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

Tuesday 14th May 2019 – Parish Minutes

Shenley Parish Council

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 14th May 2019, AT 7.50PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL, 108 LONDON ROAD, SHENLEY

 

PRESENT: Councillors Justine Ash, Jonathan Bonn, Nicky Beaton, Rosemary Gilligan, Nigel Heller, Natalie Susman, William Susman (Chair) and Anthony Spencer

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

 

11/19.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Cllrs Annie Keen and Gavin O’Sullivan and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

12/19.           Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

13/19.           Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 2nd April 2019

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on the 2nd April 2019 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council

 

14/19.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

 

15/19.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman invited questions. Mr D Nakrani introduced himself to the Councillors in his capacity, running the Parish Council website.

 

The Chairman thanked the residents for attending.

 

16/19.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • E-Mail from resident – S.Madsen

The meeting noted the email. It was AGREED that the question concerning the old police property on Harris Lane would be looked into by Borough Councillors Susman and Spencer

With regards to the question of Pursley Field. It was AGREED this would be discussed at the next meeting with Borehamwood 2000 Football Club.

 

  • E-Mail from resident – L.Morris

The meeting noted the email. It was NOTED that Cllr Spencer has spoken with environmental health regarding the unsightly state of the private land that runs along The Spinney. It was AGREED that the Parish Council would send a letter to the resident asking for the area to be tidied.

 

  • Councillor Street Responsibilities

Councillor W Susman suggested that Councillors each take responsibility for individual streets.  It was AGREED the clerk and Cllr Susman will divide the streets and allocate to the Cllrs.

 

  • Bell Lane – Issues from residents

Councillor W Susman informed the meeting that he had met with residents and was now looking at each item individually, as well as perhaps arranging for an SID to be put in Bell Lane.

 

  • Parish Council Surgeries

Following the success of this evenings first Council surgery at 6.30pm, it was AGREED that these would be run regularly.  It was suggested that the times alternate as 6.30pm may be too early for some residents to attend.  It was AGREED that timings would be looked at.

 

  • Neighbourhood Plan

Councillor Gilligan updated the Council with regards to the Neighbourhood Plan and the fact that it is still in the consultation period. The Council unanimously AGREED to continue to support the Neighbourhood Plan in its entirety.  Cllr Gilligan went on to inform the meeting that a new area for development is being looked at by HBC, which was not previously known. The Steering Group will be meeting again shortly.

 

  • Drive Safe

Councillor Susman informed the meeting that this is currently with the police.  The parish Council have requested to monitor Porters Park Drive both ways, London Road both ways, Green Street both ways and Black Lion Hill both ways.

 

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

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

 

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

The meeting AGREED the team have done a great job on The Spinney.

 

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

The meeting  were informed that the new benches are now in place and the broken benches have been removed.

 

  • Allotments

The meeting were informed that there had been a burst water main but this has now been repaired.

 

  • Shenley Fete

The Councillors were asked if anyone is available to help on the day, could they contact Nicky and Guy Beaton.

 

  • Media Committee

The latest edition of Shenley Village Matters is currently being worked on.

 

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

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

 

  • Police Update

Councillor Heller informed the meeting that the CCTV footage from the Parish Council camera is being looked at to assist with an incident.  It was suggested that a visit to Stevenage CCTV headquarters be arranged for the Councillors. The clerk will look into arranging this. It was also suggested that Cllr Heller see if he can accompany the police when out in Shenley.

 

  • Shenley Park Trust

The meeting was informed that Park Trust have secured match funding for works to be done on the entrance to the park as well as improving the paths and carrying out work on the green houses.

 

17/19.           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
19/0456/HSE

 

45 North Avenue Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9DF Erection of brick built outbuilding (WC) in rear garden. (Retrospective application)
19/0536/FUL Woodhall Farm Office Woodhall Lane Shenley Hertfordshire Change of use from offices [B1] to residential [C3] to provide 1 x 2 bed and 1 x 3 bed bungalows.
19/0555/HSE 2 Frank Cottages Radlett Lane Shenley Hertfordshire Erection of timber lean-to greenhouse to rear elevation.
19/0551/FUL Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, Colney Heath,

Hertfordshire, AL2 1BB

 

Temporary use of the car park for the siting of a marquee for corporate

Christmas parties and parking for a period of 5 years between 18 November and the 29

December each year.

