Caravans in Ware Road Layby

Our Chairman, Jill Buck, has paid a visit to the owners of the two caravans which have appeared in the layby on the Ware Road. They are a pair of Iranian brothers who have recently arrived intending to work in the area. They have already had a visit from the police and have been given a few days to move on. They told Jill that they expect to be gone by the end of the weekend.

Parish Council Meeting

Please note that the Annual Council meeting will be on the 10th May at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a full Parish Council meeting.

Draft District Plan

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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.

VILLAGE POLICY – Discussion Paper
Summary of Planning Changes

LAIS 1388 Planning Changes

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These proposed changes to the planning process are designed to speedup the process and remove many of the perceived barriers faced by developers. The changes will certainly make it easier for developers but there is a major concern that the little power currently held by Parish Councils and District Councils will be swept away. See the link below for details of the proposed changes.

LAIS Planning Proposals
Summary of Planning Changes

Beware Ransomware

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.

Widford Bulletin

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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.

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Widford to get a Defibrillator

An anonymous benefactor is offering to provide an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for the village. This is a wonderful idea which has been warmly welcomed by the Parish Council. The AED will be installed at a central location and will require little or no training to use. The Parish Council has offered to help with the costs of installation.