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    Sarah Dobson, Chair

    Sarah moved to Sarratt in 2001 having grown up in Ruislip. She has been a member of the Parish Council since 2016, taking on the role of Vice Chair in 2018, and became Chair in May 2019.
    Sarah is married to John Gill, who is Treasurer of the Sarratt Horticultural Society. They have two sons, Oliver and Samuel, who both attend St Clement Danes School, plus two labradors. Sarah has worked at BP since 1987, and in 2010 moved from working full time to part time. When not working, Sarah runs the Sarratt Cub Pack and is an assistant leader with Sarratt Explorer Scouts. Sarah is also a member of the Sarratt Youth Group steering team. She has previously been involved in other initiatives in the Village including development of the 2012 Parish Plan, the Sarratt Village Day and served on the KGV Committee for 3 years.
    As SPC Chair, Sarah’s goal is for the Parish Council to continue preserving the things so many members of the community love about Sarratt, as well as supporting the future development of the Parish in a way which protects what residents and visitors to the area treasure, whilst enabling it to continue to grow and thrive.

    John Rugg, Vice Chair

    We have lived in the parish of Sarratt for over 20 years and I have held various roles as a Parish Councillor both in Sarratt and previously in Cheshire.
    Having recently relinquished my role as a Trustee of an International Conservation Charity I continue to maintain a keen interest in the protection of the environment on land and sea.
    Prior to retirement I had a long career in British industry, most of it spent with ICI Plc, gaining business experience in sales, marketing, export logistics, trading, and process management. After retiring from I sat on the Board of two Not For Profit organisations and was a committee member of the British Horse Society and a local Sailing Association. I retain an interest in and enjoy being further educated on the history, architecture and art of the UK and Europe.

    Lee Farman, Planning Lead

    Lee has lived in S.W. Herts all his life and moved to Sarratt with his family in 2010 when he had the rare opportunity to build an eco house.  He recently retired from a career as an IT director and now spends time as a youth drama leader and arts venue management.  He is the Chair of the Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust in Watford and founder of the Watford Fringe.
    Lee is a passionate environmentalist focusing on practical solutions to reduce our impact and to live sustainably. He enjoys living in Sarratt as a place that takes good care of its environment and has a strong, proud community. As a councillor he hopes to be able to provide some useful support to help Sarratt continue to be a great place for all its community.

    Flo Garvey, Lead for Sustainability

    I am delighted to be your parish councillor for sustainability.  Ecology, sustainable living, and particularly soil science are my passions, and I have a first class BSc in Environmental studies. My family and I have lived in Sarratt for 12 years, during which time I feel I have walked every footpath and treasured every tree!  I lead the Sarratt Community Garden, (which started life in October 2019 and fills my time and thoughts), keep a few colonies of bees, and tutor GCSE students in Maths, Chemistry, and Biology. I feel that Sarratt is a fabulous community that has enough energy and determination to preserve and improve the glorious environment that we are lucky enough to live in, and as councillor, I would like to be a part of that process.

    Michael Lowry, Policy and Resources

    Michael has now lived in Sarratt for two years recently moving from nearby Croxley Green where he lived with his wife and teenage son for over twenty years.  
    A qualified accountant, he has spent most of his career in the large accountancy practices providing client advisory services to both private and public sector organisations. Most notably, his public sector experience includes projects within the former Department of Social Services, Ministry of Defence and the Department of Education. More recently, he has been providing consultancy and project management advice to a newly formed organisation formed from two large local government authorities providing pension administration services to other local authorities.
    Michael is currently working remotely from home for a Glasgow based charity and consequently his commute has changed to the daily school run between Sarratt and Rickmansworth. This Scottish charity is supporting and enabling the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme in providing work opportunities for young people both in Scotland and the Northeast of England within the current climate.

    John Gell, Highways

    I joined the Parish Council in 1987 and served as Chairman four times and was Lead Member for Highways from 1992-2019 and now Deputy Leader. I represent the Council on the London Green Belt Committee, the Village Hall Committee and the local Residents Association.

    I was a Three Rivers District Councillor for Croxley Green and Sarratt at various times between 1982 and 1998.

    I was appointed as a Governor of two schools in Croxley Green in 1975 serving as Chairman for 15 years and subsequently a Herts County Council Schools Appeals Panellist.

    I owned and operated a Stock farm near Harefield from 1965 to 1995.

    I am married to Barbara and we have four daughters and twelve grandchildren.

    Contacting Us
    Contact the Clerk:

    clerk@sarrattparishcouncil.gov.uk
    sarratt_parish@btconnect.com
    or telephone (01923) 262025

    NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

    Please note that all email correspondence should now be addressed to clerk@sarrattparishcouncil.gov.uk.

    The existing email address sarratt_parish@btconnect.com
    will continue to be monitored until 31 December 2021 to minimise disruption during the changeover

    Visit the Parish Office:

    (Located behind the Village Hall)

    Any temporary alterations of these opening times will appear below
    Where to Find Us
    Meetings

    Sarratt Parish Council Meetings2021/22 Schedule

    Sarratt Parish Council Meetings2021/22 Schedule

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    SPC Meetings take place in the back room of the village hall on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 7:30. Meetings are open to the public and the Press.

