QUESTION 6b: HOW WOULD YOU LIKE SHENLEY TO BE IN THE NEXT 5,10,15 YEARS?

Comments Provided:

  • Hopefully unchanged in spirit but with more social amenities “like” more restaurants, bars, coffee shops etc. Hope never to lose the countryside and `green-ness’ of Shenley.
  • Similar to now. Maybe some more local shops.
  • Don’t want it to become as built up as Radlett has over the years. Don’t want to see houses built on existing green land or traffic to increase too much.
  • Few more social places e.g. cafes. Don’t let urban sprawl. Not just expensive housing added. Access to secondary school improved.
  • Similar with good quality maintained facilities.
  • Less housing springing up in every spare position in the village. More facilities instead – another doctors surgery, affordable dental care, a café or deli.
  • Without any further social housing as it brings, unfortunately, poor behaviour. Please please do something about Gypsy site on Shenleybury. First one caravan only, then three, then more….
  • Mostly unchanged – more facilities for existing residents.
  • Still having the village atmosphere. Black Lion renovated and used as a local pub or restaurant. Shenley Trust/Walled Garden to continue. Speeding reduced.
  • Keep it grounded. Don’t let it become too expensive. Keep the village feel.
  • The same.
  • As it is now.
  • Still surrounded by Green Belt.
  • Same as today, with a few improvements. Reduce speed limits through village/down Black Lion Hill. See return of football matches in Harris Lane (or rugby??).
  • Not too changed.
  • Exactly the same.
  • As it has been for the last 15-20 years but the Parking needs to be addressed, and people respect where they live.
  • Similar to now.
  • The same.
  • Much the same as it is now.
  • Very much the same please!
  • As green – Park Trust. More inclusive and supportive to poorer, marginalised groups – more friendly. Better neighbours to the elderly living alone. Safer on the roads – less speeding. Better buses – reliable, more frequent and cheaper fares – especially to Borehamwood. Minibus services to Radlett Station and back every 10 mins or so for commuters at peak times to reduce car usage. At least 2 pubs retained.
  • Continue to use Park for events. Don’t overcrowd with excess housing. Shops (Tesco and Chemist) are useful at Gateway and must stay.
  • Similar to now – actually it’s a haven of peace and quiet, green neighbourhood with lovely park areas.
  • Stay the same.
  • Another restaurant.
  • Harmonious
  • Not much different to the above (ans to 6a)
  • Still viewed as a village. No more residential development. More traffic calming measures.
  • Retain all the good things about Shenley. Play our part in providing good quality affordable housing. Protect and develop the primary school. Cater for growing number of teenagers. Improve traffic safety, especially on Porters Park. A synagogue for the Jewish community.
  • Not made larger or busier with more traffic. Nice friendly residential village feel.
  • Less development, more traffic control. Less cyclists and horse riders using the footpaths. More enforcement of weight limits on very large lorries going through London Road and Green Street/Woodhall Lane.
  • Same as it is now.
  • A village with even more community spirit. Similar to how it is now but we do need to have more activities for children, particularly teenagers and the older generation. We need to do more for our elderly residents particularly those on their own, some must be very lonely. It would be good if we could provide weekly lunches or afternoon teas in the Village Hall. If more people realised how rewarding volunteering is the village would benefit immensely.
  • Better road. Keep the crime low as it is now.
  • Somewhat the same (if I am around).
  • Exactly as it is.
  • Not too much different! Better bus services into Borehamwood – on 658 an hour is not very conducive, especially for people who cannot drive, and therefore depend on the bus.
  • Mainly unchanged.
  • Keep as a village.
  • No further developments and restrictions on pavement parking and NONuse of garage for car parking as intended. Roads are dangerous and vehicles obscured from one another.
  • Better transport links to London. More frequent buses/better transport links.
  • The Village should be protected from over development, ensuring it retains ethos.
  • Not too different to now.
  • I would love to stay in Shenley but we’ll move to Harpenden for secondary schools in a couple of years.
  • Largely the same but with anti-social behaviour & parking gone & internet signal improved significantly!
