(The contents of this page last updated on 19th April 2021 – please scroll down for information/newsfeed)
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
20 April 2021
Meeting ID: 815 6305 0016 Passcode: CHPCAPEM
19 April 2021
COLNEY HEATH PARISH COUNCIL
REPORT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST STATEMENT
The report issued today covers the period from 1st April 2004 until 10th July 2015 (covering the late Clerk tenure as Clerk to CHPC) and ultra vires* payments made during the period totalling £ £254,767.29 This is detailed in the report.
If you have any questions relating to the contents of this report please address any concerns to the Clerk or Chairman of Council at email address email@example.com
14 April 2021
The vacancy has been duly advertised and may now be filled by Colney Heath Parish Council by co-option in accordance with the Local Elections (Parishes & Communities) Rules 2006.
Those wishing to apply for this vacancy can do so by requesting an information pack and application form by emailing or writing to the Clerk of the Council at either of the Parish Office addresses:
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications will be Thursday 29th April at 5pm and candidates should ensure they are able to attend the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 5th May 2021.
For a copy of the official notice of vacancy see the following link – Councillor Co-Option Notice 140421
For more information on requirements for a local Parish Councillor – please see publication The Good Councillors Guide The_Good_Councillors_guide_2018
8 April 2021
Please find attached the statement of persons nominated at the Hertfordshire County Council, St Albans District Council and Colney Heath parish Council elections being held on 6th May 2021.
8 April 2021
CHPC APRIL 2021 MEETINGS
Monday 12th April 2021, 7pm
Meeting ID: 830 0033 0978 Passcode: 790559
CHPC Environment Committee
Wednesday 14th April 2021, 7pm
Meeting ID: 884 6667 5917 Passcode: 216459
CHPC Full Council
Thursday 22nd April 2021, 7pm
Meeting ID: 871 8654 6213 Passcode: 244101
CHPC Annual Parish Electorate Meeting
Thursday 29th April 2021, 7pm
Meeting ID: 815 6305 0016 Passcode: CHPCAPEM
29 March 2021
Please click here to view information on booking a Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service “Safe & Well” visit.
25 March 2021
GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN 2021
Are you part of an organisation that would like to take part in the Great British Spring Clean 2021.
The Parish Council would like to hear from individuals and groups who would like to join in the Spring Clean this year.
PPE and equipment will be provided for those volunteers who would like to take part.
Please call 01727 825314 or email email@example.com for more information and to register your interest or your group.
24 March 2021
A new page on Public Notices has been added to this website, accessible via the Home page side menu bar. Please visit for details of upcoming road closures/diversions, etc.
22 March 2021
Notice of Elections: please click the links below to view each Notice
22 March 2021
Sustainability Festival 2021 – Sunday 23rd May to Sunday 6th June
Community groups, schools, businesses and faith groups across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages can register NOW to take part in this community festival. Visit www.sustfest.org for more information.
19 March 2021
The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 25th March 2021 at 7pm.
The agenda for the meeting can be viewed at the following link: Agenda – Thursday 25th March 2021
This meeting will be held by Zoom and the link to join this meeting is noted below:
Meeting ID – 896-1689-9439 Password – CHPCMAR25
18 March 2021
15 March 2021
Meeting ID: 815 6305 0016 Passcode: CHPCAPEM
10 March 2021
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open and seeking applications for two levels of funding:
- For grants of over £250,000, applicants must submit an expression of interest by 12noon on 22 March and if successful will be invited to submit a full application.
- The deadline for applications under £250,000 is 12 noon, 14 April.
Environmental charities across the country are encouraged to apply for funding and if you know of any environmental charities or partners that would be suitable to apply, please take a look and share the application guidance which is available online: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/application-guidance-green-recovery-challenge-fund-round-2
3 March 2021
Sleapshyde Pond Bench
The Parish Council thanks volunteer Derrick Crump for his work on renovating the bench at Sleapshyde Pond; it looks fantastic. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Parish office on 01727 825314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1 March 2021
Independent guide to care and support in Hertfordshire – a crucial time for information
A new, updated, independent Care Services Directory has been published recently, which gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Hertfordshire.
If you’re growing concerned about your care options, or just want some more information on what your choices may be, this Directory can help. With information to help you understand your options, where to go for advice and how the paying for care system works, the Hertfordshire Care Services Directory can support you to make informed decisions.
The new edition of the independent publication and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Hertfordshire. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Hertfordshire, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.
As a temporary measure in response to COVID-19, you may not be able to pick up a copy from outlets such as carers’ centres, hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society, where the Directory is typically available. In the meantime, it can be downloaded from www.carechoices.co.uk and is available in spoken word.
Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the Directory’s publisher, Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short- or long-term care in Hertfordshire, and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them.
“With the current crisis in social care, finding a care service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new independent Directory has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey.”
Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.
2 February 2021
Expressions of interest in Parish land
Colney Heath Parish Council have two parcels of land known as Horseshoe Field, located next to Notcutts in Smallford and Gloucester Park, in Hill End Lane, Highfield and would like to hear from those who wish to express an interest in purchasing or leasing for any purpose including for community projects.
The land on south side of 12 Oaklands Lane (known locally as Horseshoe Field or Three Horseshoes Field) title reference HD519567 was first registered by Lands Registry to Punch Taverns on 30th August 2012. The title was transferred to Colney Heath Parish Council, 83 High Street AL4 0NS noted by Council during a Parish Council meeting held 14th October 2014.
The land at Gloucester Park bought by the Colney Heath Parish Council and officially registered as proprietor in Land Registry (HD490776) on 20 March 2009. Located between Hill End Lane and Drakes Drive with limited access.
The contract included an overage provision, which states that if the Parish Council makes a development profit from the land, the Secretary of State for Health is eligible to a share of the profit. The Heads of Terms includes a clause saying that the Parish Council is to indemnify the Secretary of State for Health against any environmental liability.
There is an electricity sub-station on the land, which has a 99-year lease running up to and including 24 December 2062.
To indicate you have an expression of interest please complete the form –Expression of Interest in Land Form – returning your expression of interest form:
By email to: email@example.com
By post to: Colney Heath Parish Council, Highfield Park Office, Hill End Lane, Hertfordshire AL4 0RA
The deadline for return is 10am on Friday 26th February 2021
ENHANCED SECURITY AT PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
All Council and Committee meetings are open to the press and public unless the Council do otherwise RESOLVE to enter private session where members of the public & press are excluded.
Due to recent uninvited guests accessing meetings attendees will now be placed into a waiting room where you will be asked your full name and postcode prior to being permitted into the meeting. If you would like to pre-register your attendance this can be done by confirming with an email to the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Parish Office.
We apologise for any inconvenience these new security arrangements may cause you, but it is for the protection of all within the meeting that this is now required.
The Council will not tolerate abusive or inappropriate behaviour in these meetings and offenders who persist will be removed.
18 January 2021
New public consultation
St Albans District Council are starting to prepare a new Local Plan … Click here for details of how you can Have Your Say!
12 January 2021
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)
Following regular complaints from residents about dog nuisance, CHPC are working with SADC to look at introducing a PSPO (which have replaced Dog Control Orders) on Colney Heath Common.
As part of the implementation process we are required to collate evidence and assess if the two conditions set out in the Act governing the introduction of PSPO are met:
- Activities carried out in a public place within our area have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality or it is likely to have that effect
- The effect or likely effect of the activities is “persistent or continuing in nature” and that those activities are unreasonable and that justifies the proposed restrictions.
In order to establish whether these conditions are being met, residents need to collect evidence of the alleged nuisance activities and the detrimental impact on the quality of local life.
If you wish to contribute, please click here to print off the ‘Dog Walkers Diary Sheet’ evidence form, complete it with over the next six weeks and return it to CHPC by the 28th February 2021. Copies will also be placed on the information boards at the Coursers Road and Church Lane entrances to the Common. The collated evidence will then be presented to SADC for assessment of whether there is sufficient evidence to justify an order.
8 January 2021
Do you live, work or study in St Albans? Or are you part of organisation or charity supporting the residents of St Albans? If so, we really want to hear from you.
St Albans City and District Council is producing a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for 2021 to replace the current Inclusion Strategy which is now out of date. The Strategy will set out our vision and plan for the next three years to make our district an inclusive, welcoming place where everyone can thrive. We want to make sure the strategy reflects our diverse communities and that everyone gets a chance to have a say on what our priorities should be.
This survey should take around 10 minutes to complete, and will ask you to think about what you would see and do, and how you would feel, in a more inclusive St Albans City and District.
Answers will be reported anonymously, and there is an opportunity to leave your name if you would like to be more involved in shaping the strategy.
To complete the survey click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/sadcedistrategy
The survey will remain open until 22nd January 2021
4 January 2021
Reminder: Closing date for Round 2 grant applications is Monday 11th January 2021, applications to be decided during Full Council Meeting on Thursday 21st January 2021.
The Parish Council are now welcoming Round 2 grant applications from organisations within Colney Heath Parish. Please complete an application form and send to the Parish Council Clerk either by post or via email (email@example.com).
