Issues and Options which was posted to all households in Autumn 2017.

LHVT will shortly be responding to the latest specific site proposals in HBC’s Local Plan. This will be posted on this website together with encouragement and advice to respond to HBC’s proposals. Watch this space!




This response to the recently published “Issues and Options” paper is submitted on behalf of the Letchmore Heath Village Trust. Due to tight timescales it has not been possible to consult and receive feedback from all local villagers, but the Trust is keen to make this response before the 30th November deadline.


The HBC paper is a well argued and logical document. As we are not in a position to challenge presented facts and most assumptions, the proposed vision and way forward seems justified.

If the Borough is to address the number of new houses required, then the option of building a Garden Village / Town is an attractive – probably essential – piece of the plan. This will clearly need to be supplemented by some of the other significant development proposals identified in your paper.


Use and expansion of rail capacity will be an essential part of any development plan. Apart from the many national pieces of this challenge, the Borough must make better use of rail hubs – both within and outside its boundaries (e.g. Stanmore tube station) – rail users take no notice of Borough boundaries. This will require regular bus services to and from rail hubs, and investment in increased (double decker?) car parking capacity at stations such as Radlett.


We would strongly endorse two principles within the Vision statement:

“Making sure our towns and villages retain their own distinct and separate identities” – p 11.

“Ensuring all new homes are built in places where there are or will be, roads, schools, cycle routes, shops and other services and facilities nearby” – p 12.

In this context, we would like to comment on small villages, and specifically Letchmore Heath.


There may be some small, individual house building opportunities in and round Letchmore Heath.

However any significant development and building opportunities in and around the village are likely to be severely constrained.

The principal reasons for this are:

    1. Roads

The village is accessed by three roads – Common Lane, Grange Lane and Aldenham Road. All have severely limited capacity, with the first two being narrow winding single track lanes with high banks.

    2. Services and Facilities

The village has two community assets – the pub and the village hall. There are however no local services, shops, schools or facilities of any sort that would meet the needs of an enlarged village. Current residents access these services by road in other towns, villages and communities.

    3. Character

The character and nature of Letchmore Heath is well established and recognised. The village green, duck pond, war memorial, Victorian / Edwardian (or older) housing stock and local pub create a unique atmosphere and environment – indeed, the village has been referred to as “the jewel in the (Hertsmere’s) crown”.

This long established character and attraction needs to be preserved, protected and enhanced for future generations.

Letchmore Heath Village Trust

November 2017



HB Planning for Growth

For all those that might have missed the flyer in the post, this is the pdf of the newsletter:


The following website link explains the process and shows the timeline:

Planning for Growth – a new Local Plan for Hertsmere

Thursday 22 November
Radlett Centre, Aldenham Avenue, WD7 8DH

This will provide a good opportunity to see what is being proposed and ask questions.


Annual Village Meeting of the Letchmore Heath Village Trust 
Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 20.00
Aldenham War Memorial Hall

You are warmly invited to attend the Annual Village Meeting of the LHVT. The main objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to recognise and discuss issues of local concern.


  • Apologies for Absence
  • Chairman’s Introduction
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of LHVT members
  • FASTER BROADBAND – Jane Darley (Community Fire Partnership Manager – Openreach) will attend the AGM and answer questions.
  • Brief reports on LHVT 2017/18 progress.
  • Open forum

Link to flyer: AGM_2018_Flyer


Dog owners in Letchmore Heath enjoy the opportunity to walk their dogs in the fields owned by Aldenham School. This facility is offered as a gesture of goodwill from the School to villagers.

Recent reports confirm a steady increase in dog mess left uncollected. This creates unacceptable health and safety issues to school pupils, staff and other users.


  2. Dogs walked on or near Top Field, the Chapel or Button           Field (small field behind the Prep School), are kept on a     lead.
  3. Dogs walked on Cooke’s Field may be taken off the lead, but must be kept under control.

The School wishes to maintain unlocked gate access to Cooke’s (and other) Fields. HOWEVER……..if the amount of dog mess left uncollected does not reduce significantly in the immediate future, the School will be duty bound to consider locking the gate and removing access to all their playing fields.

The minority of offending dog owners are known. They are threatening access to School fields for all local dog walkers. So please, for everyone’s benefit, RESPECT THE RULES.

Janmashtami festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor – 2018

The annual Janmashtami festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor will be held Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd September 2018.

Letchmore Heath Village Trust and the Temple are continuing to work together to ensure there will be no festival vehicle access through Patchetts Green, Round Bush and Letchmore Heath. Except of course for residents, friends/relatives/guests, carers, business traffic/employees, emergency vehicles etc.

