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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

January 2004

The New Year 2004 has now started by the time you read this. The aim of these monthly reports is to keep the residents of Knebworth informed of what your Parish Council has done and is planning to do on your behalf. The members of the council, who are all volunteers, do spend very many hours in discussion trying to protect and improve our village community. We rely on your feedback and we look forward to your continuing support in the coming year.

Budget proposals
There have been only two committee meetings in November to report. At the Finance & General Purpose committee meeting the main item of business was to get agreement on the consolidated budget proposal for next year. After some critical examination of the proposed Capital expenditure items agreement was reached and a recommendation would now be made for the adoption at the next full Council meeting in December. This will be the ‘Precept’, which is the sum of money that will appear on your 2004/5 Council Tax bill.

Resignation
The Village Hall committee met on the same evening and at the end of the meeting Peter Hooker told us that he was moving away to Liskeard in Cornwall after 35 years in the village and he would therefore have to resign from the council. Peter has served on the Parish Council for fifteen years during which time he was chairman for four years. He was currently the Pavilion Project Co-ordinator and has successfully help take this work through to the planning stage. His wealth of experience and contributions to the work of the council will be greatly missed. He was thanked for his service and given our best wishes for the future. Elisabeth Smith, a new member of the council, has volunteered to take over this important role and will familiarize herself with the many papers.

A year in review
It is now perhaps an opportune time to look back to what has been achieved by the council during 2003. The purchase and installation of new play equipment in the main recreation ground has been a major expenditure, which has been very well received and has given much pleasure to many youngsters. The pavilion replacement project is however the biggest project ever undertaken by the Parish Council. The stage has now been reached where the raising of funds to fully finance this is the obstacle. Our Football Foundation Grant application is still outstanding and a successful outcome will enable work to start in 2004 as considerable funds have already been pledged. A lot of hard work over many years has been expended to reach this stage.

Parish Plan
The Parish Plan meeting on the 25th November was a success and over 30 people attended on a very wet evening. A good presentation was made to explain just what was involved in producing a Plan. A number of interested people have agreed to hold a further meeting the 9th December to see if a Working Group can be formed to take the next step forward.

Spring bulbs
Last month mention was made of the ‘Jubilee Walk’ and the planting of some 4000 bulbs. The ground has now been rotavated and is soft enough for planting to commence. It is a big task and someone suggested that the school could help. As a result two classes from the village school came to help with this task on the 3rd Dec. and had fun doing it. Some readers have asked just where this walk is. To clarify it is on the Eastern boundary of the main recreation ground, beyond the football pitches, where there are two rows of trees. Several beds have been prepared between the trees for planting. A place to look out for and visit next spring

John Bland 01438 812135

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