19/0665/LBC Elliots Farm Rectory Lane Shenley Hertfordshire Single storey rear extension. (Application for Listed Building Consent).
19/0664/HSE Elliots Farm Rectory Lane Shenley Hertfordshire Single storey rear extension.

 

*19/0681/CLPLB Pursley Farmhouse 2 London Road Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9E Works to include electrical rewiring, repair and replacement of windows, remedial works to front elevation, roof, pedestrian entrance door to barn and main entrance doors. Certificate of Lawful Development for Listed Building (Proposed)
*19/0673/HSE 24 Juniper Gardens Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9LA New outbuilding to rear of garden.

(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.)

 

18/19.           Financial matters

  • May 2019 meeting

The Accounts for payment for the May 2019 meeting were received and it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly Accounts for payment totalling £9,663.84 be approved.

  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring reports for March and April 2019 be approved.
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report for April 2019 be approved.
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –

There were none

  • The Council AGRRED to add the additional signatory when the bank account is moved.
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was: – RESOLVED that an addition of a maximum of £8,000 be given to the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan. This is in addition to money previously agreed.

 

19/19.           The meeting ended at 9.40p.m.                                                        Chairman

 

 

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 14 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
Cllr Street responsibility Divide streets amongst Cllrs Clerk & Cllr W Susman ASAP
Stevenage CCTV Arrange site visit

 

Clerk ASAP

 

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       ……………….

Tuesday 5 February – Shenley Parish Council Minutes

Shenley Parish Council

 

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

 

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

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

 

90/18.           Apologies for Absence.

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

 

91/18.           Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

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

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

 

93/18.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

 

95/18.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

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

 

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

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

 

The Chairman thanked the residents for attending.

 

95/18.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Neighbourhood Plan

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Drive Safe

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

 

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

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

 

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

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

 

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

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

 

  • Allotments

Nothing to report

 

  • Shenley Fete

Nothing to report

 

  • Media Committee

Nothing to report

 

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

Nothing to report

 

  • Police Update

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

 

  • Shenley Park Trust

Nothing to report

 

96/18.           Planning Applications

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

  • Subject to Hertsmere Borough Council taking into consideration any comments of neighbouring owners/occupiers, the Parish Council raises no objection to the following proposals.
Application No. Address Proposed Development

 

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

(i)Other planning matters were noted, and

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

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

 

97/18.           Financial matters

  • –February 2019 meeting

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2019

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

Tuesday 8 January – Shenley Parish Council Minutes

Shenley Parish Council

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 8th JANUARY 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 and William Susman (Chair).

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

 

80/18.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillor Peter Wayne and County Councillor Morris Bright.

 

81/18.           Declarations of Interests

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

PREJUDICIAL -none.

 

82/18.           Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 4th December 2018

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on the 4th December 2018 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council

 

83/18.           Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

 

84/18            Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held on 6th December 2018

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Finance Committee meeting, held on the 6th December 2018 be confirmed as a correct record, and adopted by the Council

 

85/18.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman invited questions. A resident asked if the speeding questionnaire has been handed to County Councillor Morris Bright.  It was NOTED that this would be done by Councillors Heller and Spencer and a date was still to be set as 4 meetings had been cancelled. Councillor Gilligan suggested handing in the petition at the next full County Council meeting. It was AGREED the clerk would contact County Council to arrange.

 

The meeting discussed the possibility of putting square humps along Black Lion Hill similar to those that have been put in London Colney as well as raining the height of the roundabout at the bottom of Black Lion Hill.

 

 

The Chairman welcomed Mr McGuire to the meeting who showed the Councillors a copy of his response to the Local Plan Consultation – referring to site 4- Shenley Grange.

 

Mr McGuire went on to explain to the meeting the possibility of doing a Neighbourhood Plan Development Order which would require the same information as a full planning application, and would end with a referendum for Shenley residents.