  • To keep it’s beauty but increase infrastructure for the growing community.
  • Better transport links eg more buses & more frequent. Lighting on roads leaving Shenley to Radlett & Well End. A few more shops/restaurants.
  • Much as it is now.
  • My family have missed out, but a local non-secular high school. Free sports facilities for under 16s, a proposal was put forward for a gym on the cricket centre, but failed to get approval when the 900 family homes were built back in early 1990s. Maybe, this could happened in the future. Regular mini buses to and from the stations at reasonable cost. A broad range of people of all ages, creeds and colours living in harmony in our green and pleasant land.
  • Better public transport links to Radlett & Borehamwood.
  • Support the current residents by increasing more family/social network support: Ref to comment on housing.
  • Need another good quality pub/restaurant in village.
  • Would like to see better transport links, less traffic, more speeding cameras.
  • Remain safe, green & happy.
  • The same.
  • Much the same, yet providing for children’s educational needs – good nearby secondary schools; and more varied & extensive areas for children to play in (parks).
  • Still a village with more buses.
  • It would be good to have a nice restaurant apart from the White Horse & Shenley Park Café.
  • The same please, no more housing. The fact we have lost the local pubs and shops over the last years is sad, let’s try to keep what we have now.
  • Little change.
  • To retain its `villageness’ if possible. If it must grow bigger please continue to do it sympathetically.
  • Much the same!
  • I would like the Green Belt area to stay the same & no more houses being built. Due to numerous road traffic accidents I think there should be permanent `Slow’ signs along the road at Shenleybury.
  • Return of restaurants to the area and at a good quality and a decent pub. Better Police presence.
  • We think you need to accept, this is no longer a village and in 5, 10, 15 years Shenley, will be a part of Radlett and Borehamwood, as the population in the last 10 years has trebled.
  • The same.
  • As it is.
  • The village that everyone would like to live in because of it’s charm.
  • I would like to see it as it is now, but with a better bus service.
  • The same but with less through traffic piling off the motorway when there is a problem.
  • Still enclosed/protected by green belt. Good commute to London. Not too full of traffic – need to promote green forms of transport. Important to preserve post office & pharmacy & Dr’s for those who can’t travel far & to have some kind of village pub. Still attractive to families – need to cater for ageing generations but good to have children & it’s a good place for them to grow up.
  • Not to change too much at all. No more houses to be built. Retain the village feel.
  • A thriving village with a selection of high quality shops, restaurants.
  • Much the same, a peaceful place to live.
  • More community minded. More community groups.
  • Maintain community/village atmosphere + Park. No more conversions of commercial premises (pubs etc) to residential land.
  • Similar size and `feel’ but with options for youngsters to afford housing. More activities for teenagers to inspire them.
  • As is, subject to the above (religious tolerance and friendliness); but with more controls over how people park and drive.
  • Much the same as it is now.
  • To remain as a village.
  • Not to overgrown with development.
  • To remain approximately the same size & retaining its rural character.
  • Keep it the same, but more public transport into Borehamwood – the nearest shopping place.
  • Unlikely I am 86 ½ years old.
  • To stay a `Village’ not to converge with ie London Colney/Borehamwood/Radlett. A few more shops or a regular hopper bus service.
  • Please do not alter the Village to much, I like it as it is.
  • To stay the same.
  • Retaining it’sexisiting character.
  • ?
  • Back where it was in 1995 (just being build). Less people, less traffic, more village integration.
  • The same! Though street lights need to be checked and repaired where necessary, and pot holes. Also feel we should see humps on the Hill down Black Lion – such a danger – need to slow some drivers down.
  • 5 years: The same! But improved bus network using Oyster between London & St Albans. 10 years: Environmentally friendly – eco streets with LEDs, Farmers markets/local produce available and not extortionate prices! Improved mobile phone reception – 4G and 5G Wi-Fi in local hot spots. A dedicated cycle lane to Borehamwood and Radlett.
  • More multicultural.
  • I would like it to offer people the chance to enjoy the peaceful rural atmosphere with chances to learn about tree planting and maintenance, bee keeping etc.
