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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Road Closure

Advance notice, The Causeway will be closed over the weekend of the 26/27th May.

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Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place at Fordham Memorial Hall on Thursday 24th May at 7.30pm all parishioners are welcome to attend to hear what the Parish Council and local societies have been doing over the past year. It is also your opportunity to ask questions.

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Village Defibrillator

The Parish Council on behalf of the village has bought an AED or defibrillator. Please see the article under ‘Useful Information’ to learn more.

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Road Closure

Please note that the road from Honey Pot Hill to the Silver Ball is closed due to flooding. Affinity Water are in attendance fixing the leak.

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