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 4th
May. Well over 100 members of the public attended to hear the Parish Council
report what it had been doing in the past year. This meeting was the 111th
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.
The meeting started with the clerk reading
out the formal notice of the meeting. The chairman of the council, Mr Ian
Gilmore then gave his report of the year’s activities.
The major achievement
reported this year was that the new Pavilion was now nearing completion.
This project had been made possible by the generous grant funding from the
Football Foundation who are contributing over 50% of the cost. However,
problems had arisen in negotiating a renewal of our lease with the Herts.
County Council for the land forming the Watton Road entrance to the
Recreation Ground. The consequence of this was that the Parish Council has
so far been unable to take up a substantial grant from the Knebworth Village
Trust and instead has had to take on a loan for this sum of money until a
new lease is negotiated.
It had been planned that this project would be
fully funded before work started. Committee chairpersons then gave 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 which is the highlight of the evening.
Question & Answer
Among the invited guests was Mr Candler of North Herts. District Council, Mr
Greenhill of Hertfordshire Highways, and Councillor Ellis of Herts. County
Council. Representatives of the Police were also present. The full
transcript of all the questions and answers will soon be available and
displayed in our Notice Board in the Library where they can be read at your
leisure. Before closing the meeting just after 10 o’clock the chairman
thanked all those attending for their continuing support and feedback which
is such a vital requirement to keep us motivated. It should again be noted
that minutes of all the meetings of the Parish Council are public record and
are therefore available for all to see either in our Library or from our
Parish Council Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council
took place on the 11th May. This was the first meeting of the new term. This
is also the meeting when the council elects the Chairman and chair of
committees for the following year. Mr John Bantick was elected Chairman of
the Parish Council and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of this Office.
Mr Anthony Titmarsh was elected as Vice Chairman and chair of the Finance &
General Purpose Committee. Mr John Hunt to chair the Recreation Ground, Dr
Graham Fothergill to Planning & Environment and Mr Barry Hall to Village
Hall committee. All expressed their commitment to serve our community to the
best of their ability in the coming year.