The Green Man

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The current owners of the Green Man pub have indicated that they intend to apply 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 will delay the planning application for 6 months and allow the residents to investigate other solutions that may be available.
        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.

Bus Shelter News

At the last Parish Council meeting the quote for repairing the bus shelter was agreed and to avoid further damage the shelter will be moved so it covers the seat where the pavement is wider. The bus stop and the road markings will not be moved.

Parish Council Vacancy

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Unfortunately one of our councillors has resigned because of work commitments leaving a vacancy on the Parish Council and we are now looking for someone to step into the breech. Glen Parcell has been on the Parish Council for several years and will certainly be missed. For more information please speak to Jill Buck or one of the other councillors.

Verdant Verges

Wet weather and building sites are not a good mix and in Widford we have had an excess of both over the last few months. The grass area outside Ashview Nursing Home is particularly badly affected and the Parish Council have been in contact with Eric Buckmaster who has confirmed that this area is the property of the County Council.  He has passed on our concerns to the powers that be at County and asked for an investigation into the damage. Ideally parking on this patch of grass should be prohibited but in a village where parking spaces are at a premium this may not be possible, especially as the Parish Council has no powers to control parking. We wait to see what County says about the matter.
At the recent Parish Council meeting it was agreed that the Parish Council will approach the owner of Ashview nursing home to ask if their staff could avoid parking on the grass verge while the grass recovers.