Safer Places

‘SaferPlaces’ Domestic Abuse Support Services

Following a presentation by ‘SaferPlaces’, of their Services and Support, at the Offices of Hertsmere Borough Council, Borehamwood, I feel that it is important to share this information with you, the ‘Community of Shenley’, which shocked me by the statistics and cases, but made me aware of the different forms of ‘Abuse’, in existence within ‘OurCommunity’, which is neither normal nor acceptable.

A ‘Caring Relationship’ should make you feel loved, respected, safe and free to be yourself!

An ‘Abusive Relationship’ can make you feel scared, controlled and intimidated! 

If you think that you are suffering from Domestic Abuse, then you probably are!

The different forms of Abuse can be: Physical, Psychological/Emotional, Financial or Sexual.

Domestic Abuse can be abusive behaviour from a Spouse, Partner, or Family Member and is used to make the other person fear the ‘Abused’, and leading them to do what they want!

It usually begins with small things, but gets much worse! 

‘Safer Places’ is an independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to:  Men, Women and Children affected by ‘Domestic and Sexual Abuse’, who live in Essex and Hertfordshire.

The people who use these Services are at the heart of the organisation and aim to work closely with them to enable them to overcome the impact of their experience and to build a brighter and safe future.

 

‘Domestic Abuse’ and social isolation rob people of their confidence, self-esteem and their hope for the future.  The organisation work with the survivors of Domestic Abuse, to help them recover, to empower them, to rebuild their lives, and go on to achieve for themselves things they might once have thought of as impossible.

 

Finally, most important, if you think you fall into any of these categories, and need help or advice or fear reporting them, please do not hesitate in contacting ‘SaferPlaces’:

 

24 HOUR EMERGENCY HELPLINE ON:  03301 025811

EMAIL:  info@saferplaces.co.uk

WEBSITE:  www.saferplaces.co.uk

 

USEFUL NUMBERS:

  • NATIONAL HELPLINE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: 0808 2000 247 (OVER 18’S)
  • SAMARITANS: 0845 790 9090
  • RESPECT: 0207 5490578
  • NATIONAL STALKING HELPLINE: 0808 802 0300

 

Cllr. Peter Wayne

Borough and Parish Councillor

Shenley Ward

Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018

From 1st January, 2018 will be designated the ‘Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity’ and will see a number of organisations from both in, and out of the sporting arena working together in support of making Hertfordshire the most active county.

Driven by the Hertfordshire County Council and Herts Sports Partnership, the campaign builds on previous ‘Years of’ which have already taken place for cycling, walking, mental health and volunteering. Approximately one in every five adults in Hertfordshire currently does less than thirty minutes of activity per week, and so it is hoped that the opportunities for participating in large scale events will help to improve this statistic.

The campaign, known informally as Herts YOPA, will follow a format of themed months which highlight particular target groups including women and girls; New Year, New You; workplace wellbeing and older adults among others. A friendly mascot will be making its way around Hertfordshire to many local events, and to encourage children and adults alike to get involved.

John O’Callaghan, Director at Herts Sports Partnership said: ‘We are pleased to be one of the leading organisations in what will hopefully be a momentous year for sport and physical activity in Hertfordshire. We continually strive to get more people, more active, more often, and are thankful to our partners’ ongoing support in doing so.’

Over the coming months there will be opportunities for clubs and organisations to promote their own activities through social media messages linked to the campaign.

For more information, or to get involved in the campaign, contact Jane Parker at j.parker20@herts.ac.uk.

Media contact for Herts Sports Partnership: Shelley Woods, Communications Manager
T: 01707 285887 e: s.woods4@herts.ac.uk Website: www.sportinherts.org.uk

Shenley Parish

TUESDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2017 – Shenley Parish Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2017, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

 

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

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

 

81/17.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillor Robert Perlmutter, and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

82/17.                       Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

83/17                        Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 3rd October 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on 3rd October 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

 

84/17.                       Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

 

85/17.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman took the opportunity to welcome members of the press and public to the meeting.

