Parish Council News

BRIGGENS FARM QUARRY PROPOSAL

Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council has commissioned an independent report into the proposed quarry at Briggens Farm Estate. In the view of the Parish Council it was important to have an independent view on the proposal from a subject matter specialist who has no links to the proposal. The Parish Council commissioned the well regarded  firm Strutt & Parker (part of the global BNP Paribas Group) to conduct a review which focused on the “soundness of the plan, having regard to whether the plan is positively prepared, justified, effective and in accordance with national planning policy”.
In their report, Strutt & Parker conclude that “the allocation of this site is not ‘sound’ in
planning terms and it is not justified, effective or consistent with national policy”.
We would like to make the full report available to all and therefore you can read it by clicking the following link :
Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council’s position is one of opposition to the proposed quarry. This report backs up our concerns. It will be used as part of official representations to oppose the quarry. We felt it appropriate to share with the community should any community members wish to reference it.

CCTV

The Parish Council has completed the project to introduce CCTV in the village, along the High Street.

This was a complex project to deliver by the councillors (all volunteers) and responded to your feedback. During a 6 month consultation period, 78% of residents who responded voted that they wanted CCTV in the village.

Access to images is tightly controlled by Hertfordshire CCTV Partnership.  The link to their website is www.hertfordshirecctv.co.uk

Any public requests for footage will need to be addressed through this website and appropriately validated.

FOSTERING

Hertfordshire County Council is calling on parents of young people who have left home to consider whether fostering might be the way to fill the extra space in their homes and their hearts.

In Hertfordshire there are just over 835 children and young people in care and many live with Hertfordshire’s foster carers. Each month, we receive an average of 55 requests for new foster placements, with more requests to place older children (aged 10+), sibling groups and those with more complex needs.

Becoming a foster carer can fill that gap and at the same time, help provide a child with the security and stability they desperately need.

Empty nesters potentially make great foster carers because they’ve often already got the skills and experience needed to look after children and teenagers, whether this is for a short term or longer term period.

Anyone who fosters with Hertfordshire County Council can expect unrivalled support. If you are interested in fostering with us, we’ll be there to guide you through the process, every step of the way. For more information, click here.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The police are keen to get more people signed up to Neighbourhood Watch which is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. Now involving more than 120,000 households in Hertfordshire, it is based on the simple idea that you and your neighbours can help to reduce crime and create a safer and better place to live, work and play. It is also a means of keeping an eye on the vulnerable, elderly and disabled.

The OWL system is a personal computer based alerting system to provide communities with a timely warning of local crime. It is invaluable when a distraction burglary takes place or a bogus caller is reported in the neighbourhood, to warn residents of recent serious crimes in the locality or if a suspicious car is seen outside a school. Alerts and crime prevention advice will be sent to you by electronic mail, from the local policing team.

Also joining the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is free and some insurance companies offer reductions on house insurance if you are a member.

Join Neighbourhood Watch and encourage your neighbours to join too. It’s a proven deterrent to burglars. You can find more information here www.owl.co.uk

TRAINING

Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts (CVSBEH) can help develop personal and professional skills through low cost training courses for voluntary and community groups in the Districts of Broxbourne & East Herts – including paid staff, volunteers and management committee