    Here, you can read the formal Agenda of the next meeting, the formally-approved Minutes of the previous meeting and a SPC's most recent summary report, as published in Spotlight

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    20/21 Schedule

      Agenda of the Next Meeting
      Agenda of the Next Meeting

      To all Members of the Parish Council


      Cllrs:    Sarah Dobson, John Rugg, John Gell, Simon Diggins, Lee Farman, Flo Garvey, 

          Michael Lowry.


      Copy to:    County Councillor Williams

              District Councillor Reed

              District Councillor Hayward


      Note:    Public and Press are welcome. Parishioners and other interested individuals are invited to attend and take part in the Proceedings.


      Dear Councillor,


      You are hereby summoned to attend the meeting of the SARRATT PARISH COUNCIL to be held in the BACK ROOM, SARRATT VILLAGE HALL, THE GREEN, SARRATT, on TUESDAY 11th JANUARY 2022 at 7:30 pm, when it is proposed to transact the business specified in the following Agenda.



      AGENDA



      306/22        APOLOGIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

              To receive and approve apologies for absence.


      307/22        CO-OPTION OF NEW COUNCILLOR


      308/22        DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

      To receive any “Declarations of Interest” in items on the agenda.


      309/22        MINUTES AND MATTERS ARISING

      To confirm and sign the Minutes of the Council Meetings half on 14TH DECEMBER 2021.


      310/22        TO RECEIVE REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE ATTENDED MEETINGS ON BEHALF OF THE COUNCIL.


      311/22        CLERK/RFO REPORT will be covered under Action Log and agenda items and expanded on verbally.


      312/22        ACTION LOG

      ENVIRONMENT


      313/22        LEAD COUNCILLORS REPORT


      314/22        WOODLAND MANAGEMENT PLAN


      315/22    SPC now get alerts from https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/email-alerts-ealerts-for-grants-and-regulations-customers#2021


      316/22        TREES UPDATE


      317/22        SUSTAINABILITY REPORT


      318/22        THE INSTALLATION OF 2 – 6 ELECTRIC CHARGE POINTS IN THE VILLAGE


      319/22        PHONE BOXES 


      320/22        DOG BINS AND SPC LETTER BINS 


      321/22        POTENTIAL SITE FOR A DONATED MEMORIAL BENCH



      POLICY AND RESOURCES


      322/22        LEAD COUNCILS REPORT


      323/22                  SUMMARY OF SPEND AGAINST BUDGET


      324/22        APPROVAL OF PAYMENTS

              To approve the internet banking transactions to the sum of £8,569.49


      PLANNING


      325/22        LEAD COUNCILLORS REPORT


      326/22        NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE


      327/22        TO COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS

              To discuss and agree comments on the planning applications.


      328/22        TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS


      329/22        VILLAGE HALL EXTENSION PROPOSAL


      HIGHWAYS


      330/22        LEAD COUNCILLORS REPORT


      331/22        CORRESPONDENCE


      332/22        PUBLIC QUESTION TIME


      333/22        COUNCILLORS QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS -receive Q and A from Councillors

              

      334/22        DATE OF NEXT MEETING AND ITEMS REQUESTED TO BE PUT ON NEXT AGENDA

              The date of the next meeting will be TUESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2022


      Formal Minutes(most recent)
      Most Recent formally-approved Minutes
      SARRATT PARISH COUNCIL
      Parish Office, Village Hall,
      The Green, Sarratt, Rickmansworth
      Hertfordshire. WD3 6AS

      Telephone: 01923 262025
      Email: clerk@sarrattparishcouncil.gov.uk
      Web: www.sarrattparishcouncil.gov.uk



      Minutes of the Sarratt Parish Council meeting held in
      Sarratt Village Hall on Tuesday 9 November 2021


      Present: Councillor Sarah Dobson
      Councillor John Rugg
      Councillor Michael Lowry
      Councillor Flo Garvey
      Councillor John Gell

      In attendance: District Councillor Ciaran Reed
      6 members of the public

      Start time 7.30pm


      256/21 APOLOGIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.
      Apologies: Parish Clerk, Cllr Diggins, Cllr Farman

      257/21 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
      Cllr Rugg declared a non-pecuniary interest in Planning Application Ref: 21/2271/FUL - Little Bragmans.

      258/21 MINUTES & MATTERS ARISING
      Cllr Dobson advised the property description associated with Planning Enforcement 21/0193/COMP incorrectly stated ‘Land to Rear Of The Woodyard’ and should be amended to ‘Vine Cottage’. Subject to this amendment the Minutes of the last meeting were approved.
      Proposed by Cllr Gell; Seconded by Cllr Lowry.

      259/21 TO RECEIVE REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE ATTENDED MEETINGS ON BEHALF OF THE COUNCIL

      Sarratt Village Hall Committee (Cllr Gell)
      Cllr Gell advised the Hall Committee are considering alterations to the front of the Village Hall which would see the front entrance moved to the side of the building into the car park. New plans are awaited. Cllr Gell also advised the Village Hall Committee are looking into options for the location of the commercial bin and what can be done to reduce the noise levels when bottle are thrown into it.

      Chandlers Cross Residents Association (Cllr Gell)
      Increasing the scope of the Chandlers Cross Residents Association to encompass the whole of Sarratt was proposed. There didn’t seem a huge amount of support for it, and no vote was taken, so no decision has been made.

