Notes of Public Meeting of 12thJanuary 2017
The notes of the public meeting held on 12th January 2017 and the examples of typical policies are attached.
It is reported that the B1004 Ware Road is to be closed to all traffic as from 11th February 2017. The closure will affect the section of road which passes Wilmoor, between Bell Lane and Abbotts Lane. We believe that local traffic will still be able to use Bell Lane, the B180 and Abbotts Lane to avoid the roadworks. The roadworks are scheduled to be completed on 19th February.
At last Gigaclear have started work and all too soon work has stopped. We have been told that their licence to undertake roadworks has expired and East Herts District Council have insisted that they stop work until a new licence can be granted.
It should be noted that the wayleave agreements signed with both BT and Gigaclear include committments to make good all areas after the work has been carried out.
Neighbourhood Plan more information please
The Public Meeting on 12th January 2017 was very well attended in spite of the terrible weather. Laura Pattison East Herts Senior Planning Policy Officer was there to tell us more about Neighbourhood Plans and how they fit with the new District Plan. During the consultation process the Parish Council formally asked East Herts to redraw our village boundary to include the Martlets and Wilmoor developments and we are very pleased to say that Laura believes that this request is being viewed favourably by East Herts. It is therefore clear that Widford may not need to produce a Neighbourhood Plan with the sole purpose of redrawing the village boundary. The discussion turned to other policies that could be included in a Widford Neighbourhood Plan and there was general agreement that more information was required before a decision is made.
Parking in Benningfield Road
A number of residents have complained about number of cars parked close to the junction with the Ware Road. Please remember that parking within 10 metres of a junction is illegal.
Two additional Dog Waste Bins
Widford can now boast three Dog Waste Bins. One is located at the start of the footpath next to the House of Orange. This has been well used and is definitely very successful so the Parish Council have invested in another two. There is now one on the village green and a third by the entrance to the playing field. These bins will be emptied and kept clean by East Herts on a regular basis.