 

86/17.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

(i)                Emails from residents regarding planning applications for The Church of The Good Shepherd

The Chairman welcomed Mrs Delaney to the meeting.  Mrs Delaney explained that the hall is a community hall and is used throughout the year by parishioners. There has been a lack of consultation from the Church with the parishioners who have been kept out of the loop regarding the plans.  The Church and hall were built using funds raised by the community via fundraising.  Councillor Gillian stated she was shocked the dioceses have decided to do this as it was built by the Shenley Catholic community.

 

The meeting agreed that the hall is an extra community facility and the Priest’s house is currently rented out to a family so the removal of this would mean the loss of a viable home.  Moreover if a new priest came to the community there would be no accommodation.

 

Following a lengthy discussion the meeting AGREED to object to planning applications 17/1942/FUL and 17/1865/FUL.

 

(ii)              Hertsmere Local Plan – Update

Councillor Gilligan informed the meeting that the objection letter has been sent and Hertsmere Borough Council has acknowledged receipt.  Councillor Gilligan went on to explain the housing numbers recommended by the Government are far less than Hertsmere are suggesting, and cannot understand why Hertsmere are trying to build a commuter town with additional housing numbers that are not being requested by Government.  The meeting were also reminded of the meeting with Oliver Dowden on 8th December.

 

(iii)            Neighbourhood Plan – Update

Councillors Beaton and Gilligan informed the meeting this was progressing and that they are waiting on the reports from AECOM.

 

(iv)            Gates at the Entrance to Shenley

Following a discussion the meeting AGREED that the Clerk would contact Herts Highways and ask if Gates would be allowed at both entrances to Shenley and what would be needed to proceed.

 

(v)              Pond Lights

Councillor Susman has meetings to finalise this.

 

(vi)            Pursley Field – Update

Clerk to chase solicitor.

 

(vii)          Harris Lane/Rookery Field

Councillor Susman informed the meeting we will be ordering the hoop for the field.

 

(viii)        Allotments

The Clerk informed the meeting that the entrance to the allotments has been resurfaced.

 

(ix)            Shenley Fete

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting the Fete AGM will take place on Wednesday 15th November in the Methodist Church hall.

 

(x)              Future Initiative Events

The coming months are:-

Remembrance Sunday                     Sunday 12th November 10.45am

Christmas lights switch on               Tuesday 14th November 5.30-6.30pm

Chanukah                                           Saturday 16th December 5.30-6.30pm

Santa’s Ride around                         Sunday 17th December 11.30am starting at the pond

Christmas at the Cage                       Sunday 17th December 5.30-6.30pm

 

Councillor Beaton asked the Councillors for their support during these events as it takes a lot of work to run them

  • It was agreed that the Christmas Lights switch on would be set up from 4.30pm and all those able to help should come along.

 

(xi)            Media Committee

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that Shenley Village Matters has now been delivered.

 

(xii)          CSP

Information was noted.

 

(xiii)        Police Update

Nothing to report.

 

(xiv)        Shenley Park Trust

Councillor Spencer informed the meeting the next meeting on 11th December.

 

87/17.           Correspondence

(i)                Receipt of the following correspondence was reported and noted:

HCC Rights of Way RoW Clearance Contract

 

88/17.           Planning Applications

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

(1)        Subject to Hertsmere Borough Council taking into consideration any comments of neighbouring owners/occupiers, the Parish Council raises no objection to the following proposal.

Application No. Address Proposed Development
17/1995/VOC Hertswood School, Cowley Hill, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Application for variation of condition 24 to allow for amending and substituting

approved drawings to allow for changes to windows and external finish

materials, following grant of planning permission ref: 14/1766/FUL.

Condition Number(s): 24 approved drawings

Conditions(s) Removal:

Substitution of drawings to make minor changes to the approved drawings

 

With regards to

17/1968/HSE 5 Old Nursery Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9FD Erection of single storey side and rear extension following reduction in size of existing car port.

