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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

May 2004

Annual Parish Meeting: Last month readers were asked to note the date of the Annual Meeting of Knebworth Parish on the 5th May. Every household should by now have received their invitation to this important meeting. Everyone is welcome so please make the effort and support your Parish Council in this enjoyable and informative event. This year will be the 110th year that such meetings of our Parish have been held. Come early to ensure a good seat. Light refreshments will be available from 7.30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 8.00 p.m.

The above annual meeting marks the end of the council 'year'. The last Parish Council meeting was on the 24th March and the Recreation Ground met on the 7th April. Some of the interesting items from these meetings now follow.

An important item at the Council meeting was to fill the advertised vacancy on the Council. It was agreed to co-opt Mr Stuart Biddle. This will now bring us up to up to the statutory number of twelve councillors for our Parish. Stuart will be our youngest member and we look forward to welcoming him to our meetings. It is hoped that he will find the work of the council both interesting and a rewarding way to serve the community.

Mr Titmarsh gave a glowing report to the council on his visit to the CCTV control centre in Stevenage and also the possibility of extending this coverage to our village. The options available to us would be further investigated and priced. Our local Police are very supportive of this idea.

A smart new Notice Board has now been affixed in the Library exclusively for Parish Council use. In addition to the Agenda items that are regularly displayed it is planned to have photos of councillors and other relevant items. This it is hoped will help improve communications with the public.

By the time you read this it is hoped that the broken fence and gate at the Watton Road entrance to the recreation ground will have been repaired. It is unfortunately true that the cost of repairs caused by vandals goes up year on year and this is the latest example. All such costs are reflected in our Council Tax bills.

Hertfordshire Highways March bulletin now states that the access problems which have resulted in delays because lorry mounted platforms cannot be used e.g. footpaths have now been resolved. They go on to say "Our works team is working hard to deal with the backlog of repairs and anticipate that all outstanding repairs will be completed by the end of March." Remember the most effective way to report highway problems is to the 'Highways Faultline' phone 01438 737320

The Recreation Ground committee has started discussion on the production of our Football Development Plan. This is one of the prime conditions of our successful Football Foundation Grant. We have to provide a structured plan to meet the role of the Foundation, which is to give maximum benefit to the community through grass roots football. The plan will include sections giving detail on ways, to improve co-operation between clubs, increase clubs members, develop girls/women's football within existing clubs. The plans must cover both the introduction and implementing of the plan into the future. An interesting challenge for the year ahead.

Finally, please come to the Village Hall on Wednesday 5th may at 7.30 p.m. for the 110th Annual Meeting of the Parish of Knebworth.

John Bland 01438 812135

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