      Ash Die Back and 10-year Woodland Plan meeting with HCC (Cllr Rugg)
      Also attended by Cllr Garvey. See report under agenda item 263/21

      260/21 CLERK/RFO REPORT
      No report in the Clerks absence

      261/21 ACTION LOG
      The Action Log was reviewed.
      Cllr Dobson advised the plaque for Biggerstaff’s garage should be delivered in 2-3 weeks, and that the ‘Tommy’ statue had been erected on the Green for Remembrance Day. The Scout group had painted poppy pebbles and the Explorer Unit had laid these out next to the War Memorial on Monday. Cllr Dobson would be laying the SPC wreath at the service on the Green on Thursday 11 November. Cllr Dobson would also put out notices on the posts and cars alongside the War Memorial asking for cars to be removed / no parking on Thursday 11 November from 10:30 – 11:45 when the Remembrance Service will take place.
      Cllr Dobson also advised the 4 new fingerposts would finally be arriving next week.
      The following new actions were added:
      • Produce an article for Spotlight advising Parishioners how to report on fly tipping
      • Write to Joe Brownsell (Snr) regarding the trees on Commonwood in need of attention
      • Notify KGV about branches overhanging the footpath
      • Order more dog poo bags
      • Ask TRDC about planting trees on the grass verge on the corner of Dawes Lane and Downer Drive
      • Order a new jumper for the Parish Warden
      • Contact HCC about the farm/outdoor ‘school’ taking place at the Mulberry Bush
      It was agreed the completed actions could be removed from the Log.

      ENVIRONMENT

      262/21 LEAD COUNCILLORS REPORT (Cllr Rugg)
      There appears to be an increasing number of Fly Tipping incidents in and around the lanes reported in the last month for illegal dumping on the highway and verges of Solesbridge Lane, Bottom Lane and Plough Lane. It is costly to the District and County Council who are required to deal with such incidents as well as to Sarratt Parish Council when items are dumped on our land.
      Fortunately, as a Parish we have an efficient network of Rural Watch members who often report such incidents to the Clerk or direct to the relevant local authority for them to initiate clearance. It is unfortunate that other members of the public rarely report if they happen to see illegal dumping/fly tipping taking place and particularly if they may be able to provide evidence from a car dash cam that could potentially be of use in progressing action leading to an offender being prosecuted.

      Parish Warden’s Report:
      Fly tip in Bottom Lane reported, which was mainly tyres and two bags of household rubbish. During emptying the bins, it has been noticed people are putting household and other waste in them. Rubbish has also been picked up around Commonwood, Bottom Lane and KGV.
      Responded to two emails one about the tree on the verge near Sarratt Lodge and the women who reported it have been spoken to. There isn’t really a problem with the tree and there are no signs of danger. The other email was about the lay-by near the Plough where there is a lot of ivy around an oak tree. This has now been removed.
      Branches down in Dawes Wood were cleared allowing access for the public. Branches in Commonwood which were overhanging the footpath have also been cut. There are also a couple branches in KGV which are quite dangerous as they are dangling above the footpath. This should be raised with the KGV Committee.
      Two signs facing the wrong way on Deadman’s Ash Lane have been turned round.
      The allotments will be checked shortly to ensure everything is up to date.

      263/21 WOODLAND MANAGEMENT PLAN (Cllr Rugg)
      Cllrs Garvey and Rugg attended a site meeting on 2 November at Commonwood with Richard Young of Herts County Council (HCC) Countryside Management Group who is project managing the Sarratt 10 Year Woodlands Management Plan and will apply on behalf of the Parish for a Grant from the Forestry Commission and the issue of any felling licences. Richard brought us up to date on progress and time was spent walking along the road inspecting the Ash Trees that had been reported as suffering from Die Back and may present a danger to users of the highway. No immediate signs were seen of any imminent danger, but it was noticed that some of these trees had been included in the Risk Assessment Report as requiring immediate attention. It appears that the Phase 2 plan for trees requiring attention in the winter of 2020/2021 had not been completed including some of the trees on the lower section of Quickmore Lane. It was agreed that Cllr Rugg and Garvey would undertake a check of all the trees designated as requiring attention. In the meantime, Joe Brownsell Senior (Tree Surgeon) who reported the potentially dangerous trees has met with Former Cllr Nick Mortimer at Commonwood to inspect the trees identified by Joe as needing attention. It appears the trees identified during his inspection are some of the trees identified in the 2020 Tree Risk Assessment requiring work last Spring that had been overlooked. It was agreed SPC would thank Joe for bringing this to SPC’s attention and would provide Joe with an update of the plan detailing the 8 trees, along with the recommended work to be undertaken, and ask him to provide a quotation to undertake the work, and should he feel there are other trees adjacent to the road that have deteriorated to the point where they constitute a risk to users of the highway, to include these together with any action he feels may be necessary to remove the risk.
      The SPC 10-year Woodland Management Plan has been compiled in the format to meet the Forestry Commission required criteria for grant applications. In accordance with statutory requirements the plan has been circulated to other consultees including TRDC and The Chiltern Conservation Board (responsible for conserving areas of AONB). Richard has heard back from Alex Laurie (TRDC Principal Tree and Landscape Officer) who approves of the plan. This is important as most of the trees in Penman’s Green have been designated with Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and any work must be approved by the TRDC Tree Officer team. It is not clear if the SPC 10-year Woodlands Management Plan is required to form part of the TRDC 2022 – 2027 Tree Strategy that it is noted from the internet is currently in draft format and has been circulated for public consultation. SPC did not receive a copy of the consultation document and the date for replies was end of September 2021. A copy of the TRDC Draft Tree Strategy obtained from the internet has been forwarded to the Clerk.

