Here are some ideas for things to do.

Saveruralbaldock could be a very useful means of communicating opinions and ideas around the town.    I think it would be best used as a beginning for our campaign and as a coordinating tool but not as the be and end all of protest.  We all have to play our part.

It was made clear to me that it is time to stop being lethargic about the housing.  It is time to be heard in numbers, to be noticed, to make all our voices heard by as many people as possible and the more important the people the better.

We have till the 27th November to make a noise.  I think we should swap and refine ideas for action, especially coordinated action.

Here are some ideas for things to do.

  •  we could all put up posters on our properties somewhere (windows, walls, trees)  saying something like DON’T SPOIL BALDOCK,      SAY NO TO 100% EXPANSION,      HANDS OFF OUR GREEN BELT or some such

 

  • organise a walk around the perimeter of the proposed areas – ensure you/we do not trespass on private property; take photos (with banners?) and post them on the website

 

  • write a petition and collect at least 20 signatures, send it in to the council by 12th Nov at latest and attend the council meeting and possibly speak

 

  • sign the petition on saveruralbaldock.co,uk

 

  • write letters and emails (the same email can be sent to a group of people in one hit – see list of people to send to) to councillors, planning officers,secretary of state, members of parliament, Cameron. to voice our views

 

  • help man a market stall one Wednesday to inform others about our concerns and get them on board

 

  • add to the list of possible points for letters until we have as many as we can muster and use 5 or six in our letters, expanding on them as we can in an individual way.  We have previously put a downloadable letter on this website but we were told that it would be better to personalise them for greatest effect.

 

  • post your ideas and comments on the website to inform and encourage others

 

 

It was suggested that in emails and letters to councillors and members of parliament we use points such as:

  • Most importantly the sheer unfairness of consigning so much new housing to such a small rural market town, potentially doubling its numbers of houses
  • a concentration of housing in Baldock would not fit in well with the county-wide needs
  • certain aspects of infrastructure like the railway would be very difficult to make appropriate for such a large increase in housing and attendant population
  • stressing that much of Herts is Green Belt and we should minimise our effect on Green Belt by looking more carefully at options which don’t pressurise it, i.e. use other pieces of land within developed areas.
  • the requirements for policing the new developments
  • the inadequacy of recreational facilities
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5 Responses to Here are some ideas for things to do.

  1. Lyn says:

    Display the notices in your car and ask the local shops to put the posters in their windows.

  2. admin says:

    It seems we have to fight for a town plan we can tolerate and if we want to speak at the council meeting we just need 200 signatures on a petition to get 3 minutes air time.

    May I suggest we petition on the following grounds:
    • It is just unfair that Baldock has been singled out for doubling in size
    • If Luton has a problem Baldock is half an hour away and would solve none of that whereas Offley could easily be built up and I know someone with about 20 acres of land there who could easily sell it.
    • There is no plan for reserving space for business to generate jobs rather than load trains to London with commuters. An extra 5,000 travellers just would not be possible in the rush hour. How about an aerospace science park in area E instead of houses.
    • There is no plan for Odsey which I understand is just in S Cambs like it does not exist but it has its own railway station (Ashwell) so how did Ashwell get left out. Lots of access to transport for Cambridge. That could absorb a few thousand. Does the planner live there or something?
    • The countryside needs have been completely ignored and I would be happy to run a petition to preserve the River Ivel which is a rare environment and is about to disappear if their plans come about. They could prepare a new vision of the town as a “Country Town” one where the countryside is integrated within the town so we can all enjoy it instead of looking inwards on one another and building on every square inch of the town. It could include an arboretum, a deer park a lake for children to fish all sorts of things. We could also bury the eysore of the old town dump which keeps pushing its way through to the surface.
    • The historic aspects of the town have been ignored and particularly the Roman town has been ignored.
    • The town has low crime at present and problems of increasing size more than local needs are bound to worsen this.
    • The town plan is on prime agricultural land but because HCC own most of it, it is a plan of political expedience and convenience.
    • The plan far exceeds local organic growth needs which means we will import problem people from other areas.
    • We are not going to sit back and just let it happen to us peaceful objection could easily spill over into insurrection as it did with the by-pass action and be a source of serious bad news for politicians and the council.
    • Any other ideas?
    Clearly we have to act in unison and fast.

    I would be interested to hear your views.

    Regards

    Rob

    • Christine says:

      Now THAT’s a plan! With vision! We need to make constructive points like these to all the powers that be, councillors and politicians alike. Start by raising awareness amongst those we work and live around because I’m not sure the enormity of the proposals have got through to everyone.

  3. Ross says:

    I’ve signed the change.org petition and emailed The Campaign to Protect Rural England (Hertfordshire) to see if they will support Baldock.

    I’ll also email the north herts planning department later.

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