|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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.