Tue 3 Sept 2019 Shenley Parish Council Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2019, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

PRESENT: Councillors Justine Ash, Jonathan Bonn, Rosemary Gilligan, Nigel Heller, Gavin O’Sullivan and William Susman (Chair), Natalie Susman and Anthony Spencer

 In attendance:           Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

  • 7 members of the public were present

40/19.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Cllr Annie Keen and County Councillor Morris Bright.

41/19.           Declarations of Interests

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

                        Councillors Natalie and William Susman declared a personal interest in the item concerning the land adjoining the King William IV pub 

PREJUDICIAL -none.

42/19.           Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 9th July 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on the 9th July 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council

43/19.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

44/19.           Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held on 11th July 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Finance Committee meeting, held on the 11th July 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council

45/19.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

A question was asked regarding the Shenley Parish Council’s response to the Hertsmere Plan, regarding a site on Harris Lane. The response drew a comparison between a brown belt site and a green belt site, and it was felt a concession was being made with this particular site. Cllr Gilligan said that this was not the case and they would continue to fight any development in the green belt.

Following a discussion, it was AGREED that Councillor Gilligan would contact Hertsmere Borough Council to clarify the position and request the comments are removed from the public domain.

A question was then asked regarding the situation with the Right to Bid on the King William and The White Horse pubs. It was stressed that they were upset with Hertsmere Borough Council for taking so long to reply initially and not update the Council with any developments.

After a lengthy discussion it was AGREED that the Parish Council will write to the head of legal at Hertsmere to highlight the disappointment at the length of time it has taken for them to engage with us on this matter.

46/19.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • CCTV – Update

Cllr Heller updated the meeting on the situation with the CCTV cameras.  Shenley have 2 cameras, one on loan, and one that was purchased several years ago.  The camera that SPC own now needs replacing.  Cllr Heller informed the meeting that a new agreement is in place where we will purchase a new camera and lease another and rent the third (the finance for this was agreed at the finance committee). 

Following a discussion, it was AGREED that the 3 locations would be: – Ribston Close, Cockle Way and Pound Lane opposite the pond.  

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting was updated with regards to needing a SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment), which is now not necessary. The next stage will be Regulation 16 which will be the final consultation period.  A public meeting will be held before the end of the year.

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

The meeting thanked the ACS team for continuing to work so hard for Shenley.

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

Clllr Keen has met with the supervisor 4 times and allocated work. So far, they have cleared overgrowth for 2 residents who have contacted the Parish Council. They have worked in the Spinney to enable the paths to be cleared. The front of Wilton Lodge up to the bus stop in London Road has been cleared of overgrown vegetation as has Porters Park Road.

This month going forward they will be working their way down Green Street to try and widen path.  Thanks, as always to Alex in Tea Rooms who always supplies Team with hot drinks

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

Nothing to report

  • Allotments

Meeting on Thursday 19th September.

  • Shenley Fete

Thanks to the Shenley Fete and Carnival Committee for their generous donation to the Sir Richard Cox Charity.

  • Media Committee

Cllr Ash updated the meeting, informing that contact has been made with those groups that advertise in Shenley Village Matters and on the website.

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

The Christmas theatre trip will be booked shortly.

  • Police Update

Cllr Heller informed the meeting that crime has levelled out in the Shenley area and there are continued discussions and meetings to try and reduce the levels of crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. Since Jan 2019 there have been a total of 148 incidents reported in the Shenley Parish, and they have consisted of:

ASB                             27%

Burglary                     8%

Arson                          13%

Public Disorder         7%

Vehicle crime             11%

Other                          34%

In June we welcomed PCSO  Kleanthis Kourtoubelides to Shenley, who has already engaged with the Councillors and is working closely with them.

  • Shenley Park Trust

The meeting was informed that apple Day is on 13th October.  

47/18.                        Correspondence Received:

HAPTC Bulletin
HBC News For you
Waldon Proposed Base Station Installation

48/19.           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
19/0975/FUL Shenley Park, Radlett Lane, Shenley, Hertfordshire Alterations to corner kerb and pavement on the west side of the Shenley Park access road east junction on Radlett Lane
19/1229/FUL King William IV 82 London Road Shenley Hertfordshire Construction of a detached 4 bed dwelling on the land adjacent to 82 London Road, and reconfiguration of the existing Public House car park.
19/1294/PD56A The Farm House Barn The Farm House Salisbury Hall Drive London Colney Change of use of agricultural barn to residential dwelling house (C3) with alterations to create first floor level accommodation and changes to fenestration.

