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February 2004

The breaking news in the Press Release from the Football Foundation (see précis) gives the exciting news of the successful application for funds for the Pavilion replacement. This is a momentous decision that will have tremendous implications for our village now and in the future. All other reports this month will pale into insignificance when you read this national Press Release.

It seems a long time since I wrote the last report on the 6th December 2003. The long Christmas holidays are now behind us and the New Year has now started. The parish Council did meet in early December and the Planning and Recreation Ground committees have met in January. A meeting also took place in late December with the Bowls and Tennis Clubs representatives.

Budget Proposals
The main decision taken at the full Parish Council meeting was to approve and set the Budget for the year 2004 / 2005 which was mentioned last month. The percentage increase on last year has been held to single figures. This is in spite of an ambitious Capital programme, which does include more provision for the costs of the Pavilion replacement.

New plans for Bowls and Tennis Clubs
On the 17th of December members of the Recreation committee met separately with members of both the Bowls and Tennis Clubs. Both organisations explained their plans for their future developments, which included applying for outside grant aid. A pre-requisite for this is a security of tenure and requests were therefore made for the Council to extend or replace their present leases to satisfy this requirement. The Council was anxious to help both the clubs and undertook to look urgently into the proposed amendments to the leases. A new Bowls clubhouse and replacing the grass tennis courts with all- weather hard courts are the main items in their plans.

Vacancy to be filled
The official notice advertising a Vacancy on the Parish Council has been posted following the resignation of Peter Hooker who has moved from Knebworth. Details of what is involved and how to apply are available from our clerk Mrs Claire Graham phone 813795. Any member of the Council will be only too pleased to explain and amplify what they do. This really is an ideal opportunity to serve your local community and it is also both an enjoyable and worthwhile use of time. Please consider if you can offer your services.


Shed a little light
Hertfordshire Highways December information bulletin is again mentioning street lighting. It restates that the most effective route for recording street lighting faults is via Highways Faultline on 01438 737320. They also go on to say that for faults not rectified within the stated 5 working days target a new procedure has been set up. This is to ensure that all enquiries receive an answer within three working days, with a clear indication of when the repair will be carried out if possible. On the issue of footpath lighting it is stated that because of recent ladder accidents any street lighting units on footpaths not accessible by vehicle-mounted platform will not be attended to at present.

Pavilion Press Release
The Recreation Ground committee met on the 14th January and naturally the main items discussed all related to the Pavilion. The detailed planning steps needed to meet the Timescale set for the project were agreed. All were now aware that 'Time is of the essence' and extra meetings and involvement will be called for by all involved. A tremendously exciting challenge for all of us to start the year 2004 on such a positive note.

John Bland 01438 812135


************PRESS RELEASE************


Knebworth footballers are to receive a massive £234,838 funding package from the Football Foundation, the UK's largest sports charity.

The cash boost will allow Knebworth Parish Council to start construction on a state of the art pavilion housing six changing rooms, alongside social areas and spectator facilities. It will replace a dilapidated 1920s building which has been subject to repeated vandalism and has been considerably damaged in a recent arson attack........

Ian Gilmore, chairman of Knebworth Parish Council said:
"We are extremely grateful to the Football Foundation for providing Knebworth with such significant support towards the new Pavilion. The grant is the largest of its type received by the village and will put Knebworth football facilities on the map. Football in Knebworth can only go from strength to strength.

We also wish to record our thanks to Knebworth Village Trust, North Herts District Council and the residents of Knebworth for their support. All contributors have made this a worthwhile project and one to be proud of"

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