The main meeting to report this month is the Recreation
Ground Committee meeting which took place on the 28th September. There
was an Agenda for this meeting of some twenty items and although we
worked hard up to our 10.30 p.m. deadline not all the items had been
There were a large number of topics to discuss and among them was how to
resolve some ‘teething’ problems that had arisen with some of the
facilities in the new Pavilion. Another item that took up a lot of time
was how we resolve the issue of access and key holders from different
The financial impact of running this new building is now beginning to
appear and this was also discussed at length. Some running costs have
increased significantly, whilst some headings like repairs will have
reduced. This is the time of year when the Budgeting process for next
year starts and so it important that extra care is taken in preparing
the figures for 2006/2007.
The proposal for a Youth Shelter to be sited in the
middle of the main recreation ground was discussed and was thought to be
a good idea. It was however felt that input and the wishes from the
potential user group was a vital ingredient. A questionnaire would be
prepared to try and get this feedback before this idea was taken
Decisions were made to pollard an avenue of trees running to Oakfields
Road, to install a gate to control access to the George V playing field
and also to apply for a grant to replace two old swings that had been
removed on safety grounds.
Our Pond in the main recreation ground has now received some major
attention as recommended by the Countryside Management Service. This has
resulted in many tons of silt and debris being removed with a large
mechanical digger. A local farmer had kindly agreed to accept the silt
on his field but a lot of ‘foreign bodies’ were also present and they
had to be removed. A working party of councillors therefore set out one
morning to sort this out and they filled a whole skip with this
material. A really messy job for those involved!
The two new tubular metal seats have now arrived and are being installed
in the main recreation ground to replace vandalised items. It is hoped
they will prove to be more robust than the previous wooden pattern.
Also, due to many requests by elderly residents the wooden seat by the
roundabout opposite Smiths Radio will be put back to its original
Now that the shorter days are with us it is timely to remind readers
that the most effective route to report any highway faults. This
includes faulty street lights, potholes, pavement problem or any other
highway fault and the number to ring is 01438 737320 for the Highway
Faultline or go to: www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults
A reminder that this year the annual Service of Remembrance will take
place at the war memorial in Old Knebworth on Sunday the 13th November
at 12.30 a.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 lights go on!
The Christmas lights will be switched on this year in the week
commencing 21st November until twelfth night. This year the new coloured
light units will be in place in the High Street and it is hoped that
together with the ‘rope’ lights in Station Road they will herald 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 the shine. It does provide a seasonal touch
to our village and many residents and visitors do appreciate them.