|During last month all the committees and the
full council have met. Readers will be aware that the Agenda of all council
meetings are displayed on the two Parish Council Notice boards in the
village and in the Library. Members of the public are always welcome to
attend and see us at work.
Major Incident Plans
As well as the council meetings there
have been a number of other meetings that do concern our village that
councillors have attended. One of them was the NHDC seminar on ‘Peacetime
Civil Major Incident Plans’ where the role of a Parish Council in the event
of a major disaster was explained. Several of our neighbouring Parishes have
already produced a plan and it was decided that the implications of this
should be examined with a view to taking this project further.
East of England
Regional Plan Consultation
Another meeting that took place in our Village Hall was the meeting of a
number of Parish Councils to hear The Hertfordshire Association of Parish
and Town Councils (HAPTC) views on how they should reply to the East of
England Regional Plan Consultation. Comments must be made by the 16th March
and a lot of publicity is being given to this as the planned future
developments will surely affect our village and many others in the future.
It is now hoped that the CCTV cameras will be installed in the village by
the end of this financial year which is the end of this month. Problems in
getting permission from landowners to install the camera columns have been
the reason for the delay. It is planned to install both cameras at the same
time. Following a request from our local policeman it was agreed at that the
bench seat by the bottle bank would be relocated to the other side of the
road which is a more visible location. This should help some problems that
for the ‘Parish Plan Team’
A draft of the Constitution for the ‘Parish Plan Team’ was presented to the
full council and agreed. This document is necessary as Working Groups are
now beginning to start to work on the main areas of concern identified by
the village Survey and published in the Parish Magazine and elsewhere. Hope
was expressed that some additional volunteers with specialist subject
knowledge would come forward to join these working teams.
Progress on the Pavilion has slowed and we were told on the 9th February
that progress had now slipped six weeks behind schedule. The reason given
for this delay was that the special roof panels had been late in arriving
and fixing them could not start until the whole set was complete. Work has
started again as this is written.
Lighter days are now coming and the problems of Litter around the village
are more than ever visible. How to tackle this problem and improve the
street scene were discussed. Among suggestions was to apply for funding from
Parish Enhancement fund of NHDC so we could pay for additional ‘spot
cleaning’ to having a Village Spring Clean week end in April with
councillors and others out with the bin bags. How do we generate a pride in
the appearance of out village and stop the dropping of litter? Any
suggestions on how to tackle this problem warmly welcomed.
The milder weather we have experienced has already started the grass growing
and as a result the grass has had the first cut of the season in February.
The recreation ground does need constant attention to keep up appearances
and our grounds man has had big problems in access whilst all the building
work is in progress. With the coming of the longer days and brighter weather
the flowers are beginning to show again. Do take the time to look at the
show of yellow daffodils beds in the Jubilee Walk at the eastern side of the
main recreation ground.