Tuesday 2 April – Parish Minutes

Shenley Parish Council

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 2nd APRIL 2019, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

 

PRESENT: Councillors Nicky Beaton, Annette Edel, Rosemary Gilligan, Nigel Heller, Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan, Anthony Spencer, William Susman (Chair) and Peter Wayne

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council
  • 5 members of the public were present

 

109/18.         Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

The Chairman took the opportunity to thank those Councillors that would not be standing again in the Parish Council elections.  He thanked Councillor Beaton for her amazing work whilst on the Parish Council and is delighted that she will continue with the Neighbourhood Plan, Shenley Village Matters and the fete.  The Chairman thanked both Councillors Wayne and Hussain for all their hard work whilst on the Parish Council.

 

110/18.         Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

111/18.         Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 5th March 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on the 5th March 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council

 

112/18.         Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED. At this point it was asked by a resident if there had been any development regarding the Community Right to Bid request.  The clerk informed the meeting that she was still waiting on a reply and would chase Hertsmere Borough Council.

 

113/18.         Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman invited questions. A resident that the acronym of SCAG should not be used when referring the Shenley Community Activity Group.  It was agreed that a new shortened ‘Nickname’ would be agreed on.

The Chairman thanked the residents for attending.

 

114/18.         Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Black Lion Hill – Speeding

The Chairman welcomed residents to highlight what happened at the meeting at Hertfordshire County Council with Councillors Bibby and Bright. The report that followed the meeting stated that Black Lion Hill does not currently fall into the 30mph strategy and as such they will not put any speeding devices along Black Lion Hill as they do not believe it is enforceable.

It was confirmed that the speed limit was 30mph originally and was changed to 40mph for a brief time in the 1980’s.  It was then changed back to 30mph.

Following this meeting Councillor Heller contacted Police Inspector Bilsden who confirmed it is the polices responsibility to enforce the speed limit. The inspector stated that if the speed limit was increased to 40mph they would then enforce speeding. The inspector suggested working with Clore Shalom School to try and influence speed calming measures.

 

Following a lengthy discussion, it was AGREED that: –

  • Councillor Heller will contact the Police commissioner again regarding the historical speeding limits
  • Councillor Gilligan will contact Councillor Bibby’s predecessor for advice
  • Councillor Gilligan will forward Councillor Heller the Neighbourhood Plan report regarding speeding

 

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting thanked Councillors Beaton, Gilligan and the Steering Group for all their hard work in producing the Neighbourhood Plan which now includes a special policy area.  Councillor Beaton stated that minor changes may still be made.  The final version is to be given to Mark Silverman at Hertsmere Borough Council.  Councillor Beaton gave an update on the mock Exam that was held.

 

Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – UNANIMOUSLY AGREED that the Neighbourhood Plan be adopted by Shenley Parish Council

 

Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – UNANIMOUSLY AGREED that the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group be taken to dinner by the Parish Council as a thank you for all their hard work.

 

  • Drive Safe

Councillor Susman to chase

 

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

The meeting was informed that the ACS group will be meeting this weekend. The meeting thanked the volunteers for their continued hard work. Councillor Susman informed the meeting that he has spoken with Shenley Park Trust who have AGREED to keep a permanent skip in order dispose of the rubbish from both the Action for a Cleaner Shenley and Community Payback Group.  The Parish Council will be invoiced accordingly.  The meeting AGREED this was an excellent idea.

 

Councillor Spencer informed the meeting that he had met Michael Gove MP and asked him specifically what is being done to prevent littering.

 

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

The meeting AGREED the team are doing a great job.  The request for the painting of the railings outside the Village Hall during holiday times will be passed on to the team by Councillor O’Sullivan.

 

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

Councillor Edel informed the meeting that some of the new benches are now in place.

 

  • Allotments

A meeting is required.

 

  • Shenley Fete

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that plans were progressing well.

 

Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – UNANIMOUSLY AGREED that the Shenley Fete can use Harris Lane and Rookery Field to hold the event.

 

  • Media Committee

A meeting is required.

 

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

The Clerk informed the meeting that there are 80 people attending the trip to Chartwell House on Tuesday 9th April.

 

The Clerk thanked Mrs Susman for accompanying her on the reccy to Southend On Sea.  The summer trip has been confirmed for Wednesday 26th June to Southend On Sea.

 

  • Police Update

Councillor Heller informed the meeting that unfortunately there were no stats available for the meeting.  Councillor Heller confirmed there would be more speeding events as held previously. Due to recent crimes something will be put on Facebook regarding crime prevention.  Councillor Heller also said that schools in Hertsmere including Shenley Primary School will be having presentations held by the police.  It was also confirmed that the SID on Porters Park Drive has been very effective.

 

  • Shenley Park Trust

The meeting was informed that there was a good turnout at the Park Trust AGM.

