Agenda and draft minutes

Annual Town Meeting
Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden AL5 2LX

Contact: Carl Cheevers Email:  carl.cheevers@harpenden.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

7.30PM - WELCOME BY HARPENDEN TOWN MAYOR, COUNCILLOR BRIAN ELLIS

Minutes:

The Town Mayor welcomed the civic dignitaries attending, members of the public, the new Town Councillors attending, the speaker and those receiving Awards of Merit and Honorary Townsman Awards to the meeting.

2.

7.35PM - APOLOGIES AND MINUTES pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting held on the 16th April 2018 – circulated herewith.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Cousin, de Kort, Drake and Priggen and from Mr Chichester-Miles.

 

The Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting held on 16 April 2018 were duly accepted and signed as a correct record.

3.

7.40PM - 8.00PM PRESENTATION BY HELEN ELLIOTT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HERTS YOUNG HOMELESS

‘The Challenge of Preventing Youth Homelessness in Hertfordshire’.

Minutes:

Helen Elliott, Chief Executive of Herts Young Homeless, was invited to give a presentation on ‘The Challenge of Preventing Youth Homelessness in Hertfordshire’. 

 

The presentation outlined the reality of youth homelessness in the county and included a thought-provoking video from young people on their experiences of homelessness. 

 

The presentation stimulated questions such as how the charity linked with other services in the County, for example, the County Council’s youth services.

 

4.

8.00PM - 8.20PM - PRESENTATION OF THE 2018/19 AWARDS OF MERIT IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING WORK IN THE COMMUNITY OVER MANY YEARS

Mr Mike Hodge

Mr Ian Pigott OBE, DL

 

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PRESENTATION OF THE HONORARY TOWNSMAN AWARDS

Minutes:

The Town Mayor was pleased to present the Awards of Merit and Honorary Townsman Awards in recognition of each person’s invaluable contribution to the community and long service to the Council which deserved to be acknowledged.  Mr Michael Weaver thanked staff and Councillors at the Council for their support during his service as a Town Councillor and wished the new Councillors well for the future.

5.

8.20PM - 8.30PM - PRESENTATION OF THE TOWN MAYOR'S CHARITY CHEQUES

Harpenden Mencap

Herts Young Homeless

Minutes:

Past Town Mayor for 2018/19, Councillor David Heritage, was pleased to present cheques to Harpenden Mencap and Herts Young Homeless in the sum of £5,097.50 each.  Councillor Heritage commented that he was particularly pleased to have raised over £10,000 during his mayoral year for these charities.

6.

8.30PM - ANNUAL REPORT ON THE TOWN COUNCIL FOR THE YEAR 2018/19

By Past Harpenden Town Mayor, Councillor David Heritage, followed by Public Question and Answer Session.

Minutes:

The Town Mayor invited Past Town Mayor, Councillor David Heritage, to present the Council’s Annual Report for 2018/19; the key points of which were as follows:

 

·         The Council continued to work against its Business Plan which had 6 priority themes.

·         A key achievement of the year had been the adoption of the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan.  There had been significant support for the Plan during the Community Referendum in February.

·         Significant progress had been made with the development of 24 dwellings at the Former Westfield Allotments site and redevelopment of the Marquis Lane Play Area had been completed.  The Council had also supported the refurbishment of the Cricket Club Pavilion.

·         A new financial management system had been implemented in the Council to streamline processes and reduce paper consumption.

·         Street food trading had been introduced to the concourse and an outdoor cinema had been brought to Harpenden Common to maximise commercial income.

·         A variety of improvements had been made to Harpenden’s outdoor spaces including chalk stream restoration works at Batford Springs, pond refurbishment works in Lydekker Park and volunteer led conservation sessions on the Common.

·         The second year of the commons and greens educational programme had been completed with a variety of wildlife walks and talks undertaken.

·         The Council had continued to deliver a mix of large and small-scale events including the Summer and Christmas Carnivals and new events such as Music in Lydekker Park.

 

Questions were then taken.  A resident asked if Sir John Lawes School was going to close.  Councillor David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Honorary Townsman, responded that this was not the case.

 

Development in the area surrounding Harpenden, particularly on agricultural land, was further discussed and the lack of parking in Harpenden was mentioned.

 

The Town Clerk commented that the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan would be a key document in helping to shape any such development or parking plans.