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 on the Councillor document page.  It remains unknown as to when physical meetings will resume.

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 17th July 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

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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 Tuesday 1st September 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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