 

106/18.         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
19/0268/HSE 21 Juniper Gardens Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9LA Erection of single storey rear extension following removal of existing extension21
19/0398/MPO Site of Former 25 London Road Shenley Hertfordshire Application to modify a planning obligation dated 29 June 2017 to amend clause 2.3 to make clear that the obligations are not binding on individual owners once the plots are sold pursuant to planning application 17/0078/FUL for Demolition of existing dwelling and outbuildings and erection of 6 dwellings (2 x 5 bed detached dwellings and 2 pairs of 4 bed semis) each to include an integral garage with associated landscaping and access
19/0431/CLP 2 Frank Cottages Radlett Lane Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9AH Construction of two outbuildings (garden room and garden shed) to rear of property. Certificate of Lawful Development (proposed).
19/0419/HSE 47 North Avenue Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9DF Retention of brick boundary walls and outbuilding in rear garden. Retrospective Application
*19/0432/FUL Woodhall Farm Office, Woodhall Lane, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9AA Demolition of existing stable block and construction of office building (Class B1).

 

With regards to: –

19/0366/FUL University College London Sports Ground and Watford Football Club Training Ground Bell Lane London Colney Hertfordshire AL2 1BZ Construction of a two-storey rear extension to create additional offices and recreational space, and single storey side extension to extend existing offices with associated internal alterations
19/0380/VOC University College London Sports Ground and Watford Football Club Training Ground Bell Lane London Colney Hertfordshire AL2 1BZ Application for variation of condition 4 to allow for the retention of the inflatable dome on a year-round basis following grant of planning permission 17/2417/FUL

The Meeting objected to the application by Watford Football Club and UCL sports ground to the retention of the indoor training pitch currently on site.  While a case may be made in due course for such a facility the current building is not it.  When the community did not object to the temporary use of an indoor pitch, at that time no one expected the huge and inappropriate inflated building currently on site.

It is intrusive into the open countryside and green belt, as it is so tall, it can be seen from most views of the site. The top of Black lion hill, the motorway, Bell lane and the footpaths in the surrounding countryside, it therefore does not add to the openness of the greenbelt.  It is lit after dark all night and is a nuisance to the residents of bell lane.  London Colney our neighbours can see it from their side of the motorway and will also be objecting.

You can compare it to the adjacent Arsenal Training ground, which officers worked with Arsenal to limit the impact on the surrounding area and neighbours.  Their site had mandatory tree planting to hide the buildings and now those trees are matured you would not know the site was there.  They also have limits on the timings of indoor use after dark and it is not available to the public other than when Arsenal do their community engagement events.  All of these conditions where put in place to limit the effect of their buildings on the open countryside and the residents of Bell lane.

The building is not complaint with the objectives of Shenley Neighbourhood plan now formally submitted to HBC to start the final consultation before going for examination, which must form a material consideration for all developments from now on, in particular to maintain the rural character of the whole parish and encourages involvement with the community.

We would encourage Watford Football Club and UCL to consult the community and parish council on any other applications.

 

(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.)

 

116/18.         Financial matters

  • April 2019 meeting

The Accounts for payment for the March 2019 meeting were received and it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly Accounts for payment totalling £11,251.47 be approved.

  • It was NOTED that the monthly budget monitoring reports for March 2019 will be approved at the May meeting
  • It was NOTED that the monthly petty cash report for March 2019 will be approved at the May meeting
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –

There were none

  • The Council REVIEWED and APPROVED the ‘Review Of Internal Audit Effectiveness’.
  • The Council REVIEWED and APPROVeD the ‘Financial And Management Risk Assessment’.
  • The Council NOTED and ACCEPTED the Internal Audit Engagement Letter with IAC.

 

117/18.         The meeting ended at 9.25p.m.                                                       Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 2 APRIL 2019

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk ASAP
Right to Bid Request to reinstate Right to Bid on White Horse and Black Lion – Chase again Clerk ASAP
Community Pay Back See if the team can paint the railings outside the Village Hall Cllr O’Sullivan ASAP
Shenley Community Activities Group Suggestions for new abbreviation All Cllrs ASAP
Speeding •          Councillor Heller will contact the Police commissioner again regarding the historical speeding limits

•          Councillor Gilligan will contact Councillor Bibby’s predecessor for advice

•          Councillor Gilligan will forward Councillor Heller the Neighbourhood Plan report regarding speeding

  ASAP

 

Tuesday 5 March 2019 – Shenley Parish Council Minutes

Shenley Parish Council

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 5th MARCH 2019, AT 7.40PM (FOLLOWING THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING) IN THE VILLAGE HALL,

108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

 

PRESENT: Councillors Nicky Beaton (Chair), Rosemary Gilligan, Nigel Heller, Gavin O’Sullivan and Anthony Spencer

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council
  • 10 members of the public were present

 

99/18.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillors Annette Edel, Helen Hussain, William Susman, Peter Wayne and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

100/18.         Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

101/18.         Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 5th February 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on the 5th February 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Beaton and adopted by the Council

 

102/18.         Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED. At this point it was noted by a resident that he had eventually had contact with Hertfordshire County Council regarding the 657 bus. It was confirmed that this route will now be run by Arriva.  UNO will finish running their service on 20 April and Arriva will begin on 23 April.  The meeting thanked the resident for all his efforts regarding the matter.