With regards to: –

19/1265/HSE 53 North Avenue Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9DF Part single, part two storey rear extension.
19/1346/HSE 4 Harris Lane Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9EB Single storey extensions to front, rear and both sides, following demolition of existing side and rear extensions. Conversion of loft to habitable room with 3 x rear dormer windows.

The Council OBJECTED to this application on the grounds that it is overdevelopment.

 (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.)

49/19.           Financial matters

  • that the monthly petty cash reports for July and August 2019 be approved

(IV)     Grant Requests using the General Power of Competence: –

Shenley Primary School request for £2659.50 to help towards the cost of swimming coach expenses (£1524.60 given in 2014, 2015 and 2016, £1474.50 given in 2017 and £1500.00 given in 2018)

Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve a donation of £1,500.00

  • to change bank for Shenley Parish Council from NatWest to Unity Bank
  • to change bank for Shenley Community Activities Group (SCAG) from NatWest to Unity Bank

50/19.           The meeting ended at 10.00p.m.                                                     Chairman

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 9 JULY2019

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk Actioned
Right to Bid Email HBC Chairman and Clerk ASAP
Cllr Street responsibility Divide streets amongst Cllrs Clerk & Cllr W Susman ASAP
Future Initiative Committee Arrange meetings   Clerk ASAP
Neighbourhood Plan Clarify position regarding Harris Lane site to HBC Cllr Gilligan ASAP
Grant request Send cheques Clerk ASAP
Change bank accounts Begin paperwork Clerk ASAP
       

Thu 11 July 2019 SPC Finance Committee

REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HELD ON THURSDAY 11th JULY 2019, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

PRESENT:      Councillors Rosemary Gilligan (Chair), Nigel Heller, Anthony Spencer and William Susman

IN ATTENDANCE:     Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

1                APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE            

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Gavin O’Sullivan and accepted by the Committee.

2                DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST     

There were none     

3                MINUTES OF FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 7th February 2019

It was AGREED that the minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting, held on 7th February 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

4                MATTERS ARISING 

There were no matters arising

5                ADDITIONAL CCTV CAMERAS

The meeting AGREED to purchase an additional camera with the maximum spend being £8,000. Cllr Heller will speak with Stevenage CCTV to discuss the best value for money deal, including the option of trading in the old CCTV camera.

It was AGREED the clerk would add to the budget £1,500, due to the depreciating value of the camera.  The meeting NOTED the camera would need replacing after 5 years

6                CONTINUATION OF PATH IN ROOKERY FIELD

The meeting AGREED that paying for the continuation of the path to be laid in Rookery Field was at present not financially possible.

It was AGREED that the Community Payback team would be asked if they can repair/replace the small bridge that connects Hillcrest Field with Rookery Field.

7                HOW MUCH CIL MONEY WE HAVE AND WHAT IT CAN BE SPENT ON

The meeting discussed what CIL money is available and what it can be spent on, this included the possibility of spending it on the new CCTV camera.

8                BUDGET COMPARISON – THIS YEARS SPEND COMPARE TO LAST YEAR.

The meeting looked through the budgets and spending trends. 

The meeting AGREED to hold an outdoor cinema event next year, AGREEING that £3,000 be added to the budget for this.

It was AGREED the clerk will add to the budget the increase of grounds maintenance. Clerk to get a list of all the works that the Gough’s carry out.

9                CLOSE OF MEETING

The meeting closed at 9pm                                                              CHAIR

Tue 9 July 2019 Shenley Parish Council Minutes

 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 9th JULY 2019, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

PRESENT: Councillors Justine Ash, Rosemary Gilligan, Nigel Heller, Gavin O’Sullivan and William Susman (Chair)

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

31/19.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Cllrs Jonathan Bonn, Annie Keen Natalie Susman, Anthony Spencer and County Councillor Morris Bright.

32/19.           Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

33/19.           Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 4th June 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on the 4th June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council

34/19.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

35/19.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman invited questions.  It was requested on behalf of residents unable to attend, that the CCTV camera be moved from London Road to Ribston Close.  It was AGREED and the Clerk will request the move.

36/19.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Appoint Councillor to act as a Trustee on Shenley Park Trust

Following a Proposer and a Seconder it was AGREED that Cllr Gilligan be appointed.