Staffed road closures will be put in place from 10.00 until 22:00 hours on both the Sunday and Monday. Please see janmashtami_festival_2018.pdf for more details.

For additional passes: radha.moha@krishnatemple.com 01923 851003 / 07818815978 (leave a message)

Updated Traffic Information: 07497 696 346 (festival days only)

Faster Broadband – update 16/08/18

LHVT has now received a proposal and quote from Openreach for the supply of high speed broadband to residents and businesses in the village. The scheme would provide Ultrafast Fibre connectivity to anyone who takes it up – this would deliver speeds of up to 1gbs (although no suppliers currently offer this!). It is understood that Openreach will supply a new Fibre connection to a suitable location in the Village and then connect to each property using overhead cables with no need to dig up roads to lay new underground cables.

The total cost of this scheme is £32,893 – so the big question is, how could this sum be funded?

Grants are available via the Department of Culture and Media, called the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS).  These grants are £3000 for a small business and £500 for a resident.  There are conditions attached, and the key points are;

  1. All grant applicants must take out a 100mbs contract with one of the approved supplies within 1 year of the installation.  As a general rule the 100mbs plan will cost about £55 per month which is about £20 per month more than current high speed broadband, such as BT Infinity. (Sky and Talk Talk do not currently offer a Fibre to the Premises product so some grant applicants may need to change broadband service supplier).
  2. The number of business grants must exceed the number of residential grants. For example if 5 businesses in the Village applied for grants, there could only be 4 residential grants – a total grant of £17k. Should 2 businesses apply there could be only 1 residential grant – amounting to £6.5k.

Therefore the first question is: How many businesses in the Village would commit to a 100mbs plan – and how many residents would make the same commitment?

The GBVS is available to all Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) – defined as those that employ fewer than 250 people with an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million. This includes sole traders. Businesses must not have received more than the permitted amount of de minimis aid in the last 3 years. More guidance on this can be found in the terms and conditions document. https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/GBVS-Beneficiary-Terms-and-Conditions-3.0.pdf

If sufficient funding can not be raised through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, alternative options may be considered. If GBVS is not used then there will not be the commitment for the 100mbs package, but we should get the true high speed connection many of us are already paying for and not receiving. To date LHVT has received positive responses from about 60 residents. A mix of grant and modest individual funding (maybe hands in pockets time!) could make this project work.

Please confirm to fastbroadband@letchmoreheath.org.uk if you would commit to the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (above) and whether this would be as a business or a resident. Please also confirm if you do not wish to commit to this scheme but would be prepared to contribute to overall costs.

The objectives of this FASTER BROADBAND UPDATE are to provide further information to those who expressed interest, and to gauge level of responses. You are not making any financial commitment at this stage – and none has been made by LHVT.  Further information and proposals for funding will be made in due course once responses and comments have been received.

Further information can be found at the Trust’s web site at:  www.letchmoreheath.org.uk and at:


The Letchmore Heath Annual Village Meeting (and LHVT AGM) will be held in the Village Hall at 20.00 on Wednesday 19th September  (more details later) – Faster Broadband Service is on the agenda. Come along!!

New planning

There is a new planning application lodged for Letchmore Heath

The location and application No are    16/0355/FUL   The Grocery Institute (Aldenham Cottage)  Grange Lane

To view the application in full on the Hertsmere website please click here and type the above planning application number into the search box.

If you wish to make a comment on the application this should be sent to Planning Dept of HBC  by 26th April 2016


Letchmore Heath Village Newsletter 1st April

What’s on in April

Friday 1st Village bus
Monday 4th Book club
Thursday 7th Village tidy
Friday 8th Village bus
Friday 8th LH Police surgery
Tuesday 12th Business networking
Wednesday 13th Village social
Friday 15th Village bus
Friday 22nd Village bus
Thursday 28th Radlett police surgery
Friday 29th Village bus

Book club

The April book club meeting will be on Monday 4th April at 8 pm. Come along and join in, even if you haven’t read the current book, so you can find out what the next book will be.


Village Tidy

Please join us for a “Village Tidy” on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 10.00 starting outside The Three Horseshoes.
– litter pick
-tidying up the car park by the pond (please bring a sturdy rake or fork if you have one!)
-removing old notices
-washing signs
Everybody is welcome. Plastic bags will be provided, but please bring your own gloves.

Business Networking event

this will be held in the pub on Tuesday 12th April. A chance to meet up and network with a range of local small business owners, find out what they do and offer your products and services to a new audience.

