Review of the year: June

JUNE proves a busy month, as Boro get promoted, a teen survives a crossbow accident and west of Stevenage is put on hold.

• IT was one of the best days for local football, as Stevenage FC emerged victorious in a play-off final at Old Trafford, resulting in their promotion to League One.

Boro, who had only been promoted that season to League 2, beat Torquay United 1-0 at Manchester United’s ground.

It was John Mousinho’s stunning strike that sunk Torquay. Skipper Mark Roberts said the win was the “proudest moment” of his career.

• A LEISURE centre management company put a dampener on customers’ visits to its facilities, after telling swimmers to wear socks in its pools.

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Stevenage Leisure posted signs in its Hitchin and Letchworth outdoor pools, encouraging customers to cover their feet. A spokesman for the centre defended the policy, and said it was not mandatory.

But one grandparent, who visited the Hitchin facility with his grandson, branded it “ridiculous”.

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• “MATE, is there an arrow in my face?” were the words of a Stevenage teen, after a crossbow went off, leaving a bolt embedded in his cheek.

Seventeen-year-old Lewis Tavernier was lucky to be alive after the incident. It happened while sat in his friend’s room discussing holidays.

The eight-inch bolt was removed from the semi-professional magician’s face at Lister Hospital. Had it been just 2mm higher, it could have proved fatal

• A HIGH court judge overturned planning permission to build thousands of homes to the west of Stevenage.

Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) had proposed to build 3,600 homes within land in neighbouring North Herts, as well as associated shops, schools and businesses.

The news was met with disappointment from SBC, but North Herts District Council (NHDC), who had opposed it, said it was “very pleased” with the decision.

• TWO community halls in North Herts could be facing closure, it emerged in a report.

The news was met with outrage from users of the two facilities – Bancroft Hall in Hitchin, and Brotherhood Hall in Letchworth GC.

Although the report said there were no immediate plans to demolish either, claims were made that both were “nearing the end” of life. NHDC said it had no plans to replace either.

Users labelled the report “shocking”, and said that there would be no alternative place to go.

• A SUPERMARKET announced it was moving into a Stevenage neighbourhood – but residents put up a massive fight.

Tesco announced that it was planning to open a store at the former Chells Family Pub in the Glebe shopping area.

But residents organised a massive rally, and said they expected hundreds would turn up.

Organiser David Chell also set up a petition, and planned to confront the council over the proposal.

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