Hallowe’en 2017

Hallowe’en at the Cage on Sunday 30th October

The Shenley Witches (Nicky Beaton & Tracy Brice) with their good friend the Cat (Amanda Leboff) took residence in the spooky Hallowe’en Cage to welcome villagers, fellow witches, zombies, skeletons, cats, vampires, ghosts and ghouls.    This year we had a special guest, Herman the monster (operated by Jade Susman) who entertained those about to go into the Cage.   Inside Skeleton Witch served the most delicious green and black eyeballs in green slime, Ugly Witch offered pink strawberry worms and Cat offered children sweeties.   Children were braver this year and not so many had to be egged on to sample the eyeballs.  The worms were particularly delicious.   It was rather chilly on Sunday so special thanks to Alex Black (Orchard Tea Rooms) for providing the tasty blood soup (tomato soup, not ghoul-ash!) which was most welcome.   Helen Hussain and Amanda’s parents Roberta and Anthony Shaw and sister-in-law Deborah Shaw kindly handed out toffee apples with Superman Monty (Amanda’s gorgeous little poodle puppy) helping.

Our Dracula photographer (Guy Beaton) and his able assistant Ross Brice organised the spooky fancy dress competition, taking photos of all entrants.   A magnificent 71 entrants – what a great turnout!  Costumes and makeup were brilliant this year.  It was very hard to choose the winners but after a lot of deliberating first prize has been awarded to Claw Hand-Ashaan Chambers and the Runners up are Skeleton Witch-Sienna Patel, Scary Clown-Harry Apfel, Bow-tie Clown-Harley Clayton and Frankenstein-Sam Shaw (please see the photos).   Well done everyone.

Pumpkins Competition – Best Pumpkin prize has been awarded to Florence and Maisie Gilbert.  Well done girls.   We also have to commend the spooky castle pumpkin.

Special thanks to Amanda Leboff our lovely Parish Clerk for organising the event brilliantly as always.  She works so hard.  There really is a lot to do behind the scenes and of course on the day – what a star.

Huge thanks also to everyone who helped us set up and clear up:  Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan & Pam Young, Ross & Tracy Brice, Guy Beaton, Jade Susman, Jeremy Leboff, Anthony Spencer and Roberta, Anthony & Deborah Shaw.   I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone.

Witch Beaton

Shenley Village Matters

Issue 11 – Autumn 2017

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Shenley Parish Council

Autumn 2017 Report 

Now that the leaves are falling from the trees summer seems a dim and distant past,   however Christmas is on its way which means that we are now entering our season of community events and I really hope that as many of you as possible are able to come along and be part of our vibrant village.

The dates for our events are advertised in this publication and I very much look forward to seeing you there. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve on these events from previous years or you would like to offer to help out at any of them then please do get in contact with me.

Planning and future development in Shenley remains a hot topic and as such the Neighbourhood Plan team have been really busy preparing the draft of the plan.  They still need your input and I would urge you to complete your questionnaires that were delivered in early September. Hertsmere is planning for 1,000 new homes across Shenley & Elstree so we need to hear your thoughts on this.

We welcome to the village Novita the new Italian restaurant and wish them much success. Let’s support them and our other local business to keep them alive and thriving. There has been much disappointment with the loss of The Black Lion name but the restaurant has agreed to put a plaque on the building recognising the fact that the building used to be called The Black Lion.

We have been looking at the issues of speeding and the accidents along Shenleybury and Black Lion Hill and in conjunction with our Borough and County Councillors have managed to secure funding for a traffic survey which is the first step in the process to try and make those stretches of roads safer.

You may have noticed teams of people in high viz. jackets on a Tuesday or Thursday around the Village. They are from Community Payback and have been doing a brilliant job of tidying up our footpaths and hedges. We have a long list of jobs for them to do but if you can suggest an area that you feel needs tidying up in the Village do let me know and we will get it added to the list.