  • Parish Council Surgeries – Agree on timings in order to accommodate residents

It was AGREED to hold surgeries at different times to the Parish Council meeting in order to accommodate residents.  It was AGREED the next Councillor surgery will take place on Tuesday 10th September 8pm – 9pm in The Hub

  • Division of Shenley Streets amongst the Councillors

It was AGREED the clerk and Cllr Susman will divide the streets and allocate to the Cllrs.

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting was informed that Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Plan is currently with Hertsmere Borough Council and they hope it will be released for public consultation in October.

  • Drive Safe

The meeting was informed that the Drive Safe campaign is progressing.

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

The meeting noted the email regarding the ACS group and thanked the team for continuing to work so hard for Shenley.

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

The team have returned to Shenley and have started work again in the Spinney.

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

Nothing to report

  • Allotments

Nothing to report

  • Shenley Fete

The fete was a huge success and the meeting thanked the Shenley Fete and Carnival Committee for all their hard work.

  • Media Committee

The meeting discussed web hosting and AGREED to move to a new provider. A meeting has been arranged for 22 July and we will report back at the meeting in September

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

The summer trip to Southend On Sea was very successful.

  • Police Update

A meeting was informed that a new PCSO for Shenley started on 1st July.  It was AGREED that the Parish Council will produce containing Hertfordshire contact numbers a leaflet to be distributed to Shenley residents.

  • Shenley Park Trust

The meeting was informed that the new entrance will be done in the summer and the greenhouses are currently being refurbished  

37/19.           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
19/0812/HSE  14 Hillcrest Road Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9DD Single Storey Rear Extension. 
19/0891/CLP 21 Shenleybury Cottages Shenleybury Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9DJ Demolition Of Existing Garage And Construction Of Single Storey Side Extension. Certificate Of Lawful Development (Proposed).

With regards to: –

*19/0965/FUL Manor Lodge School, Ridge Hill, Shenley Hertfordshire, WD7 9BG Alterations and extensions to the “Coach House” grade II listed building and partial demolition to buildings within the curtilage to include in-filled courtyard with lift and staircase, glazed atrium, relocated main entrance with new clock turret, changes to fenestration and hard and soft landscaping to the new pedestrian approach.
*19/0966/LBC Manor Lodge School, Ridge Hill, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9BG Alterations and extensions to the “Coach House” grade II listed building and partial demolition to buildings within the curtilage to include in-filled courtyard with lift and staircase, glazed atrium, relocated main entrance with new clock turret, changes to fenestration and hard and soft landscaping to the new pedestrian approach. (Application for Listed Building consent)

The Council would not objectto this application as long as the Grade II listed buildings are not effected.

 (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.)

38/19.           Financial matters

  • July 2019 meeting

The Accounts for payment for the June 2019 meeting were received and it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly Accounts for payment totalling £7,725.17 be approved.

  • Section 137 Grant Requests: – There was none

39/19.           The meeting ended at 8.50p.m.                                                       Chairman

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 9 JULY2019

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk ASAP
Right to Bid Continue to chase Clerk ASAP
Cllr Street responsibility Divide streets amongst Cllrs Clerk & Cllr W Susman ASAP
*Allotment Committee *Future Initiative Committee Arrange meetings   Clerk ASAP
Shenley Parish

Tuesday 14 June Shenley Parish Council Minutes

Shenley Parish Council

 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 4th JUNE 2019, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

PRESENT: Councillors Justine Ash, Nigel Heller, Annie Keen, Gavin O’Sullivan, Natalie Susman, William Susman (Chair) and Anthony Spencer

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

21/19.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Cllrs Jonathan Bonn and Rosemary Gilligan and County Councillor Morris Bright.

22/19.           Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

23/19.           Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting held on 14th May 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Annual Parish Council meeting, held on the 14th May 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

24/19.           Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 14th May 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on the 14th May 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council

25/19.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

26/19.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman invited questions.  There were none. The Chairman thanked the residents for attending.

27/19.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Approve and Adopt Information & Data Protection Policy

Following a proposal and a seconder it was agreed to ADOPT the Code the Information & Data Protection Policy

  • Approve and Adopt Retention & Disposal Policy

Following a proposal and a seconder it was agreed to ADOPT the Retention & Disposal Policy

  • Approve and Adopt Publication scheme

Following a proposal and a seconder it was agreed to ADOPT the Publication scheme.

  • General Power of Competence

The Council RESOLVED and CONFIRMED conditions of eligibility for the General Power of Competence –Local Govt Act 2011 (requirements being a CILCA qualified Clerk, 2/3 of Councillors to have been elected)

  • Information regarding upgrade to the existing mobile base-station at Bowmans Green Farm

The meeting NOTED the information.