  • Kept clean + less traffic in Porters Park Drive.
  • Still maintaining its village appeal. It would be good if the Black Lion pub became a restaurant.
  • Similar to present day with no further deterioration in services such as pubs.
  • No change please.
  • No change.
  • To try and keep its village atmosphere.
  • Think it’s good Shenley is a village and should not be over developed any more in the future as feel enough has been done and still ongoing. Would be nice for more tea rooms available as lots of visitors now visit the area, areas of the Park to be made for childrens activities and fitness for adults.
  • No bigger. Hedge rows maintained better. More for O.A.P.s to do. No more housing association.
  • Still to be like an English village.
  • Much the same.
  • The same but with better bus services especially to Borehamwood.
  • The same as it is now.
  • Better commuter links.
  • Enhance the Village & community feeling, better transport to Radlett, Watford, St Albans, Borehamwood; a youth centre for older kids.
  • Perhaps some more affordable larger housing but not so much that the countryside feel is removed. Longer surgery/weekend hours at the doctors would be apprecialted.
  • To remain the same, but to allow sensible planning for further home on brown field sites.
  • Building on what has so far been achieved.
  • Not too dissimilar to now but perhaps better kept.
  • As it is.
  • Still within it’s original surroundings of fields & woods. No more development near the Spinney.
  • To be kept as a village. Not as a suburb of a town.
  • The HEALTHIEST place in our regions. PREVENTION is better than CURE.
  • We have to accept a certain amount of new housing but people are moving here because of the rural environment so it is important not to over develop the area.
  • Not much of a change.
  • As it is now. Maintained. Cleaner!
  • The same.
  • Better linked for transport.
  • Clean. Green.
  • Modern and green.
  • I would like more buildings to be in Shenley (Aged 6)
  • Just as safe. Just as peaceful.
  • A pleasant place to live.
  • Same
  • Mostly downsizing, properties. Bungalows, affordable so we don’t have to move out the area. Shenley residents are getting old and need to down size instead of moving away.
  • The same as now.
  • Would be nice to have a restaurant back in the village instead of more housing. We only have one place to eat – in the White Horse, it’s a pub. Bring back the old White Horse.
  • Exactly the same! Having retained the green nature of the Village and retained the Green Belt!
  • To retain its village atmosphere.No more building.
  • Much more friendly to bus passengers eg imminently 1. Return of 602 around Pond area (many elderly people can no longer catch the 602 to Watford – too far to walk – even extend service to far end of the Village). 2. Real time display units at Bus stops. 3. Bus shelter and seat opposite Tescos. 4. Children now having to cross the road at the dangerous T junction opposite Tescos (Radlett Lane/Porters Park) in order to catch the bus for school.
  • As peaceful an environment as it is now with a continued community spirit caring for all.
  • Better broadband/mobile connections, so making it easier for more people to work from home. Affordable homes for next generation to be able to live and appreciate the village of Shenley. Keep/improve if necessary our existing facilities.
  • Poorly worded question…too broad. I’d like it to be safe, friendly and with good community spirit and values. Really not sure what you mean. Better transport links.
  • More of the same. It is a village not a town.
  • No bigger than it is now. More small businesses.
  • Unchanged in essence.
  • I would prefer there to be little or negligible increase in housing.
  • More integration between the older & younger people in social areas.
  • YOB free.
  • More vibrant with soulful people who bring life to the village. More focus on green living and organic food – more vegetarian/vegan lifestyle choices – Tescos needs to be replaced by a whole foods or something more healthy/better quality. More activities to get the community communicating and doing things e.g. dance, socials, fitness, events. More for the young adults who are more prone to move to London. Need a bakery or café/deli – organic café (not in the Park).
  • I would like for it to stay similar to how it currently is. Some more housing and community features that are needed in order to enforce more communal area and strive for the community aspect to remain.
  • Improvement of local shops.
  • The same.
  • Remain as a beautiful, friendly place to live.
  • Maintain village feel. Strengthen sense of community.
  • Everything we have needs to be maintained e.g. Shenley Park. We must retain Green Belt and green space. We need better broadband. Road to Radlett needs upgrading due to increased traffic.
