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CPRA NEWS Bleak future for the COMMUNITY HALL! AUTUMN/WINTER 2019 A NEW GENERATION YOUNGER VOLUNTEERS FAILING TO STEP FORWARD (Full ar cle page 5) CPRA NEWS is also available on line. Visit our website: www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk Printed August 2019


In this Issue INTRODUCTION FAMILY CENTRE EVENT ...........................................37 FROM THE CHAIRMAN ............................................. 3 ST MERYL SCHOOL...................................................37 AROUND CARPENDERS PARK PLANNING, LEGAL & LICENSING THE HALL WILL CLOSE NEXT YEAR ........................... 5 PLANNING ................................................................39 DISABLE BADGE AND PARKING ................................ 7 HIGHWAY SURFACE DRESSING...............................41 WATFORD WOMENS INSTITUTE .............................. 9 HIGHWAY WINTER SERVICE....................................41 COMMUNITY HALL MONTHLY FROM THE AUTHORITIES COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT ...........................43 BOOKING............................................................... 10 THREE RIVERS DISTRICT & WATFORD BELMONT THEATRE COMPANY .............................11 RURAL PARISH COUNCIL REPORT...........................45 ST. MERYL LADIES’ CLUB.........................................13 KIRSTY BARNES ........................................................47 CARPENDERS PARK LADIES’ CLUB..........................15 HERTS POLICE—FACEBOOK PAGE..........................49 THE WELCOME CUP CAFÉ.......................................17 YOUR LETTERS SOUTH OXHEY CHOIR .............................................17 FEEDING OUR BIRDLIFE...........................................51 PAVILION BOWLS ....................................................17 RUBBISH IN CARPENDERS PARK .............................53 COME TO BAKE BREAD ...........................................17 PARKING ..................................................................53 CARPENDERS PARK HORTICULTURAL NEW ELEMENT DISCOVERED..................................55 ABOUT CPRA SOCIETY ................................................................. 19 MINUTE OF AGM.....................................................56 HARROW MARQUETRY GROUP .............................23 TREASURE’S REPORT .............................................58 CARPENDERS PARK CHURCH..................................25 COPY FOR THE NEXT ISSUE .....................................60 CARPENDERS PARK & SOUTH OXHEY LOCAL CHURCHES & OTHER FAITH METHODISTIC CHURCH.......................................27 MEETINGS .............................................................61 ATTENBOROUGH SURGERY....................................29 FAMILY & WELLBEING LOCAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES .......................61 YOUR MOBILE PERSONAL COUCH .........................33 USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS..............................63 TODDLERS & MUM GROUP....................................35 CPRA COMMITTEE...................................................64 OXHEY LIBRARY EVENT ..........................................37 Adver ser index M.C.P. ELECTRICAL APPROVED CONTRACTORS..16 M.K. GINDER & SONS .........................................4 ADAMS EYE CARE ....................................................18 MARWANE LEMKHANTAR.................................49 ALL LOCK SECURITIES..............................................42 MOMENTS BY MARU ........................................11 BELL CARPENTRY & JOINERY ..................................14 MRK PLUMBING & HEATING .............................47 CARPENDERS PARK FENCING .................................60 MUST PASS DRIVING SCHOOL ...........................54 CARPENDERS PARK NURSERY ................................38 P.A. BARHAM LTD ...............................................8 CARPENDERS PARK NURSERY U-FLORIA ..............50 ROOTS HAIRDRESSERS ......................................36 CENTRAL GARDENING SERVICES.............................. 9 SAW GENERAL BUILDERS ....................................3 DB JONES PHARMACY.............................................12 SOUTH OXHEY OSTEOPATHS.............................28 DEFINITION .............................................................. 32 SOUTH OXHEY RADIO TAXIS..............................16 DRIVEBCMT.UK .......................................................26 SPICERS CARPETS AND BEDS ...............................6 EVOLUTION PEST CONTROL ..................................... 4 T.J. WATSON.....................................................48 FIRST CLASS LEARNING ...........................................36 TARRANTS TIMBER LIMITED..............................52 FLOORS R US............................................................44 TERENCE SPINKS ...............................................54 FLUE ADVERT...........................................................30 TOE-TAL FOOTCARE ..........................................24 FOCUS EYECARE ......................................................46 TREVOR WARNER .............................................24 GEM TREE SERVICES ...............................................34 VALETTE DRY CLEANERS....................................14 HARROW GARDENING SERVICES ...........................40 VJG ROOFING SPECIALIST....................................7 J.S. GUTTERS............................................................31 WE CARPENTRY & CONSTRUCTION ...................62 J.S. PLASTERING ......................................................21 JAZZERC ISE............................................................... 22 CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 2 KEN HODSON COMPUTERS ....................................13 KP ROOFING ............................................................20


