Act of Remembrance
It was a privilege to join the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial on 9th
November. Thanks to the British Legion for organizing the parade, to the
Family of Churches who provided three clergy to share the service and to the
school for loan of their sound system. Thanks to everyone who supported the
event. Well over a dozen wreaths representing official organisations were
laid at the memorial. And the rain kept away!
The Knebworth Parking Initiative Survey dropped through your door in
mid-November. Thanks to those who filled it in and returned it. At least it
shows that you care about what happens in the village. Thanks also to our
army of volunteer distributors.
Ceremony of Dedication
On Saturday 15th November the Royal British Legion in Gun Lane invited me to
their premises for a ceremony to dedicate plaques in memory of those members
who had served their country and recently passed away. Rev Jim Pye led the
short service of dedication which was also attended by District Councillor
Jane Gray. I am always glad to represent the Parish Council at events such
as this in Knebworth.
Who am I?
Recently a number of Knebworth residents have commented that I do not wear a
chain or badge of office to signify who I am representing. Sadly a majority
on the Parish Council are not prepared to pay the £600 for a badge of
office. (Chains cost a lot more). As I have nothing to show that I am
representing Knebworth I am declining official invitations to events outside
Knebworth. If nobody knows who I am and who I am representing what is the
point of spending unpaid hours standing around trying to look official?
It is good to see that, following years of the Parish Council hassling them
on your behalf, Herts Highways have finally repaired the footpaths in
Station Road. Let's hope they will soon put the northern end of Gun Lane
back on their list of repair jobs.
I saw what looked like a nasty pothole in Wadnall Way. On close inspection
it was at least 2 feet deep and big enough to put my size 8 foot right down
it. Very dangerous, particularly for young folk or cyclists. On talking to a
passer by it seems it had been there for some time “Something should be done
about it” was the more than predictable response. In 10 minutes I had
“borrowed” a traffic cone from those lying around in Station Road and placed
it over the hole. I then phoned the emergency number and the pothole was
repaired within 24 hours. If you see potholes or street lights that are not
working or obscured by trees etc.. please don't wait for someone else to
deal with it. Ring 01438 737320, report the problem and get a reference
number for the job. If the problem is not sorted within a reasonable time
ring again and ask why or let me or the clerk have the reference number and
we will deal with it.