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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

March 2005

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.

Peacetime Civil 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.

CCTV cameras
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 have arisen.

Constitution 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.

Pavilion
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.

Litter
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.

Horticultural news
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.

John Bland 01438 812135

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