      264/21 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT (Cllr Garvey)
      • Queen’s Green Canopy - there is a notice in the November and December Spotlight editions, and also in the Village Shop window, asking for people interested in planting a tree(s) to come forward – no responses so far, although lots of people have made positive noises. Cllr Garvey has asked the Clerk to get in touch with TRDC re: planting trees on the corner of Dawes Lane and Downer Drive. Cllr Garvey is looking into buying a large frameable map on which to pinpoint the new trees and hedges planted.
      • Allotments – The Community Garden and Mission EmployAble, and possibly DofE students, are keen to take on the maintenance of the allotment site (as advised at September’s meeting) to complement Andrew Whitewood – this needs to be fleshed out, but essentially the plan would be to bring the neglected plots back to a decent state so they don’t end up costing SPC a fortune to rotavate; and potentially help any allotment holders who are struggling with their paths, weeding etc. The new License Agreement has been signed for plots 1 & 2. The Community Garden thanks SPC for allowing this arrangement.

      265/21 REMEMBRANCE GARDEN (Cllr Garvey)
      • Councillor Garvey met with Brenda Harold and Dawn Pitts from the Wildlife Volunteers, to discuss options for a Remembrance Garden on the triangle of Sarratt Green opposite Sarratt School. Dawn and Brenda and some residents have made it very clear they do not want a Remembrance Garden created on Sarratt Green and their overwhelming desire is to leave things as they are, with a concession given to adding some extra bulbs to the grass around the pond, where there are already large swathes of daffodils. SPC have agreed to this but expressed its considerable sadness and disappointment that the concept of creating a natural Garden of Remembrance for everyone to enjoy opposite the School, designed and maintained in part by the children of Sarratt School, had received such a negative response and opposition from the Wildlife Volunteers which meant the project would now have to be abandoned. Cllr Garvey will liaise with Andrew Whitewood re: the position and maintenance of the new bulbs.

      POLICY & RESOURCES

      266/21 BUDGET 22/23 UPDATED DRAFT
      Cllr Lowry talked Council through a revised draft budget for the next financial year (FY22/23), following feedback from Council members on the first draft’s circulation. Pertinent areas were highlighted, including increase in grants to community groups within the Parish to meet subsidies requested, keeping existing maintenance activities the same as last year and supporting the funding of the Youth Group as it recommences it activities.
      Cllr Lowry explained that there is a predicted increase in overall expenditure from last year’s budget and requested if this additional expenditure could be financed by the release of a small percentage from earmarked reserves. These had been specifically allocated for named items within earlier budgets, rather than increasing the next year’s Parish precept.
      Council members discussed the increase in living costs that residents are facing and agreed to the principle of releasing a limited proportion of SPC’s earmarked reserves to find the increase in costs for the next financial year. This will allow SPC to keep its Precept request the same as last year and consistent with the last two years.
      Council will monitor expenditures against this budget and depending on the level of renewed activities suspended during the pandemic and backlog of environmental work necessary in the forthcoming year, the precept request will be reviewed in the following year as appropriate. The FY22/23 draft budget is to be presented to Council for final approval at December’s meeting.

      267/21 APPROVAL OF PAYMENTS
      To approve the internet banking transactions since the last meeting for the sum of £7,640.39
      Proposed by Cllr Rugg; Seconded by Cllr Garvey

      268/21 FINAL EXTERNAL AUDITOR REPORT
      Sarratt Parish Council has now received its final assurance report from PKF Auditors for the previous FY 2020/2021. The auditors found that the information provided in SPC’s Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) had been prepared in accordance with proper practices with no matters causing concern that necessary requirements had not been met.
      Two minor comments were raised for Council’s attention - the delay in filing the AGAR return following a final adjustment and the ledger code categorisation of an insurance claim in the accounting records. These items are noted for the handling of next year’s AGAR return.


      269/21 AMENDMENTS TO FINANCE POLICY REQUESTED
      SPC’s Financial Policy and Risk Assessment Register have been updated to reflect a new sole debit card held and used by the Parish Clerk on its behalf for the purchase of small items and ancillary services. These updates were approved earlier at the SPC October meeting.

      The Chair expressed huge thanks to Councillor Lowry for the significant amount of work he had undertaken on the Budget for 2022/23, the External Audit, and the Financial Policy and Risk Assessment Register, and for getting up to speed so quickly having only joined SPC in July.


      PLANNING

      270/21 LEAD COUNCILLORS REPORT
      No lead report in Cllr Farman’s absence, but Cllr Farman was thanked for providing the planning presentation and comments for SPC to discuss.

