Vice-Chairman Jottings

Dr Martin Hoffman’s Jottings

from the Ashwell Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 7th February 2018

(full minutes on

Most of you will be aware of the request by the Parish Council (PC) that Herts Highways installs parking restrictions in the form of yellow lines at dangerous corners, (including where the refuse collection has often had to be abandoned due to lack of access!) and restricted time parking spaces outside retail outlets in the High Street. £2000 has been set aside for the restricted parking from our reserved fund for the investigation/consultation/advertising and build cost. This is the only way anything will actually happen, but if there are too many objections then the scheme will be refused. The amount for the yellow lines will be provided by Councillor Steve Jarvis from his Highways budget.

If we don’t commit ourselves to this, nothing will ever happen as has been seen to date!

The replacement of the second speed monitor will hopefully take place before the end of this year’s Highways budget, which ends March 31st, 2018.

The training course for using the defibrillator, located in the telephone box opposite the village shop, took place on February 9th.

There have been leaks in the Pavilion which necessitated turning off the water until the plumber has fixed it. An invoice from Affinity Water showed an amount significantly greater than usual and investigations are taking place to see whether there is an unknown leak elsewhere.

The PC await the result of our claim to NHDC for funds from Section 106 to enable complete refurbishment of the toilets including disabled access from the road.

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