Shenley Parish

Tue 5th September – Shenley Parish Meeting Minutes


PRESENT: Councillors Nicky Beaton, Rosemary Gilligan, Helen Hussain, Robert Perlmutter, Anthony Spencer, William Susman (Chair) and Peter Wayne

  • In attendance:            Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council

57/17.           Apologies for Absence.

Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillors Annette Edel, Gavin O’Sullivan and County Councillor Morris Bright.

58/17.                       Declarations of Interests

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


59/17                        Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 4th July 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting, held on 4th July 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

60/17.                       Review of Action Plan from above meetings

The Action plan was NOTED.

61/17                        Minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting held on 23rd August 2017

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Council meeting, held on 23rd August 2017 be confirmed as a correct record, and signed by Cllr Susman and adopted by the Council.

62/17.           Questions by residents of Shenley Parish

The chairman took the opportunity to welcome members of the public to the meeting.  He then read an email from Mr Blundell requesting the Parish Council object to the planning appeal for the land adjoining 1,3 and 5 Shenleybury.  It was NOTED that the Parish council had previously objected to this application.  Following a discussion it was AGREED that the Parish Council would OBJECT to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Parish Council were then asked to contact Hertfordshire Highways regarding the pot holes all along Rectory Lane.

63/17.           Reports of Committee, Members and Clerk

  • Accidents by Shenleybury – request by residents for action

The chairman informed the meeting that there has been a spate of accidents occurring monthly at the same location.  Both Highways and the police are aware of this.  There are traffic calming measures in place already however the accidents still occur.  The chairman went on to say that funding has been sourced by County Council for a traffic calming survey.  3 boxes will be put up to monitor the flow and speed of the traffic.  It was agreed that both the borough and County Councillors were taking this very seriously.

  • Request from resident for a memorial back for a bench at the pond.

The meeting noted the email from Mr. Tarrant requesting to a memorial back for a bench for the late Kathleen Tester. The meeting AGREED that more information was needed and the Chairman said he would phone Mr. Tarrant to discuss. It was also suggested that perhaps memorial trees could be planted.

  • The name Novita at the previously known Black Lion site.

The meeting discussed at length the renaming of the Black Lion Site.  Susan Payne addressed the meeting and highlighted her unhappiness at the new name, and felt the developers did not carry out their commitment as in their appeals proposal regarding the reinstatement of detailing appropriate to this Victorian building, and that the new sign is inappropriate.  Councillor Gilligan addressed the meeting with further information regarding the planning application, highlighting that the Black Lion has been there since the 1800s and throughout the planning application process it has been referred to as The Black Lion. Councillor Gilligan also stressed that she was very disappointed that only a small plaque referring to the Black Lion has been offered to be put up on the building. Councillor Gilligan also wanted the Parish Council to stand up for residents who are upset at the loss of name.

It was also highlighted that there is very little parking and cars are already starting to cause an issue on Rectory Lane.

Councillor Spencer said he has spoken with the new owner and also stated that he wishes to encourage new business in the village.

Following the lengthy debate it was AGREED that the clerk would contact Hertsmere planning and ask if anything can be done to enforce the name ‘The Black Lion’ is used. Following this outcome the Parish Council can then see what course of action can be taken next.

  • Anti-Social Behaviour – fires

It was NOTED that over the summer there was a spate of fires. The meeting was informed that the police are aware of this and have already caught some of the perpetrators.

  • Pursley Field – Update

The meeting were delighted to hear that the newly installed goal posts are being used. It was AGREED that a laminated sign needs to be put on the posts to say that they cannot be used on a Sunday when Borehamwood 2000 are using the field.

  • Harris Lane/Rookery Field

The Clerk informed the meeting that a Tesco sign is to be put up on the gym equipment following their generous grant.

  • Allotments

The meeting AGREED that the Parish Council should go with the Hertsmere Borough Council quote for a new entrance to the allotments.

  • Shenley Fete

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that the donations for this year have now been distributed.  The date of next year’s fete is Sunday 1st July 2018.  Councillor Beaton asked on behalf the fete committee for more support from the Parish Council, specifically councillors’ help on the day of the event.

  • Future Initiative Events

The events for the coming months are Halloween, Remembrance Sunday, Christmas lights switch on, Christmas at the Cage and Chanukah.

Councillor Hussain informed the meeting that people have asked about the condition of the pill boxes around Shenley and the fact that they need cleaning.  It was agreed that the cleaning of the pill boxes would be added to the list for the Community Pay Back team.

  • Media Committee

The deadline for the next edition of Shenley Village Matters is 14th September.  Following a discussion it was AGREED that the Parish Council would write a letter of congratulations to the junior cricket team regarding their recent success.

  • CSP

Nothing to report.

  • Police Update

Nothing to report.

