PLAY AREA FENCE, SWINGS & ZIP WIRE
The annual safety inspection has identified two items of equipment that are no longer considered safe to use: the swings and the zip wire. Until replacements can be funded, these items have been taken out of service. Also, due to vandalism, the fence between the play area and the MUGA has been removed.
The council is seeking quotations to reinstate all three items but the cost is likely to exceed £20,000, which is more than the council’s reserves.
The youth clubs opened in September after the summer break but the Tuesday club (for older children) has seen diminishing numbers (sometimes zero), while the junior section on Thursdays thrives. The council will review the age ranges for each club and consider various options, such as extending the age range for the junior club, running two weekly sessions for younger children, changing the transition from junior to senior or running just one session per week. We welcome the views of parents on devising the best solution. See Youth Club
Someries Football Club
Someries Football Club has hired the recreation ground, Breachwood Green for the 2017/18 season and is looking for year 8 boys Year 8 Boys Leaflet.
For more information please contact Someriesyouthkaren@outlook.com
Parish Council Chairman elected
At the annual meeting of the Parish council, held on Tuesday 16th May, Councillor Amanda King was unanimously elected to serve as chairman for the civic year to May 2018. Councillor Jon Chamberlin was elected as vice-chairman. Councillor King was also appointed to the Village Hall Committee. Councillors David Bennett (committee chairman), Amanda King and Liz Thurlby were appointed to the council’s only committee, the Employment Committee.
Among other business, the council thanked Councillor Liz Thurlby for her efforts in organising another successful and well attended Annual Parish Meeting.
Herts Residents Banned from Luton Waste Site
Luton Borough Council has taken the isolationist stance to ban residents from Breachwood Green (and indeed all Hertfordshire residents) from using the waste site at Eaton Green Road. The Parish Council has raised the matter with Luton Borough Council, and Hertfordshire County Council. The response from the county council was that, while they deplored the action, it was legal.
Speed Monitors – Heath Road and Darley Road
Herts County Council has installed speed monitors at Heath Road and Darley Road. The Parish Council has worked with Highways and Cllr Barnard to find the optimum location for these devices which hopefully will remind drivers of the correct speed limit and deter speeding in the village. The parish council is now seeking to reduce the speed limit between Darley Hall and Breachwood Green from the present 60 to 40 mph.
Your Parish Councillors
Serving councillors are: Cllr Amanda King (Chairman), Cllr Jon Chamberlin, (Vice Chairman), Cllr Liz Thurlby, Cllr David Bennett, Cllr Amanda Thompson, Cllr Ross Macleod, Cllr Martin Rosser and Cllr Tom Harrison.
New Community Notice Board
Thanks to a grant from County Councillor David Barnard, Breachwood Green has a new noticeboard. The left-hand glazed part is for Parish Council use and the right-hand open part is for community use.
If you do post a notice, please encase it in a plastic pocket (open side down) or laminate it and please remove once the event is over.
Commercial notices for businesses or events outside the parish may be removed.
Community Transport Scheme
Do you, or do you know anyone, who needs help with transport?
The CVS Community Transport Schemes help less able residents of North Herts & Stevenage solve their transport problems. We use a dedicated team of volunteers who all use their own cars in their free time to transport passengers who live locally to their required destination. All of our drivers are paid a mileage rate to cover the distance they travel which is currently paid at 45p per mile. There is a minimum charge applied for any trips undertaken. Please ask the Transport Coordinator for details. See nhcvs.org.uk/cars
Youth Hut Toilet Access
The Parish Council, with support from Cllr David Barnard’s county locality budget has completed the work to allow external access to the youth hut toilets while the main youth hut remains sealed off.
The Neighbourhood Watch scheme has for many years aided the police in maintaining order and fighting crime. The police operate an email news system called OWL (Online Watch List see www.OWL.co.uk). Any one wanting to know more about you can help fight neighbourhood crime should contact PCSO Heather Burrows (01707 354192) or the Herts Police website. The Ley Green Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator is Cllr Amanda Thompson who can be contacted at the shop in Ley Green.
Disabled Access and Lighting to MUGA
The council is pleased to announce that a new access path and lighting is installed. There is now a smooth stepless path to the MUGA from both the front of the village hall and, from the car park, around the back of the hall. Automatic LED lighting has been installed and this also lights the path to the Youth Hut. The path and lighting was installed with grants from Herts County Council and North Herts District Council and parish council funds.
ActiveTogether – How fit are you?
Breachwood Green Active Together aims to provide opportunities for members of the community, the Parish and the surrounding villages to improve their health and fitness. Click here to find out more
Housing Needs Survey published
The Parish Council, in conjunction with CDA Herts, NHDC, and Hightown, Praetorian and Churches Housing Association has published the results of the recent housing needs survey. The survey is evidence of a need for about 12 “affordable” homes within the parish. The district council housing policy allows for small developments in the greenbelt under very special circumstances. Housing need, evidenced by a housing needs survey is such evidence. The full report can be read here: Kings Walden Housing Needs Survey June 2014 If you know of any suitable sites for small developments of social housing, please contact the clerk. The sites need to be accessible but can be green field or indeed Green Belt.
Parish Path Open
|The Kings Walden Parish Path is open for walking. See the full map. The Parish Path is an ideal way to see the parish (and its three pubs are all on route). A sponsored walk, in conjunction with the youth club, is planned for November|
Breachwood Green Multi-Use Games Area
Kings Walden Parish Council officially opened its Family Inclusive Sports Arena at Breachwood Green on Saturday 26th April. The Sports Arena includes a Multi-Use Games Arena (MUGA), an exercise area with outdoor gym equipment, outdoor table tennis and a Street Snooker court.
The ribbon was cut by Bobby White, captain of the UK Olympic handball team, who spoke about how this was a wonderful legacy from the 2012 Olympics. The £100,000 facility was constructed by Play Innovation and funded by grants from Sport England, Veolia, Beds and Luton Community Foundation, SITA, Herts County Council, Kings Walden Parish Council and private donations. Assisting Bobby in cutting the ribbon were Linda Candita (Beds and Luton Community Foundation), Marco Boi (Play Innovation), Peter Taylor (Veolia Waste Management), Cllr Angela Herrmann (Chairman, Kings Walden Parish Council) Cllr Jeremy Bretherton (Vice chairman KWPC), Cllr Faye Barnard (North Herts District Council) and many local residents and their children.