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November 2005

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 covered.

‘Teething’ problems
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 user groups.

Running costs
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.

Youth Shelter
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 further.

Maintenance issues
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.

Revived Pond
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!

Seating arrangements
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 position.

Reporting faults
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:

Remembrance Sunday
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.

John Bland 01438 812135


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