  • Shenley Park Trust

Councillor Beaton informed the meeting that the Park Trust volunteers are unhappy at being asked to do inappropriate work such as heavy works like digging ditches. She is also worried about the future plans of the park.

  • Neighbourhood Plan

The meeting were informed that the 2nd questionnaire is in the process of being delivered.  It has been sent out with envelopes and can also be completed on line.  Councillor Gilligan has also been successful in securing a technical support grant.

  • Village Sign

The Clerk informed the meeting that the order has now been placed for the new village sign, and confirmed that the cows are being replaced with horses on the sign.

  • Additional Christmas Lights

Following a discussion the meeting agreed to the structural survey which is now due (in 2014 the cost was £1780 + vat).

The meeting then discussed additional lights and following a vote it was AGREED that the lights would NOT be extended this year.

64/17.           Correspondence

  • Receipt of the following correspondence was reported and noted:

65/17.           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
17/1665/FUL Wilton End Cottage Radlett Lane Shenley Hertfordshire Conversion of existing agricultural barn to a detached 3 bed dwelling with

associated amenity space, parking and landscaping.

17/1456/LBC 15 London Road Shenley Hertfordshire WD7 9EW Replacement of plastic half round gutters with seamless aluminium ogee

profile; fitting of non-return valve to cellar drain; removal of wall plate in cellar.

With regards to

17/0952/FUL University College London Sports Ground And Watford Football Club

Training Ground, Bell Lane, London Colney, Hertfordshire, AL2 1BZ

Installation of an artificial playing surface for sports use (amended

description and site location plan received 25.07.17).

The meeting NOTED again that it would be nice if Watford Football Club became more involved in Community Events such as is stipulated with Arsenal Football Clubs planning conditions.

(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.)

66/17.           Financial matters

  • Accounts for payment –September 2017 meeting
  • The following accounts for July 2017 meeting were received:
Payment To Reason Total Amount
Hertfordshire County Council Stationary 29.92
E.Amorim Gardener – pond area March 2017 – July 2017 270.00
Shenley Village Hall Hire of Village Hall 76.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Expenses – XERO monthly payment 26.40
E.ON The Cage 2.87
E.ON Harris Lane Pavilion 37.33
Shenley Methodist Church  Hire of hall for Neighbourhood plan 28.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Wages 1087.72
HMRC Payment 212.58
TOTAL 1770.82
  • The following accounts for August 2017 meeting were received:
Payment To Reason Total Amount
Caprin Limited printing of compliments slips 64.80
BT Office phone and broadband 93.44
LCR magazine Annual Subscription 17.00
Imagine Places Neighbourhood Plan support 300.00
Mrs Amanda Leboff Expenses – XERO monthly payment 26.40
Banner Group Printer cartridges 231.10
BDO Auditing of Annual Return 360.00
HMRC Payment 212.58
Mrs Amanda Leboff Wages 1087.73
E.ON Electricity – The Cage 7.90
Hertsmere Borough Council Neighbourhood Plan – business reply envelopes 194.40
Andy Gough Grounds Maintenance 210.00
Bob Gough Grounds Maintenance 384.00
Fay Gough Cleaning toilet, office   & extra removal of waste 100.00
TOTAL 3289.35

Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-

RESOLVED that the September 2017 meeting accounts for both July 2017 (£1,770.82) and August 2017 (£3,289.35), totalling £5,060.17 be approved for payment.

  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly budget monitoring report be approved.
  • Following a proposal and seconder, it was:-RESOLVED that the monthly petty cash report be approved
  • Section 137 Grant Requests: –
  • Shenley Primary School request for £2116.80 to help towards the cost of swimming coach expenses (£1524.60 given in 2014, 2015 and 2016)

Following a proposer and a seconder it was RESOLVED to approve a donation of £1,524.60. However it was noted that the school kept £50 of the deposit money for hiring its hall for the Neighbourhood Plan launch meeting as they felt unhappy with the Parish Council.  Therefore as a result £50 has been deducted from their donation and will now receive £1,474.60.

  • It was NOTED that CIL money of £9,592.32 had been deposited in the Shenley Parish Council account.

51/17.           The meeting ended at 9.20p.m.                                           Chairman


provision action by action
Planning Applications Letter to Hertsmere Borough Council advising of the Council’s opinions. Clerk Actioned
Pond lights Hire of lighting designer to plan what is needed Clerk & Cllr Susman ASAP
Manor Lodge School Contact school regarding inconsiderate driving approaching the school. Clerk ASAP
Basket Ball hoop To be ordered ASAP
Christmas Lights Book structural survey Clerk Actioned
Allotment Book tarmacking works for entrance to allotments Clerk Actioned
Junior Cricket team Send letter of congratulations Clerk ASAP
Planning Inspectorate Letter regarding Shenleybury Clerk ASAP
Novita Contact planning regarding removal of the name ‘Black Lion’ Clerk ASAP


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