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Art deco property wins annual prize for good development in Berkhamsted

The new Mariners property in Cross Oak Road, which completely replaces a home that was previously there.

The new Mariners property in Cross Oak Road, which completely replaces a home that was previously there.

The winner of the Berkhamsted Citizen’s Association annual Environment Award for good development in the town has been handed out.

The accolade was particularly special this year, as it coincided with the civic and amenity society’s 90th year.

It was also the first time a plaque was available for the winners since 2009.

The award was given to the developers of the new Mariners property in Cross Oak Road, which completely replace a home that was previously there.

Newly-elected chairman of the Berkhamsted Citizens Association (BCA) Susan Johnson said: “It resembles a 1930s art deco house and is very striking indeed.”

An Environment Award certificate of commendation was given to Herts County Council for its design of the footbridge over the River Bulbourne on the Springfield Estate, Northchurch.

A second certificate went to Dacorum Borough Council for the refurbished and extended play area at Butts Meadow, Lower Kings Road.

The accolades were handed out during the BCA’s annual general meeting in Berkhamsted Town Hall on Thursday.

The event attracted around 85 people, including town mayor Ian Reay.

The BCA granted life membership to Graham Spittle, who has been its chairman twice and been on its committee for 20 years. Susan Johnson, who was elected chairman for a third time during the meeting, was also granted life membership.

She paid tribute to the work of her predecessor Katy Brookes-Duncan and all officers and committee members of the BCA. Other officers remained in their posts for the BCA year to come. The committee numbers were static at seven, with five vacancies. As ever, there was a plea for more active members to serve.

Following the awards there was a short talk given by Peter Williamson, the Chairman of Berkhamsted’s newest organisation the Friends of St. Peter’s, on its plans and ambitions.

The BCA has a representative in the group and supports its work to the fabric of the parish church, and to the closed cemetery in Three Close Lane.

The evening closed with an open forum on various topics.

 

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