We have been investigating over the last few months the possibility of extending the Christmas lights along Porters Park Drive. Unfortunately, the costs of purchasing together with the ongoing maintenance make it unfeasible at this present time.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Shenley Fete Committee for their generous donation to the Sir Richard Cox Charity which is a Charity that provides financial support to local residents who need it at Christmas time.

We would also like to congratulate the Shenley U13s Cricket team for being crowned ECB U13 National Champions.  A fantastic achievement and the village is really proud of them. We have an article about them in this Shenley Village Matters edition.

We have had a few positive results from our continual campaigning. Finally the large pot holes in the Andrew Close car park have been filled and in additional some more problematic potholes along Porters Park Drive near to King Charles Road were filled. A big thank you must go to our County Councillor Morris Bright for obtaining the funding to enable these works to take place. Residents nearby can now enjoy a little peace and tranquillity.

Another great result is that we have been granted funding for a bus shelter with seating for the stop opposite Tescos.  Hopefully this will be installed in the coming months and will make waiting for the bus a more pleasant and dryer experience for all.

We have booked the seniors Christmas trip and this year we will be going to see 42nd Street on Wednesday 13th December, tickets are going quickly so if you are interested then please book soon.

In the meantime I look forward to seeing you all at the village events.

William Susman

Chairman – Shenley Parish Council

william.susman@shenleyvillage.org

 

 

Shenley Parish

New Local Plan Meeting

The meeting we held at the Village Hall on Tuesday 10th October was very well attended.  The purpose of the meeting was to give Residents the opportunity to find out more about Hertsmere Borough Council’s (HBC) new Local Plan’s ‘Planning for Growth Issues & Options’ Consultation.  HBC has delivered leaflets to Shenley households.  Indeed all households in Hertsmere should have received them.   In our view these leaflets do not give adequate information.   As we hope you now know, HBC are consulting on whether to build 1,000 new homes across Shenley & Elstree and they are consulting on the area of search for a new Garden Village for 4,000 and ultimately 6,000 homes.   We recommend that you read the full consultation document on Hertsmere’s website:   At the meeting we handed out Meeting Notes containing some extracts from the consultation document – the ones relating to the areas of search in Shenley.   Click here to read the meeting notes.  The areas of search we are concerned about are:

  1. Pursley Farm fields
  2. The area behind London Road and the Spinney and Spinney Path leading down to Radlett Lane and also the fields to the left of Radlett Lane opposite the Park running down to Radlett. Villagers might consider limited development on the land behind London Road between the Spinney/Spinney Path but development in the fields running down Radlett Lane would be as bad as having development on Pursley Farm fields.
  3. The new ‘Garden Village’ which is shown as being in the Willows Farm/Salisbury Hall/Mosquito Museum area. 1,000 or more homes are likely to be in Shenley Parish!

Potentially we could have an extra 1,500 homes in Shenley Parish plus 3,000 homes close by on the other side of the M25.   1500 extra homes in Shenley Parish – that is more homes than there are in Porters Park which has 1100 homes!   The Meeting Notes contain a combined map showing where these areas of search are….having both on one map shows the full effect of what Hertsmere are proposing.

 

Residents at the meeting were clearly very unhappy by what is being suggested as are we.   We are increasingly fearful of Hertsmere Planning’s intentions.   They seem to have their eyes on our Green Belt.    It looks like we have a big battle on our hands and we are going to need your support as never before to make them listen to what WE want in OUR Parish.

It is vital that as many residents as possible make their feelings known.    We urge you to either write to Hertsmere:   Policy and Transport Team, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA

Or respond on line:   www.hertsmere.gov.uk/newlocalplan    We have been told that the portal is not user friendly but it is important to persevere.  If not please write a letter.

AND do come to the Hertsmere Planning Drop-in session at Shenley Primary School between 6.30 and 9pm on Monday 13th November to tell them in person.

You can find some information on the village website to help you with your responses (follow the links) or contact:  clerk@shenleyvillage.org to request a copy.

