Minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at 7.30pm at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, Hatfield AL10 0AN

PRESENT:

Councillor Richard Griffiths – Mayor

Councillor Mark Bolitho – Deputy Mayor

 

Councillor James R. Bond               Councillor Jackie Brennan

Councillor M. Eames-Petersen       Councillor Caron Juggins

Councillor Hazel Laming                 Councillor John Percival

Councillor Tristan Wiltshire

 

OFFICERS:

Carrie Lloyd (Town Clerk)

Sam Frake (Head of Operations)

 

4 members of the public in attendance

County Councillor P Zukowskyj

Nick Brown, Green Triangle & Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce

Tracy Prickett, Executive Head Teacher, Howe Dell School

57.         TWO MINUTES’ SILENCE

The Mayor paid tribute to Margaret White and Maureen Cook who had died recently.

Members stood in 2 minutes’ silence.

Councillor Eames-Petersen advised that Councillor Mendez had a tribute to Margaret White and the Mayor requested that she send it to the Clerk so that it could be shared with all Members.

58.         ANNOUNCEMENT BY TOWN MAYOR

The Mayor thanked the Town Clerk for all of her work for Hatfield over the last 13 years at the Town Council and wished her well for the future.

59.         APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received and accepted by Council from Councillor Linda Mendez who was unable to attend due to ill health, received and accepted by Council from Councillor Richard Brisbin due to work and received and accepted by Council from Councillor Rory Craig due to work.

 

No apologies were received from Councillors Newman and Mackay.

60.          DECLARATION OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

Cllr Eames-Petersen declared an interest in Howe Dell Hall as a hirer for the past 10 years and Ward Councillor to Villages Ward.

61.         MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Members approved the minutes of 28th July 2021 as a correct record.

62.          QUESTION TIME

Deacon Kinchenton requested that the Council review the potential letting of Howe Dell Hall to the School on a more formal basis.  She expressed concern at the lack of public consultation and confusion when trying to book the Hall.

Deacon Kinchenton undertook to pass details to the Head of Operations on the booking confusion.  The Mayor advised that the Town Clerk’s Report on the Agenda advised that they would carry out Community Consultation once more information had been received from Herts. County Council.  This matter would be further discussed at the appropriate point in the agenda.

63.          PRESENTATION BY GREEN TRIANGLE

Members received a presentation by Nick Brown.  He stressed that this was an opportunity for innovation, community collaboration and a means to help future generations with the pandemic debt that would need to be repaid.

 

RESOLVED that the Town Clerk and Head of Operations meet with Mr Brown to move forward with the public consultation on the 4 sports ground options.

(Action; Town Clerk / Head of Operations)

64.          HOWE DELL HALL

Members noted the Report of Officers which stated that once further advice has been received from the County Council regarding the lease, Officers would conduct a further Community Survey and report back to Members.  It was hoped that this would be by the end of November.  It was also noted that the Officer’s report stated that access to the Hall must include Community use.

A Councillor expressed her concern that the school had been given free use of the Hall since reopening of Community Buildings following the pandemic.  The Report of Officers stated that any let to the school would negate the need for Business Rates but did not emphasise that the school currently were bearing all costs for the Hall amounting to just over £8,000 p.a.  Cllr Bond, County Councillor for Hatfield North, further advised that he had committed some of his Locality Budget to assist with the repairs and maintenance of the Hall should it be given over to the School to maintain on a longer term basis.


 

 

Another Councillor advised that all possibilities were being investigated and nothing had yet been ruled out including the creation of a Management Committee for the Hall or community-use let to the School.

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

(Action; Town Clerk)

65.          VACANCY

Members RESOLVED that the Clerk be authorised to advertised the vacancy occasioned by the non-attendance at meetings by the Councillor for South West Ward.

(Action; Town Clerk)

66.          APPOINTMENT TO OUTSIDE BODIES

RESOLVED that Gareth Aicken be nominated to represent the Town Council on the Wellfield Trust.

(Action; Town Clerk)

67.          APPROVAL OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM COMMITTEES

The minutes of the Committee meetings were noted and it was also noted that they contained no recommendations for Council.

68.          RESIGNATION OF TOWN CLERK

Members noted that the Town Clerk would be leaving at the end of 2021.  A Member wished to implement the NALC Peer Review prior to appointing a new Town Clerk, however, other Members wished to see recruitment to post as soon as possible.  In accordance with Financial Regulations on extensions to existing contracts, it was RESOLVED that HR and Governance Support provide the Council with advice on recruiting to post for a maximum of £1,900 and the Human Resources Sub Committee be authorised to appoint to post.

(Action; Town Clerk)

69.         PROPOSED APPLICATION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW QUARRY ON LAND AT THE FORMER HATFIELD AERODROME, INCLUDING NEW ACCESS ONTO THE A1057, AGGREGATE PROCESSING PLANT AND OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES, TOGETHER WITH THE IMPORTATION OF INERT FILL MATERIAL TO RESTORE THE MINERAL WORKINGS AT LAND AT HATFIELD AERODROME, OFF HATFIELD ROAD

The Council’s response to  PL/0232/21 and agreed that it still objected.  Of concern was the traffic on the A1057, noise, dirt and dust, the effect on Green Lanes School and Howe Dell School and University students in the Playing Fields, additional traffic movements onto the A1(M) when this was the only route for Accident & Emergencies from Hatfield to access Lister Hospital Stevenage, increased travel time particularly for buses and the back flow affecting the Bromate Plume.

 

RESOLVED that the Planning Committee be authorised to formulate a response at its next meeting on 10th November, taking into account the points raised in the preamble to these minutes.

(Action; Town Clerk)

70.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Noted that the next ordinary meeting of the Council is 19th January 2022.

Closure: 9pm

 

Mayor