The meeting OBJECTED to this application as Permitted Development Rights have been removed and the owners would have been aware of this when they purchased the property.

 

With regards to

17/1958/FUL Land adjacent to Black Lion, London Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire Erection of single storey, detached, 1 bed dwelling (Revised Application)

The meeting OBJECT to this application.  Please see appendix ‘A’.

With regards to

17/1942/FUL The Church Of The Good Shepherd, Shenleybury, Shenley, Hertfordshire Change of use of existing church hall (D2) to a Nursery (D1) with associated

internal alterations.

The meeting OBJECTED to this application as it would result in the loss of a well-used community hall, which amongst other things is also used as a polling station.  It is the only hall in Shenley with a substantial carpark.  The proposal for an additional nursery in Shenley would result in an increase in daily traffic at what is already a notoriously dangerous bend. Moreover there are already 2 nurseries in Shenley and another it is felt, would be an overprovision. Finally the church hall was built using money raised by parishioners, for the use of the church and its parishioners.

 

With regards to

17/1865/FUL Church House, Black Lion Hill, Shenley, Hertfordshire Change of use from (C3) residential to (A2) offices

The meeting OBJECTED to this application as it would result in the loss of residential housing, and is currently being lived in by a family.

 

(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.)

 

88/17.           Financial matters

(I)                 Accounts for payment –September 2017 meeting

Payment To Reason Total Amount
Bob Gough Grounds Maintenance  (September payment) 384.00
Fay Gough Cleaning toilet, office (September payment) & reimburse for items 94.67
Danny Gough Grounds Maintenance  (September payment) 280.00
John O’Conner August grounds maintenance 144.00
Caprin Printers Printing flyers for SPC info on Local Plan evening 165.00
BT Office phone and broadband 95.65
Came and Company Parish Council Insurance (3 Year long term agreement in) 2516.23
Shenley Methodist Church  Hire of hall (Neighbourhood plan) 35.00
SCAG Account Transfer of funds to the SCAG account 2000.00
Petty Cash Petty Cash  – amount to take up to £200 imprest system for September 2017 166.54
Steve Shelton Reimburse items to make plot numbers for the allotments 32.02
Caprin Printers 2 banners for Public Meeting 202.80
HCC Stationary 21.38
Affinity Water The allotments 588.06
Affinity Water Harris Lane Pavilion 74.47
Affinity Water The Hub 15.60
Dor-2-Dor (G L Green) Delivery of Public Meeting flyers 143.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Expenses – XERO monthly payment & reimburse for banners 139.97
Electrical Testing Ltd Structural testing for Christmas Lights 2136.49
Gardener 4 months gardening of pond area 210.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Wages 1087.72
HMRC Payment 212.58
John O’Conner Missing invoice for June 2017 87.00
Caprin Printers Halloween posters 63.00
E.ON The Cage 18.91
E.ON Harris Lane Pavilion 26.23
Bob Gough Grounds Maintenance  (October payment) 434.00
Fay Gough Cleaning toilet, office (October payment) 40.00
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Wreath 19.00
Caprin Printers Public Meeting leaflets 152.00
Caprin Printers Shenley Village Matters Autumn 2017 – issue 11 1179.00
Dor-2-Dor (G L Green) Delivery of Shenley Village Matters – issue 11 143.00
William Susman Reimburse items for Halloween and Christmas 94.22
HAPTC Clerk training 40.00
TOTAL 13041.54

Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-

RESOLVED that the October 2017 meeting accounts for October 2017 (£13,041.54), be approved for payment.

(II)             Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring report be approved.

(III)           Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report be approved

(IV)           Section 137 Grant Requests: – There were none

(V)             It was RESOLVED to ACCEPT the proposal to spend up to £1,200 pa to use to employ an outside company to take on responsibility as General Data Protection Regulation controller.

(VI)           The council AGREED not to purchase a second CCTV camera.

