Welcome to the website of Colney Heath Parish Council.

All Parish Council staff are following UK Government advice and are working remotely until further notice.  The telephone system will continue to take messages and forward calls so please continue to call 01727 825314 or email clerk@colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk

Public meetings are currently suspended so all future Council and Committee meetings will be held using the virtual Zoom platform.   All virtual meetings will commence at 7pm and agendas with full details of how to join will be issued on the agenda page with papers as necessary.  It remains unknown as to when physical meetings will resume. At the Full Council meeting in July 2020 Council resolved to hold all remaining Committee and Council meetings virtually until January 2021.  This situation will be reviewed at Full Council on 21 January 2021.

The Council continues to function and those services where possible and safe to do so are being continued.   Health and safety of staff, councillors, residents and contractors are being carefully considered in line with current UK Government advice when making decisions.

In the event of an emergency at this challenging time, please call or text the out of hours mobile 07484 520070 should you need to contact a Parish Councillor or the Clerk of the Council.

(Last update 9th September 2020)

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This council is made up of 9 councillors who between them represent the wards of Highfield, Hill End and Colney Heath.  Details of your councillors for 2019-2023 can be viewed here.  Your Colney Heath Parish Councillors are elected members of the local community who want to do something positive and aim to make a difference by influencing decisions that affect your area.  Parish Councillors give their time (they are not paid) to work on your behalf, serving to improve the quality of life and local environment.

The Parish Council meet most months of the year and minutes are available to view on the website or a hard copy can be requested by calling or emailing the Parish Office.

The parish of Colney Heath embraces a wide area of the district of St Albans and you can view a map of the parish boundary here.

Colney Heath lies within the “Colneys”, a name given to the two parishes of similar name located off the M25 near junction 22, which contain 67 acres of common and the Colne and Ellenbrook Rivers. To the north-east, the parish is dissected by the A414 main trunk dual carriageway route to Hatfield (known as the North Orbital).

The Parish Council’s role is to represent the interests of the whole community, so residents views are important.  Residents can get involved in a number of ways:

  • Come to a Parish Council meeting – it is your right.  There is public participation at every meeting, residents can bring issues or questions to the Parish Council attention.  It is helpful if you email the Parish Clerk to let us know you wish to attend and ask a question at clerk@colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk this will enable the Council to prepare and research an answer
  • Take time to read the Parish Council minutes to find out what is covered at the meetings
  • There are a number of volunteer roles and activities which you could assist with all year round contact the office for more details

The Roestock Hut paper has been sent to the Scout Group via their Barrister 20th August 2020.   It is available to all via download from the Finance and Governance Committee link on the CHPC website.

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9 September 2020

Sustainable St. Albans, a charity based in the district, have 2 thermal cameras which can be borrowed by residents of the district to help identify areas of heat loss or missing insulation in their homes.
This simple but effective tool can save residents money and increase comfort if the identified issues are resolved.

There are short, online introductory courses to familiarise residents before they borrow one of the 2 cameras based in St Albans and Harpenden. All COVID measures are in place to avoid the small chance of infection, between users.

See leaflet below or the following link https://sustainablestalbans.org/thermal-imaging/ for further information.

Thermal Imaging Cameras Sept 2020

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1 September 2020

COLNEY HEATH PARISH COUNCIL – Colney Heath Ward

NOTICE OF VACANCY in the office of PARISH COUNCILLOR

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Parish Councillor in the Colney Heath ward of the Parish of Colney Heath.

If by Tuesday 22 September 2020 (14 days* after the date of this notice), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to:

The Proper Officer, St Albans City and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3JE, signed by ten electors for the said parish ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.

Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received by the Proper Officer then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)(Postponement of Elections and Referendums)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the by-election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by-election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any Election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

If an election is not requested, the vacancy will be filled by Colney Heath Parish Council by co-option in accordance with the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 2006.

