Bayford JMI School 26th March 2012
Parish Assembly Meeting
Present: Michael Wainwright (Chairman), Alan Fitzjohn, Bob Orme, Jane Honeyman,
George Rowley, Maggie Broomer +3 members of the public
- Introduction by the Chairman
MW welcomed everyone to the meeting.
- Chairman's Report
Thanks to all councillors, Jane, Alan, Bob, George and to our clerk Maggie.
- Bayford Station
Vandalism continues to be a problem at Bayford Station.
Two representatives from Brickendon PC attended a meeting to inform us of
their progress and enquire what action we had taken in the past. They are
investigating ways to improve this situation. No complete solutions are
possible. Network Rail, NCP and First Capital Connect have been contacted
but none of them seem willing to take any action.I telephoned John Ingham,
clerk to Brickendon PC, following an article on their web site. They have
determined that Network Rail do not own car park. It raises the question 'who
do NCP pay rent to?'. They are currently writing to the Land Registry to
determine the ownership of this land.
- A resident of 'Fourways' has complained to me of noise from the ‘cabinet’ at
the station and I am trying to sort this out.
- New notice board - Many thanks to Alan, Bill and Bob for their help in fixing
the new notice board to the bus shelter and also to David Latham.
- Village sign. The 'Bayford - Please drive carefully' sign was destroyed a few
weeks ago. I telephoned the police but no report of the accident was logged.
Fortunately the 9" oak posts are alright. The sign will cost £182 to replace.
- War Memorial Restoration - I have written to WMT outlining the type of
memorial we have and the extent of the damage, including providing them
with photographs. This is the first step in obtaining a grant. When we have
more information it is my intention to approach Brickendon PC for a donation.
- Memorial Hall - We would like to express our thanks to the retiring Memorial
Hall committee most of whom were in post for a number of years. The new
committee have also had a number of problems to solve. They have raised a
considerable amount of money via grants. The BPC have donated £500 this
year. There have been major outlays to the maintenance of the building. They
have re-rendered the front of the building, stabilized the chimney and dealt
with the asbestos which recently came to light.
- The Pre-School has made considerable progress since September and is now
thriving. As I have said before there is considerable synergy between the need
to maintain the Memorial Hall and its use by the Pre-School. They have carried
out all the building work and fencing necessary to make satisfy Ofsted and
- Grass cutting - we have decided to use the same contractors as last year for
the coming year, as their quotation was unchanged.
Gravel. Bunker's and Pollards - end date, threat of redevelopment(more to
follow under AOB)
- A New Bridleway. Dawn Grocock who works for Rights of Way at County Hall,
together with the local BHS have proposed a bridle way on the grass verge
from Buck's Alley to White Stubb's Lane. Whilst the grass verge is owned by
the PC, it is designated 'highway' and thus subject to the restrictions of the
highways authority. (Hertfordshire Highways). Thus, the proposed bridleway
must conform to certain regulations.
- Village Clean Up. This year it will take place on the 1st April. These events
have been both highly successful and enjoyable. George has again organised
the loan of equipment from EHDC.
- Bill Brace - The Parish is grateful to Bill Brace for a number of jobs he has
carried out around the village including the painting over graffiti on the bus
shelter and maintenance of the rose triangle.
Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The PC has decided not to hold an official event
for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Naturally, individual groups of residents can
hold their own celebrations. We have decided to plant some trees to mark the
anniversary. A suitable site has yet to be located. Garden's Open Day - will
take place this year on the 17th June.
- Neighbourhood Plan. Brickendon Green have already formed a steering
group. The plan must not conflict with the Local Development Framework for
East Herts. The LDF will 'shape the future of East Herts to 2031' and appears
to be due for adoption in the second quarter of 2013. This will involve a
considerable amount of work by this council. There will also be a cost
associated with its preparation. It does appear, however, to be a necessity.
The future of this Governments Planning guidelines, in spite of considerably
protest from many quarters, appears to one of deregulation, in favour of
'sustainable development'. It is not clear what this means.
- Thanks to Terry Whyman for repairing the bus shelter roof.
- Litter picking - excellent work by Paul Curzon continues to keep the area within
the 30mph zone looking neat and tidy. Problem with emptying bin/collecting
the rubbish. This has not been resolved in spite of numerous telephone calls
by myself and others to EHDC.
- Playground. Some maintenance of the equipment in the playground and also
the trees is required. I have contacted Peter Musk regarding the latter. AF
agreed to deal with the former, (part of the bridge has broken).
- Any Other Business
- GWR reported to the meeting re Bunkers and Pollards Gravel Pits the following:-
Bunkers completion date is 2014 and this is on target.
Tony Brady of EHDC has a pending application using an option owned by
Waterhall for quarrying 1/2 million tons of gravel from the agricultural field at the
back of Broad Green. There will be restrictions but access would be via Bunkers
which bearing in mind the 2014 closure and the quarrying is due to take 2-3 years
there may be a problem keeping to this timespan.
There is a liason committee meeting on 27th March which GWR will attend and
give feedback to MW.
BPC is totally opposed.
In 2001 when this idea was first raised over 100 signatures were submitted on a
Terry Hayne has asked for speed calming to be highlighted on the Neighbourhood
Plan. David Sitwell commented that speeding regularly occurs through the village
and on the roads around the perimeter areas. It was suggested new signs
highlighting the speed restrictions would be helpful – to discuss with LH.
Mary Samulak asked if the school were planning to commemorate the Diamond
Jubilee. JH said the Memorial Hall Committee are hoping to arrange an event
centering around the Baker Arms Pub on Monday 4th June. LH has a small grant
available for Jubilee and Olympic parties - £200-300.
It was thought maybe tree planting in the centre of the village by the two benches
would be a good idea.
It was reported that yet again there is a water leak on the bend near Four Ways.
MB stated that a new external auditor is needed for the BDO audit as David
Latham is leaving the village. David Sitwell has agreed to take on this role.
Date and time of Next Meeting
Next meeting is to be the Annual Meeting on Monday 30th April 2012 at 8.00pm at
There being no further business at the Parish Assembly the meeting ended at