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Cllrs Nicky Beaton and Rosemary Gilligan

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Shenley Parish

Wed 27th September – Allotment Committee Meeting

WEDNESDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2017, AT 8PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, SHENLEY.

PRESENT: Members – Simon Gee, Robin Guest and Colin Sidney and Councillors. Annette Edel, Rosemary Gilligan and William Susman

In attendance:

Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council and allotment holders Eileen Guest, Brenda and Clive Treacher.

01/270917.    Apologies for Absence.

Apologies of absence were received from member Steve and Shirley Bury, Billie Sandhu, Steve Shelton.

02/270917.    Declarations of Interests – There were none

03/270917.    Minutes of Allotment Committee Meeting held on 13th June 2017

AGREED that the minutes of the meetings held on 13th June 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.

04/270917.    Matters arising from the above minutes.

There were none

05/270917     Entrance to allotments – work to take place on 25/10/17

The meeting were informed that the re-surfacing of the allotment entrance will take place on 25th October 2017. The allotments will be closed that day. 

06/270917     Poor conditions of plots that are not cultivated

Following a discussion the meeting agreed that the clerk will send out letters regarding the uncultivated plots. It was also agreed that the clerk would contact John O’Conner’s to get a quote for strimming and clearing uncultivated plots. Simon agreed to meet them on site to show them the plots when required.

07/270917     Allotment Committee Activity

The rota is;

MONTH COMMITTEE MEMBER
SEPTEMBER BILLIE
OCTOBER ROBIN
NOVEMBER STEVE SHELTON
DECEMBER STEVE BURY
JANUARY SIMON

08/270917     Any Other Business (subject to Chair’s discretion)

  • Following the dumping of compost without the allotment committee’s authorisation it was agreed the clerk would find out what the regulations are with regards to dumping compost.
  • It was agreed that the committee will arrange a social BBQ for all the allotment holders in the carpark at the allotments in spring 2018.
  • Clive Treacher will send the clerk the original plan via word document so names can be added and it can be put on the notice board.
  • It was suggested a farmers market would be a good idea for excess produce next year
  • The clerk will collate an email list of plot holders.
  • Date of the next meeting – Wednesday 29th November 2017- 8pm

October 2017                                                                                   Clerk to the Council

Shenley Parish

Tue 19th September 2017 – Finance Committee Meeting Minutes

REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HELD ON TUESDAY, 19th SEPTEMBER 2017, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

PRESENT:      Councillors Nicky Beaton, Rosemary Gilligan, Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan and William Susman (Chair).

IN ATTENDANCE:     Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

54/15      APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

There were none

55/15      DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were none

56/15      MINUTES OF FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 20th JUNE 2017

It was AGREED that the minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting, held on 20th June 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.

57/15      MATTERS ARISING 

There were no matters arising

58/15      THE COMMUNITY PAYBACK SCHEME & POTENTIAL COST FOR WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

The meeting agreed that the Community payback scheme is working very well and we should continue with the current weekly arrangement for the foreseeable future.  It was AGREED the clerk would write a letter of thanks to Alex at Café in the Orchard for the teas and coffees he supplies.  It was also agreed we should ask if he wants paying for this moving forward.

59/15      THE HARRIS LANE PAVILION

Following a discussion it was AGREED that Cllr Gilligan would contact Fin Log to ask for a quote and what options are available regarding replacing the current pavilion.

60/15      POTANTIAL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOE CHILDREN IN SHENLEY

The meeting AGREED that it would be a good idea to offer holiday activities for the children in Shenley.  The Clerk will ask Hertsmere Borough Council about their scheme and the possibility of Shenley being included.

61/15      POSSIBILITY OF PURCAHSING AN ADDITIONAL CCTV CAMERA

Following a discussion and the agreement that the current CCTV camera has been a great success, it was AGREED the clerk would contact Stevenage CCTV and ask the cost of a second camera and what would be required of the Parish Council in order to secure it.