A copy of the official notice of vacancy can be downloaded at this link 

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18 August 2020

SEPTEMBER MEETINGS 

HR Committee Meeting – Thursday 3rd September 2020 7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88270069277?pwd=ZG50azBzaVJPMi8wdWczQTJFK1NRdz09

Meeting ID – 882-7006-9277                                  Password – 843550

Agenda and Papers – https://www.colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/HR-Committee-Agenda-and-Papers-3-September-2020.pdf

Finance & Governance Committee Meeting – Thursday 3rd September 2020 7.45pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83688838440?pwd=VVdLMEhTZGoyajFkdHppSjlqRUZKZz09

Meeting ID – 836-8883-8440                                  Password – 985555

 Agenda and Papers – https://www.colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk/committee-list/finance-governance-committee/

Planning Committee – Thursday 10th September 2020 7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83881792556?pwd=eXkvcjdwUTdRMFdkWTY5anJMOTVUQT09

Meeting ID – 838-8179-2556                                  Password – 495060

Agenda and Papers will be issued on Friday 4th September 2020

Full Council – Thursday 24 September 7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86105537249?pwd=aWtDcFV2UWxSWlMzaTN0YjJjdi96Zz09

Meeting ID – 861-0553-7249                                  Password – 558399

Agenda and Papers will be issued on Friday 18th September 2020

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18 August 2020

As a local resident you have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your authority’s accounts.  The National Audit Office produced a Guide to your rights in May 2019 and this will answer any of your questions on Local authority accounts and your rights as a resident under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, which applies for the audit of accounts for 2015-16 onwards.  A copy of the guide can be downloaded here: Local authority accounts – A guide to your rights

On behalf of Colney Heath Parish Council, it is confirmed that the period for the exercise of public rights commences on Tuesday 1st September 2020 and ends on Monday 12th October 2020.  A copy of the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) signed form can be viewed here: Confirmation of the dates for the period for the exercise of public rights for year ending 31 March 2020

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14 August 2020

A Planning Committee is being held on Tuesday 18th August virtually via Zoom from 7pm

Join Zoom Planning Meeting click on the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81074042712?pwd=ZWJlQnNMVUlkQmt6OUNkeUU2a2tNdz09

Or use the following details:

Meeting ID: 810 7404 2712
Passcode: 428335

A copy of the agenda can be viewed by clicking on this link 

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10 August 2020

There is a works information letter and diversion routes in the links below relating to the upcoming works on the A414 North Orbital Road, St Albans [Colney Heath Longabout]. Permanent traffic signals will be installed on the A414 at the junction of High Street, Colney Heath.

The scheme intent is to make changes to the current layout so improving safety to the road user, while also increasing safe crossing facilities to Pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.

The installation of traffic signals at the junction includes the following work.

• Construction of a road across the central reserve to enable vehicles to cross onto the eastbound A414.

• Surfacing of the Longabout and its eastbound approach

• Installation of traffic signals on the east and westbound A414 and High Street, Colney Heath.

• To accommodate the traffic signals installation change to the kerb alignment and the reconstruction of traffic islands are required.

• Improvements/amendments to the street lighting, traffic signs and road markings

The installation of the traffic signals, construction of the islands and footways will be carried out under lane closures which will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the extended hours agreed (7.30am to 9.00pm).

Additionally, it is necessary to install cables in trenches across the road to enable the signal installation, to carry out the work without risk to the public or workforce this will need to be carried out under a road closure of the A414 North Orbital Road at the Longabout 8pm – 5am.

The works are due to commence from Monday 17th August 2020 and programmed to take approximately 11 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Significant disruption can be expected due to these works and whilst we will make every effort to minimise these, please allow extra time for any journeys you have planned in the area whilst these works are in progress.

A414 Information Letter

Diversion route for High Street road closure

Diversion route for A414 North Orbital Road closure

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6 August 2020

The Parish Council are hoping to start surveying the community on several topics over the coming months – this is our first survey and is on Colney Heath Common.

There are 5 very short questions which we hope you will take the time to answer. Thank you in advance for your valued feedback.

Link to Colney Heath Common Survey August 2020

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14 July 2020

Colney Heath Neighbourhood Plan – Call for sites 2020

As part of the Colney Heath Neighbourhood Plan, it is important for us to consider the merits of making site allocations for development in the parish of Colney Heath in order to address local needs. This therefore is a call to all landowners in the parish, however large or small the area of land may be, who have an interest in promoting their land for development over a period from now until 2036, in line with St Albans Local Plan.

If you are a landowner and wish your land to be considered in the Neighbourhood Plan, we are primarily looking for sites for a mix of affordable social housing and open market residential use. However, if you have aspirations for alternative uses then we would also like to hear from you. In particular, we would welcome details of land that you may wish to see taken forward to provide wider community benefit. For example, this could be as space for children’s play areas, an allotment, or an area to be designated for purposes such as leisure facilities, or educational use. These are examples only and all ideas would be considered.