 

90/17.           The meeting ended at 9.15p.m.                                           Chairman

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2017

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk Actioned
Pond lights Hire of lighting designer to plan what is needed Clerk & Cllr Susman ASAP
Basket Ball hoop To be ordered ASAP
Highways Ask for relining of road markings on Rectory Lane and by Cage Pond Road and Pound Lane Clerk Actioned
Police Ask Police to attend Council meeting Clerk ASAP

 

 

 

Appendix A

 

Shenley Parish Council

 

Planning Department                                                       Your Ref:  Ref:  Application 17/1958/FUL

Hertsmere Borough Council                                         Our Ref: PLANLE07/11/17

Civic Offices,

Elstree Way

Borehamwood

Herts WD6 1WA                                                        8th November 2017

 

 

To whom it may concern,

 

Application 17/1958/FUL

Following the full meeting of the Shenley Parish Council on Tuesday 7th November 2017, the Parish Council OBJECTED to application 17/1958/FUL.

 

As reference has been made to the previous appeal which was dismissed.  It is appropriate to note the parts of the inspector’s decision relating to a replacement dwelling in a barn style.

 

6        However, the introduction of a dwelling on the site of the former stables would have an entirely different relationship with surrounding built form, most notably in that it would not comprise the filling of a gap or space, but would occupy a position closer to Rectory Lane, on what is essentially an open frontage and bound by a large expense of open space to the East. Therefore, and notwithstanding the presence of the existing stable building on this part of the site, as I must assess the development in its entirety, it follows that the scheme as a whole would not amount to infilling for the purposes of GB policy. It also follows that I do not need to go on to consider whether it would be limited.

 

7        The proposal would thus amount to inappropriate development in the GB. There would also be some impact on the openness of the GB and the Council cites volumetric comparisons between the massing of the existing and proposed buildings on the site. However, it seems to me a common scenario that the development of GB infill sites will include the introduction of new built form, often where none existed previously. That aside, the proposals would inevitably result in some loss of openness, which in itself would not lead me to dismiss the appeal,(relating to the whole site)  but nonetheless adds to the harm by reason of inappropriateness.

 

11  However, I do share the Council’s concern in relation to the proximity of the barn style dwelling to the side of the terrace of three houses. Its juxtaposition with the terrace would be uncomfortably close and its two storey massing would look out of place set forward of the terrace to Rectory Lane. I appreciate it would replace the existing stable/barn, but as a low key single storey structure, that building is a relatively minor component of the built form at the site and the proposed dwelling, being considerably taller, would have a stronger physical presence.

12  I am also concerned that its barn style appearance would not relate well to the remainder of the development and the existing Public House, although I acknowledge that the antecedent to its design was likely the existing structure on site. In this respect, I consider that the proposal would not comply with the advice in the Planning and Design Guide Part D: Guidelines for Development Supplementary Planning Document (2013) (SPD) which stresses the importance of the integration of developments with existing urban structure. This particular element of the scheme, in lacking coherence with the balance of the development on site, would thus harm the character and appearance of the Shenley Conservation Area.

 

Having read the specifications for the new barn, the Parish Council does not feel that the current application is much varied from the original description.  The redevelopment of the site has caused much upset within the village.   Please note the comment that the car parking will be included in the car parking arrangements for the terrace of three just built.  The opening of the restaurant has caused issues with parking on Rectory lane and to remove two car parking which are currently marked for the use of restaurant in the newly completed parking area for the new houses, would only exuberate the matter.

 

This application was refused in its first 2 incarnations, and nothing in the reduction to one bedroom makes it anymore suitable.

 

I shall be pleased if you will kindly arrange for the foregoing comments to be taken into consideration when the application is dealt with by the Borough Council.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Amanda Leboff

 

Amanda Leboff

Clerk to the Council

Shenley Parish

Shenley Parish Council’s letter to Hertsmere Borough Council Policy & Planning Dept

Shenley Parish Council’s letter to Hertsmere Borough Council Policy & Planning Dept in response to the New Local Plans ‘Issue & Options’ Consultation

Shenley Parish Council have sent the following letter to the Policy and Planning Department at Hertsmere Borough Council by post and email on Friday 3rd November.

