Peter Reynolds

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The Obnoxious People Of Bovingdon

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My parents live in a small Hertfordshire village not far from Watford. It’s commuter land, only 45 minutes by train to central London but on the edge of the delightful Chilterns countryside. It’s not quite as gorgeous as Dorset but the dogs and I enjoy the change of scenery when we visit about once every month.

The nearest place to find anything more than a village shop is the small town of Bovingdon. Every time I visit there I am dismayed, horrified even at the boorish, selfish and obnoxious behaviour of the local drivers.

There’s nowhere to park in Bovingdon but that doesn’t stop them. They park half on, half off the pavement in the most dangerous and inconsiderate places, often right opposite each other. The town is full of ostentatious, gaudy four-wheel drive Toyotas, Mitsubishis or, God preserve us from even more oriental invaders, Kias. Does no one buy British any more? These tasteless and clumsy status symbols are thrown about with abandon, aggression and a complete absence of any manners. My 17 year old nephew was literally forced off the road last week by yet another woman who simply cannot judge the width of her vehicle and so drives in the middle of narrow country lanes.

Of course, I am sure that there are many very nice and responsible people in Bovingdon but you can drive through the High Street at anytime of day to see recurrent displays of the most selfish, inconsiderate and dangerous behaviour.

There is one other observation though that, for me, condemns these unpleasant people out of hand. As I walk the dogs around the local countryside I am disgusted at the fly tipping and the disgraceful amount and variety of rubbish in the hedgerows. It’s difficult to understand why this wealthy and privileged part of the country is full of so many nasty, selfish and dirty people.

Written by Peter Reynolds

April 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

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  1. When you ask “…doesn’t anyone buy British anymore?”, exactly what British manufacturer of (non-niche) motor vehicles are you referring to exactly?


    July 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

  2. As just a visitor to our village then I think you should not judge so quick , I live in this village and all what you say about it is not true , I find this village a pleasure to live in and as for fly tipping you get that in every town,city,or village in England so we are not dirty people that live here it could be visitors like yourself that is dirty to possibly bring your rubbish to our village as the saying goes you don’t s**t on your own doorstep ! You may have experienced bad drivers through our village but they could be passing through so please don’t judge our village by your experiences of visiting , …. I’d like to know where you live Peter Reynolds so I can visit and make a judgement !

    Angela brett

    November 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    • I’m afraid Angela that since I wrote this article four and half years ago, inconsiderate and downright reckless parking is even worse in Bovingdon. Particularly near Costcutters the selfish, lazy and dangerous way people park is truly dreadful. The main protagonists are almost always in some huge 4×4 that they can barely control.

      I live on the Dorset coast but I visit Bovingdon at least once a fortnight so this is no snapshot opinion. Seldom do I see such idiocy elsewhere on my travels.

      As for the flytipping, I take your point, it probably isn’t local residents but it’s got worse as well. Barnes Lane and Rucklers Lane are an embarrassment and the local council needs to take action.

      Peter Reynolds

      November 5, 2014 at 5:58 pm

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