An application in Word or .pdf format is available at the below links and also a copy of the grant application policy which should be read in full before applying.
14th December 2020
The Bylaws relating to Colney Heath Nature Reserve have been updated; click here to view
7th December 2020
Hertfordshire County Council has produced a booklet detailing important information about how you can stop the spread of coronavirus – click this link to view: Coronavirus_Play Your Part
30 November 2020
Your Connected Life
Your Connected Life aims to help people who are isolated to connect to their communities, to activities, people and places so they can enjoy life more.
We hope to inspire people to reach out to HertsHelp or a local group and find out more about how to get involved, stay active, pick up a new hobby or ask for practical help and support. Anything which can make life easier or more enjoyable.
This winter could be especially difficult as many of the usual support networks are affected by Coronavirus restrictions. However, there are other ways to stay connected and our leaflet and website will signpost people to support and give tips to help stay active, happy and well through the winter. It gives readers advice on how they can get extra support through services such as HertsHelp.
16 November 2020
PARISH COUNCIL AUDIT
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF THE AUDIT – Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31st March 2020
Section 20 (2) & 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)
Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)
- The audit of accounts for the Colney Heath Parish Council Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been completed and the accounts have been published. The external auditors, PKF Littlejohn, have concluded the audit for the financial year 2019/20 and are satisfied that the Parish Council’s accounts, governance and supporting information supplied are in accordance with proper practices and that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have been met.
- Any local government elector for the parish may obtain, inspect or take a copy of the Statement of Accounts and Auditor’s Certificate and Report by arrangement with the Clerk during the following hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am-1pm;
- The Notice of Conclusion of Audit may be viewed or downloaded by looking at this link – CHPC Notice of Conclusion of Audit 19-20
- The Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20 Sections 1 and 2 (Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements) may be viewed or downloaded by clicking at this link – CHPC Annual Governance and Accounting Statement 2019-20
- The Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20 Section 3 (External Auditor Report and Certificate) may be viewed or downloaded by clicking this link – CHPC External Auditor Report and Certificate 161120
Contact details for the Clerk are as follows:
Lisa Chaplin – Clerk to the Parish Council
Colney Heath Parish Council
Highfield Park Visitor Office
]Hill End Lane
St Albans AL4 0RA
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Copies will be provided to any local government elector on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the annual return with additional cost for postage.
Announcement made by: Lisa Chaplin LCGI PSLCC CPFA CiLCA Clerk to the Parish Council
Date of Announcement: 16th November 2020
16 November 2020
St Albans District Council have launched a Sustainability and Climate Crisis Strategy. Please click here for full details.
13 October 2020
Local COVID Alert Level – MEDIUM
Covering most of the country – this will consist of the current national measures, which came into force on 25th September. For areas where national restrictions continue to be in place. This means:
- All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs
- Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am
- Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
- Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
- Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
- People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
Local COVID Alert Level – High
This is for areas with a higher level of infections. The “high” alert level will reflect many current local interventions, but there will now be consistency across the country. This means the following additional measures are in place:
- People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
- People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space
- People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport
As a result of rising infection rates, Nottinghamshire, East and West Cheshire and a small area of High Peak will also move into this alert level. In these areas, the Rule of Six will continue to apply outdoors, in public spaces and private gardens.
Local COVID Alert Level -Very High
This is for areas with a very high level of infections. The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level. Consultation with local authorities will determine additional measures.
The baseline means the below additional measures are in place:
- Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
- Wedding receptions are not allowed
- People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches
- People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ area they are in, or entering a ‘Very High’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit
- People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘Very High’ area if they are resident elsewhere
24 September 2020
Election of a Parish Councillor for the Colney
Heath ward of Colney Heath Parish Council
Having received a written request from TEN eligible electors for the vacancy in the parish ward, the Proper Officer can confirm that a byelection
to fill the vacancy in the Colney Heath ward of Colney Heath Parish Council must be held in accordance with The Local Election
(Parishes and Communities)(England and Wales) Rules 2006. These rules specify that an election is to be held within 60 days of receiving
the said request.
However due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, emergency legislation has been passed postponing elections and referendums that would
normally take place between the 16th March 2020 and 5th May 2021. 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 election to fill the vacancy on Colney Heath Parish Council will now be held on the ordinary day of election in 2021, 6
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.
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.
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
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: email@example.com
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.
10 July 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01727 825314
Colney Heath Community Support Group
Matching people in Need with Someone who can Help
|If you want to volunteer call or text
0788 793 1805 or e-mail
|If you know someone who needs help call
07803 313 525 or e-mail
Making sure we look after people during the crisis
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
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
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 email@example.com where you can discuss your options.