 

103/18.         Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held on 7th February 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Finance committee meeting, held on the 7th February 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Gilligan and adopted by the Council

 

 

104/18.         Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman invited questions. A resident asked what the outcome of the appeal for the proposed gates at the Mansion House had been.  It was confirmed that the appeal had been successful.

 

The Chairman thanked the residents for attending.

 

105/18.         Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Adopt a Phone box

The meeting discussed the proposal to adopt the phone box on London Road.  It was agreed that this would be a great community service.  It was commented that the books would need to be enclosed to protect them from the weather.  It was also noted that it may be vandalised.  It was AGREED to go ahead with the project with the initial cost of £1.  The Clerk will inform Mrs Susman who emailed the request.

 

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting NOTED that this had been discussed at the Annual Meeting, which had taken place prior to the full Council meeting.

 

  • Drive Safe

Nothing to report

 

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

The meeting was informed that the ACS group will be meeting this weekend. The meeting thanked the volunteers for their hard work.

 

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

The meeting AGREED the team are doing a great job.  The request for works to be carried on along the Spinney will be passed on to the team by Councillor O’Sullivan.

 

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

Nothing to report

 

  • Allotments

Nothing to report

 

  • Shenley Fete

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that plans were progressing well, and a new mail out will be sent this week.

 

  • Media Committee

The meeting all AGREED that the new edition of SVM is fantastic and Councillor Beaton and Mr Guy Beaton were thanked for all their hard work.

 

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

The Clerk informed the meeting that the next trip will be to Chartwell House on Tuesday 9th April.

 

  • Police Update

Councillor Heller informed the meeting that the police updates would now be presented quarterly.

 

  • Shenley Park Trust

The meeting was informed that the Park Trust AGM will be taking place on Monday 18th March at 7.30pm.  Staffing issues were also mentioned.

 

106/18.         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
19/0187/FUL Wheatsheaf Farm, Well End Road, Borehamwood, Herts Creation of new vehicular access from Well End Road with installation of field gate.
19/0186/LBC Wheatsheaf Farm, Well End Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire Redevelopment of the site to include subdivision of existing farmhouse to create 1 x 3 bed and 1 x 4 bed dwellings, conversion of ‘The Kennels’ to a single storey 1 bed dwelling with detached garage. Demolition of outbuildings associated with the equestrian centre and construction of 1 x 4 bed house with integral garage and 1 x 3 bed house with detached garage with associated landscaping. (Application for Listed Building consent)
19/0185/FUL Wheatsheaf Farm, Well End Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire Redevelopment of the site to include subdivision of existing farmhouse to create 1 x 3 bed and 1 x 4 bed dwellings, conversion of ‘The Kennels’ to a single storey 1 bed dwelling with detached garage. Demolition of outbuildings associated with the equestrian centre and construction of 1 x 4 bed house with integral garage and 1 x 3 bed house with detached garage with associated landscaping.
19/0045/HSE 24 Newcome Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9EJ Erection of part single part 2 storey side and rear extension and alterations to front elevation.
18/2416/LBC Buckettsland Farm, Buckettsland Lane, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire Demolition of the studio building and erection of a replacement 4 bed detached dwelling with bin storage, associated landscaping and parking. (Application for Listed Building consent)
*19/0267/HSE 44 Greenwood Gardens, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9LF Single storey rear extension
*19/0277/CLP 46 Newcome Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9EJ Single storey rear extension. Certificate of Lawful Development (proposed).
*19/0279/CLP 2 Woodhall Lane, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9AT Conversion of loft to habitable room with hip to gable roof alternations, rear dormer and 2 front roof lights. Certificate of Lawful Development (Proposed)

 

 

With regards to: –

19/0194/HSE 7 Cox Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9JQ Conversion of garage to habitable room to include bay window to front elevation. Single storey rear extension and changes to fenestration and front

door.

The Meeting raised concerns regarding the dimensions of the proposed bay window, on the access for No.5 Cox Close.  Should this obstruct the access to No.5 then the Parish Council would object to the application.

 

Also, concerns were raised about the depth of pilings in the proposed rear extension and the potential damage to tree roots and the adjacent houses.

 

(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.)

 

107/18.         Financial matters

  • March 2019 meeting

The Accounts for payment for the March 2019 meeting were received and it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly Accounts for payment totalling £6,041.88 be approved.

  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring reports for February 2019 be approved.
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report for February 2019 be approved.
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –
  • Clore Shalom Primary School request for £1,312.50 to help towards the cost of swimming coach expenses (£1,312.50 given in 2018, £1,260.00 given in 2017, £1,000 given in 2015 and 2016)

Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve a donation of £1,312.50.

 

108/18.         The meeting ended at 8.40p.m.                                                       Chairman

 

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2019

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk ASAP
Grant Request £1,312.50 towards Clore Shalom Swimming coaches Clerk ASAP
Right to Bid Request to reinstate Right to Bid on White Horse and Black Lion – Chase again Clerk ASAP
Community Pay Back See if the team can do works that have been requested in the Spinney Cllr O’Sullivan ASAP

 

Tuesday 5 March 2019 Shenley Parish Annual Meeting

Shenley Parish Council

 

shenley parish annual meeting

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY, 5 MARCH 2019, AT 6.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY.

