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 with the planned meetings in April and May having been cancelled. It is not known when 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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
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.
Deadline for applications to be received by post or email is 5pm Wednesday 1st April 2020.
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.