Shenley Parish Council
Autumn 2017 Report
Now that the leaves are falling from the trees summer seems a dim and distant past, however Christmas is on its way which means that we are now entering our season of community events and I really hope that as many of you as possible are able to come along and be part of our vibrant village.
The dates for our events are advertised in this publication and I very much look forward to seeing you there. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve on these events from previous years or you would like to offer to help out at any of them then please do get in contact with me.
Planning and future development in Shenley remains a hot topic and as such the Neighbourhood Plan team have been really busy preparing the draft of the plan. They still need your input and I would urge you to complete your questionnaires that were delivered in early September. Hertsmere is planning for 1,000 new homes across Shenley & Elstree so we need to hear your thoughts on this.
We welcome to the village Novita the new Italian restaurant and wish them much success. Let’s support them and our other local business to keep them alive and thriving. There has been much disappointment with the loss of The Black Lion name but the restaurant has agreed to put a plaque on the building recognising the fact that the building used to be called The Black Lion.
We have been looking at the issues of speeding and the accidents along Shenleybury and Black Lion Hill and in conjunction with our Borough and County Councillors have managed to secure funding for a traffic survey which is the first step in the process to try and make those stretches of roads safer.
You may have noticed teams of people in high viz. jackets on a Tuesday or Thursday around the Village. They are from Community Payback and have been doing a brilliant job of tidying up our footpaths and hedges. We have a long list of jobs for them to do but if you can suggest an area that you feel needs tidying up in the Village do let me know and we will get it added to the list.
We have been investigating over the last few months the possibility of extending the Christmas lights along Porters Park Drive. Unfortunately, the costs of purchasing together with the ongoing maintenance make it unfeasible at this present time.
We would like to extend our thanks to the Shenley Fete Committee for their generous donation to the Sir Richard Cox Charity which is a Charity that provides financial support to local residents who need it at Christmas time.
We would also like to congratulate the Shenley U13s Cricket team for being crowned ECB U13 National Champions. A fantastic achievement and the village is really proud of them. We have an article about them in this Shenley Village Matters edition.
We have had a few positive results from our continual campaigning. Finally the large pot holes in the Andrew Close car park have been filled and in additional some more problematic potholes along Porters Park Drive near to King Charles Road were filled. A big thank you must go to our County Councillor Morris Bright for obtaining the funding to enable these works to take place. Residents nearby can now enjoy a little peace and tranquillity.
Another great result is that we have been granted funding for a bus shelter with seating for the stop opposite Tescos. Hopefully this will be installed in the coming months and will make waiting for the bus a more pleasant and dryer experience for all.
We have booked the seniors Christmas trip and this year we will be going to see 42nd Street on Wednesday 13th December, tickets are going quickly so if you are interested then please book soon.
In the meantime I look forward to seeing you all at the village events.
Chairman – Shenley Parish Council