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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

April 2005

During the month that has passed all the committees of the Council have met and some councillors have also attended outside meetings that concern our village. It is perhaps worth restating here the fact that all this work is unpaid and done as a service to our community. We are indeed fortunate to have such dedicated workers.

New Licensing Law
Two of our councillors attended an Inter Parish meeting of local councils and reported on a very interesting presentation of the working of the new Licensing Law by East Herts. District Council. The implications of this change in the law and granting of licenses was fully explained. Meetings such as this do also provide a good opportunity to exchange views on common problems with our neighbouring councils.

Roofing slips!
The Recreation Ground committee meeting on the 2nd March discussed at length the building progress of the Pavilion. Unfortunately work has now slipped seven weeks behind schedule due to delay in supply and fixing the roof. However, this work is now completed and it is hoped that some of the slippage can be made up. The scaffolding around the building will soon be dismantled which will give a much better view of the style and appearance of the new building. Good progress is reported on the internal work. This is by far the largest single project ever undertaken by the Parish Council and as such it does take up an enormous amount of management time. Legal advice is being sought from specialists to clarify the Councils position of our rights of access to the Recreation ground.

Out with the cold
At the Village Hall committee the main item of discussion was the report of a heating engineer following complaints of hirers feeling cold in the main hall. It was suggested that the eight old radiators be replaced with a more modern type which should boost the heat output significantly. This was discussed and agreed. The cost of the work would be nearly £3000. Partly as a result of this and the rising fuel costs, particularly gas, the hire charges for 2005/6 have had to be increased by about 5%. And regular users will be informed

Housing Survey
Mr Duncan Adams was present at the F&GP meeting and gave us an interesting comment on the Housing Survey that took place in August 2004. Whilst the many facts and figures are in the report to be used by the various authorities’ particular attention was drawn to the 35 households now in need of adaptations in their homes and also the number of households who had been forced to move from the village but would like to return. Mr Adams thought that the Parish Council had a role to play here to help and inform local people just how to access help and also how get on to the housing lists. It is understood that a ‘Common Housing Register’ will be in place by June/July that will, for the first time, consolidate all applicants whether from NHDC, Hertfordshire Homes or others. This should be a big improvement.

Annual Parish Meeting
An important date for readers to note is Wednesday the 4th May. This is the date for the ANNUAL MEETING of KNEBWORTH PARISH. All the village is invited to this public meeting, when the council reports back to the ratepayers just what the Parish Council has been doing on their behalf in the past year. The accounts and minutes for last year will also be available. After the statutory business and reports, which are kept as short as possible, comes question time. This is always a lively occasion when you can ask questions on matters that concern you.

A panel of representatives from County Council, District Council, and the Police have been invited to help with the replies to questions. This event has always been a lively and enjoyable occasion and the Village Hall is often very full. Please come early to get a good seat. Light refreshments will be served from 7.30 for an 8.00 p.m. start. We all look forward to meeting you there.

John Bland 01438 812135

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