      271/21 TO COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS
      • 21/2417/CLPD - Dellfield House, Plough Lane, Sarratt, WD3 4NL     
      Erection of a detached outbuilding 
      SPC decision: Objection - overdevelopment of the Green Belt. Creation of another large outbuilding in addition to the large outbuilding already in existence. If the Officer is minded to approve this application, SPC requests that a restriction is added that prevents future change of use to residential or any other type of accommodation. It is noted there is already an Enforcement order in place on the creation of a new access adjacent to the outbuildings.
      • 21/2373/FUL - Brookfield House, 1 Wards Drive, Sarratt, WD3 6AE             
      Erection of detached outbuilding to side garden 
      SPC decision: Objection - overdevelopment of the Green Belt with an additional building that could be used as a habitable dwelling in the grounds of the existing 4/5-bedroom house. If the Officer is minded to approve, SPC requests a condition is added that the building remains ancillary to the dwelling and that Permitted Development rights are removed.
      • 21/2330/FUL - Heather Cottage, Penmans Hill, Chipperfield, WD4 9DJ      
      First floor side extension 
      SPC decision: No objection
      • 21/2290/FUL - 2 Sarratt Bottom Cottages, Moor Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6DB
      Extension to garage and partial conversion into music and games room (amendment to approved application 21/0276/FUL) 
      SPC decision: No objection, providing if approved the building remains ancillary to the dwelling and that Permitted Development rights are removed.
      • 21/2271/FUL - Little Bragmans, Bragmans Lane, Sarratt, WD3 4NY             
      Two-storey front extension 
      SPC decision: No objection
      • 21/2395/RSP - Scrubbs Cottage, New Model Farm, Sarratt Road, Croxley Green, WD3 6AJ 
      Part Retrospective: Demolition of existing garage and erection of two storey and single-storey side extensions, including dormers to front and rear of the extensions and dwelling, addition of rooflights and alterations to fenestration 
      SPC decision: No objection but request a condition is added that further development rights are removed for this site.
      • 21/2367/FUL - Green Hedges Annexe, Templepan Lane, Chandlers Cross, WD3 4NH              
      Infill existing carport 
      SPC decision: Objection - overdevelopment of the Green Belt due to the size of the additions to the original dwelling.
      • 21/2256/FUL - September Cottage, Deadman’s Ash Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6AL              
      Enlargement of single storey rear extension, enlargement of one rear roof dormer and alterations to fenestration 
      SPC decision: No objection
      • 21/2404/FUL - 1 Micklefield Green Cottages, Sarratt Road, WD3 6AH              
      Erection of stable building and hardstanding 
      SPC decision: No objection, and if the Officer is minded to approve this application, SPC request that a restriction is added that prevents Permitted Development rights and/or future change of use to residential or any other type of accommodation. SPC also ask that it is checked and clarified that no hedgerows will be removed or damaged as part of this application
      • 21/2399/FUL - The Old Cattle Shed, Red Lion Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6BN              
      Erection of a multi-purpose agricultural barn
      SPC decision: Objection – SPC strongly objects to this application which appears little different from an earlier application 20/2802/FUL which was refused by TRDC and with the following comment from SPC “Objection. Given that permission under permitted development was only provided in 2017 for the change of use to a residential dwelling of an existing, supposedly superfluous, agricultural barn on the site, it is astonishing that a new agricultural need has been identified at the same time as the said converted property is nearing completion. In addition, it is unclear that the property is a registered small holding or agricultural unit, thereby questioning whether an agricultural barn should be permitted. In any event, the proposed scale is considered too large for the purpose stated and its siting is inappropriate in a visible position off a country road.” SPCs comments on this application are unchanged from those made on application 20/2802/FUL.
      • 21/2479/CLED - The Goslings, Bottom Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6DL        
      Certificate of Lawfulness for Existing Use: Use of part of existing stable building as independent dwelling house (Class C3) 
      SPC decision: Objection – on the basis of a new dwelling in the Green Belt.

      272/21 TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS
      • 21/1715/CLPD - Hunterswood House, Penmans Green, Sarratt, WD4 9AY
      Certificate of Lawfulness Proposed Development: Construction of outbuilding
      SPC decision: No objection
      TRDC decision: Approved
      • 21/1498/PDA - Land at the rear of 47 Church Lane, Sarratt
      Prior Notification: Conversion of agricultural building to five residential dwellings
      SPC decision: No objection
      TRDC decision: Withdrawn
      • 21/2191/DIS - Land North of Callipers Hall, Bucks Hill, Sarratt, WD4 9BP
      Discharge of Condition 4 (SUDS), Condition 5 (Arboricultural Method Statement), Condition 6 (Hard and Soft Landscaping Scheme) pursuant to 21/1894/FUL
      SPC decision: No objection
      TRDC decision: Approved
      • 21/1830/FUL - Great Sarratt Hall Cottage, The Green, Sarratt, WD3 4PD
      Creation of new vehicular access with closure of existing access with sliding gate
      SPC decision: Objection
      TRDC decision: Refused
      • 21/2189/CLPD - Great Sarratt Hall Cottage, The Green, Sarratt, WD3 4PD
      Certificate of Lawfulness for Proposed Development: Erection of summerhouse outbuilding in rear garden
      SPC decision: No objection
      TRDC decision: Approved
      • 21/1326/FUL - 4 New Cottages, Solesbridge Lane, Chorleywood, WD3 6AD
      Part single, part two storey, front, side and rear extensions, extension of the existing driveway
      SPC decision: Objection - overdevelopment, but following subsequent discussions SPC agreed not to request this application be called into the Planning Committee if approved, on the basis that the application has been significantly reduced to approximately match the guide maximum of 40% expansion for a property in green belt.
      TRDC decision: Approved
      • 21/1139/FUL - The Mulberry Bush Farm, Dawes Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6BQ
      Removal of Condition 11 (Agricultural Occupation) of planning permission 17/2169/FUL
      SPC decision: Objection
      TRDC decision: Refused

      HIGHWAYS

      273/21 LEAD COUNCILLORS REPORT
      Report received following the meeting and added to the minutes for completion of the agenda item.