From the C h a i r m a n INTRODUCTION Chairman: Maurice Bunce Email: [email protected] Phone: 020 84214741 Address: 83 St. Georges Drive Well the summer is over and we can all day they pick to do it. look forward to some nice cold winter Why is it necessary to start up an angle weather, foggy mornings, snow, frost and grinder or power saw or that other beast the ice. I bet everyone is looking forward to electric planer, at 4.30 pm on a Sunday that. afternoon when people are relaxing in their One of the things the Residents’ Committee gardens and trying to unwind before is investigating is the CIL or the starting another stressful working week? Community Infrastructure Levy, which ensure that all major building projects are Probably the worst offender is the person taxed and part of the money goes to the who knows he has immaculate musical Parish Council, to be used for local projects taste and thinks that we all want to enjoy for the benefit of the local community. his musical choice, blasted out at a volume Every Parish of the Three Rivers District that makes your house vibrate. By all Council receives CIL money except for our means carry on with your DIY and play Parish, Watford Rural Parish Council, that your music, but for goodness sake think of cover Carpenders Park, Ashridge, Oxhey your neighbours. Hall, Hayling and South Oxhey. We will be looking into this anomaly and pushing for a As for me, I shall embrace the winter, fair deal for this area. close the curtains, turn up the heating and I have to say that as nice as the summer hopefully enjoy a small libation. After all it weather is, I did get fed up with the will soon be Christmas and that is incessant noise of building projects. It’s not something, we all look forward to, don’t that I particularly object to people doing we?? So have a good one and have a very work on their property we all have to keep happy new year. our homes in good order, it’s the time of Maurice SaW General Builders Steve and Warren Kelly, Family run business Extensions • Refurbishments • Patios • Fencing • Carpentry • Roofing • Brickwork • Painting • PVC Facia • Driveways • Decking • Loft Rooms Call: Warren 07976 445056 Steve 07956 386827 References available from Carpenders Park Residents. View our work on our web site. CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 3


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Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Community Hall will close next year! It is with great regret that the Hall will be afternoon of the month, so every member closing down at the end of the year. This of the Committee is on hand for that and is due to not getting any support for the we then have the monthly meeting to Committee. We are all retired and our discuss the issues that arise after that. health on some of us is beginning to show Other than that, the Hall is in good our age. financial state. We are having the gents’ The Hall is a very great place for the toilets refurbished this August and new community of Carpenders Park and I am tables are going to be bought soon. There sorry to see it on the very edge of shutting. are always repairs that need doing and I Half our Committee are attending Hospital for some reason and it is try to do most small jobs myself getting more difficult to cover with help from other members on every booking for parties. the Committee. This is not hard to do as it only Audrey, our booking lady with the requires opening, seeing the lights diary, is extremely busy with are on and all looks good in the bookings for parties at most Hall this takes 5 minutes. Then to close, weekends. just inspect the Hall for damage and All regular Hall hirers have their own set cleanliness and see the party out, of keys and we expect them to leave the 10minutes at the most. Hall in a good state of cleanliness for the The Parties are the main source of income next group. that keeps the Hall in credit as the on- So, most of the week the Hall runs itself. It going regular Hall users pay very much is only the weekend activities we have to less for their use. cover. THE HALL IS FOR YOU to enjoy at a reasonable price. We do our best to keep We have had offers for the Hall prices low, but in fact these activities do by developers. not cover the cost of running the Hall. Last chance to save Your Community Centre! WE NEED MORE HELP ON THE Ron Wilson Treasurer CPCH COMMITTEE OR ELSE THE HALL IS Carpenders Park DOOMED. The book sale is set out on the last Friday Community Hall Association Station Footpath, Delta Gain Carpenders Park WD19 5EZ The Hall is available to hire for Community or Private use, such as children’s parties and social functions. For availability and fees, please tel. Audrey Walpole on 07415 361 794 CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 5