A meeting with the Policy and Planning Department is being arranged to discuss the contents of the letter.    The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group team have also sent a letter with similar points.

SPC Chairman William Susman, Borough Councillors Anthony Spencer and Peter Wayne, Cllrs Rosemary Gilligan and Nicky Beaton are meeting with Oliver Dowden on Friday 8th December.

Shenley Parish Council urges Residents to attend the Hertsmere Planning Drop-in session at Shenley Primary School on Monday 13th November 6.30pm and 9pm.  Please be aware that the session is being run by Hertsmere Borough Council not the Parish Council.     Parish Councillors will be attending.

Click here to open the letter to Hertsmere Borough Council Policy and Transport Team [pdf]

 

Hallowe’en 2017

Hallowe’en at the Cage on Sunday 30th October

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

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

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

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

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

Witch Beaton

Shenley Parish

New Local Plan Meeting

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Cllrs Nicky Beaton and Rosemary Gilligan

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Shenley Parish

TUESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2017 – Shenley Parish meeting Minutes

shenley parish council

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2017, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

 

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

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council
  • (* Denotes attended for only part of the meeting)

 

68/17.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillor Annette Edel, and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

69/17.                       Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

70/17                        Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 5th September 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on 5th September 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

 

71/17.                       Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

 

72/17                        Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held on 19th September 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Finance Committee meeting, held on 19th September 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

 

73/17                        Minutes of the Allotment Committee Meeting held on 27th September 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Allotment Committee meeting, held on 27th September 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

 

 

74/17.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman took the opportunity to welcome members of the press and public to the meeting.  The meeting then took the opportunity to note the fly tipping that had occurred on Rectory Lane near Manor Lodge School and all agreed how upsetting it was to see this occur.

 

75/17.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

(i)                Hertsmere Local Plan – SPC Public Meeting 10th October

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that there is a Public Meeting held by the Parish Council on 10th October to inform the public of Hertsmere Borough Council’s plans to build a garden village which will be partly in Shenley Ward.

 

(ii)              Neighbourhood Plan

Councillors Beaton and Gilligan informed the meeting this was progressing.

 

(iii)            Museum of Shenley Heritage

Councillors Gilligan and Spencer suggested that a museum of Shenley would be a valued addition to the community.  The archives are currently held at the village hall.  Councillor Susman informed the meeting that there is funding available for such projects.  It was agreed it is important that the archives are not lost.  It was agreed that a suitable location would need to be found.

 

(iv)            Black Lion Cottages – email from Mr Hemmings

It email from Mr Hemmings was NOTED regarding the plans to build a habitable bungalow of the site at the Black Lion where the barn was.  Councillor Gilligan said that in the appeal, it refers to the location where the barn and states that it should be left as open space. The meeting agreed that the area in question is too small for a bungalow and it would not be appropriate.  Moreover it was agreed if anything additional parking was needed for the restaurant.

 

(v)              Pursley Field – Update

Nothing to report.

 

(vi)            Harris Lane/Rookery Field

The meeting AGREED they are happy for Borehamwood 2000 to use Rookery field every other Saturday for the girls’ team, however additional payment would be necessary.

 

(vii)          Allotments

The Clerk informed the meeting that an allotment holder has offered to strim vacant plots for £25 a plot.  It was AGREED this sounded very reasonable and should be accepted.

 

(viii)        Shenley Fete

Councillor Beaton informed the date of next year’s fete is Sunday 1st July 2018.  Councillor Beaton said the main attraction has already been booked for next year.

