Tuesday 14th May 2019 – Parish Minutes

Shenley Parish Council




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.



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.




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





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


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