Hi and welcome to Little Gaddesden Parish Council
For those who are new to the village, the Parish Council meets on the third Monday of each month - in the Village Hall Committee room usually. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and to speak on issues which are important to them. There is a slot at the beginning of meetings, which start at 8pm, for you to air opinions on issues.
As part of our active communications policy a full and up-to-date record of Council agenda, past and upcoming meetings, minutes, newsletters as well as a photo album of Councillors at work in the community, is maintained by the Parish Clerk on this website. There is also a policing page maintained by the Clerk with useful contacts and information about community policing.
The seven parish Councillors who are in office until 2019 divide up their responsibilities to cover environmental, planning, traffic administrative and policing matters. For 2016-17, individual responsibilities are covered as follows:
Cllr Archer* Chair, Play areas, Charities, Ashridge Liaison, Airports
Cllr Heaphy Sports Field, School Liaison, National Trust
Cllr Hyde* Tree Warden, Play areas, Disaster Planning, Village Hall
Cllr Irving Vice-Chair. Parish Communications, Financial Audit
Cllr Kutluoglu Sports Field, Youth Issues, Technology
Cllr Townsend* Footpaths/Rights of way, Policing, Planning Enforcement
Cllr Kelly* Play areas, Green spaces, Sports Field and Pavilion
Clerk Alastair Greene
Additionally this year, 4 councillors identified above with an * form a team to expedite the increasing numbers of planning applications that we are required to comment on. These Councillors may also attend the development control sub-committee at Dacorum to speak to individual applications, those relevant to the preservation of the Area of Outstanding National Beauty that Little Gaddesden is part of and the conservation area for the village.
The activities and priorities of the Council in recent weeks are described in greater detail in the enclosed Newsletter. Among current matters occupying the Council’s attention are:
Installation of average speed cameras in the village
Boundary protection for the playing fields
Funding of improvements to the village hall
Village notice board policy to limit commercial abuse of the boards.
Planning enforcement and Village Green bye-laws
Funding for kerbing for the verge opposite the village shop
Enhancement of selected village pathways and maintenance of signage
Also covered in the Newsletter is a summary of the responses to the recent Parish Survey which was completed by almost 200 residents in the spring and used to guide our thinking on spending priorities for our annual budget of approximately £30,000.
As always, residents should approach Councillors on matters of concern and interest to them.
Cllr. Rob Irving