62/15      CLOSE OF MEETING

The meeting closed at 8.30pm                                                                    CHAIR

Shenley Parish

Tue 5th September – Shenley Parish Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2017, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

PRESENT: Councillors Nicky Beaton, Rosemary Gilligan, Helen Hussain, Robert Perlmutter, Anthony Spencer, William Susman (Chair) and Peter Wayne

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

57/17.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillors Annette Edel, Gavin O’Sullivan and County Councillor Morris Bright.

58/17.                       Declarations of Interests

PERSONAL – Councillors Gilligan, Spencer and Susman declared a personal interest in the item concerning Shenley Park Trust.

PREJUDICIAL -none.

59/17                        Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 4th July 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on 4th July 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

60/17.                       Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

61/17                        Minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting held on 23rd August 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Council meeting, held on 23rd August 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

62/17.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman took the opportunity to welcome members of the public to the meeting.  He then read an email from Mr Blundell requesting the Parish Council object to the planning appeal for the land adjoining 1,3 and 5 Shenleybury.  It was NOTED that the Parish council had previously objected to this application.  Following a discussion it was AGREED that the Parish Council would OBJECT to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Parish Council were then asked to contact Hertfordshire Highways regarding the pot holes all along Rectory Lane.

63/17.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Accidents by Shenleybury – request by residents for action

The chairman informed the meeting that there has been a spate of accidents occurring monthly at the same location.  Both Highways and the police are aware of this.  There are traffic calming measures in place already however the accidents still occur.  The chairman went on to say that funding has been sourced by County Council for a traffic calming survey.  3 boxes will be put up to monitor the flow and speed of the traffic.  It was agreed that both the borough and County Councillors were taking this very seriously.

  • Request from resident for a memorial back for a bench at the pond.

The meeting noted the email from Mr. Tarrant requesting to a memorial back for a bench for the late Kathleen Tester. The meeting AGREED that more information was needed and the Chairman said he would phone Mr. Tarrant to discuss. It was also suggested that perhaps memorial trees could be planted.

  • The name Novita at the previously known Black Lion site.

The meeting discussed at length the renaming of the Black Lion Site.  Susan Payne addressed the meeting and highlighted her unhappiness at the new name, and felt the developers did not carry out their commitment as in their appeals proposal regarding the reinstatement of detailing appropriate to this Victorian building, and that the new sign is inappropriate.  Councillor Gilligan addressed the meeting with further information regarding the planning application, highlighting that the Black Lion has been there since the 1800s and throughout the planning application process it has been referred to as The Black Lion. Councillor Gilligan also stressed that she was very disappointed that only a small plaque referring to the Black Lion has been offered to be put up on the building. Councillor Gilligan also wanted the Parish Council to stand up for residents who are upset at the loss of name.

It was also highlighted that there is very little parking and cars are already starting to cause an issue on Rectory Lane.

Councillor Spencer said he has spoken with the new owner and also stated that he wishes to encourage new business in the village.

Following the lengthy debate it was AGREED that the clerk would contact Hertsmere planning and ask if anything can be done to enforce the name ‘The Black Lion’ is used. Following this outcome the Parish Council can then see what course of action can be taken next.

  • Anti-Social Behaviour – fires

It was NOTED that over the summer there was a spate of fires. The meeting was informed that the police are aware of this and have already caught some of the perpetrators.

  • Pursley Field – Update

The meeting were delighted to hear that the newly installed goal posts are being used. It was AGREED that a laminated sign needs to be put on the posts to say that they cannot be used on a Sunday when Borehamwood 2000 are using the field.

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

The Clerk informed the meeting that a Tesco sign is to be put up on the gym equipment following their generous grant.

  • Allotments

The meeting AGREED that the Parish Council should go with the Hertsmere Borough Council quote for a new entrance to the allotments.