  • No large scale expansion.
  • No further major development. More consideration by developers & planning dept of the impact on neighbours of new & extending building works eg nursery development as residents of Woodhall Lane. We MUST keep our local shops – everyone should try & support them when they can. More advertising of organised events eg fellowship lunch, knit & natter, Tea & Chat – know already in Parish magazine. *Spinney & Country Park need to be much more wheelchair/buggy accessible – paths tough & too bumpy.
  • Quieter! Too much traffic using village as a cut through!
  • Likely to move away as need to be near London decr?
  • Keep it all the same.
  • Nothing different because I like it how it is.
  • Better transport links to railway stations & shops.
  • Less new building (ii) Traffic calming (iii) Reduction of fly tipping – Rectory Lane.
  • Exactly the same as it is now! With the sense of community, its peaceful roads and green outlook and walks.
  • To retain the woods and open spaces that we have now.
  • Free from crime, reduction in car use, better public transport.
  • No increase in density of population/housing. Less traffic – measures taken to stop Porters Park Drive being used as a rat-run, cutting off the London Rd. Park to be preserved.
  • Less foreigners so we can get Doctor’s appointments easier.
  • I would still like the village feel, without high rise local authority properties. And retaining the Green Belt surrounding.
  • The same/unchanged!
  • Same as it is now.
  • I like it as it is now.
  • The same.
  • Very much as it is now really.
  • Still quiet. No busier with regard to traffic. More social interaction between villagers. More businesses but not on the main street. A more attractive/tidy Park with Trustees more accountable to residents.
  • NOT much bigger than it is now.
  • Unchanged! No more new housing!! We must retain the village as it is.
  • Little or no more development – Village has over doubled in size already.
  • A model, strong community, encouraging neighbourly and caring behaviour eg schemes to pair up elderly or isolated individuals with other local residents.
  • A SMOKE CONTROL AREA and no reduction in the green open spaces.
  • No bigger. Tidier. Less litter.
  • Retain the aspects of community while maintaining the whole ethos of being a rural village.
  • Better access to good schools for the whole community not just the elite few. Retain its rural identity & Green belt/countryside between surrounding towns & villages.
  • Less gated community non inclusive residents.
  • Still as quaint & peaceful and attractive to visitors.
  • In the past Shenley has grown rapidly & the roads have become very busy – I would not like this to worsen over the next few years.
  • Some but moving on with the times.
  • Not over developed with a village feel of community which seems to be becoming even stronger.
  • A preservation of the green spaces. An increase in repairs & maintenance of our footpaths & roads.
  • I would like the clock stopped or turned back to see the village as a rural village. An efficient bus service to connect to Borehamwood Station and shops. Not used as a `rat run’ race track link to Borehamwood or A1.
  • Retain its village feel so that it is not just a suburb of outer London.
  • The same feel.
  • Similar values.
  • Develop only wasted areas. No more traveller sites given to those through special status then immediately sell on & more. The new residents would not have got planning permission. It’s a con/loop hole!!! We should convert back or build housing. Sites for travellers already exist. Rather themMADE to accommodate in unsuitable areas.
  • Little or no change to the main road through Shenley. Any more buildings should be allocated outside it’s surrounding areas.
  • Long may it last as it is in the following years. There is nothing this little “gem” hasn’t got that isn’t in reach in half an hour. Long may it last.
  • Please see the ticks and comments above, infrastructure is a concern but may community projects flourish. We may need school expansion. One primary private school has put a lot of pressure on Rectory Lane. I’m sure the Parish Council would love to have more control, however, central government puts a lot of pressure on Borough and County Councils, so you are more in their hands, than the villagers.
  • Same but nice to see some facilities like restaurants or café.
  • Similar to now but I am concerned that we may lose our bus services, which would make us cut off for some residents.
  • The same but with changes to the above.
  • The same as it is now.
  • Exactly as it is now. No more selling off of land parcels and Green Belt to developers.
  • I will be lucky if I am here then!
  • To keep the green areas and fields. Provide better transport (public) links and bicycle lanes away from the roads.