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Disabled Badge AROUND CARPENDERS PARK and Parking The Blue Badge scheme helps disabled tickets, however drivers should have more drivers – or drivers with a disabled consideration for other motorists passenger to park their car closer to their especially if they are disabled. destination. Parking Charge Notice starts from £60 Blue Badge holders must ensure that a (discounted if paid within 14 days). valid Blue Badge is fully and correctly Checks are carried out on a random basis displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle, by a team of full-time parking attendants. with the expiry date, serial number and Now, there are plenty of spaces for issuing Borough clearly visible. The clock parking, at the back of the shops. The car must be set at the time of arrival. park has been cleared out from old For some of the residents, this scheme is vehicles and, since the 17th December, vital to support their independence. there is an Enforcement Notices for time- In Carpenders Park, around Delta Gain, limited parking. Parking is limited to 4 there is lot of abuse during the day and in hours with no return within 2 hours. These the evening and this stops disabled people restrictions apply Monday to Saturday accesssing the shops. Parking wardens between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm to limit have been patrolling and giving out commuters to use the car park. Vaughn Gatrell Mobile: 07985 359543 Tel: 0208 386 0426 3 O W , WD19 5EJ. C P Specialists in: ·T SR ·G C ,R R · R- WC ,S ,H R · FR R R REF: 1M024262 CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 7


Plumbing, Hea ng & Gas Engineering · Boiler Maintenance & Installa on · Boiler Servicing · System Upgrades · Breakdown Repairs · Chemical Power Flushing Email: [email protected] www.pabarham.com Emergency number: 07831 363182 8 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Wa ord Women’s Ins tute AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Not Just jam and Jerusalem Watford Women‘s Institute meets on the intriguing account of Glenn Miller's first Wednesday of each month in Beechen disappearance. Grove Baptist Church. The meetings are We have a thriving Committee that 2pm - 4pm. in the upstairs hall. We are a organises trips, theatre visits and lunches. very friendly group and are always happy During the year we went to Brighton and to welcome new members. had a fish and chip lunch. We visited Saville Gardens and enjoyed a cream tea. Every month we have a speaker, raffle and We were also invited to work with sales table selling many handmade craft Watford Palace theatre and watched a items. We have a busy craft group which matinee of Much Ado About Nothing meet on the third Wednesday of the month performed in modern dress. There were in a community room in Asda. posters showing the effort that the local At present we are making poppies to WI played during this time. We provided support the British Legion, these are sold the cakes for a war time afternoon tea, by Co-operative funeral care. Last year we which was enjoyed by 50 ladies. made £120 and they sent £250 to this worthy cause. If you think that this may appeal to you, We have interesting talks each month on a please come and join us. variety of subjects including The National Trust, the history of London and a quite Valerie Coltman President 07887 550 758 Central 12 years experience Garden Services All aspect of garden maintenance undertaken. Discount for Senior Citizens Treework undertaken Call Vince for your FREE Estimate 020 8428 5565 or 07930 117522 CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 9


Community Hall Monthly Bookings Yoga Mon 07.30-08.45 Every Monday Mon 09.45-11.30 Monday (except Bank Holi- Keep Fit (Over 50s) Mon 14.00-16.00 days) Mon 2nd Monday each month Craft Group Mon Carpenders Park Ladies’ Tue 20.00-22.00 1st Monday each month Club Irish Dancing Tue 17.30-18.30 Every Monday Beading Group Tue (Jewellery) Tue 10.00-14.00 1st Tuesday each month Ladies only Hatha Yoga & Chair Yoga Wed 10.30-11.30 Except 1st Tuesday each month Tuition (Extra Learning) Belmont Theatre Wed 16.00-18.00 Every Tuesday Open Door Wed 20.00-22.00 Every Tuesday (Mother & Toddler Thu Group) 10.00-12.00 Wednesday (Term time only) St. Meryl Ladies’ Group Junior Indian Dance 14.00-16.00 2nd Wednesday each month Class 16.30-18.30 Term time only Belmont Theatre 20.00-22.00 Every Thursday Welcome Cup Café Thu 10.00-12.00 2nd Thursday each month (& Police Liaison Officers) Keep Fit (over 50s) Thu 14.45-16.15 Every Thursday Tuition (Extra Learning) Thu 16.00-18.00 Every Thursday Line Dancing Fri 10.00-12.00 Every Friday Coffee Morning Sat 10.00-12.30 Last Saturday each month Book Sale Sat 10.00-14.00 Last Saturday each month TO ADVERTISE IN THE NEXT EDITION PLEASE CALL: 07773 912160 email: [email protected] 10 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association We hope lots of you came to see our 2 servative in Churchill's war cabinet. She previous shows in February and May. Be- must choose between the men in her life. low you will find details of our forthcom- ing October production and a teaser for February 26th-29th 2020 February 2020. All performances are at the T.B.C. Pump House Theatre, Local Board Road, Watford. WD17 2JP at 7.45 pm and in- Hopefully this will be an Agatha Christie clude a Saturday matinee. play October 23rd-26th 2019 Box Office: 07917 324179 or LOVE IN IDLENESS BY TERENCE ticketsource.co.uk/belmont-theatre- RATTIGAN company A witty mix of comedy and drama set in 1944. We always welcome new members so do get in touch if you fancy a new exciting 17-year old Socialist Michael returns to hobby. Plenty to get involved with onstage London from Canada to find his widowed or off. mother Olivia is mistress to a leading Con- Please ring the above number for more info or email [email protected] CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 11


