The Resident Number 48 No:1 1954
In this Issue
SHOPS - OR THE LACK THEREOF
The appeal against the Development Plan zoning the site at the corner of Baldwins Lane and Watford Road as an open space was heard at Watford Town Hall on January 26th. The Association's case supporting the appeal was presented by the Chairman, Mr. A. T. Thomson, who submitted the petition for the building of shops without cost to the ratepayers which had produced no less than 4,000 signatures, as under:- Croxley North Ward, etc. 3,010 Croxley South Ward 990 Total 4,000
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING-1953 The Annual General Meeting held in the Guildhouse on November 27th was of especial interest to members through the introduction of the Association's new Chairman and a lively debate on to-day's chief topic-shops. The Vice-Chairman, Mr. H. W. R. Fowler, took the chair to open the meeting and conveyed apologies from Mr. T. Pooley, the Chairman, for his unavoidable absence due to' a business trip to West Africa. Mr. Pooley also sent his promise that his Annual Report which he was thus unable to deliver to the meeting should be published in the next issue of the "Croxley Resident" and it accordingly appears elsewhere in this issue.
The Resident Number 49 No:2 1954
In this Issue
Shops top of Baldwins Lane.-It is likely that notwithstanding an existing water main in Baldwins Lane, the cost of providing water to the shops will be in the region of £200 or more.
The Late Civic Restaurant.- The ghost of the restaurant in Winton Drive has revived and its revival has cost £163. Reason? Excavations made for the building
have necessitated additional brickwork for 'the houses built thereon. We hope those additional bricks will lay the ghost once and for all!
Toll of the Roads. Approach is made to the Local Education Authority to obtain permission for parents of young children to attend schools when police lectures
are given on Road Safety. This is a sounder scheme than first thoughts might suggest. If children see their parents and elders meticulously observe kerb and road drill they are likely to follow suit.
New School, Scots Hill Herts. C.C. wish to extend the playing field area adjoining the new Rickmansworth Grammar School by another 2.4 acres. Subject to
Ministry approval the Council are willing to sell. Two acres of either agricultural land or woodland may disappear, If the latter the cost of clearance, levelling.
etc., will no doubt be quite a sum-out of County rate funds, no doubt.
The Resident Number 50 No:3 1954
In this Issue
Earlier this year I attended a social gathering at which there were many representatives of organisations and associations within the Urban District area. Conversation was wide in scope and topic covering a multitude of subjects as one would expect on such occasions. In the course of a particular conversation in one small group the topic veered in that odd way conversation has of changing to the planning of Croxley Green in general. Whilst it is true that at such functions one hears the most diverse and off the record comments I was most intrigued when one opinion was expressed to the effect-" That the whole of Croxley Green should have been housed within 0.5 mile or 0.75 of a mile from the station.
Last Dance of 1953/4 Season. As anticipated, the last dance given by the Association in All Saints' Hall on Saturday, 29th May was a great success. The attendance was well up to expectations and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was spent by all. A programme of events for the forth-coming season is already being arranged by the Association's energetic social committee and we shall publish full details in an early issue.
Economise the Right Way For FOOTWEAR & REPAIRS go to WRIGHTS
[Phone: Rickmansworth 2819]
The Resident Number 51 No: 4 1954
In this Issue
The controversy at present raging in various parts of the country on the subject of Civil Defence may well give us 'cause to wonder whether the freedom of self expression belonging as a right to all members of a democracy is not being strained to an extreme degree. The question as to liability for the enormous expenditure involved is of course of considerable importance and there is no doubt that it is a responsibility on both National and Local Government levels but it does appear that the whole subject has degenerated into a political party squabble. To those for whom party politics provide the essence of life itself, this is no doubt all very right and proper but to the rest of us who anticipate no particular thrill from the victory of this party or that the matter assumes a somewhat different aspect. Our concern is not so much whether the cost is paid from this pocket or the other or the colour of the rosette worn by the government at present in office. We are anxious to see that all possible measures for the defence and care of the population in the event of an emergency be taken with the minimum of delay.
Parish Magazines -
We hear the Vicar of All Saints has set the Community to work searching for copies of Old Magazines. Can anyone help?
The Resident Number 52 No:1 1955
In this Issue
CROXLEY GREEN HORTICULTURAL SHOW
Our last issue contained a report of the Show, held on September 11th, and referred to Messrs. Ward and Messrs. East as staging the two Trade Shows." We
should of course have included Messrs. Bristows' Springwell Nursery, who were responsible for the very fine chrysanthemum display on one half of the stage.
