|All the committees of the Parish Council
have met since last month's report. It is perhaps again worth restating
that all our meetings are open to the public to attend and hear us at
work. The dates of meetings are published in the Parish News and copies of
the Agenda are displayed on the two council Notice Boards. Minutes of all
meetings which are public record are also available in the Library as well
as from the Clerk to the Council.
The first item of news to report is that
work on the new Pavilion is proceeding and now slightly ahead of plan. The
walls are now up to head height and a 'progress' photo in our Library
notice board shows the shape of things to come.
The Recreation ground committee at their meeting on 6th
October has voted to replace one of the swings with a new two bay unit.
This is in accordance with ROSPA recommendations and is also the limit of
funds available at this time. Readers will remember that the old existing
three bay swings were found badly rusted when they came to be painted and
so had to be taken out of use. It was also reported that the programme for
new play equipment for Lytton Fields play area was complete and favourable
reports were already being received from young users.
Plan Team news
Linda Brooks of the Parish Plan Team was present at the F&GP meeting
on the 13th October to present an amended draft of the Constitution for
the Knebworth Parish Plan team. After some discussion and clarification of
the wording this was approved and it will now be put to the full Council
for approval. It was reported that there had been a good response to the
questionnaire that would form the basis for the Plan document.
This is now the time of year when the process of preparing Budgets for the
year 2005/6 starts. It may seem a long way ahead but a lot of careful work
does goes into this stage to ensure that our ratepayers receive good value
for their money. Both the Village Hall and the F&GP committees have
discussed their first drafts of expenditure and income at their meeting on
the 13th October. Great care is taken in refining the estimates as the
ultimate deficit produced when all the figures are put together, results
in our Precept for the year which is the sum of money to be collected from
each taxpayer through the Council Tax.
A reminder that this year the annual Service of Remembrance will take
place at the war memorial in Old Knebworth on Sunday the 14h November
at 12.30 p.m. This is a moving service when the names of all those
from our village who died in two world wars are read out and wreaths laid
in their memory. Everyone is welcome to attend and last year over 250
people were there to pay their tributes.
The Christmas lights will be switched on this year in the commencing 22nd
November until twelfth night. This year eleven new coloured light
units will be in place in the High Street. It is to be hoped that this
will be a fitting start to the festive season. Once again we thank the
village traders for allowing the lights on their premises and also for
supplying the free electricity to make them shine. It does provide a
seasonal touch to our village and many residents and visitors do