Shenley Parish

1st may 2018 – Annual Parish Council Meeting

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON TUESDAY, 1 MAy 2018, AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY.

 

PRESENT: Councillors Nicky Beaton, Rosemary Gilligan, Gavin O’Sullivan, William Susman and Peter Wayne.

 

In attendance:                        Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

 

COMMENCEMENT OF PROCEEDINGS

The Chair, Councillor William Susman formally called the meeting to order and welcomed those present.

 

  1. ELECTION OF CHAIR

Councillor Susman invited nominations for the position of Chair with Councillor Susman being nominated and duly seconded. Following a vote Councillor Susman was duly elected. Councillor Susman confirmed his willingness to act in the capacity of Chairman to the council:-

RESOLVED that councillor William Susman be appointed chair of the council for the municipal year 2018/2019.

 

  1. ABSENCE OF MEMBERS AND DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE

OF OFFICE

It was NOTED that Councillor Susman would complete the acceptance of office form for the position of chair which will be witnessed by the clerk as proper officer. Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Annette Edel, Helen Hussain & Anthony Spencer

 

Councillor Susman remained in the chair.

 

  1. ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIR

Nominations for the position of Vice-Chair were invited with Councillor Nicky Beaton being nominated and duly seconded. Following a vote Councillor Beaton was duly elected. She confirmed her willingness to act in that capacity, and the council:-

RESOLVED that Councillor Nicky Beaton be appointed Vice-Chair of the council for the municipal year 2018/2019.

 

  1. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS

2018/2019

Finance Committee:

The Council;

RESOLVED—that a Finance Committee be appointed for the

municipal year 2018/2019 comprising the Chair and Vice-Chair of the

Council ex-officio, and Councillors Helen Hussain, Rosemary Gilligan, and Gavin O’Sullivan.

 

Allotment Committee

The Council;

RESOLVED—that an Allotment Committee be appointed for the

municipal year 2018/2019 comprising the Councillors Annette Edel, Rosemary Gilligan and William Susman, together with five allotment holders and a representative of the Shenley and District Horticultural Society.

 

The Council;

RESOLVED—that the following working groups be appointed for the

municipal year 2018/2019, which will act in an advisory capacity and

will have no decision making powers. They will appoint their own chairs and meet as and when they determine, subject to them reporting to the full Council. They will have full powers to co-opt or consult with any members of the public.

 

  1. Highways Working Group – It was AGREED this group would be disbanded at the Chair meets with a representative of Ringways as and when necessary.
  2. Future Initiative Working Group comprising Cllrs Nicky Beaton, , Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan, Anthony Spencer and William Susman.
  3. Media Working Group comprising of Cllrs Nicky Beaton, Helen Hussain and members Guy Beaton, Matt Finn & Dayaram Nakrani.
  4. Planning Group comprising Cllrs Annette Edel, Rosemary Gilligan, Helen Hussain and Peter Wayne.
  5. Shenley and Radlett Community Safety Partnership comprising of Cllr Peter Wayne.
  6. Neighbourhood Plan Comprising Cllrs Nicky Beaton, Rosemary Gilligan and Gavin O’Sullivan as the Parish Council representatives. Interested individuals can become involved as associate members of the group.   5. APPOINTMENT/NOMINATION OF MEMBERS/REPRESENTATIVESThe Council;
  7. RESOLVED – that the following representatives be appointed/confirmed/ nominated (as appropriate) as the Council’s representatives on the bodies indicated:-
  8. TO SERVE ON OUTSIDE BODIES
  1. Shenley Village Hall Management Committee- Councillor Annette Edel- 2018/2019
  2. Shenley Park Trust – Councillors Rosemary Gilligan (the period of office expires May 2019) and William Susman (the period of office expires May 2019).
  3. Sir Richard Cox’s Charity – Councillors Nicky Beaton & Rosemary Gilligan together with Mrs Natalie Susman and Mrs Liz Trott. 6          Financial Regulations Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to adopt the Standing Orders for Shenley Parish Council.
  4. 7          Standing Orders
  5. Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to adopt the Financial Regulations for Shenley Parish Council.

 

8          HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to adopt the Health and Safety policy for Shenley Parish Council.

 

  1. INTERNAL FINANCIAL CONTROLS

Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to adopt the internal Financial Controls for Shenley Parish Council.

 

  1. DIRECT DEBITS

Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve the Direct Debits for Shenley Parish Council.

 

  1. DATES OF MEETINGS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL AND THE PARISH MEETING FOR THE MUNICIPAL YEAR 2018/2019
The Council;

RESOLVED—That the following dates of meetings be confirmed for the

Municipal Year 2018/2019: (The first Tuesday of the month)
YEAR 2018 YEAR 2019
Tuesday 1 May– Annual Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 8 January
Tuesday 5 June Tuesday 5 February
Tuesday 3 July Tuesday 5 March – Annual Parish Meeting
************************** Tuesday 5 March
Tuesday 4 September Tuesday 2 April
Tuesday 2 October Tuesday 7 May – Annual Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 6 November **************************
Tuesday 4 December **************************

(N.B. No Meeting Scheduled For August 2018)

 

The Meeting terminated at 7.50pm.