      Roadworks and Diversions:
      Major roadworks and diversions planned in our area are published on the ‘One.Network’ website: https://one.network. Please note that if Parishioners need to plan ahead, this website allows a user to view any planned works 2 weeks, 3 or 12 months ahead. For those without access to computers, then Parishioners can ask the SPC Office to provide the details required (or simply Google Hertfordshire Roadworks and select One Network).

      Road-Faults and Repairs:  
      With winter storms soon to be upon us, Parishioners are requested to report damaged roads as soon as possible via the HCC fault reporting portal, here:
      https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/highways-roads-and-pavements/report-a-problem/report-a-highway-fault/what-type-of-fault-are-you-reporting.aspx
      This covers road damage, potholes, fly-tipping, broken lights, flooding, in short, anything to do with roads. This portal is open for all to use. Alternatively, please contact the SPC Office and we will report it, but it will be slower.
      Sarratt Road:
      We are pleased to report that, as a result of pressure from SPC and with the support of Cllr Williams and Mr Yucelt from HCC, there is now improved road marking on Sarratt Road. The hazards of that road are known to us all but at last, some signs and road markings, indicating ’SLOW’ on the most dangerous parts are in place. We’re not there yet: signage outside York House School, and on the major bends, needs improving; longer-term we also need the speed limit reduced from the current National Speed Limit and work carried-out on the unacceptable number of dangerous trees abutting the road, but it is a start.

      274/21 BUCK’S HILL AND CHANDLERS CROSS TELEPHONE BOXES
      Over the last 2-3 years since SPC adopted the telephone boxes in Bucks Hill and Chandlers Cross following the removal of their payphones by BT, it has not been possible to agree on a use for them, although a number of options for them have been explored including using them as a defibrillation point. In the meantime, SPC has had to maintain them, and repair any damage or vandalism, which has recently been the case with the telephone box at Buck’s Hill.
      Cllr Gell has investigated the cost to remove them quoted by DCT engineering, who are BT’s contractors for the removal of telephone boxes.
      • £1,200 for a lorry to remove both boxes
      • £421 each for disconnection of the electrical supply
      • Total ca. £2,000+
      Cllr Gell advised the minimum old BT boxes sell for is £1750-£2000 each, which would come back to SPC. But with BT disconnecting and removing a significant number of telephone boxes around the country there is no guarantee we would be able to sell them. It was agreed to put an advert in Spotlight on the fate of the telephone boxes and to see whether an alternative use could not be found for them. This would then be bought back to a future Council meeting.

      275/21 KGV ALIVE PROJECT MANAGER
      Cllr Dobson advised a local resident has volunteered to project mange the project through the next stage to test if the proposed design would meet the target age group and to explore what measures could be put in place to mitigate the concerns raised by some residents.
      A meeting is scheduled for next week between Freestyle, the skate park designers/manufacturers, and the Chairs/Trustees of the ‘corporate’ sponsors – SPC, SCCF and KGV.

      276/21 CORRESPONDENCE
      • Electric Umbrella (a local charity) has requested use of Sarratt Green on Friday 19 November from 11am-12noon for a short presentation ceremony for the handover of a minibus to support their activities by the West Herts Charitable Trust. SPC approved the request, but will ask Electric Umbrella to use the area of the Green closer to the Shop and Sarratt School, rather than the area of the Green opposite the Boot, which would still have the wreaths, and poppy pebbles laid out for Remembrance Day.
      • Poachers Retreat new pedestrian access – SPC will discuss with the owners an Easement Agreement across SPC land for the path and acknowledges there is no need for planning permission for the fence as this is a temporary structure.
      • Angela Coakley (SCCF) re: a potential Village Event to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. SPC are fully supportive of an event, but would recommend making the focus a ‘Village Day’ with a link to the Platinum celebrations as appropriate. Cllr Dobson to discuss further with Angela Coakley. After which Cllr Garvey will be the point of contact.

      277/21 PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
      • Parking on the narrow strip of Sarratt Green that sits between the footpath and the road leading up to Alexandra Road and Dawes Lane from the Village Shop is dangerous and will start to churn up the grass as the weather worsens through the Winter. It was agreed to put windscreen notices on cars parked there.
      • Concerns were raised regarding The Mulberry Bush, which now appears to operating what seems to be a ‘farm/outdoor school’ and the use of buildings on the site as dwellings with no agricultural connection. It was agreed SPC would raise the farm/outdoor school concerns with HCC.
      • Cllr Reed advised his proposals to TRDC regarding the Buck’s Hill traveller’s site were backed by all groups at TRDC bar the Lib Dems. He will continue to press for a better resolution on the matter.