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St Meryl AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Ladies’ Club included a BBQ at Grym’s Dyke Golf Club St Meryl ladies’ club started the new year as we are unable to use the Community with our annual lunch at the Grym’s Dyke Hall due to refurbishment. Golf Club which was attended by most of We have also organised a trip on the our 80 registered members. Bluebell railway in August. This lunch was once again very enjoyable We will be back in Carpenders Park and a great day out for us. Community Hall (next to Station Our day trips commenced in March with a Approach) in September. visit to Brighton including the Pavilion followed in April by a day in Stratford on We meet in the Avon. Community Hall the second Wednesday of We have now had our each month 2pm to first residential trip to 4pm. Warners at cricket St. Thomas in May which We are happy to invite was very successful. new ladies to come as In fact, we already guests to our meetings have several members for a small fee to see if asking us to organise a our club might be for similar trip next year! them. We also welcome you Our speakers this year to join us on any of have been both our many organised entertaining and trips throughout the informative. year. We had a great If you would like any further information attendance at our annual cream tea in June please contact the club secretary on and our ladies are very much looking forward to a visit from our local fire 07748053994 or 020 3524 0719 brigade in July! For our August programme we have Ken Hodson Computers Computer Hardware and Software Repairs PCs and iMacs Upgrades and Advice for Home and Business No fix, no fee all repairs - you have nothing to lose. Low hourly rate. Most repairs carried out in your home If not, the computer will be picked up and delivered back to you [email protected] Telephone: 01582 794723 Mobile: 07974 156743 CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 13


· LOFT LADDERS FITTED BELL CARPENTRY & JOINERY · LOFTS BOARDED · HATCHES ENLARGED 0208 386 3068/07973 177736 · KITCHENS FITTED · GENERAL REPAIRS www.bellcarpentry.co.uk · FREE ESTIMATES GARY M BELL 12 Foxleys, Carpenders Park, Wa ord WD19 5DA EASY ACCESS TO YOUR LOFT BY USING A THREE PIECE ALUMINIUM LADDER WITH SUPPORT HANDLE CITY & GUILDS QUALIFIED CARPENTER SEE ADVERTISMENT IN THOMPSON LOCAL & YELLOW PAGES 14 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Ladies’ Club In October Jodie and Sandra will be giving We enjoyed our visit to Blenheim Palace in us a Greyhound Talk - ‘40mph Couch May and were very fortunate in having a Potatoes’, which sounds rather intriguing. lovely day, so we could enjoy the beautiful gardens and walks in addition to the Angela Collins returns to our Club in interesting and informative tour of the November to give us Part 2 of her puppet Palace. talk. We look forward to welcoming her Our next outing will be to The Savoy back as she is a very entertaining speaker Theatre to see ‘9 to 5: The Musical’, which and skilled puppet maker, who has led a is based on the 1980 film of the same very interesting life. name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. More theatre outings are being For the year-end planned. meeting in December, In July, our speaker Mike Gee, who is a from the Jubilee vocalist, Sailing Trust, will be impressionist and talking to us about the comedian will charity “Tall Ships for entertain us while we all Physical Abilities”. enjoy mince pies with Instead of a speaker at our tea and coffee. our August meeting, we are having a Our meetings are held games/social evening in the Community and look forward to Hall on the first some fun and Monday evening of competitive spirit. the month, except on Wendy Warren is our speaker in September Bank Holidays. Please give me a call if and she will be giving us a Scarf Tying you are interested. Demonstration and there will be a scarf and jewellery sales table. Angela Tongue – AdminSecretary 020 8428 4552 THIS MAGAZINE IS ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE SUPPORT OF ADVERTISERS. IN RETURN, PLEASE SUPPORT THE ADVERTISERS CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 15