5th June 2018

SHENLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

Ben Caplan & William Susman

Ben Caplan & William Susman

On Monday 14th November we held the annual Christmas Lights switch on.  The event was well attended by Shenley residents.  Ben Caplan, our own local celebrity, Sergeant Nokes from BBC’s `Call the Midwife’ kindly came along to press the magic button to turn on the lights after a cheerful countdown by everyone present.  It was very interesting to hear all about Ben’s busy year.  Unfortunately he didn’t get to film in South Africa with his `Call the Midwife’ colleagues for the Christmas special but he has been doing plenty of other great work including a month in the Kinks musical ‘Summer Afternoon’.  The original switch on date had to be changed from the 16th to the 14th as Ben had to fly out to Budapest on the 15th to start work on `Maigret’ with Rowan Atkinson!

The Parish Councillors laid on a delightful free reception of wine, soft drinks and nibbles for all those who came to watch.  Ben and his family stayed and mingled with everyone.  It was another really nice, well supported community gathering.  Special thanks to Amanda for organising everything brilliantly as always and to all helpers.

Please don’t forget to support the events taking place in December.  We hope everyone enjoys the Senior Citizens Christmas outing to `Beautiful’ the Carol King musical and seeing the Christmas lights afterwards on Tuesday 13th December.  In the morning of the 18th December Santa will be riding round the Village, at around 11.30am and in the afternoon between 5.30-6.30pm he will be in the Cage (Santa’s Grotto) at the Pond.  On 24th December the annual lighting of the Chanukah candles will be held at the Cage Pond seating area between 5.30-6.30pm.

Your Parish Council is trying hard to plan events for the whole community to enjoy and your support is appreciated.  If you have any thoughts about other things we could do please let us know.

Cllr Nicky Beaton

 

 

Residents enjoying the Switch on

Residents enjoying the Switch on

Resident with Christmas dog!

Resident with Christmas dog!

 

Hertfordshire County Council warns residents to be vigilant against rogue traders

Hertfordshire County Council warns residents to be vigilant against rogue traders

On average, almost 250 reports of rogue trading are made each year in Hertfordshire, but it is estimated that only between five and 20 per cent of these crimes are reported – that’s why Hertfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is advising residents to follow a few top tips:

  1. Say no to doorstep callers. Do not buy goods or services at the door.
  2. If you are considering having work done, always shop around first and get at least three quotes.
  3. You can search for a Hertfordshire Trading Standards Approved Trader on the Which? Trusted Traders website or by calling Trading Standards.
  4. Honest businesses agree pricing beforehand, including VAT. There’s no evidence without a written contract.
  5. Avoid paying cash in hand. It’s better to pay by bank transfer or cheque, as these can be traced.
  6. If you think you or a vulnerable relative or neighbour has become the victim of a rogue trader, report it straight away.

David Russell, 67, from Ware, contacted a local trader when he had a problem with a drain in his back garden.

“From the beginning, the trader didn’t seem the least bit friendly. After about an hour he came and he said, ‘Well, this is going to cost more than we thought […] because I need more equipment.’ He was there for about five hours altogether, and as time went on seemed to get unhappier.”

The trader quoted him £200, but David was charged almost £1,500 – for a job that wasn’t done to a satisfactory standard.

“I did write a cheque and when I thought about it the next day or so, I thought, well this is really a bit too much, I should take advice on this. I was speaking to friends, and one of them recommended that I go to Trading Standards. I phoned them up and spoke to them and they said, ‘Well, the first thing to do is to cancel the cheque.’.”

David was lucky as he contacted Trading Standards quickly and was able to cancel his cheque before it was cashed. As the trader had failed to give cancellation rights or indicate VAT-inclusive prices, Trading Standards brought him to court, where he pleaded guilty and was fined a total of £2,400 for David’s case and two others. The company he worked for was also fined a total of £5,600.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Hertfordshire County Council is committed to keeping residents safe, so we recommend that everybody reads and shares this advice, particularly with vulnerable older relatives and neighbours. If you’ve been targeted by a rogue trader, don’t let them get away with it. Always report anything suspicious to our Trading Standards team.”

Russell Reeder, Principal Trading Standards Officer at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “It may be tempting to just find someone in the phone book or say yes to the trader that’s just knocked on your door but, as David’s story shows, you don’t know that you’ll be getting a fair price or a good service.”

He added, “Our partnership with Which? Trusted Traders helps consumers to find reliable traders who have been thoroughly assessed and checked.”

Search for trusted traders at http://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/