|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
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
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
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.