 

(ix)            Future Initiative Events

The coming months are:-

Halloween – Sunday 29th October

Remembrance Sunday –Sunday 12th November

Christmas lights switch on- Wednesday 15th November

Chanukah – Saturday 16th December

Christmas at the Cage – Sunday 17th December

 

  • Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that the Father Christmas on a pony and trap has been arranged
  • It was suggested a Christmas tree should be planted – Cllr Susman will speak to Shenley Park Trust regarding this.
  • It was agreed the Clerk would contact Shenley Primary School and ask if they would sing Christmas carols at the Christmas lights switch on.
  • The clerk will ask if the tree outside the Village Halls electrics have been fixed.

 

(x)              Media Committee

The committee met on Tuesday 3rd October. The committee are happy with Shenley Village Matters but are trying to update the website. Cllr Beaton suggested adding Councillors photos and profiles on the website.

 

(xi)            CSP

It was highlighted that there have been issues with youths around Shenley of an evening.  The police are aware.

 

(xii)          Police Update

Nothing to report.

 

(xiii)        Shenley Park Trust

Councillor Spencer informed the meeting there is to be a trustee’s only meeting.

 

76/17.           Correspondence

(i)                Receipt of the following correspondence was reported and noted:

Hertfordshire County Council Weight restriction order

 

77/17.           Planning Applications

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

(1)        Subject to Hertsmere Borough Council taking into consideration any comments of neighbouring owners/occupiers, the Parish Council raises no objection to the following proposals.

Application No. Address Proposed Development
17/1616/FUL 55 Greenwood Gardens, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9LF Single storey rear extension.
17/1825/CLP 12 Russet Drive, Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9RH Installation of 3 roof lights on side elevation. Certificate of Lawful Development (Proposed)
17/1799/HSE The Old Buttery, 7 Grace Avenue, Shenley, Hertfordshire Erection of shed, gates, fences and the installation of hardstanding. (Retrospective Application)
17/1636/HSE 6 Grace Avenue, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9DN Installation of hardstanding to side of property. (Retrospective Application)
17/1753/HSE 11 Juniper Gardens, Shenley, Hertfordshire, Wd7 9LA Erection of new front porch
17/1872/FUL Land Rear of Summerhill and Northfields, King Edward Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire Construction of detached, 2 storey 4 bed house with accommodation within the roof space, associated landscaping, parking and bike store
17/1850/HSE 50 Harris Lane, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9EG Erection of single storey rear extension

 

With regards to

17/1754/HSE 11 Juniper Gardens, Shenley, Hertfordshire, Wd7 9LA Conversion of loft to habitable room to include rear dormer and four front roof lights. Certificate of Lawful Development (Proposed)

The meeting OBJECTED to the use of dormers as these are unsightly and overlook neighbours.

 

With regards to

17/1893/FUL Land Adjacent to Shenley Mansion including Grace Avenue, Grace Avenue, Shenley Installation of electronic entrance gates to the entrance and exit of Grace Avenue with adjoining fence. Erection of new 1.5m high deer fence on part of the NNW-NW boundary

The meeting OBJECT to the application as they do not believe in a gated community as can be very divisive.  If gates are necessary then perhaps a field gate would be more appropriate.

 

With regards to

17/1725/HSE 40 Hamblings Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9JJ 2 storey side extension and single storey rear extension

The meeting OBJECT to this application on the grounds of 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.)

 

78/17.           Financial matters

(I)                 Accounts for payment –September 2017 meeting

Payment To Reason Total Amount
John O’Conner August grounds maintenance 144.00
PC Express Office 365 – mailboxes x 1 year 864.00
HAPTC Basic Councillor training 40.00
BT Office phone and broadband 94.93
E.ON Electricity – The Cage 15.68
Mrs Amanda Leboff Expenses – XERO monthly payment 26.40
Hertfordshire County Council Stationary 79.19
Dor-2-Dor (G L Green) Delivery of  Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire 175.00
Caprin Printers Printing questionnaires and letters for Neighbourhood Plan – NP 454.80
Shenley Methodist Church  Hire of hall (Neighbourhood plan £14 & SPC £7) 21.00
HMRC Payment 212.38
Mrs Amanda Leboff Wages 1087.92
Shenley Primary School Grant for swimming 1474.50
Petty Cash Petty Cash  – amount to take up to £200 imprest system for July 2017 48.53
Petty Cash Petty Cash  – amount to take up to £200 imprest system for August 2017 82.42
Evans Leisure Kent Ltd Toffee apples for Halloween 74.39
Banner Group Printer cartridges 231.10
TOTAL 5126.24

Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-

RESOLVED that the October 2017 meeting accounts for September 2017 (£5,126.24), be approved for payment.