  • Shenley Fete

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that the donations for this year have now been distributed.  The date of next year’s fete is Sunday 1st July 2018.  Councillor Beaton asked on behalf the fete committee for more support from the Parish Council, specifically councillors’ help on the day of the event.

  • Future Initiative Events

The events for the coming months are Halloween, Remembrance Sunday, Christmas lights switch on, Christmas at the Cage and Chanukah.

Councillor Hussain informed the meeting that people have asked about the condition of the pill boxes around Shenley and the fact that they need cleaning.  It was agreed that the cleaning of the pill boxes would be added to the list for the Community Pay Back team.

  • Media Committee

The deadline for the next edition of Shenley Village Matters is 14th September.  Following a discussion it was AGREED that the Parish Council would write a letter of congratulations to the junior cricket team regarding their recent success.

  • CSP

Nothing to report.

  • Police Update

Nothing to report.

  • Shenley Park Trust

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that the Park Trust volunteers are unhappy at being asked to do inappropriate work such as heavy works like digging ditches. She is also worried about the future plans of the park.

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting were informed that the 2nd questionnaire is in the process of being delivered.  It has been sent out with envelopes and can also be completed on line.  Councillor Gilligan has also been successful in securing a technical support grant.

  • Village Sign

The Clerk informed the meeting that the order has now been placed for the new village sign, and confirmed that the cows are being replaced with horses on the sign.

  • Additional Christmas Lights

Following a discussion the meeting agreed to the structural survey which is now due (in 2014 the cost was £1780 + vat).

The meeting then discussed additional lights and following a vote it was AGREED that the lights would NOT be extended this year.

64/17.           Correspondence

  • Receipt of the following correspondence was reported and noted:

65/17.           Planning Applications

The following planning applications were before the meeting. The meeting AGREED that;

  • Subject to Hertsmere Borough Council taking into consideration any comments of neighbouring owners/occupiers, the Parish Council raises no objection to the following proposals.
Application No. Address Proposed Development
17/1665/FUL Wilton End Cottage Radlett Lane Shenley Hertfordshire Conversion of existing agricultural barn to a detached 3 bed dwelling with

associated amenity space, parking and landscaping.

17/1456/LBC 15 London Road Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9EW Replacement of plastic half round gutters with seamless aluminium ogee

profile; fitting of non-return valve to cellar drain; removal of wall plate in cellar.

With regards to

17/0952/FUL University College London Sports Ground And Watford Football Club

Training Ground, Bell Lane, London Colney, Hertfordshire, AL2 1BZ

Installation of an artificial playing surface for sports use (amended

description and site location plan received 25.07.17).

The meeting NOTED again that it would be nice if Watford Football Club became more involved in Community Events such as is stipulated with Arsenal Football Clubs planning conditions.

(i)Other planning matters were noted, and

(ii)The council instructs the Clerk to advise Hertsmere Borough Council accordingly.

(*Denotes that at this point, the Council moved to discuss planning applications which had been brought to its attention at the meeting. They were proposed and seconded.)

66/17.           Financial matters

  • Accounts for payment –September 2017 meeting
  • The following accounts for July 2017 meeting were received:
Payment To Reason Total Amount
Hertfordshire County Council Stationary 29.92
E.Amorim Gardener – pond area March 2017 – July 2017 270.00
Shenley Village Hall Hire of Village Hall 76.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Expenses – XERO monthly payment 26.40
E.ON The Cage 2.87
E.ON Harris Lane Pavilion 37.33
Shenley Methodist Church  Hire of hall for Neighbourhood plan 28.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Wages 1087.72
HMRC Payment 212.58
TOTAL 1770.82
  • The following accounts for August 2017 meeting were received:
Payment To Reason Total Amount
Caprin Limited printing of compliments slips 64.80
BT Office phone and broadband 93.44
LCR magazine Annual Subscription 17.00
Imagine Places Neighbourhood Plan support 300.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Expenses – XERO monthly payment 26.40
Banner Group Printer cartridges 231.10
BDO Auditing of Annual Return 360.00
HMRC Payment 212.58
Mrs Amanda Leboff Wages 1087.73
E.ON Electricity – The Cage 7.90
Hertsmere Borough Council Neighbourhood Plan – business reply envelopes 194.40
Andy Gough Grounds Maintenance 210.00
Bob Gough Grounds Maintenance 384.00
Fay Gough Cleaning toilet, office   & extra removal of waste 100.00
TOTAL 3289.35

Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-

RESOLVED that the September 2017 meeting accounts for both July 2017 (£1,770.82) and August 2017 (£3,289.35), totalling £5,060.17 be approved for payment.

  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring report be approved.
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report be approved
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –
  • Shenley Primary School request for £2116.80 to help towards the cost of swimming coach expenses (£1524.60 given in 2014, 2015 and 2016)

Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve a donation of £1,524.60. However it was noted that the school kept £50 of the deposit money for hiring its hall for the Neighbourhood Plan launch meeting as they felt unhappy with the Parish Council.  Therefore as a result £50 has been deducted from their donation and will now receive £1,474.60.

  • It was NOTED that CIL money of £9,592.32 had been deposited in the Shenley Parish Council account.

51/17.           The meeting ended at 9.20p.m.                                           Chairman

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2017

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk Actioned
Pond lights Hire of lighting designer to plan what is needed Clerk & Cllr Susman ASAP
Manor Lodge School Contact school regarding inconsiderate driving approaching the school. Clerk ASAP
Basket Ball hoop To be ordered ASAP
Christmas Lights Book structural survey Clerk Actioned
Allotment Book tarmacking works for entrance to allotments Clerk Actioned
Junior Cricket team Send letter of congratulations Clerk ASAP
Planning Inspectorate Letter regarding Shenleybury Clerk ASAP
Novita Contact planning regarding removal of the name ‘Black Lion’ Clerk ASAP

 

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Aims & Objectives

SHENLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

 

  1. To maintain the Green Belt surrounding our village, avoiding the creep of urban sprawl.
  2. To maintain and improve the beautiful green appearance of our surroundings and the character of our village. To retain our village status. To maintain identified green spaces in the village
  3. To ensure that all residents have access to community green and open spaces for leisure and recreation.
  4. To minimise the impact of development on the natural and built environment.
  5. To protect the biodiversity of our area, our local wildlife and its habitat and our trees.
  6. To retain the sites in our area which currently provide jobs in their present use and provide sustainable employment opportunities for those who live within and outside it. Where possible to improve and enhance retail facilities offered to the community
  7. To encourage and facilitate the development of identified buildings in the village to provide better facilities for the community.
  8. To promote an active community within the village with desired community and cultural facilities for residents young and old.
  9. To implement design standards which maintain the character of the village and enhance the aesthetic qualities of the buildings in the village.
  10. To meet new housing demand in a way that is sympathetic to the area, that ensures that the right type of housing is built in the right locations and that a mix of housing types is delivered, to especially include smaller homes available to younger people/families and for older people to downsize to.
  11. Have a meaningful opportunity to engage with developers and their design teams in the early stages of designing proposals for strategic sites and any other significant development.
  12. To seek ways to improve traffic flow and congestion in the village and tackle growing parking issues.
  13. To ensure our roads and streets provide safer and more accessible routes, better balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

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Appeal following Park Bench Fire

 

Burnt Bench at Harris Lane Playing Fields 2017

Image from My Shenley Facebook Post

Police in Shenley are appealing for witnesses and information after a special dedication bench was burnt in the Harris Lane playing fields in the early hours of Saturday, July 8.

It is believed that the bench was deliberately set on fire.

Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Pete Edwards said: “We have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour recently and I want to reassure residents that we are taking their concerns seriously. Shenley is traditionally an area of low crime, so I understand that when this kind of thing happens it can be distressing and worrying for local residents.

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