Village social

the regular village social will be on Wednesday 13th April in the pub. All welcome.


there will be a quiz in the pub in April. Ask at the pub for details. Bring a team along or join one on the night and pit your wits against other locals.

Refuse collections

Due to the difficulty of manoeuvring the refuse lorries down some of our narrow lanes, Hertsmere have decided that there will no longer be door to door rubbish collections in Common Lane, Back Lane and New Road. This will also apply to Grange Lane until the road repairs have been carried out. Instead, the affected residents should take their rubbish down to the car park area by the pond where suitable large rubbish receptacles are going to be placed. The collections will remain on Thursdays. Hertsmere have said that if this scheme works well, they may consider replacing the door to door collection on the other roads in Letchmore Heath, which will save the council both considerable time and money, something they are keen to do in these times of budget cuts.

If you want any more information on this, please email nickyweisfeld@gmail.com.

Village bus

as always, the village bus will leave the pub at 9.45 on a Friday morning and will collect from Watford at 12.15, returning to the village at 12.30. Don’t forget, the pub will be open from 9.30 for bus drivers and passengers to enjoy a cup of coffee before setting out for Watford.

Local Policing report

Hello, my name is Tim Conway and I am a PCSO for Aldenham West. I joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in April 2014 and was covering both East and West Aldenham since that date with support from my colleagues in the Bushey and Radlett Safer Neighbourhood Team.

In September I was joined in Aldenham by PCSO Barry Lovegrove. He has been a PCSO for about 12 years and brings a great deal of experience with him, he has taken over Aldenham East Ward so I can now concentrate on the Aldenham West Ward.

We run beat surgeries in Radlett Library at the end of each month, the next is on 28/04 between 1430-1630 hrs at the end of each month to discuss crime-related concerns with residents. In October I started running those for the rural community as well and although the progress has been slow we are developing an excellent rapport with the Aldenham West Residents. We will be carrying out Beat Surgeries on 08 April at The Three Horseshoes 0915-0945, Parish Church Aldenham, 10.00-1100, Battlers Greens Shops 1115-1215, Newberries School 1230-1315 and Osprey Close Watford 1400-1500 hrs.

We send details about local crimes and related crime prevention advice via our Online Watch Link (OWL). Please visit http://www.owl.co.uk to sign up to this free service.

If you have any local policing issues you would like to raise with us, please contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team by email at sntbusheyandradlett@herts.pnn.police.uk or via the police non-emergency number 101. If a crime is in progress call 999 immediately.

PCSO Tim Conway 6263.


Save the Date

Midsummer’s Night Picnic, Saturday 18th June
The Aldenham War Memorial Hall committee is planning a village picnic on (nearly) midsummer’s night. Please keep the date free. More details will be forthcoming nearer the time.

Battlers Green Post Office

this has now been refurbished and Bala is looking forward to welcoming customers back. As you may know, he can arrange newspaper deliveries to addresses in Letchmore Heath. Please support this local shop.

By the way, Happy April Fool’s Day.

Nicky Weisfeld

Letchmore Heath Mini Village Newsletter – Mid March

Letchmore Heath Mini Village Newsletter

Mid March 2016

We regret to inform you of the death of long-time Mollie Bradshaw. Mollie lived in New Road for many years and worked locally when younger. She was a regular user of the village bus until her recent illness.  Her funeral will be held on Tuesday 22nd March at Aldenham Church at 2 pm. Our condolences to Mollie’s two children and the rest of her family.

The bus next week will be on THURSDAY 24th March as Friday is a bank holiday. Coffee in the village bar from 9.30. Bus departs from the pub at 9.45.

In case you haven’t heard, there are plans afoot to turn Newberries Car Park (behind Budgens) into an 80 bed hotel, plus supermarket and car park underneath. A number of Radlett residents, concerned about the threat to local shops and the reduction in available parking, have started a petition, which can be found at https://www.change.org/p/hertsmere-tracks-prevent-the-currently-proposed-development-of-radlett-car-park or search TRACKS on Facebook for more information.

Letter to HCC on Flytipping

Head of Waste and Street Scene,
Hertsmere borough Council

Dear Sir,

Flytipping in and around Letchmore Heath.

On behalf of Letchmore Heath residents, we would like to highlight the increasing occurrence of fly tipping on roads in and around the village.

