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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

June 2004

Annual Parish Meeting
The main item to report this month is another very successful Annual Meeting of the Parish of Knebworth, which took place in the Village Hall on the 5th May. Over 85 members of the public attended to hear the Parish Council report what it had been doing in the past year. This meeting, was the 110th such meeting and is a requirement of the Local Government Act. Its purpose is to provide the opportunity for all local government electors to question the council on any matters that may be of concern to them. 

Reports: The meeting starts with the clerk reading out the formal notice of the meeting. Minutes of last years meeting were then approved. The chairman of the council, Mr. Ian Gilmore next gave his report of the year’s activities. This was followed by the committee chairpersons giving their individual verbal reports. Particular praise was given to our clerk Claire Graham for her work in the efficient running of the Council and the managing of our financial accounting to the required standards. This formal part of the meeting took about half an hour and the floor was then open for the popular questions and answers session.

Questions & Answers time: Among the invited guests was NHDC chief executive Mr. Campbell, NHDC councillor Mr. Thake, Mr. Jack of Hertfordshire Highways. and Mr. Ellis from Herts. C.C. The police team present was led by Inspector Hann. They were therefore able to reply to a wide range of questions. 

The withdrawal of Traffic Wardens to enforce parking restrictions and dangers of speeding were two particular topics of concern. We were told that two CCTV cameras were to be installed in the village before the end of the year at no direct cost to the parish. 

The continuing increases in Council Tax were questioned. It was explained that the main increase in the Parish part of the Council Tax was to build up funds for the Pavilion replacement. The stage has now been reached where construction work is planned to commence in July. This is a tremendous achievement for the village and the result of lot of hard work by those involved. 

Before closing the meeting just before 10 o’clock the chairman thanked all those attending for their support and feedback which is a vital requirement to keep us motivated. It should be noted that the full minutes of this meeting, including all the questions and answers, will shortly be available and on display on our new Notice Board in the Library where they can be read at leisure. 

Annual Parish Council Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council took place on the 12th May. This was the first meeting of the new term. This is the meeting when the council elects the Chairman and committees for the following year. Mr. Ian Gilmore was elected to the Chair and signed the new Declaration of Acceptance of Office. Mr. John Bantick was elected as Vice Chairman and also Chair of the Village Hall committee. The other committee chairpersons elected were Mr. Anthony Titmarsh to the Finance & General Purpose, Ms Libbi Smith to Recreation Ground and Dr Graham Fothergill to Planning & Environment. All expressed their commitment to serve our community to the best of their ability.

Not quite painting the town red!
Finally on a lighter note, people may wonder why the entrance pavement to the library has been painted red. The answer is that this is a non-slip surface and only a few colour choices are available.

John Bland 01438 812135

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