It is understood that any response represents a draft position and at this stage does not automatically bind a landowner to make any such provisions. Landowners should bear in mind that any potential land which is not put forward at this stage may not be considered for allocation during the period of the Plan i.e. 2020 – 2036. Equally sites can only be proposed for allocation if they are demonstrably deliverable and this is a matter which you may wish to address in your submission.

It is important to be clear that submitting land for consideration does not mean that it will necessarily be allocated in the Neighbourhood Plan, nor does it mean that it is more likely to gain planning permission. At this stage the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is simply interested in considering all the possible options for development in the Parish.

Please return the site map and form to Colney Heath Neighbourhood Plan 

By e-mail to: clerk@colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk 

By post to:    Colney Heath Parish Council, Highfield Park Office, Hill End Lane, Hertfordshire AL4 0RA

The deadline for return is midnight Monday 19th October 2020

This form has two parts –

Part A – Site Identification. Please submit a separate form for each site you wish to promote and Part B – Contact details form

The form can be downloaded directly from this site by clicking the following link – Call for Sites Form

Please provide a map clearly identifying the extent of the site.

Please give your email address/postal address so that we can contact you to clarify site information if needed.

You are invited to put forward any sites, and the latest information/position regarding existing/known sites, that you would like the Steering Group to consider for the Neighbourhood Plan.

Although this ‘Call for Sites’ focuses primarily on sites for residential development, we are also looking for sites for other uses, such as sites for Employment, Health, Schools, Gypsy and Traveller, and ‘Other’ uses.

Unfortunately, we cannot treat any of the site information you provide as confidential, however your personal contact details will remain confidential.

Colney Heath Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are aware of all the sites submitted to St Albans City & District Council in response to previous Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) surveys. These sites on the District Council’s database will be considered in drawing up the Colney Heath Neighbourhood Plan, but landowners or other interested parties must re-affirm whether or not the sites are still available for development.

Please do not submit sites that already have planning permission for development, unless a new and different proposal is likely in the future.

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13 July 2020

The Parish Council are now welcoming grant applications from organisations within Colney Heath Parish.  Please complete an application form and send to the Council either by post or via email to the Parish Clerk.

An application in Word format is available at the below link and also a copy of the grant application policy which should be read in full before applying.

Closing date for applications is now Tuesday 1st September 2020, applications to be decided during Full Council 24th September 2020.

Parish Council Grant Awarding Policy 2020

Parish Council Grant Application Form 2020 COVID revised

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10 July 2020

Colney Heath Parish Council has now opened all of their Play Areas.
FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS  and to ensure you are ready to use these Play Areas
safely please read these simple instructions and plan ahead for safe fun this summer.
1. The equipment is checked regularly for damage, wear and tear, but is not sanitised or disinfected.
2. All equipment is shared equipment, used at your own risk.
3. Do not use this equipment if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, or are self-isolating.
4. Make sure you have hand sanitiser with you before entering any play area.
5. Encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands with hand sanitiser regularly and as a minimum before and after using any play area.
6. Encourage children to avoid touching their faces.
7. You MUST maintain social distancing from others unless they are from the same household – current advice is to maintain at least 1m plus and consider wearing a face mask.
8. Some equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing. Please ensure your family waits at a safe distance if the equipment is in use or return later to use the equipment.
9. Try to avoid busy times.
10. If your family is wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you or where provided use the bins – DO NOT LITTER.
11. Wash your hands when you get home.
We hope you enjoy using our play areas and thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.
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BEATING THE BOUNDS

Beating the Bounds is scheduled for Sunday 4 October 2020, starting from the Colney Heath Village Hall at 2pm. Please click here for details.

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27 May 2020  

PLANNING APPLICATION 5/2020/1124, LAND ADJ TO MILL HOUSE, COURSERS ROAD, COLNEY HEATH AL4 0PB

Colney Heath Parish Council (CHPC) has two roles in this matter as adjoining landowner and consultee only on the planning application once the full details of application 5/2020/1124 are on St Albans District Council website. The District Council will determine the planning outcome.  We are the owner of Furze Field part of the Warren to the south and west of the above and a strip fronting Coursers Road. The Parish Council negotiated access across a similar strip with the owners of Fredericks Wood.

