Girlguiding Radlett District 1919 – 2019

Girlguiding Radlett District 1919-2019

The first Guide unit in Radlett was registered on 10th October 1919 under the captaincy of Mrs Betty Twinch with the doctor’s wife, Mrs Cooper, acting as District Commissioner.  Two medical students, Win Everett and Billy Sanderson, used to cycle over from Elstree to help, and it was help indeed, for Win was the daughter of Lord Baden Powell’s right hand man Sir Percy Everett.  She remained an enthusiastic member of the Trefoil Guild well into her late life.

 

Business in India took Mrs Twinch away after fourteen months but she returned in 1925 to start the highly successful Ranger Company.  Meanwhile in 1922, Miss Muriel Wheatcroft, who had been guiding in Derbyshire, moved to Radlett to look after her brother’s motherless daughters and she was to be at the heart of the movement in Radlett for the next 33 years during most of which she was District Commissioner.

 

She started a holiday company in 1924 for the boarding school girls whom she saw as future leaders and, by this time, there were several Brownie packs in the area including 1st and 2nd Aldenham.  Soon after the new Headquarters in Watling Street was opened in1926, there were 12 units in the District:

 

1st Radlett Rangers

1st 2nd and 3rd Radlett, 1st and 2nd Aldenham, 1st Park Street Guides

1st, 2nd and 3rd Radlett and 1st and 2nd Aldenham Brownies

 

Since then, Bricket Wood and Shenley Guides and Brownies have been included in the District at various times, and Rainbows began in 1991.

 

During the 1939-1945 war, Radlett Guides collected waste paper, sent magazines to the troops, lent their camp equipment for a canteen for those who had lost their homes to bombs, and continued to learn Morse Code, first aid and message-carrying to prepare them for future service.  They welcomed evacuees into their midst forming 4th Radlett Guides to cater for them and including 42nd Croydon Guides (a school evacuated to Edge Grove) and 1st Tufnell Park Rangers in their District Activities.  In 1947 Phyliss Landragin became the first Queen’s Guide.

 

In 1985, amongst numerous Girlguiding National 75th Anniversary Celebrations, our President HRH Princess Margaret lit the Guiding Flame at Buckingham Palace.  Weekly meetings continued as before with the 2nd Radlett Brownies knitting blankets for the orphaned victims of the Columbian volcano disaster and the Guides relishing the results of their patrol time cooking skills.  A Festival of Praise was held in St Albans Abbey where Radlett and Shenley Guides were in the orchestra.

 

By 1989, there were six Young Leaders in the District and this tradition of girls coming back to help as Young Leaders and Leaders has continued since then.  In June of this year, the Brownies celebrated their own 75th birthday with a party.  In November, the Trefoil Guild invited current members to a luncheon to celebrate 70 years of Girlguiding in Radlett.

 

 

 

 

 

In May 1991, the 1st Radlett Rainbow Unit opened.  We now have over 60 members in our Rainbow units with many more wishing to join.

 

After years of planning, the official opening of the new Guide Headquarters, Woodland Lodge, in Scrubbitts Park Road was held in September 1992.  The guests of honour were Blue Peter Presenter, John Leslie, and County Commissioner, Mrs Barbera Hurford.  All the units gave demonstrations in the hall and there were challenges for the girls and a campfire to round off the proceedings.

 

1994 marked the 75th Anniversary of Girlguiding and Scouting in Radlett, with a very successful Country Fair on Christchurch field followed by a reunion buffet lunch in November which was attended by ladies who had been Guides in every decade since 1919.

 

Activities during the millennium year came thick and fast, culminating in the Remembrance Day Parade.

 

And so onto the 21st Century…..

 

In more recent times, both Leaders and Girls have continued to learn and practise countless life skills, whilst developing friendships which we hope will last a lifetime.  Opportunities for Girlguiding camps and holidays both nationally and internationally in destinations as far afield as Iceland, Switzerland, Scotland, USA, Japan, Uganda, Austria, India, Mexico, and Sweden help our members develop as confident young women who we very much hope will continue to shape the future.

 

Our recent Vote 100 event and community poppy display in Tykeswater reinforced Girlguiding Radlett District’s commitment to the local community and, as we embark on our own Centenary this year, we have plenty of plans in place to make more lasting memories for our members and the community alike.

 

 

 

 

Girlguiding continues to grow and thrive in Radlett.  We are a movement for all girls, whatever their background or circumstances.  We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends.  We give girls their own space –  a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.  We give girls a voice along with the confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions.  We change as the lives of girls change and are relevant to today’s girls because our girls matter!

 

Rainbows (aged 5-7) have their first sleepovers, Brownies (aged 7-10) learn body confidence, Guides (aged 10-14) abseil down walls they have climbed themselves and Rangers (14-18) have amazing experiences no other organisation can offer, travelling the world, learning to lead, raising their voices on issues important to them whilst building their CV.

 

Girlguiding Radlett District is fortunate to have a group of fantastic trained volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome and receive full training and support.

 

So Join US – both girls and adults – in this our Centenary year.  We want to share the fun we have together.  Girlguiding’s website contains all of the information you need to get you started www.girlguiding.org.uk  We look forward to welcoming you!

Girlguilding

Girlguiding is for all girls, whatever their background or circumstances. We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends. We give girls their own space – a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world. We give girls a voice – confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions. We change as the lives of girls change and are relevant to today’s girls because our girls matter!

Rainbows (aged 5-7) have their first sleepovers, Brownies (aged 7-10) learn body confidence, Guides (aged 10-14) abseil down walls they have climbed themselves and Rangers (14-18) have amazing experiences no other organisation can offer, travelling the world, learning to lead, raising their voices on issues important to them whilst building their CV.

Girlguiding Radlett District is fortunate to have nine units operating because of our fantastic trained volunteers, but all of our units are at capacity and we and are still adding Brownies and Rainbows to our waiting lists.

New volunteers are always welcome and receive full training and support.

So Join US – both girls and adults – we want to share the fun we have together. Girlguiding’s website contains all of the information you need to get you started www.girlguiding.org.uk
We look forward to welcoming you!

Nicola Day
District Secretary

 Girlguilding Radlett District 1919 – 2019 ( Click here for further infomation)

46 Goodyers Avenue
Radlett
Hertfordshire
WD7 8BB
01923 857750

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

 

 

 

Hallowe’en 2017

Hallowe’en at the Cage on Sunday 30th October

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

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

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

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

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

Witch Beaton

Shenley Village Matters

Issue 11 – Autumn 2017

Click here for Shenley Village Matters Issue 11 – Autumn 2017

 

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.

William Susman

Chairman – Shenley Parish Council

william.susman@shenleyvillage.org

 

 

Shenley Parish

New Local Plan Meeting

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Cllrs Nicky Beaton and Rosemary Gilligan

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Shenley Parish

Wed 27th September – Allotment Committee Meeting

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

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

In attendance:

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

01/270917.    Apologies for Absence.

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

02/270917.    Declarations of Interests – There were none

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

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

04/270917.    Matters arising from the above minutes.

There were none

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

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

06/270917     Poor conditions of plots that are not cultivated

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

07/270917     Allotment Committee Activity

The rota is;

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

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

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

October 2017                                                                                   Clerk to the Council