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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

November 2004

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.

Pavilion Rebuild
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. 

Swinging!
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.

Parish 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.

Budget time
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.

Service of Remembrance
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.

Lighting up time
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 appreciate them.

John Bland 01438 812135

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