Volunteer social media editor and webmaster wanted.

Local green belt society looking to boost on line presence.

Are you a local student or young professional looking for voluntary work experience as a website and social media editor?  Do you know how to send out compelling updates on Twitter and Facebook?  Do you have an interest in the local environment?

If so, the North Mymms District Green Belt Society (NMDGBS) would like to hear from you.

The NMDGBS has around a thousand members, and currently communicates through regular newsletters which drop through local doors. The society also has a website where updates are posted from time to time.  But the NMDGBS doesn’t have a social media presence, and the society would like to start sharing its updates on both Twitter and Facebook.

The position is voluntary and the hours flexible. You would be expected to be able to set up a Facebook page for the NMDGBS and manage both the updates, new members, and any comments, working closely with society members who would produce the content updates and act as a second pair of eyes for everything produced.

You would also be expected to help set up a Twitter presence @NMDGBS and produce updated tweets when requested. And you would be required to monitor responses and feed those back to the Society’s committee.

Anyone interested should contact the secretary on greenbeltnothmymms@hotmail.co.uk



The Society’s AGM was held in the North Mymms Memorial Hall on Monday 25th March and  was presided over by our President, Gary Mabbutt, MBE.

The meeting approved the Chairman’s report and the Annual Accounts.

Answering questions on his report, Chairman, again asked for interested members to consider joining the Committee. He acknowledged that the Society sometimes struggled with communications and said that the Society would be advertising for a volunteer to develop social media communications and the web site.

The Society’s planning advisor, Jed Griffiths, MA DipTP FRTPI, gave an update on the Local Plan and answered questions.

The Council officers had been overwhelmed by the response to their new call for sites in January. As well as 79 sites being re-submitted, 65 new sites had been offered. It had been impossible for the officers to carry out the required appraisals in the time available and a new timetable had now been agreed. The identity of the sites would not be revealed until after the local elections in May when there will be a public consultation. Officers would present the outcomes to the Council in September; the public examination sessions with the Inspector would take place in December with a view to the Plan being adopted in Spring 2020. The Society would respond to the consultation once the identity of the new sites had been published.

Guest Speaker

The guest speaker at the AGM was Professor David Church, Deputy Principal of the Royal Veterinary College.

Professor Church gave an overview of the College’s work, its reputation as, now, the number one Vet College in the world and the plans for new facilities at the Hawkshead Campus in accordance with the development Master Plan approved recently by the Council. He also outlined the extent of the College’s local land ownership and spoke about the land that had been put forward to the Council for development in the Local Plan.

Responding in a lively question session, Professor Church confirmed that the College is not relying on the proceeds of land sales to fund the improvements at Hawkshead Lane Campus and that the lands of Boltons Farm are required long term for teaching and husbandry.

Gary Mabbutt thanked Professor Church for his excellent presentation which was warmly applauded by the members.

The Society and the College will maintain a dialogue as the local plan process continues.



Our AGM Newsletters are out for delivery and should be coming through your letter boxes within the next week or so.  Please click here to view.

Subscriptions for 2019 are now due.    Please join or renew your annual subscription – details of payment are shown in our Newsletter.


As we went to print with our Newsletter, the Council Officers are reviewing the new sites and new timetable.  The 66 entirely new sites and 77 re-promoted new sites that were submitted far exceeded expectations, which means that it is not possible to conclude the intended consultation stage before pre-elections start on 26 March 2019.  This will result in a short delay to the agreed timetable, such that presentation of results and recommendations to members could take place in September 2019 and examination hearing sessions could take place in December 2019.

The Council has also received a letter from the Inspector asking them to consider a quicker timetable than the one they originally submitted to him.




AGM Monday 25 March 2019   8pm   North Mymms Memorial Hall, 36 Station Road, Welham Green

Please come and join us at our AGM which will be chaired by our Honorary President Gary Mabbutt MBE on the 25 March at 8 pm in the North Mymms Memorial Hall, 36 Station Road, Welham Green.  Proceedings will include a QandA session on latest developments on the Local Plan with our Planning consultant, Jed Griffiths, MA DipTP FRTPI.   This will be followed by a talk by Professor David Church, Deputy Principal, Royal Veterinary College.



Following a meeting of the Cabinet Planning and Parking Panel (CPPP) in mid-December, the Council decided that it need more development sites to be able to reach the housing target of 16,000.  It published a new timetable which envisages adoption of the plan in Spring 2020.  Click here to  view.



To view a Progress and Other Issues Report prepared by our Planning Consultant, Jed Griffiths click here