(II)             Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring report be approved.

(III)           Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report be approved

(IV)           Section 137 Grant Requests: – There were none

(V)             It was RESOLVED to ACCEPT and APPROVE the external auditor’s signed annual return and opinion for year ended 31 March 2017

(VI)           It was RESOLVED that the annual return and notice of audit was displayed  on the Andrew Close notice board for in excess of 14 days

(VII)        The council RESOLVED to ACCEPT and APPROVE the Parish Council insurance quote Came and Company for £2,516.23 (using Ecclesiastical, this includes a reduction due to long term agreement which expires 30th October 2020).

 

79/17.           PART II AGENDA

Following the exclusion of the press and public the meeting discussed the proposed Hertsmere Local Plan.

 

80/17.           The meeting ended at 10p.m.                                              Chairman

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER 2017

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk Actioned
Pond lights Hire of lighting designer to plan what is needed Clerk & Cllr Susman ASAP
Manor Lodge School Contact school regarding inconsiderate driving approaching the school. Clerk ASAP
Basket Ball hoop To be ordered ASAP
Christmas Lights Complete County Council form Clerk ASAP
CCTV Quote for 2nd CCTV camera Clerk ASAP
Christmas Ask Jane is tree outside village hall is now set up with electricity and ask Shenley Primary School if they will sing at the event Clerk ASAP
Shenley Parish

Wed 27th September – Allotment Committee Meeting

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

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

In attendance:

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

01/270917.    Apologies for Absence.

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

02/270917.    Declarations of Interests – There were none

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

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

04/270917.    Matters arising from the above minutes.

There were none

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

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

06/270917     Poor conditions of plots that are not cultivated

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

07/270917     Allotment Committee Activity

The rota is;

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

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

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

October 2017                                                                                   Clerk to the Council

Shenley Parish

Tue 19th September 2017 – Finance Committee Meeting Minutes

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

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

IN ATTENDANCE:     Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

54/15      APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

There were none

55/15      DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were none

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

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

57/15      MATTERS ARISING 

There were no matters arising

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

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

59/15      THE HARRIS LANE PAVILION

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

60/15      POTANTIAL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOE CHILDREN IN SHENLEY

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

61/15      POSSIBILITY OF PURCAHSING AN ADDITIONAL CCTV CAMERA

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

62/15      CLOSE OF MEETING

The meeting closed at 8.30pm                                                                    CHAIR

Shenley Parish

Tue 5th September – Shenley Parish Meeting Minutes

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

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

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

57/17.           Apologies for Absence.

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

58/17.                       Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

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

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

60/17.                       Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

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

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

62/17.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

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

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

63/17.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Accidents by Shenleybury – request by residents for action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Anti-Social Behaviour – fires

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

  • Pursley Field – Update

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

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

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

  • Allotments

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

  • Shenley Fete

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

  • Future Initiative Events

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

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

  • Media Committee

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

  • CSP

Nothing to report.

  • Police Update

Nothing to report.

  • Shenley Park Trust

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

  • Neighbourhood Plan

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

  • Village Sign

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

  • Additional Christmas Lights

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

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

64/17.           Correspondence

  • Receipt of the following correspondence was reported and noted:

65/17.           Planning Applications

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

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

associated amenity space, parking and landscaping.

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

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

With regards to

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

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

Installation of an artificial playing surface for sports use (amended

description and site location plan received 25.07.17).

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

(i)Other planning matters were noted, and

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

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

66/17.           Financial matters

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

Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-

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

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

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

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

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

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2017

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