      278/21 COUNCILLORS QUESTIONS & COMMENTS
      • Cllr Gell advised local residents are beginning to explore broadband options for Templepan Lane and the Chandlers Cross area.
      • Cllr Dobson advised SPC had received 2 ‘expressions of interest’ for the positions it has for 2 new Councillors, but no formal applications had been received to date.


      Meeting closed 21:48
      Spotlight Report
      SPC Spotlight Report (draft minutes of last meeting)

      SPC Article for January Spotlight 


      Sarratt Parish Council (SPC) held it’s last meeting of 2021 on Tuesday 14 December. The following are the key matters of interest arising from the meeting.


      Environment

      • The four new black & white ‘fingerpost’ road signs have arrived and will be erected at the start of the new year. If they are satisfactory then SPC will place an order for the last three fingerposts that need replacing.
      • Parking on the Green – specifically the narrow strip of Green from Alexandra Road down towards the Village Shop. The Clerk will arrange ‘polite notice’ flyers to be printed asking vehicle owners not to park their cars there due to the damage being caused to the grass, which SPC has to use Council funds to repair
      • Commonwood and Dawes Common – Councillor Rugg and Richard Young from Herts County Council continue to assess and update the management plan for trees in Commonwood, identified as in need of attention in the 2020 tree survey and have identified ash trees appearing to show initial symptoms of Die Back along Bottom Lane. Richard has also advised a recent LIDAR survey showed an archaeological mound in Dawes Common. This needs to be marked on our management plan maps to ensure any contractors vehicles avoid driving on it. The information has also been passed onto the Sarratt Local Historical Society. 
      • The Queens Green Canopy – A number of people have signed up with promises of hedges and trees and the possibility of a ‘remembrance wood’. The Clerk is making good progress on a £350 grant for trees. Whips can also be obtained free from the Woodland Trust. Councillor Garvey has a map of the woodlands in Sarratt that she will get printed onto AO sized paper to plot all the new trees and hedgerows planted. 
      • TRDC has given permission for SPC to plant trees on the TRDC patch of grass on the corner of Dawes Lane and Downer Drive. It may be necessary to put up ‘no parking signs to advise residents they can’t park there, and temporary fencing or tree shields to protect the trees as they develop, or plant larger saplings. 
      • As it has not been possible to purchase grills to fit over the SPC bins on the Green to prevent members of the public using these for household rubbish, it was agreed SPC would consider purchasing new bins similar to the one outside the village shop that has a restricted opening which prevents large items being placed in the bin. The existing bins on Sarratt Green will be moved to other locations. 
      • The Parish Warden has now completed repairs to the bus stop on the Green opposite the Boot, and repainted it. It looks great!


      Policy & Resources

      • Councillor Lowry reminded Council of the SPC budget for 2022/23 proposed at the last SPC meeting when it was recommended, in recognition of the financial difficulty some residents may be facing as a result of the pandemic, SPC would hold the precept flat – this is the amount paid by Sarratt residents through their Council Tax to SPC. To do this an additional £10,000 would be released from Reserves. However, this would still leave the Reserves at the guideline level of 50% of the total precept. (£96,557). It was noted that SPC had now managed to keep its precept flat for 3 years unlike neighbouring Parish Councils who had applied increases each year. The precept for 2022/23 will now be submitted to TRDC in January for sign off.
      • It was agreed the Clerk would arrange for the defibrillator at KGV to be serviced and confirm how often servicing should take place going forwards. 
      • A supplier has now been found to replace the broken glass in the phone box at Buck’s Hill.
      • BT phone boxes – Following the advert placed in the last edition of Spotlight regarding a new home / use for the decommissioned BT boxes in Buck’s Hill and Chandlers Cross which SPC now own, but no agreement has been reached to date with the local residents on what they could be used for, Sarratt School has expressed an interest in moving one of the boxes to the school playground. The school have lots of ideas for how it could be used including a book swap station. It was agreed the Clerk would look into this further and also go back to the residents in Buck’s Hill and Chandlers Cross.


      Planning

      Former Councillor Soothill will join the SPC meeting in January to provide an update on the Neighbourhood Plan.


      SPC Comments on Recent Planning Applications

      • 21/2635/PDNT - Bucks Hill Farm, Bucks Hill, Sarratt, WD4 9AP – 

      Permitted Development Notice Telecommunications: Installation of a 18 metre high monopole, 4 no. equipment cabinets and development works ancillary there

      No objection

      •    21/2612/FUL - Potten Farm Stables, Chandlers Lane, Chandlers Cross, WD3 4NQ - Variation of Condition 2 (Approved Plans) pursuant to planning permission 18/0454/FUL (Change of use of part of site from equestrian including demolition of existing stables and barn, construction of replacement buildings and conversion of stables to be used as craft/artisan workshop units with associated parking) to amend layout including hard and soft landscaping 

      No objection – However we note this change removes some green space compared to the previous application. If officers are minded to approve this application we ask that a condition is added to ensure any loss of green space is offset by new additions elsewhere on the site, so that overall biodiversity is maintained on the site.

      •    21/2581/LBC - The Barn, Goldingtons, Church Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6HE - Listed Building Consent: Construction of a garden room pavilion located in rear garden

      Noted 

      • 21/2580/FUL - The Barn, Goldingtons, Church Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6HE - Erection of detached outbuilding/garden room 

      SPC strongly objects to this application on the grounds of over development in the Green Belt and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is worth noting that the land in this application is a possible site of interest as it adjoins a plot currently under archaeological investigation.