Chairman Councillor Peter Cook commented “we will be consistent in our dealings with all adjoining landowners and will act in a calm and respectful manner to all parties” 

The parts of the Colney Heath Common mentioned are included in the process for the ownership to be registered at the Land Registry – ‘voluntary registration’ being promoted by central Government and the Parish Council must ensure it does not act ‘ultra vires’ i.e. by using our role as landowner to influence any comment we might make as a consultee in the planning process

An Emergency Council meeting may be needed once we are aware of the timetable for determining the planning application

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COVID-19 Time Capsule

Sharing printable time capsule worksheets which can be filled in and kept to look back on in the future click here to download the document.  If you have any issues with this or would like it emailed to you please contact clerk@colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk or call 01727 825314

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Colney Heath Community Support Group

Matching people in Need with Someone who can Help

If you want to volunteer call or text

John Rowland

0788 793 1805 or e-mail

johnrowland2010@gmail.com

If you know someone who needs help call

John Clemow

07803 313 525 or e-mail

jackclemow@gmail,com

Making sure we look after people during the crisis

https://communitysupportgroup.weebly.com

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CORONAVIRUS

The Parish Office is closed to visitors from 23 March 2020; only telephone and email messages will be accepted for the foreseeable future.

Detailed advice and information relating to the Coronavirus can be found on the St Albans City and District website www.stalbans.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-and-advice, or by clicking here

There is additional useful information for employers on gov.uk, or by clicking here

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GRANT APPLICATIONS 2020/21

Colney Heath Parish Council are now accepting grant applications from charities, local organisations and community groups for funding in 2020/21.  The grant application policy can be found by clicking here

The Council are very keen to hear from any groups or individuals planning VE Day celebrations in May 2020 where particular funding is available for these specific events.

For an application in pdf format click here or a word version click here or call 01727 825314 to arrange for a copy to be sent to you,

Deadline for applications to be received by post or email is 5pm Wednesday 1st April 2020.

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JOINT STATEMENT FROM COLNEY HEATH SCOUT GROUP & COLNEY HEATH PARISH COUNCIL 

Representatives of the Scouts and the Parish Council met on Tuesday 21st January 2020 to discuss the current situation around the lease on the land in Roestock Park, Colney Heath where the Scout HQ is situated. A productive meeting was held and both parties were able to state their questions, concerns and discuss some potential future options to try to move things forward.

Both parties are committed to bringing the current situation to an amicable and acceptable agreement and the Scout Group have agreed to draft a renewed proposal for the Parish Council for discussion and consideration at their next meeting on 20th February 2020.

It will take a few weeks to discuss these issues further and we would appeal for some calm and space to enable us to do this. In the short term the Scouts are making some temporary arrangements to enable the young people to continue their Scouting. We will update you all again when we have further information.

Colney Heath Scout Group
Colney Heath Parish Council

1st February 2020

PDF of CHSG & CHPC Joint Statement

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ROESTOCK HUT, COLNEY HEATH – STATEMENT – 13 December 2019

Colney Heath Parish Council is not preventing the 1st Colney Heath Scout Group from using Roestock Hut.

The Parish Council is protecting the interests of both the Scout Group and the Parish Council from being in breach of the legal process.   This must be followed so that the insurance on the building and the public liability insurance remain valid for all users of the building who are predominantly children. The Council’s main concern is the safety of them and all users.

The Parish Council is aware that the 1st Colney Heath Scout and Guide Group have run from the building since the 1970s. Due to the building’s age it requires some attention in terms of safety requirements and improvements.

It is vital that the building is regularly inspected and checked with scheduled maintenance. There are certain legislative changes which must be implemented to return the building to a usable standard.

The 1st Colney Heath Scout and Guide Group maintained a lease from Colney Heath Parish Council that ran out in September 2016. Girlguiding UK moved out of the building in December 2017 citing safeguarding of their members and liability on their leaders as key factors in this decision.

1st Colney Heath Scout Group remained in the building and both parties are negotiating a future agreement and flexible rent, based on usage. While negotiations continue an agreement was made to allow the 1st Colney Heath Scout Group to remain in the building on a licence basis and pay a peppercorn rent.

Colney Heath Parish Council is carrying out its statutory duty to retain appropriate and adequate insurance cover and is following solicitor’s advice by serving a formal eviction notice.

CHPC primary vision for the Roestock Hut is to work with the wider community and not evict organisations from our leased land. However, we must follow clear guidelines to ensure that we are fully compliant with legislation and our own corporate governance policies to ensure that we remove any risk to those using the building along with those who pay and contribute locally to the Precept.

Roestock Hut remains an important community asset of this Parish.

If you have any events booked in Roestock Hut via the Scouts, please contact the Clerk of the Council on 01727 825314 or email clerk@colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk where you can discuss your options.

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