Parish Council meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th March 2019 at the Chapel.

Items for discussion include agreeing the Budget for 2019-20 and all matters relating to the year end; 31st March 2019.

In May there  will be Parish Elections, this is the time when villagers can decide who represents them on council. Look out for more information on the website and on village notice boards.

All Parishioners are encouraged to attend meetings.

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January 2019 Parish Council meeting

Parishioners are warmly invited to attend the first Parish Council meeting of 2019 which will be held at 7.30pm in Therfield Chapel on Tuesday 8th January.

Happy New Year

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Rooks Nest Farm

The Parish Council have written to the Traffic Commissioner about business development on this site a copy of the letter can be found in the planning section of this website.

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Parish Council meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 13th November and will be held at the Chapel, starting at 7.30pm parishioners are welcome to attend.

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The Grange objection letter

Grange objection Letter

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2, The Grange

Social Housing
Empty Property – 2 The Grange
The Parish Council has, on several occasions, been in contact with the Council and Housing Association about the future plans for this empty property.  As of 9th June this is the latest information we were given:
This property is owned by Settle (formerly North Hertfordshire Homes) and is in process of being assessed by their Investment Programme Manager.  The outcome of their initial assessment ranks 2 The Grange as a low income property in need of investment to refurbish should it be re-let.
In view of this, and in order that Settle can consider all their options, a planning application is likely to be submitted over the next few weeks to extend the existing property and for an additional new build within the plot.
The decision to sell has not been made and will be dependent on the outcome of the planning application when the following options will be considered:-
  • Sell both house and plot
  • Extend and renovate existing dwelling and sell plot
  • Extend and renovate existing dwelling and build additional dwelling on plot

The Parish Council has now seen the planning application and is currently working on it’s response.

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The Greens

MAINTENANCE OF THE GREENS IN THERFIELD

 

  • There are seven Greens in Therfield which are currently managed by the Conservators of Therfield Heath. At the present time the Conservators are experiencing serious financial difficulties and are trying to conserve resources which has resulted in some of the Greens not being maintained to the previous standard as they historically have been.
  • Most recently the central Greens have been maintained by Ivan Titmuss, landlord of the Fox and Duck in return for having seating on the main central Green.  For the last two years the Green at the Hoops has been left uncut to protect the orchids and other wildlife growing there with the long term aim that this area would take on a meadow like appearance.
  • This year, within the village and for some good reasons, there has been dissatisfaction with the maintenance of other Greens; Hay Green and Chapel Green.  There is also concern as to how Washing Ditch will be maintained in the future.
  • The Conservators posted flyers to residents of Hay Green outlining options for the upkeep of Hay Green this year as a result of which Hay Green will be mown for hay before the end of June and then mown again once more towards the end of the season. Chapel Green will also be mown twice.
  • A member of the parish council has since spoken to all the residents of Hay Green as there is still some dissatisfaction and the opinions expressed will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting and the Conservators will be informed of the outcome.
  • The Parish Council is considering the option of taking over the maintenance of the Greens from the Conservators and has had preliminary discussions with them. This is not a straightforward option and would be a substantial financial commitment out of the Parish’s small budget.  (Last year the Conservators spent an amount in excess of the Parish Council’s total annual budget in maintaining the Greens in Therfield.)
  • As the Greens are Common Land they may come under the SSSI resulting in stipulation as to how they are maintained in the future.
  • Maintenance of the Greens is not only about grass cutting – there are trees and a pond to be looked after.
  • The Parish Council is considering the various options to enable it to take on the maintenance of the Greens and will be continuing discussions with the Conservators to that end. The Greens will be discussed at the next Parish Council Meeting on 3rd July when it is hoped we will have firmer information as to what those options may be and the financial implications.

 

 

 

 

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