Allotment Water Supply

Over the last few years our allotments have been very popular and are well used. Currently there is no reliable water supply and the Parish Council have been looking at ways to provide a solution to this which is both affordable and permanent. This however has to involve Affinity Water who will need to lay a new main with a meter from Benningfield Road all the way down to the allotments. The Parish Council have looked at a number of contractors but the choice is limited to those who have been approved by Affinity Water and it is a very short list. The Parish Council has secured a loan at very low interest to cover the cost of the work which is detailed in the attached letter for comment. Please pass any comments to any councillor.
 

Road Closure

A short section of the Hunsdon Road close to Daintrees will be closed to all traffic for a short period of time for gas main works. The closure will take place during an 18 month window beginning on 17th June 2019.
 
 

Affordable Housing for Widford

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The Rural Housing Association is providing seven new affordable homes on the Martlets development which is on the corner of Levenage Lane. The site, now called Meadow Way, offers two houses on a shared ownership basis and five for rent.
 

The Green Man

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The current owners of the Green Man pub have now applied for planning permission to permanently convert the last remaining pub in Widford into a private residence. A public meeting was held on Thursday 5th July to determine how the residents felt about this proposal. It was pleasing that the Gumbal family who currently own the pub felt able to attend the meeting.
The meeting was called at short notice but over 70 residents turned up and voiced their concerns that this facility would be lost to the village forever. For several months the pub has been run by tenants on a trial basis and it is clear that a well run pub could be very successful on this site. Despite some interest the present owners have not been able to sell the business at an acceptable price and feel that change of use is their only option. After some lively discussion 66 residents signed a petition requesting the Parish Council to apply to East Herts District Council for a Community Asset Order which has now been granted. The Gumbals have indicated that they would however be pleased to sell the pub as a going concern and invite any interested parties to contact them directly.
 

        Jill Buck
        Chairman Widford Parish Council

General Data Protection Regulation

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GDPR officially came into force on 25th May 2018 and our Data Protection laws are now significantly upgraded.
All organisations are now required to keep personal data securely and must have formal consent or a legally valid reason to either process it or sell it on to a third party. This is new territory for everyone and some aspects of the legislation are, as yet, unclear making implementation something of a work in progress.