      •    21/2600/FUL - Penacres Stables adjacent to Callipers Cottage, Callipers Cottage, Penmans Green, Sarratt, WD4 9AY - Construction of 25m x 45m manege and fencing Open for comment

      SPC objects to this application in its current form on the basis that the new development is very close to a neighbouring property and the impact that may cause. We encourage all parties to find an alternative compromise solution. 

        •    21/2705/FUL - Great Wheelers, The Green, Sarratt, WD3 6BJ - Replacement outbuilding

      No objection

      •    21/2722/FUL – Homeland, The Green, Sarratt, WD3 6BH - Erection of a detached garden room - 

      No objection – If officers are minded to approve we ask that by permitting an extra development on this site that all remaining permitted development rights for this site are removed

      •    21/2307/FUL - The Grove, Grove, Mill Lane, Grove Mill, WD3 4TG - Erection of a maintenance shed

      No Objection

      •    21/2301/FUL - The Grove, Grove Mill Lane, Grove Mill, WD3 4TG - Erection of a polytunnel 

      No Objection    



      Recent Planning Decisions

      • 21/2262/PDE: Holly Cottage, Dimmocks Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6AR

      Prior Approval: Single-storey rear extension (depth 8.0m, eaves height 3.0m, maximum height 4.0m)

      SPC comments: No objection

      TRDC decision: No objection

      • 21/2209/CLPD: Heather Cottage, Penmans Hill, Chipperfield, WD4 9DJ

      Certificate of Lawfulness Proposed Development: Construction of detached outbuilding and extension to hardstanding

      SPC comments: No objection providing the building remains ancillary to the dwelling and permitted development rights are removed

      TRDC decision: Approved

      • 21/2330/FUL: Heather Cottage, Penmans Hill, Chipperfield, WD4 9DJ

      First floor side extension

      SPC comments: No objection

      TRDC decision: Refused

      • 21/2189/CLPD: Great Sarratt Hall, Cottage, The Green, Sarratt, WD3 4PD

      Certificate of Lawfulness for Proposed Development: Erection of summerhouse outbuilding in rear garden

      SPC comments: No objection

      TRDC decision: Approved

      • 21/2185/FUL: Redheath Farm Bungalow, Finches Avenue, Redheath, WD3 4LN

      Variation of Condition 1 (Submission of details of design and external appearance) of planning permission 8/299/81 to change the external appearance of the building previously consented for as a calf building and now proposed to be used as a livestock building

      SPC comments: No objection

      TRDC decision: Approved

      • 21/2049/FUL: Bucks Hill Farm, Bucks Hill, Sarratt, WD4 9AP

      Installation of 18m High Swann 30H Lattice Telecommunications Tower on new concrete base and associated ancillary works Please refer to drawings

      SPC comments: No objection

      TRDC decision: Refused

      • 21/2290/FUL: 2 Sarratt Bottom Cottage, Moor Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6DB

      Extension to existing garage and partial internal conversion into music and games room (amendment to approved application 21/0276/FUL)

      SPC comments: No objection providing the building remains ancillary to the dwelling and permitted development rights are removed

      TRDC decision: Approved

      • 21/2271/FUL: Little Bragmans, Bragmans Lane, Sarratt, WD3 4NY

      Two-storey front extension

      SPC comments: No objection

      TRDC decision: Approved

      • 21/2256/FUL September Cottage, Deadmans Ash Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6AL

      Enlargement of single storey rear extension, enlargement of one rear roof dormer and alterations to fenestration

      SPC comments: No objection

      TRDC decision: Approved

      • 21/2417/CLPD: Dellfield House, Plough Lane, Sarratt

      Erection of detached outbuilding

      SPC comments: Objection

      TRDC decision: Approved


      Highways

      • Roadworks and Diversions: Major roadworks and diversions planned in our area are published on the ‘One.Network’ website: https://one.network. Please note that if Parishioners need to plan ahead, this website allows a user to view any planned works 2 weeks, 3 or 12 months ahead. For those without access to computers, then Parishioners can ask the SPC Office to provide the details required. 
      • Road-Faults and Repairs:  With winter storms upon us, Parishioners are requested to report damaged roads as soon as possible. SPC’s mechanism for reporting is via the HCC fault reporting portal, here: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/highways-roads-and-pavements/report-a-problem/report-a-highway-fault/what-type-of-fault-are-you-reporting.aspx  This covers: road damage, potholes, fly-tipping, broken lights, flooding, in short, anything to do with roads. This portal is open for all to use. Alternatively, please contact the SPC Office and we will report it, but it will be slower.
      • Redhall Lane/Harrocks Wood: Councillor Diggins has chased-up The Woodland Trust with regard to flooding on Redhall Lane caused by poor ditch and bank maintenance by the Trust along the road. For those unfamiliar with the road, the problem is that that the wood sits higher than the road surface and a ditch and bank that helped to protect the road from flooding has been allowed to deteriorate; worse, in two places, the bank has been deliberately broken to improve drainage from the wood, onto the road. The Trust’s response has been poor to date, but Councillor Diggins has been promised a response.



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