  • Parish Council Surgeries

The second surgery was held prior to the meeting and is proving very successful.

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting was informed that Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Plan is currently with Hertsmere Borough Council and they hope not to have to carry out the SEA.  The next Steering Group meeting is on 12th June.

  • Drive Safe

The meeting was informed that the Drive Safe campaign is progressing with the police checking lead volunteers. It was NOTED that a commitment is wanted from the police, that where evidence is collected it will be actioned.

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

The meeting thanked the team for continuing to work so hard for Shenley. A session took place last week and 15 sacks of refuse were collected.

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

Unfortunately, the team have not been to Shenley for 5 weeks. A list of urgent works that need doing is being collated.

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

The meeting was informed that someone had tried to steal the new benches, fortunately this did not happen.

  • Allotments

A date for the Allotment Committee will be sent out.

  • Shenley Fete

The fete is taking place on 23/06/19, with the prep work being done on 22/06/19.  The meeting was asked if anyone could help over the weekend that would be greatly appreciated.  It was suggested that help be asked via Facebook. It was also suggested that a Councillor attends the fete committee meetings as there is currently no Parish Council representation on the committee. It was AGREED this would be looked at.

  • Media Committee

The latest edition of Shenley Village Matters will be sent out in the coming weeks.

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

The Clerk informed the meeting that the summer trip on Wednesday 26th June to Southend On Sea is proving very popular.

  • Police Update

A meeting between SPC and HBC has taken place to discuss working with the police and specifically the PCSO’s in Shenley.  As a result, there will be a meeting with the SPC, HBC and the police to discuss this further. It was also mentioned that there may be a possibility to ask HBC to fund or part fund wildlife cameras in Shenley.

  • Shenley Park Trust

The meeting was informed that there will be 2 new Parish Councillor trustees on Shenley Park Trust.

28/19.           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
19/0716/HSE 30 Hamblings Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9JJ Construction of single storey front extension.
19/0718/HSE 30 Hamblings Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9JJ Construction of part single part 2 storey side extension

With regards to: –

19/0738/FUL Thatched Cottage, Silver Hill, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 5PW Single storey replacement dwelling with accommodation at basement level.
19/0739/LBC Thatched Cottage, Silver Hill, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 5PW Single storey replacement dwelling with accommodation at basement level (Application for Listed Building Consent).

The Council OBJECTED to this application on the grounds that it is a gross overdevelopment as well as OBJECTING on the grounds that it is inappropriate development within the Green Belt.

 (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.)

29/19.           Financial matters

  • June 2019 meeting

The Accounts for payment for the June 2019 meeting were received and it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly Accounts for payment totalling £13,664.10 be approved.

  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –
  • Shenley District and Horticultural Society grant request (£200 was given in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)

Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve a donation of £200, subject to seeing a copy of their accounts.

  • Junior Netball Academy grant request for £2,900

Following a discussion, it was AGREED that the parish Council do not have sufficient funds to support the application.  However, it was AGREED that if they wish to apply again in the future then they can do so.  A copy of the Grant Awarding Policy will be sent with the reply.

  • The Council NOTED that the Internal Audit was carried out on 21st May 2019
  • The Council NOTED and RECEIVED the Internal Auditor’s Internal Audit report for year ended 31st March 2019.
  • The Council REVIEWED Section 4 of Annual Return (Internal Audit Report)
  • The council confirmed the fidelity insurance cover for 2019/20 was at £150,000.
  • The Council NOTED and APPROVED the Asset Register – disposals and additions.
  • The Council REVIEWED and APPROVED the earmarked reserves
  • The Council REVIEWED and APPROVED section 1 of Annual Return (Annual Governance Statement)
  • The Council REVIEWED and APPROVED section 2 of annual report (Accounting Statements)
  • The Council NOTED that the Notices of Appointment date for the exercise of elector’s rights have been completed and will be displayed on the parish council notice board.

30/19.           The meeting ended at 9.22p.m.                                                       Chairman

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 4 JUNE 2019

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk ASAP
Right to Bid Continue to chase Clerk ASAP
Cllr Street responsibility Divide streets amongst Cllrs Clerk & Cllr W Susman ASAP
*Allotment Committee *Finance Committee *Future Initiative Committee Arrange meetings   Clerk ASAP
Shenley Fete Committee Council representation needed CLLRS ASAP

2019 Local Election Results

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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       ……………….