Three regular tipping sites are:

  • Pegmire Lane – Often the whole road is blocked for days on end as rubbish and household waste is dumped in the middle of the road. Dumping occurs at a bend in the road which is out of sight of local residents.
  • Primrose Lane – This is becoming another popular place to dump lorry loads of rubbish.
  • Common Lane – The fly tipping in Common Lane has been across the whole road, but tends to be in the layby near Battlers Green Farm and in the entrance to the allotments and footpath half way down the road.

Apart from any environmental concerns, visual vandalism and disruption and inconvenience to locals and drivers there is also the cost to tax payers in having to fund council services to remove the illegally dumped household waste.

In order to deter or even possibly provide evidence leading to prosecution, Letchmore Heath Village Trust was wondering whether it would be possible to install CCTV cameras at known and repeatedly used tipping sites. Although recognising that there are no simple and foolproof solutions to this increasing problem, CCTV cameras (real or false) together with some appropriate signage may act as a worthwhile and cost effective deterrent.

We would be very interested to hear your comments and proposals.  It’s recognised that there is a fly tipping hotline, which is used regularly, but due to the continuing escalation of this problem we felt a letter appropriate.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,


Chairman LHVT

Letter to HCC on Potholes

Highways Locality Officer,
Hertfordshire County Council

Dear Sir,


The village of Letchmore Heath is accessed by three roads. Two of these – Grange Lane and Common Lane – are now in a dangerous state of disrepair and LHVT would appreciate your advice and help in addressing the issues involved.

Whilst road quality has been a continuing challenge, many Letchmore Heath residents (as well as other road users) now have genuine concerns for personal safety as well as for any damage to vehicles or causing further deterioration to road surface and erosion of roadside banks.

Grange Lane has a series of deepening ruts and dips as well as three or four deep potholes. These cause vehicles to swerve to avoid them, and as some of these are near a sharp bend on a narrow road with banks either side, it’s easy to visualise the safety issues arising. Passing approaching vehicles is a lottery. Significant vehicle damage has already been reported.

The road surface in Common Lane – an even narrower road with high banks either side – continues to rapidly deteriorate. There are a number of potholes with one large pothole continually reappearing even after repair.

Common Lane is as a major conduit through the village and used for daily access by many parents from the Radlett / St Albans area taking their children (usually in large 4 x 4s) to Aldenham School.

The third access road to the village is Aldenham Road, which is subject to regular flooding, even when the weather has not been as wet as recent months. This road has benefitted from recent minor repair work at the flood site.

On behalf of Letchmore Heath residents, we would greatly appreciate and thank you for your active support in improving the roads serving the village.

Yours sincerely,


Chairman LHVT

Fly Tipping

flytipping-op-feb-2016_cropIn an effort to clamp down both on fly tipping and the road worthiness of waste carrying vehicles, a multi-agency operation took place recently.

The operation, involving specialist and Safer Neighbourhood Team officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary and council officers from our Environmental Health team took place on Friday 12 February and focused on access points to known fly tipping hot spots in the borough. A number of stop checks were carried out on commercial vehicles.

In total, 19 vehicles were stopped, prompting four waste licence enquiries to be carried out. Three drivers were dealt with for vehicle defect offences and ‘Smart Water’ was applied to one vehicle as a crime prevention measure.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and can really blight an area. Anybody who passes waste to an unknown person without exchanging traceable paperwork immediately commits an offence. This also applies to local residents, who should not pay to have waste removed from their property without first checking that the person removing the waste is a licensed waste carrier, and always obtain a receipt.

Fly-tipping can be reported via;

or by calling
020 8207 7480

If you see fly-tipping offences taking place, please contact the police via 999.

Local Police Alerts

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To Join OWL for Letchmore Heath please click here

Proposed development at Bhaktivedanta Manor

Dear Villagers

Are you aware of the proposed development at Bhaktivedanta Manor for which they have put in a planning application on the back of the Planning Brief which was approved in 2012.

Full information on the proposed development can be seen on the Hertsmere web site

LHVT have submitted the attached letter to Hertsmere Borough Council which sets out our concerns.  Specifically around;

• Traffic Management

• Noise

• Limit on Permitted Rights

• Post Code

• Signage

Click here to view the LHVT letter to the council.

We would welcome any comments you have on this proposed development and your comments on the attached letter.

Noticeboard being replaced

Hi all,

A note from Aldenham Parish Council.

I just wanted to let you know that the Groundstaff are taking down the noticeboard at Letchmore Heath.

It is now causing a Health and Safety issue as part of the legs are rotten and could collapse at any point.

The replacement is now an item on the next Parks and Open Spaces agenda.

Lucy Jackman
Commmunity Development Officer
Aldenham Parish Council

Letchmore Heath Parish Noticeboard