 

The Chairman thanked the residents for attending.

86/18.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting was informed that the Steering Group met on Monday 7th Jan.    By the 8th February the Regulation 14 Consultation Statements AND revised Shenley plan will be ready to be reviewed by the Steering Group.  On 21st February the mock exam/plan health check will take place.  This will be followed by The Regulation 16 Consultation and hopefully a referendum by the end of 2019.  The next Public Meeting is likely to be in March 2019.

 

 

  • Drive Safe

The meeting NOTED the 12 volunteers.  Councillor Susman will forward their details to the Drive Safe police team.

 

  • Action for a Cleaner Shenley – Update

The meeting were informed that the ACS group are meeting regularly and have a new volunteer.

 

  • Community Payback Scheme – Update

Councillor O’Sullivan informed the meeting that the work along Newcome Path has been completed.  Following an issue with privately owned hedges it was suggested letters be sent to the residents whose hedges have obstructed the path and ask these be maintained.

 

The ditch between the allotments and Pursley Field has now been cleaned.

 

The team will now be attending on a Monday instead of a Tuesday.

 

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

UK power networks have completed the works in Rookery Field and are still to collect the metal fencing.

 

  • Allotments

Nothing to report

 

  • Shenley Fete

The date of 2019 fete is 23rd June 2019. Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that they are currently contacting stall holders.

 

  • Media Committee

The committee are meeting this week.  It was suggested that the Clerk contact PC Express to ask if they are able to maintain the website.

 

  • Shenley Community Activities Group

Nothing to report

 

  • Police Update

Councillor Heller read out the figures from PCSO Chris Ramdeen’s report to the Council. The meeting were informed that CCTV was used to catch 2 youths being anti-social and the PC went and saw the families.

 

The culprits who attempted to steal the Tesco ATM have been arrested. It was AGREED the CCTV would be moved from Ribston Close to Andrew Close.

 

During the ‘Speed Event’ to catch speeding down Black Lion Hill before Christmas, those caught speeding were given warnings.  This event will happen again.

 

The meeting spoke about the recent Anti-Semitic behaviour in Shenley and unanimously agreed that it is appalling

 

  • Shenley Park Trust

Councillor Spencer informed the meeting that he has secured some funding for the Park Trust.  The meeting were informed there are currently staffing issues.

 

  • Request from Resident for a new noticeboard by Andrew Close that residents can use

Following a discussion the meeting AGREED that this was not a good idea as it would end up being abused.

 

87/18.           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

 

18/2227/HSE 13 Shenleybury Cottages, Shenleybury, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9DJ Single storey front porch extension
18/2240/FUL Wilton House Nursing Home, 73 – 77 London Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9BW Extension to front entrance
18/2333/HSE 62 London Road, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9DY Installation of a dropped kerb for vehicular access (revised application).

With regards to:

18/2327/FUL Silverhill Cattery Silver Hill Borehamwood Hertfordshire WD6 5PW Demolition of existing structures and construction of 3 x 3 bed dwellings (1 detached, and 2 semi detached houses) with associated landscaping.

The Meeting OBJECTED To This.  Please see appendix 1.

 

(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.)

 

88/18.           Financial matters

  • Accounts for payment –January 2019 meeting
  • The following accounts for the January 2019 meeting were received:
Christmas Illumination Limited Test and certify lights for phase 2 of licence 1620.00
ImaginePlaces support and work 4032.00
Petty Cash Petty Cash  – amount to take up to £200 imprest system 190.33
Sir Richard Cox Charity Grant for the 2018 distribution list 800.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Monthly XERO 32.40
In The Orchard Christmas Event – Chairman’s Allowance 140.00
Sharon Madsen Reimburse for banners 65.49
John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance 144.00
E.ON The Cage electricity 8.21
William Susman Reimburse for plastic cups 43.83
Petty Cash Petty Cash  – amount to take up to £200 imprest system 185.31
Banner Group Cartridges 213.45
Gavin O’Sullivan Reimburse for bags for Community Payback Group 45.00
HMRC December payment 201.99
Mrs Amanda Leboff Wages 1084.81
Fay Gough Cleaning toilet & office 32.00
Bob Gough Grounds Maintenance  x 2 cuts 768.00
ImaginePlaces support and work – Neighbourhood Plan 432.00
ImaginePlaces support and work – Local Plan 2016.00
  TOTAL 12054.82

