Road Closure B1004
It is understood that the B1004 will be closed from time-to-time for a period of up to 18 months as from 7th July 2016. This will affect the road from Pegs Lane to Bourne Lane. Road signs will indicate the exact details of the road closure.
Caterpillar Pest in Oak Trees
A warning has been issued by the Forestry Commission and Hertfordshire County Council that some of our oak trees could be infested with the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) which could cause serious damage to the trees as well as being a health risk. Please see the attached guidance note.
Stop Harlow North
Catch up with the latest news from the Stop Harlow North campaign and see how this could affect you.
Gigaclear Broadband Success at Last
Gigaclear have reached their target so Widford will be getting high speed broadband this summer.
Draft Parish Councils’ Bill
The consultation document LAIS 1388 has now progressed and has been published as a Draft Bill. It would appear that some of the more contentious ideas have been removed and the Bill now includes a number of more positive proposals. These include consultation on the use of Section 106 money and the New Homes Bonus. There is also a requirement for local authorities to protect parishes from speculative development while their Neighbourhood Plans are being produced. Importantly the Bill also gives Parish Councils the right of appeal against planning decisions that they do not agree with.
Defibrillator Training Success
Last week a CPR training session was held in the village hall.This was a chance to see a full demonstration of Widford’s new defibrillator (AED) which was donated by an anonymous benefactor in the village. The evening was well attended and was a huge success. We hope that Jenny Miller will organise another evening in the not too distant future.
During the evening a number of donations were made to support the initiative and as a result £41 has been added to the fund which will be used to maintain the defibrillator.
I am sorry to say that the caravan is back in the lay by. We were hoping that they would move on permanently but this is not the case. Without the support of East Herts, Highways, Environmental Health or the police there is little we can do.
Draft District Plan
As you will be aware East Herts have proposed that Widford becomes a Group 1 village and the Parish Council have been fighting the decision for some time. East Herts desperately need to identify sustainable villages suitable for development in order to meet their plan targets. Topic Maps and, more recently, the Village Hierarchy exercises were designed to identify smaller villages which could be moved up into Group 1 and identified as being suitable for development. This has been very unpopular and East Herts District Council have had a rethink. They have published a discussion document which they believe will resolve the problem and allow development to continue virtually unhindered. The paper is being circulated as the impact on Widford will be significant. Paragraph 12 states that the current fixed development boundaries will be removed allowing each development to be assessed on its own merits both within and adjacent to the main built up area. It is also suggested that the only control over development would be the Neighbourhood Plan, which is unfortunate as we do not have one.
By John Felstead john@VillageITservices.com
There is a particularly nasty virus circulating which has a devastating effect on businesses and people who have all their photographs stored electronically on their PCs. Even a Police Force in America paid the ransom in an effort to try and unlock their police records when they were infected recently!
Please also pass on to family, friends and acquaintances where possible. This warning is not a hoax like many others that circulate but has been identified by myself at least four times in the last month. All persons affected are in East Herts.
It is the responsibility of the Parish Council to keep all the residents of Widford fully informed of parish business. There is of course a wealth of information on the notice board and the website but you have to go and find it. Some residents have asked if the Parish Council could send out an email to let them know about meetings and important issues.
We are therefore asking for the email addresses of anyone who would like to be involved so we can send out a bulletin. This will be circulated as often as is necessary and will not be at regular intervals. Email addresses will of course not be circulated or made public and users will be able to remove their data from the mailing list at any time.
So use the Contact page on the website to let us know your name and email address and we will see how it works.