 

Apologies for Absence:        Councillors Annette Edel, Helen Hussain, William Susman, Peter Wayne and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

Councillor Nicky Beaton, Vice-Chair of the Parish Council formally opened the proceedings by welcoming everybody present. 13 local residents/electors were present. The Chair invited the Parish Clerk, Amanda Leboff, to record the Minutes with the agreement of the meeting.

 

Copies of the Minutes of the Parish Meeting held on 15 March 2018 had been distributed together with copies of the audited accounts for the year 2017/18 and the Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2018.  It was agreed by those present to accept the Minutes as read, and with the consent of the meeting, the Chairman signed the Minutes as a true record.  There were no matters arising from the above Minutes.

 

The Vice-Chair then proceeded to read a copy of the Chairman’s report on the activities of the Parish Council for the past year as follows: –

 

Once again, I am really honoured to be completing my fourth year as Chairman of the Parish Council and am really proud to be able to represent such a unique and vibrant village community.  We are so lucky as we are of such a size that it really makes it possible for everyone to have an opinion heard and be able to influence what happens in the Village.  I love my role as I know that once we make decisions there is no bureaucracy involved and we can get things done quickly.

We see the role of The Parish not just keeping the open spaces tidy and the streets swept but to facilitate community engagement and create “added value” for the residents.  We want to make Shenley a Village that people aspire to live in.  It’s about creating and maintaining a Village that we are proud of and to be able to create a happy and inclusive environment that will last long into the future.

Our continuing aims are to keep the Village tidy, presentable and safe together with planning for a green and sustainable future involving retaining our greenbelt and Village charm.

The first draft of the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan was launched at the Shenley Village fete in Sunday July, it was great to see so many people visit the stand and participate in the process to see and influence what is planned for our Village for the next fifteen years.  We are additionally delighted that over 150 people took the time to complete the online survey, doing this has given them the opportunity to give their comments on The Plan and shape the final document. 

Our Plan is making amazing progress having gone through Regulation 14 and a recent Mock Exam.  We need to thank everyone who has attended meetings, responded to questionnaires and surveys and the Regulation 14 consultation.  The Plan is having final revisions made at the moment and will be submitted to Hertsmere at the end of the month to start the final Regulation 16 consultation after which it will be examined by a Neighbourhood Plan Inspector.   If all goes to plan, we hope to have the referendum at the end of the year, late Autumn if we can. The Mock Examiner commented that we had made extremely good progress and it is thanks to the hard work of the Steering Group led by Nicky Beaton and Rosemary Gilligan and our consultant Angela Koch of Imagine Places.

As previously stated, we are keen to retain the greenbelt and will resist plans for “mass” development.  There is however an element of this that maybe outside of our control and imposed on us by Central government.  We hope that our Plan will be robust enough to protect us but if not, it will identify areas where development will have least impact and bring the most benefits to the Village.  We have talked about the possibility of using a Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO) to help us achieve this but it appears that we may not be able to achieve our goals using this tool.

We are delighted that our dedicated PCSO’s are on top of the anti-social behaviour in the Village but to make sure that it doesn’t return and to assist them we have now acquired a second CCTV camera.  Our CCTV footage has been instrumental in reducing the level of anti-social behaviour.

We have had some success with CCTV footage and as a result two youths were identified behaving in an anti-social manner and they and their parents received a visit from the Police. As a result of the rise in anti-social behaviour outside Shenley Primary School and the field adjoining the shops our two CCTV cameras have been moved to monitor these areas.  Additionally, you will be pleased to learn that last month tickets were issued by the Police to a number of motorists who parked on the pavement outside the School who were endangering the safety of both children and adults alike.

It was sad to see that a band of criminals tried to take the cash machine from Tesco’s late last year.  Apart from causing a huge amount of damage to Tesco’s and Shenley Estates they fled empty handed.  The good news is that thanks to the diligent work of our Police Service they have now been caught and are behind bars awaiting trial.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before the cash machine is reinstalled.

Perhaps the lowest point this year was the daubing of Anti-Semitic graffiti in various location in the Village.  I am extremely upset that everything we have all worked so hard for over the years in terms of creating a fully integrated and inclusive community in Shenley has been undermined by some thoughtless and hateful acts by ignorant and selfish individuals.

We swiftly had the graffiti removed and are working with the Police to identify the individuals concerned to bring them to justice.

We regard the Village as fully inclusive with many interfaith events and activities organised. Reverend McCarthy and Rabbi Garber work very closely together to create fully harmonised and integrated communities. They are currently working together on an interfaith project for the Shenley Community.  With funding from The Parish Council, they are organising a Mental Health First Aid Course for later this year.

After much time and lobbying we have managed to implement the first stage of making the roads of Shenley safer with the installation of our first “SID” along Porters Park Drive.  We are hoping that its presence reminds drivers of the speed limit along that stretch of road and encourage them to drive safely.  Speeding along Black Lion Hill, Shenleybury, London Road and Woodhall Lane continues to be a problem and we are exploring options to try and make this stretch of road safer. 

