Last month readers were asked to note the
date of the Annual Meeting of the Parish of Knebworth which is on the 4th
May. This meeting marks the end of the ‘council year’ and is the time when
you can hear what has been done on your behalf during the year and you can
ask your questions.
A year in
It has been a truly remarkable year. Never in the history of this Parish has
so much time and money been spent by so many people in vastly improving
nearly all the infrastructure in our main Recreation Ground. Every single
group of people who use this ground now has modern and vastly improved
facilities. To achieve this feat reflects great credit on the many
volunteers in the various groups who have made this happen. It is also a
great expression of our community spirit. With any large and complex project
there are problems and obstacles to overcome on the way. We are no exception
to this and unfortunately some problems do still remain. Nevertheless, we
can all now look back on a ‘milestone year’ with great pride and
satisfaction for what has been achieved. It is now up to all of us to
actively look after, protect and value these new facilities for both the
present and future generations to enjoy.
During this month the last Council meeting of this council
year took place on the 23rd March and the Recreation ground committee also
met on the 6th April. Some of the interesting items from the meetings are
The police attended the council meeting and gave an update on police
activity in Knebworth together with crime statistics. This communication was
welcomed as we are all aware that residents had their part to play in
helping the police control crime and communications play a big part in this.
It was reported that the promised CCTV would soon be installed and we were
also told that the new Number Plate Recognition facility upgrade would be
included in our cameras. PC Vine was to put an item in Parish News.
It was reported that many residents have contacted the Parish Council with
concerns regarding the future of the doctor’s surgery in the village. In the
absence of factual information it was agreed that a letter would be sent by
the Parish Council to the Practice expressing the concerns of many elderly
residents of the parish and asking for clarification of the position.
Time to 'Pond-er'
For some time now the condition of the pond in the recreation ground has
been a concern. Mr Iwan of the Countryside Management Services has again
visited the site to give us further practical advice. The advice was that
some attention was needed but that at the present time there was an
abundance of wildlife which should not be too much disturbed. It was
suggested that in August / September a mechanical digger could be hired and
used so that a significant amount of reeds and other debris could be safely
removed. This action with costs was agreed and this work would now be put in
hand. Meanwhile, we would try and find a friendly farmer with a tractor and
trailer who could take the material removed from the pond for a small fee.
Any readers who could help with this would be much appreciated.
Finally a reminder that the 111th Annual Meeting of the
Parish of Knebworth is on Wednesday 4th May at 7.30p.m. for 8.00p.m.
in the Village Hall. Another important reminder is that our Village Hall is
the Polling Station for the National and Local Government elections
to be held on the following day the 5th May.