Aston St Mary's Church
Aston Parish lies on the extreme western boundary of  the East Hertfordshire District and on the eastern boundary of the Stevenage Borough . The Parish of Aston comprises of three areas, each with its own character. Aston Village is situated on the top of the Beane Valley ridge and has developed historically around the church of St. Mary’s. It has many older properties and now embraces a number of small developments and is home to the local school, village hall, cricket, bowls, football and tennis club together with 2 public houses.  Aston End comprises a number of active farms and small clusters of houses and cottages, many of which are listed . A butchers shop and public house are located there.Hooks Cross ,situated on the busy A602 which dominates the character of this area , is a series of active farms and houses in a rural setting . It is bounded by the civil parishes of Walkern(NE), Benington(E), Watton(SE) and Datchworth(S).The Parish covers 712 hectares running broadly SSE to NNW direction. It straddles the strategic ridge line between Aston Brook and the River Beane. Overlooking Stevenage to the west and the Beane Valley to the east, the ridgeline is a significant planning watershed and natural boundary.The entire Parish is located within the Metropolitan Green Belt and is designated as a Landscape Conservation Area.Much of the Village of Aston is designated as a Conservation Area although a number of the most historic building are located outside of this. The Beane valley has been occupied since Palieolthic Man 150,000 years ago and there are several several sites of archaeological interest in the Parish.The river Beane which is a tributary of the Lea and hence the Thames, flanks Aston’s eastern boundary. It was once a much larger river ssuporting boating and fishing activities.Aston or Estone as it is referred to in the Dooms day Book formed part of lands belonging to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. Until the 2nd World War, it retained a quietexistence and even as late as 1991, 10% of  Aston’s residence still had agricultural interests




 ON MONDAY, NOV.13th, 2017, at 8pm.

7.45pm                 Parishioner's

8.00        1.            Apologies & Declarations of
                               Interest. Mr. Eccles – Accounts. Dr.Cantwell P/12/17.

8.02        2.            Presentation by Watton Woodhall Estate

8.22        3.            Minutes of 9-10-17

8.24        4.            Matters Arising:                               

             4.1         New Play Equipment

             4.2         Remembrance Matters

             4.3    Conservation Area

             4.4     Naming of footpaths

8.40        5.            Clerk's Report

8.50        6.            Planning:    

                                P/12/17     5 St.Mary’s Close – enclose porch

                                P/12/18    6 Yeomans Drive – conservatory roof changes

                6.1 East Herts Plan Inquiry

                6.2 2 Stringers Lane

9.20        7              Replacement litter bin at War    Memorial

9.25        8.            Accounts

9.30        9.            Any Other Business

9.35                        Close



R.Falder, clerk.

Rose & Crown:  The applicants have submitted an amendment
which includes an environmental survey and more documents on drainage.  This means the decision will now  be delayed until December.  Since the amendment did not address any of
the issues raised by the Parish Council the Parish Council comments of
objection remain.


East Herts District Plan: This is currently being considered in public by the Inspector.  It is taking place in the Council Chamber at
Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford. 
Thursday, November 9th is the day when ‘East of Stevenage’ –
that is Gresley Park, Aston, will be considered.  Aston Parish Council will have a presence
there and be taking a full part.  Anyone
wanting more information should contact Steve Brown or Chris Brett.


Aston Conservation Area: 
The Parish Council generally
supported the changes proposed by the East Herts officers.  This included the area where the Conservation
Area was to be extended and those properties to be removed. However, the
council have asked for a further extension of two fields.  Firstly, the Glebe Field, west of Dene Lane
and behind the tennis courts.  This is
because it is seen as absolute vital green belt to keep Aston and Stevenage apart.  Secondly, Little Orchard, to the west of
Aston End Road.  This is to conserve the
ponds, with their great crested newts and other important wetland plants &
animals.  A written comment has also been
made that the approved Area should have real teeth and be accepted by Planning
Officers when considering applications - rather than being ignored, as has been
the case with the new house in Queens Square.


Act of Remembrance: 
This will be on Sunday
November 12th.  Please
assemble in the road by the War Memorial between 10.40 and 10.45 when the road
will be closed to traffic.  If the field
is dry enough, parking will be available on Centre Field.  People are reminded that the Church Service
is of a short duration and does not include Holy Communion and is suitable for
all.  The bells will ring muffled and
earlier than usual as a tribute to the 3 Aston Bellringers who died in the
great War roughly 100 years ago.


Home Improvement Agency: 
At a recent conference
attended by Parish Council representatives, a presentation was given by this
new agency.   The idea is that it gives
advice on physical aspects of the home and benefits that people may be entitled
to plus being in contact with approved tradesmen to do work quickly.  The idea is to allow disabled and elderly
people to stay in their own homes.  More
details will come out in January but in the meantime, East Herts Housing Dept
have more information.


Naming Aston Footpaths: Some footpaths have names such ‘Cynthia Wood Path to Dene Lane’. But a
man born in Aston some 60 years ago has suggested that it would be nice to name
more in order to remember old Aston characters who used the paths (and places
they went to…. Niggitts Hill?) before all this is forgotten.  The Parish Council are happy for this to
proceed and a meeting has been called for the evening of December 29th
to look at this with the Parish Footpath map. 
Invites have gone to members of the Pallett, Chalkley, Warren, Canfield,
Wright, Clark, Moss and Izzard families but if anyone from a family who have
been around for the best part of a century or more has been forgotten, please
contact the clerk for details and come along.


 Parish Clerk.


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