|This is the first report for the year 2005.
It is a time when we can look back on the year that has past and the year
to come. This report is written early in the month and the main
consideration of the three committee meetings was deliberating on next
year's budget which has yet to be finalised...
It is however a very exciting time for
our village as all the major projects being undertaken in the main
Recreation Ground will come to completion this year. In no other period of
time has so much work been done by so many people. As a community we will
now undoubtedly have the best facilities for many miles around to offer
residents now and in the future. We as a community should be extremely
proud to have achieved this result and a big vote of thanks are due to all
of the voluntary workers and members in the various groups who have made
this happen. Whilst the benefits will be there for this and future
generations to enjoy it is now our responsibility to ensure that we do
care and look after this heritage for today. This involves us all.
The recreation ground committee was told
that the Cricket Square had now been scarified and also the outfield slit
to improve drainage. It is pleasing to report that Knebworth Park Cricket
Club is going to use the ground in the summer hence the work now to
improve the square.
Work on the Pavilion is proceeding as planned and it is now
awaiting its roof. Progress pictures are on view in our Library notice
board. Once the roof is in place and the building made weatherproof work
can then continue inside in spite of the weather. One interesting item to
note is that because of the extra number of showers and toilets a new
larger diameter water supply has to be laid. This is being routed from
We were told at the Village Hall committee meeting that the sealant on the
new refurbished floor reacts with 'duct' tape. To prevent any more damage
to the surface all users are now to be told that no tapes are in future be
used to hold things in place on the floor. A separate note to this effect
is to be added to all hire agreements to draw attention to this. The new
surface was much admired by many users.
The Finance & General Purpose committee was told that
Cash Flow forecasts were satisfactory for the large planned expenditure
now coming up. Borrowing approval has also been given to ensure that no
problems will arise over the next few months when our expenditure is at
its highest level and before the 2005/6 Precept is received.