The first stage to start tackling this is to implement our Police “Community DriveSafe Scheme”.  The volunteer teams will be given speed display equipment and stand at the roadside monitoring passing vehicles. Speeding motorists will then be sent an advisory letter from the Police and those who speed frequently will receive a visit from a police officer.  I would like to thank those people who have volunteered to take part in the scheme.

Ironically our cardboard cut-out Policeman on Black Lion Hill was so successful in slowing drivers down that the Police actually themselves complained.

This stretch of road together with Shenleybury is proving to be so dangerous that 160 letters have been written by residents to Hertfordshire County Council and have been presented to Councillors Bibby & Bright who are Executive Member & Deputy Executive Members for Highways and the Environment.  Hopefully highlighting this to them will spur them into action!

We are pleased to announce that with funding from Councillor Morris Bright Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council we are able to install flashing warning 20mph lights outside Shenley Primary School in an attempt to make the area safer for the children at drop-off and collection times.  These will be installed over the coming months.

A huge vote of thanks must go to the Shenley resident who after seeing how many fires were being caused by kids in Shenley was motivated to visit the fire station and speak with the Red Watch team.  As a result of this Red Watch visited Shenley twice in August with their fire appliance and spent the afternoon and evening raising awareness of fire safety, dangers of hoax calls, repercussions of arson and showing the kids what the role of a firefighter is and how they support the community.

Traffic and roadworks are recurring issues and certainly they have given us some challenges in Shenley over the end of last year.  The closure of Radlett Lane really made me angry, it is beyond my comprehension that the legal system in this country can allow a private company to close a major thoroughfare for six weeks to lay a cable down the middle of the road and cause total chaos and utter inconvenience.  It is a shame that no thought is given to residents or local businesses who suffer for the gain of some anonymous corporate.

Recent chaos was caused by temporary lights that were put up in Watling Street at its junction with Harper Lane whilst they made what they called “road improvements” to accommodate the extra traffic that will be caused by the new development of 200 homes.  All it actually achieved was to show that the road network cannot accommodate the extra vehicles and the lights that they proposed to put there will do nothing but cause total chaos and gridlock.  Congratulations must go to our County Councillors who got the roadworks lifted whilst a better solution was found.

Whilst talking of safer roads we are grateful to Hertsmere Borough Council who have provided funding that will enable Shenley Park to widen the Radlett Lane entrance to the park making it much safer for road and pedestrian users.  It is timetabled that these works will be carried out over the next few months.

Keeping our Village tidy and presentable is a priority and as such we must thank the Community Payback Scheme, who have been working on improving the Pond area next to The Cage by repainting the posts and rails. They have cleared masses of footpaths, painting the Hub and the benches, cleared out the ditches at Pursley FC, and cleared years of neglected growth along Newcome Path.  Thanks goes to Supervisor Chris Townsend and team and Co-Ordinators Nicky Beaton and now Gavin O’Sullivan also to Guy Beaton and others who have made numerous trips to take Payback waste to the tip.  We are also grateful to The Café in The Orchard for proving the teams with welcomed refreshments.

In addition, our own team of Action for a Cleaner Shenley gets together monthly to tidy the Village in the last year they have accrued 112 hours of volunteer time, collected 141 sacks of rubbish and recycled 25 sacks of recyclables.  Special thanks go to organiser Nicky Beaton and the Volunteer team Nigel Davies, Jo Hall, Jo Headland, Julia and Mick Hore, Annie Keen, Keith McLeod and Katrina Tizley

I would like to thank the ladies of the Carpet Bowls Club together with the other local residents for looking after the Village planters who ensure that the planters are refreshed, fed and watered.

This year we have improved the Pond area by fitting new subtle feature lighting and also installing a new Village sign.  Grants from our Borough Councillors ensured that these projects were able to go ahead.

Due to the resignation of Robert Perlmutter in June a vacancy arose for a new Parish Councillor.  In previous years, between statutory four yearly elections, a candidate was co-opted on for the remainder of the term after the position was advertised and candidates interviewed.  This time 10 electors requested a formal election.  After much campaigning, a £7,000 bill and an hour of vote counting at Hertsmere’s offices the results were declared and Nigel Heller representing the Conservative Party won and was declared to be our newest Parish Councillor.  We should congratulate ourselves as we achieved a 19.5% turnout which is a little higher that the average for a similar election nationally.  All Parish Councillor positions are up for election this May so please exercise your democratic right and vote. 

After having to book over a year in advance, in April we were pleased to have been able to take over 100 seniors from Shenley to Highclere Castle in Berkshire, where Downton Abbey was filmed.  Despite the cold it was great day out and enjoyed by all.   July saw our Summer outing, where we went to Windsor and partook of lunch and a trip along The Thames.  The trio of trips ended in December with a trip to see the musical Motown and on the way back a tour through Central London to see the Christmas lights.

We held our usual community events at the end of last year with “Halloween at the Cage” held on 31st October which gave the children, and their parents, of the Parish the opportunity to meet the Shenley “Witches” & “Skeletons”. Thanks to Alex of Café in The Orchard for providing the hot soup.