 

  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring report be approved in February
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report be approved in February
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –
  • The Waverley Driving Group £150 donation as way of a thank you for taking Santa around Shenley. Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve the request.
  • To purchase 3 x £50 vouchers for Mr Nakrani, Mr Beaton and Mr Leboff for all their help with the Parish Council throughout the year. Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve the request.
  • To purchase 6 x £15 ‘Café In The Orchard’ vouchers for ACS volunteer as a thank you for all their hard work. Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve the request.
  • The Council RESOLVED to APPROVE the Budget requirement for the year 2019/20
  • APPROVE the precept amount of £77,775.70.
  • It was AGREED that the Clerk notify Hertsmere Borough Council accordingly.

 

89/18.           The meeting ended at 9.55p.m.                                                       Chairman

 

 

ACTION LIST – TUESDAY 8 JANUARY 2019

provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk ASAP
Gifts Purchase of Thank you gifts Clerk ASAP
Rookery Field Removal of metal fencing belonging to Electric Company Clerk Actioned
Benches Clerk to chase HBC regarding installation Clerk Actioned
Speeding Cllr Heller to confirm meeting with County Councillor Morris Bright – Clerk to speak to HCC regarding attending a meeting Clerk ASAP
Drive Safe Campaign Cllr Susman and Clerk to move forward with this Cllr Susman ASAP
Removal of rubbish Contact John O’Conner for quote Clerk Actioned
Metro Bank Clerk to send documents to move bank accounts Clerk ASAP

APPENDIX 1:-

PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, SILVERHILL CATTERY, WELL END ROAD.

RECOMMENDATION

We recommend refusal for this application on a number of grounds as noted below.  The numbering below refers to the Fisher German report which most notably  does not meet the criteria set by the emerging Shenley Neighbourhood Plan, which after completion of Regulation 14 Consultation last summer and  will shortly be moving to Regulation 16 and subject to Examination and adoption should be seen as a material planning issue.

 

REASONS

3.10 and 3.11             The openness of the Greenbelt can be maintained by opening up the site and  ” the redevelopment of the site and the reduction of hard standing”  – we feel that the impact  of 3  substantial homes, to the design shown in the report  against the existence of  low level hardstanding and single story cattery that cannot been seen above the height of the existent high close boarded security fence,  and high gates against the view of 3 homes that will be clearly be seen would be a material change and overbearing in the existing street scene.

3.12     we feel it is quite a stretch to describe land that until only recently was a private residence before the conversion of the existing stables to the Cattery as a “well established brown field site” the few sites in Shenley that had successfully argued for redevelopment on the brownfield site basis had successfully proved that those businesses had that status back to the 1950’s and beyond, this site cannot argue that.

3.15     –   3.21   the references  to the Hertsmere Core strategy, and the Neighbourhood plan, shows that this application must be assed at the Hertsmere level under the existing local plan which has always been implemented very strongly in Shenley Parish to enforce the Greenbelt, as the new local plan is not sufficiently advanced for material planning consideration.

With regard to compliance with the Neighbourhood plan, the author of this report does not seem to realise how far advanced the Shenley Neighbourhood plan is?  It says “The Parish Council’s timetable is unknown, and a draft Neighbourhood plan has not been issued for comment”

The Shenley Parish Neighbourhood plan was launched for Regulation 14 consultation on 1st July 2018, it is in the public domain and was available for refence and yet no one has contacted us with regard to development?  We have just completed the Regulation 14 consultation and preparing to submit the final plan to Regulation 16 and final adaption in March.  In fact, today we have had confirmation that an Examiner has been booked to go through the document with the Steering group committee and HBC planning on Thursday 21st February.  It will be formally passed to Hertsmere shortly after that for the commencement of Regulation 16 and Referendum.  We therefore feel that the emerging Shenley Neighbourhood Plan is seen as a Material Consideration in this planning application because as per NPPF2 the plan has now entered its final stage and any amendments are likely to be small and not detract from any of the polices shown already in the plan.

