As you know KNP has been working away to collate the various comments from statutory consultees and residents and incorporate them into a revised Neighbourhood Plan. One of the requests from East Herts District Council (EHDC) was to move the boundary of the Local Green Space that incorporates the 3,500 to 5,000 year old bowl barrow monument on Birdie Way/The Knoll.
Further enquiry revealed that this was because EHDC had plans to build addition parking spaces for the Pinehurst Community Centre on the site of the barrow by digging up the ancient monument. This carparking would allow people to drive to the community centre so that it can be used by more people that live further way. After much deliberation the KNP working group decided that we didn't want to move the boundary for a number of reasons, not least because this is a rare monument in this area and there are plenty of grass verges that could be changed for use as car parking without destroying a scheduled monument.
At the KNP Steering Group, we were instructed to prepare a paper on why we didn't think that the boundary should be moved; you can download this below. After submitting the paper to EHDC KNP were informed that the barrow is not only significant in East Herts but has national significance because of the size of it.
If you have any queries or comments on the contents of the paper please email us. KRA are working on the installation of an information board to the barrow but, at the moment, we are struggling to find a location as we were refused permission to site the sign in the location preferred by the Historic England expert. But, we are working on alternatives