The morning of Sunday 11th November saw our annual remembrance service at the war memorial followed by a Shenley archive exhibition with refreshments at the Village Hall served by the WI.  The interfaith service coordinated by Reverend Daniel McCarthy was really special as also marked 100 years since the end of the First World War. 

Our annual Christmas Light switch on at the Village Hall was held later in November and we were delighted that our resident celebrity Ben Caplan and his family were able to join us and “flick the switch”.

We held a fantastic Chanukah Candle lighting event on 8th December which saw about 100 members of the Shenley community enjoy an evening of candles and donuts.

Santa Day on 16th December was another successful community day.  After Santa’s parade through the streets of Shenley on what was a cold December morning, he took residence in The Cage later in the day to see the children of the village.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Waverley Driving Group RDA for providing the “reindeers” and “Santa’s Sleigh”. This fantastic organisation provides a carriage driving experience to disabled people from a wide area around its Radlett base.  On behalf of the community we made a well-deserved donation to their organisation in recognition of their help and the work that they do for the community. 

A huge vote of thanks must go to Nicky & Guy Beaton and their committee of hard-working volunteers who organised this year’s fete in The Harris Lane Fields.  It was again an amazing day and thanks to the tremendous support from the Village a magnificent £6,000 + was raised for local good causes.

A huge thank you must go to all the people who make our Village such a fantastic place to live.  Our Clerk Amanda works tirelessly to look after us Councillors and attend to the red tape that is imposed upon us from above.  In addition, she virtually single handedly organises all the community activities that we enjoy.  Mr & Mrs Gough who have for many years attended to all our grass and hedge cutting and all those other odd jobs we can find them.  They also help at all our events.  The members of the allotment committee who ensure the smooth running of the allotments.   Guy and Nicky Beaton who prepare, edit, liaise with the printers and arrange distribution of our local Parish magazine Shenley Village Matters and Dayaram Nakrani (Dee) who looks after our website.

I have had a really enjoyable year and have great expectations for the next and look forward to seeing you at one or all of our events.

The meeting received the report on the Sir Richard Cox’s charity.

 

The Chairman then went through the accounts.  The Vice-Chair thanked Mr Jeremy Leboff for all his help in doing the Parish Council accounts every month.

 

The Vice-Chair then addressed the meeting on ‘UPDATE ON THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN’.  Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that Regulation 14 Consultation closed on 28/09/19, with responses having been analysed and changes made accordingly.  The mock exam was held on 21/02/19 and the report has been received with recommendations having been made.  The revised plan will then be put forward followed by Regulation 16, with the aim of a referendum being held in late Autumn/ early winter.

 

There were several questions from residents including concerns regarding the increase in traffic that will naturally follow development. It was concluded by thanking Councillors Nicky Beaton and Rosemary Gilligan for their tireless work with the Neighbourhood Plan.

 

There was a question asked under ‘Questions and Matters of Local Interest’, which were answered: –

Problems regarding the youth

It was asked what provisions there are for the youth. Following a discussion, it was agreed to speak with BOX CLEVER of Borehamwood and if they can assist in Shenley.

 

Concerns were also raised that only 5 out of the 9 Parish Councillors attended the Annual Parish Meeting.

The Vice – Chairman thanked her fellow Councillors and everybody for attending.

 

The meeting ended at 7.35p.m.

 

 

March 2019                                                                           Chairman       ……………….

Girlguiding Radlett District 1919 – 2019

Girlguiding Radlett District 1919-2019

The first Guide unit in Radlett was registered on 10th October 1919 under the captaincy of Mrs Betty Twinch with the doctor’s wife, Mrs Cooper, acting as District Commissioner.  Two medical students, Win Everett and Billy Sanderson, used to cycle over from Elstree to help, and it was help indeed, for Win was the daughter of Lord Baden Powell’s right hand man Sir Percy Everett.  She remained an enthusiastic member of the Trefoil Guild well into her late life.

 

Business in India took Mrs Twinch away after fourteen months but she returned in 1925 to start the highly successful Ranger Company.  Meanwhile in 1922, Miss Muriel Wheatcroft, who had been guiding in Derbyshire, moved to Radlett to look after her brother’s motherless daughters and she was to be at the heart of the movement in Radlett for the next 33 years during most of which she was District Commissioner.

 

She started a holiday company in 1924 for the boarding school girls whom she saw as future leaders and, by this time, there were several Brownie packs in the area including 1st and 2nd Aldenham.  Soon after the new Headquarters in Watling Street was opened in1926, there were 12 units in the District:

 

1st Radlett Rangers

1st 2nd and 3rd Radlett, 1st and 2nd Aldenham, 1st Park Street Guides

1st, 2nd and 3rd Radlett and 1st and 2nd Aldenham Brownies

 

Since then, Bricket Wood and Shenley Guides and Brownies have been included in the District at various times, and Rainbows began in 1991.