We feel that this application would not pass the criteria set in the NHP where we express the desire that any future development should be around the existing centre with no need to encroach on open land surrounding the village.  Thus, invigorating the centre which lost much of its centre feel when the shops where converted to residential status due to the creation of nearby shopping parks.

Shenley is not against development per see, as  we would not have put effort and loss of personal time to creating a vision for the future off our village.  We just want the right type of development in the right place to ensure our village delivers what our residents want and need.

4.0 Planning History

4.1         The report itself shows the planning history and the fact the Hertsmere have already declined an application for one additional house in 2004.  While this is before the change to the NPPF and now the NPPF2 nothing has substantially changed in Planning Policy  which would substantially change the previous decision and in particular to building in the Greenbelt.

4.2       we note that a pre-application submission was made in July 2018 and the first of it appears a number of meetings with the planning department  occurred at the end of the month.  As Hertsmere had received the draft Shenley Neighbourhood plan by this time and  have been meeting with us on a regular basis,  we do not understand why the applicant had not been give our contact details and why an  in-effect Pre-application meeting was not requested from the Parish council to discuss where we felt this proposed development lay.

4.10      we note the comments from Scott Laban, where he notes that previous versions of the scheme had access via induvial road frontage.  We would echo Scott’s sentiments and add that while the location is remote from the village,  which prevents any reference as made regarding the existing properties in London to be relevant, as the site is 2 mins drive  0.8 miles to its nearest neighbour in London Road, Pursley farm and the farm its self is separated by 0.3 miles from the White Horse where the majority of building along London Road starts. As the distance the property is from the main village with its nearest access to a very limited bus service being about a mile down a lane that has no pavement means it is unlikely  that current or future residents are able to use public transport.

We also have concerns regarding safe access to the proposed properties, as part of the neighbourhood plan, we now know that 10,000 + cars a day  pass the front of that property as of summer 2017.  Since the building of the M25 and the creation of junction 22 at one end of the village  and access to the A1 via Well end at the other end.   This causes the existing residents major issues when trying to leave/enter their properties.  We have explored with Herts Highways plans to slow traffic down through the village, but the stand-alone properties like this one, suffer from being to far from the centre for these measures to help.  The current entrance is already difficult, as it is on a change of level of  ground, which causes flooding just past the entrance and the surrounding woodland which limits light even on a bright day make this section of the road difficult to navigate.

The Housing needs assessment (HNA) done by  AECOM after funding via Locality and available on the parish website  shows that the need for the village is mainly at the affordable social and affordable to the market properties catering for first time buyers and older people looking to down size.  This development by its own admission does not do that, as it is described as “three high-quality dwellings that makes best use of the site and critically will generate a value to allow for a high-quality setting”  indeed Hertsmere themselves are aware that the HNA for the whole borough shows the same problem borough wide and therefore the clear need in the area is for a different kind of housing.

As Hertsmere are working on a new local plan, much of the farmland in the village has been submitted for development and there is much speculating going on about the future of the area, however this site does not fall into an area within Shenley Parish which Hertsmere is considering for the removal of Greenbelt status.

However, the governments push for new housing, and the possible re use of Greenbelt land to allow for new housing is only available for  a certain type of new build and from our HNA you will see nothing on this site makes it a candidate for approval under the Shenley Neighbourhood Pan.  In fact, Hertsmere in their official reply to our Regulation 14 consultation said that under existing Greenbelt policy there could be no new build and only limited in filling of a single to two new homes on the site of an existing property, and they where very concerned that we were actively looking for new development in the village to meet our need. so, the nature of this report which seems to imply an approval in due course from HBC seems a little pre-emptive.

 

Cllr Rosemary Gilligan

Shenley Parish Council              8th January 2019