We tender our sincere apologies to the latter company. February 9th Annual General Meeting Croxley Green Horticultural and Allotment Holders' Society.
Dickinson Guildhouse, 8 p.m. February 23,rd.-Talk and Film, "Chase Clothes," also at Guildhouse,8 p.m.
The October and November dances proved successful and well supported, although it would be gratifying to see a few more people from Croxley at these
functions. At the time of going to press, the New Year's Eve dance has still to come. It is hoped that this will be a success despite the fact that we are without a
band and are having a radiogram, but we are assured from several sources that we have no need to worry. Our dates for I955 are as follows, and it is hoped that those of you who have not yet been to one of our Old Time .Dances will join us as we feel sure they will have a most enjoyable evening. 15th January. 19th February. 19th March. 23rd April. 28th May
The Resident Number 53 No:2 1955
In this Issue
What does it feel like to have become, in effect, a freeholder of The Green? If you are an average ratepayer you are (a) uncertain how it involves you, (b) unaware
you had the privilege, or (c) content and very fortunately informed. When the proposal to take over the .freehold from Gonville and Caius College first came before the Council it had a hostile reception. There were suggestions of the
Council being "blackmailed" and "bludgeoned" and the Councillors, clearly suspicious of .the responsibilities they might inherit, referred the matter back for further discussion. The debate revealed one factor-a depressing lack of knowledge of The Green, its history and the Commoners' rights. Six weeks later the proposal reappeared and was passed in the twinkling of an eye. The" blackmail," the." bludgeoning," the misgivings, so frankly expressed, had evaporated; or at least, so it would appear. It was the father and mother of an anti-climax and even the case-hardened Press raised a cynical eyebrow. What caused this extraordinary conversion of suspicion into acquiescence? Not a word has been spoken or published by way of explanation. Apparently it is none of the
ratepayers' business. It may not be the Council's intention to cloak major issues in mystery, yet they achieve that result with distasteful, if irregular, frequency. In the "Rickmansworth Observations" column of the Watford Observer a few weeks ago there was an admirable comment on this failing to provide information to
the public. It is to be hoped the columnist's words-- and hints-are taken to heart.
The Resident Number 54 No:3 1955
In this Issue
Baldwins Lane Recreation Ground may soon have three hard tennis courts if a scheme now being considered comes to fruition. It would be a decided improvement to the recreation ground if, once these courts are provided, regular maintenance could be assured to make it more of a credit to the Open Spaces Committee.
Saturdays oof on alternate weeks are the order of the day at the Rickmansworth U.D.C. offices. No one will begrudge the officers concerned their additional leisure provided steps are taken to ensure that these improved conditions of service do not result in inconvenience to ratepayers.
Industrial development in Tolpits Lane is causing the planners to put themselves, the R.U.D.C., or our poor old friends, the ratepayers, on the spot. Those who set themselves up as "an authority" on planning so frequently find that their insatiable appetite to "restrict, curb, prohibit" (and only occasionally to "permit ") brings them into conflict with another "authority," and unfortunately, at the ratepayers' expense they proceed to litigation. Might we remind "authorities" that they are using ratepayers' hard-earned money in such stupid activities, and suggest that petty squabbles between them be settled without appeals and legal expenditure.
The Resident Number 55 No:4 1955
In this Issue
The proposals to, establish artificial satellites to encircle-the earth, which have been in the news recently, successfully captured the public imagination and it is
impossible' not 'to feel admiration for minds capable of devising such scientific marvels, whether the inventions themselves are approved or otherwise. Though these machines may be intended primarily for military purposes they symbolise man's first step on a journey to the stars and may well open even vaster realms of discovery than the' supersonic and nuclear age has yet disclosed.
Contemplation of these astral phenomena is not, however, our purpose. We might look instead at a different kind of man-made satellite which has brought
to ratepayers in Hertfordshire perhaps not so much admiration as consternation and vexation. We refer, of course, to satellite towns of which our own county
contains a generous share; and without examining their intrinsic merits or demerits it has already been made clear that they impose a burden on the County Rate.
The future of the Green continues to be the subject of much speculation and ratepayers are asking daily for some positive information on the extent to which) the Council is committed. To say that the whole matter has been handled badly would be an understatement and some good explanations will be required when next the Croxley Councillors are questioned collectively on this subject.