 

During the 1939-1945 war, Radlett Guides collected waste paper, sent magazines to the troops, lent their camp equipment for a canteen for those who had lost their homes to bombs, and continued to learn Morse Code, first aid and message-carrying to prepare them for future service.  They welcomed evacuees into their midst forming 4th Radlett Guides to cater for them and including 42nd Croydon Guides (a school evacuated to Edge Grove) and 1st Tufnell Park Rangers in their District Activities.  In 1947 Phyliss Landragin became the first Queen’s Guide.

 

In 1985, amongst numerous Girlguiding National 75th Anniversary Celebrations, our President HRH Princess Margaret lit the Guiding Flame at Buckingham Palace.  Weekly meetings continued as before with the 2nd Radlett Brownies knitting blankets for the orphaned victims of the Columbian volcano disaster and the Guides relishing the results of their patrol time cooking skills.  A Festival of Praise was held in St Albans Abbey where Radlett and Shenley Guides were in the orchestra.

 

By 1989, there were six Young Leaders in the District and this tradition of girls coming back to help as Young Leaders and Leaders has continued since then.  In June of this year, the Brownies celebrated their own 75th birthday with a party.  In November, the Trefoil Guild invited current members to a luncheon to celebrate 70 years of Girlguiding in Radlett.

 

 

 

 

 

In May 1991, the 1st Radlett Rainbow Unit opened.  We now have over 60 members in our Rainbow units with many more wishing to join.

 

After years of planning, the official opening of the new Guide Headquarters, Woodland Lodge, in Scrubbitts Park Road was held in September 1992.  The guests of honour were Blue Peter Presenter, John Leslie, and County Commissioner, Mrs Barbera Hurford.  All the units gave demonstrations in the hall and there were challenges for the girls and a campfire to round off the proceedings.

 

1994 marked the 75th Anniversary of Girlguiding and Scouting in Radlett, with a very successful Country Fair on Christchurch field followed by a reunion buffet lunch in November which was attended by ladies who had been Guides in every decade since 1919.

 

Activities during the millennium year came thick and fast, culminating in the Remembrance Day Parade.

 

And so onto the 21st Century…..

 

In more recent times, both Leaders and Girls have continued to learn and practise countless life skills, whilst developing friendships which we hope will last a lifetime.  Opportunities for Girlguiding camps and holidays both nationally and internationally in destinations as far afield as Iceland, Switzerland, Scotland, USA, Japan, Uganda, Austria, India, Mexico, and Sweden help our members develop as confident young women who we very much hope will continue to shape the future.

 

Our recent Vote 100 event and community poppy display in Tykeswater reinforced Girlguiding Radlett District’s commitment to the local community and, as we embark on our own Centenary this year, we have plenty of plans in place to make more lasting memories for our members and the community alike.

 

 

 

 

Girlguiding continues to grow and thrive in Radlett.  We are a movement for all girls, whatever their background or circumstances.  We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends.  We give girls their own space –  a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.  We give girls a voice along with the confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions.  We change as the lives of girls change and are relevant to today’s girls because our girls matter!

 

Rainbows (aged 5-7) have their first sleepovers, Brownies (aged 7-10) learn body confidence, Guides (aged 10-14) abseil down walls they have climbed themselves and Rangers (14-18) have amazing experiences no other organisation can offer, travelling the world, learning to lead, raising their voices on issues important to them whilst building their CV.

 

Girlguiding Radlett District is fortunate to have a group of fantastic trained volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome and receive full training and support.

 

So Join US – both girls and adults – in this our Centenary year.  We want to share the fun we have together.  Girlguiding’s website contains all of the information you need to get you started www.girlguiding.org.uk  We look forward to welcoming you!

Girlguilding

Girlguiding is for all girls, whatever their background or circumstances. We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends. We give girls their own space – a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world. We give girls a voice – confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions. We change as the lives of girls change and are relevant to today’s girls because our girls matter!

Rainbows (aged 5-7) have their first sleepovers, Brownies (aged 7-10) learn body confidence, Guides (aged 10-14) abseil down walls they have climbed themselves and Rangers (14-18) have amazing experiences no other organisation can offer, travelling the world, learning to lead, raising their voices on issues important to them whilst building their CV.

Girlguiding Radlett District is fortunate to have nine units operating because of our fantastic trained volunteers, but all of our units are at capacity and we and are still adding Brownies and Rainbows to our waiting lists.

New volunteers are always welcome and receive full training and support.

So Join US – both girls and adults – we want to share the fun we have together. Girlguiding’s website contains all of the information you need to get you started www.girlguiding.org.uk
We look forward to welcoming you!

Nicola Day
District Secretary

 Girlguilding Radlett District 1919 – 2019 ( Click here for further infomation)

46 Goodyers Avenue
Radlett
Hertfordshire
WD7 8BB
01923 857750

Tuesday 5 February – Shenley Parish Council Minutes

Shenley Parish Council

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 5th FEBRUARY 2019, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

 

PRESENT: Councillors Annette Edel, Rosemary Gilligan, Nigel Heller, Gavin O’Sullivan, Anthony Spencer and William Susman (Chair).

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council
  • 6 members of the public were present

 

90/18.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillors Nicky Beaton, Helen Hussain, Peter Wayne and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

91/18.           Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

92/18.           Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 8th January 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on the 8th January 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council

 

93/18.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

 

95/18.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman invited questions. A resident asked if the speeding questionnaire has been handed to County Councillor Phil Bibby (chair of the Highways Committee).  It was NOTED that this would be done by Councillor Spencer and the Clerk prior to the Highways meeting on 12th February. The resident then went on to ask what was happening with the lighting down Black Lion Hill as it is still not working.  It was agreed that the Clerk would contact Highways to find out if the current work taking place along Black Lion Hill is regarding the lighting.

 

Another resident asked if the 657-bus route will be stopped through Shenley as there are lots of rumours regarding this.  It was confirmed that the route is not being stopped but is instead having the contract put out to tender.  It was AGREED that a notice explaining this would be put on the notice boards.

The Parish Council were then asked if the King William and White Horses status as a Community Asset would be reinstated as it had expired.  It was AGREED the Clerk would action this and speak to Mr Nakrani about adding the post office and Village shop to the Community Asset list.

 

The Chairman thanked the residents for attending.

 

95/18.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting was informed that the legal works have now been carried out and that Councillor Gilligan is going through the results. The team would like to meet with HBC on 28/02/19 as this is when they are meeting with Aecom however this has not been confirmed with HBC.  The Health check is being carried out on 21/02/19.

 

A discussion followed, specifically referring to the need for affordable housing.

 

On behalf of the Parish Council the Chairman thanked the Neighbourhood Plan team for their continued hard work.

 

  • Drive Safe

The meeting NOTED that there are 13 volunteers.  Councillor Susman has forward their details to the Drive Safe police team.

 

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

The meeting was informed that the ACS group met last weekend and continue to do a great job.

 

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

Councillor O’Sullivan informed the meeting that the team have been working hard and have cleared the ditch between the allotments and Pursley Field. It was suggested if the team could paint the railings outside the Village Hall.  It was AGREED Cllr Edel would ask the Village Hall Committee if this would be allowed. It was AGREED Cllr O’Sullivan would add the hedge along Newcome path to the list of jobs.  Cllr O’Sullivan will also see if SPT will be able to remove the rubbish if it is delivered to the park.

 

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

Cllr Edel informed the meeting that the benches are ready to be installed/ removed and will be done so over the coming weeks.

 

  • Allotments

Nothing to report

 

  • Shenley Fete

Nothing to report

 

  • Media Committee

Nothing to report

 

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

Nothing to report

 

  • Police Update

Councillor Susman informed the meeting that PCSO Chris Ramdeen had issued several tickets to parents regarding parking outside the school. The meeting was also told that several families have been visited following anti-social behaviour by their children.

 

  • Shenley Park Trust

Nothing to report

 

96/18.           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

 

19/0019/VOC De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Museum, Salisbury Hall, Bell Lane, London Colney, Hertfordshire, AL2 1BU Application for variation of condition 3 (demolition of buildings) to allow for retention of the workshop following grant of planning permission
18/2389/FUL Buckettsland Farm, Buckettsland Lane, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 5PN Conversion of the pool house and stables to a detached 4 bed house with bin store, associated landscaping and parking.
18/2368/FUL Buckettsland Farm Buckettsland Lane Borehamwood Hertfordshire WD6 5PN Demolition of the studio building and erection of a replacement 4 bed detached dwelling with bin storage, associated landscaping and parking.
18/2417/LBC Buckettsland Farm Buckettsland Lane Borehamwood Hertfordshire WD6 5PN Conversion of the pool house and stables to create a detached 4 bed house with bin store, associated landscaping and parking. (Application for Listed Building consent)
19/0022/PD42 14 North Avenue Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9DG Single storey rear extension Depth: 6m Height: 3.5m Eaves: 3m

(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.)

 

97/18.           Financial matters

  • –February 2019 meeting

The Accounts for payment for the February 2019 meeting were received and it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly Accounts for payment totalling £9,574.89 be approved.

 

  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring reports for December 2018 and January 2019 be approved.
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report for December 2018 and January 2019 be approved.
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –
  • Donate towards the running of a Mental Health First Aid Course, hosted by SUJC and St. Martins Church. It was RESOLVED to donate £500 towards the event
  • Following a discussion, it was decided not to purchase additional CCTV cameras at present. However it was AGREED the Cllrs Heller and Susman will devise an annual plan to move the 2 cameras around Shenley.
  • The Council RESOLVED to APPROVE the quote for Landmark Chambers to complete work in support of the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan – £2,600 + £520 VAT

 

98/18.           The meeting ended at 9.15p.m.                                                       Chairman

 

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2019

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk ASAP
Grant Request £500 towards mental Health First Aid Clerk ASAP
CCTV Annual plan for CCTV location Cllrs Heller and Susman ASAP
Right to Bid Request to reinstate Right to Bid on White Horse and Black Lion Clerk Actioned
Bus Service Advertise current situation Clerk ASAP
Community Pay Back See if the team can paint the Village Hall fence Cllr Edel ASAP