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The Welcome Cup Café AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Are you looking for company, friendship, or opportunities to chat and share experiences? Do you fancy a coffee, month from 10am to 12 noon in the tea, cappuccino or hot Carpenders Park Community Hall chocolate? Are you partial to a There are plenty of parking spaces. piece of home-made However, if you need a lift, you can call cake, or a delicious Brian and Kath Taylor on slice of toasted, 020 8428 2304. buttered cinnamon fruit loaf? Any profits we make go to local charities. You will be most welcome at our pop-up Kath Taylor cafe open on the second Thursday in the ‘The Welcome Cup Cafe‘ is a Carpenders South Oxhey Choir Park Church initiative. South Oxhey Choir with guest Choir \"Accord\" was performing at St John's Church. Sutton Road, Watford, WD17 2QQ on Saturday 13th July, 2019 at 7pm. Tickets were on sale or at the door. Many new songs in our repertoire. Come and enjoy! Pavilion Bowls winter too, eg Carpet Bowls, Darts Pavilion Bowls Club, Green Lane, (by evenings, Bingo, quizzes Beetle drives, tennis Courts, Oxhey fields) one of your Line Dancing, Knit and Nat. Plenty of local bowling clubs. Very sociable choice! Do come and see for yourself and easy sport to enjoy and try. Equipment you will be welcome. provided and social events during the Contact: Ann Cox 07852369935 Come To Bake Bread Carpenders Park & South Oxhey Methodist Church, Prestwich Road, South Oxhey 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month We meet around 9.30 a.m. (usually chat over coffee for half an hour and then get stuck in!) Ends around 12 noon. Everything is provided, just bring a bag to take home your scrummy hot bread! CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 17


Your Local NHS Op cians Providing quality eye care at affordable price We are currently nego a ng with the South Oxhey Developers, with a view to move in to a new premises in Sta on Square, and con nue to provide Op cal Services. Full Eye testing including Glaucoma, Diabetes etc. screening FREE NHS EYE TEST for adults over 60, Children under 16, Students under 19 and adults on receipt of certain benefits FREE GLASSES FOR CHILDREN We repair, re-glaze and adjust your spectacles, unlike other large opticians For special Offers call in store or www.adamsopticians.com (adams-eyecare.com) 1 St Andrews Road, South Oxhey 411 High Road, Harrow Weald WD19 7AD Tel: 020 8428 5152 HA3 6EL Tel: 020 8427 3201 Opp: Carpenders Park Station Opp: Waitrose Supermarket Easy and free parking nearby 18 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Horticultural Society Summer has at last arrived as I write this, with the hottest day of the year so far. Lack of water is starting to become an issue with some of my bedding plants and regular watering is needed to keep the plants alive. At least it gives me exercise filling and carrying the watering can up and down the garden! This is the newsletter before our Annual Well the first thing you could do is to choose Show and so I will take this opportunity to plants that are less attractive to slugs. Examples inform you that it is on the 7th September 2 include: Ajuga (bugleweed) Alchemilla mollis -4pm at the Community Hall. It would be (lady's mantle), Alyssum, Arabis, Armeria (thrift) lovely to see new members entering in the Artemisia, Anemone (fall-blooming types), show and, as in many previous newsletters Aquilegia (columbine), Astilbe, Astrantia, I will remind you that although we are a Aubretia, Bergenia, Crocosmia, Dianthus, Euphorbia, Ferns, Fuchsia, Geranium 'Horticultural Society', (cranesbill), Grasses (ornamental types), the show also covers lots Helleborus (hellebore), Hemerocallis (daylily), of arts and crafts, baking Heuchera (coral bells), Hydrangea, Iris, and preserving. We Lavandula (lavender), Narcissus (daffodil), always love to see Paeonia (peony), Pelargonium (annual entries from children and geranium), Penstemon, Phlox, Potentilla, Rosa have included in this (rose), Sedum, Tulipa (tulip). section rock painting When transplanting which has become make sure your popular around the plants are a estate. reasonable size as This year I have noticed a lot less damage larger plants are from slugs and snails, but enough to upset more likely to survive. In the winter rake me at times. You may not be aware that up leaf matter to expose the eggs of slugs traditional blue slug pellet made from and snails so that birds can eat them. Keep metaldeyde is being banned by the your garden tidy and don't provide a habitat government in the UK from 2020 (not the for them to thrive. EU). They have said that the pellet is an Making traps out of cups and burying them unacceptable risk to wildlife. This is up to soil level and then using beer as a because when the slug dies it may be eaten lure. These need to be emptied on a regular by birds or other animals and could potentially harm them. So the question is, what are the alternatives? CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 19


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AROUND CARPENDERS PARK basis and seem a Finally a pellet used by organic growers waste of beer to me! will still be Encouraging birds, available. It frogs, toads and contains ferric hedgehogs into your phosphate, and garden as a natural when taken in by predator of the slugs. the slug stops them You can also use a eating. They then biological method, by watering the ground die within five with a nematode worm which only affects days. If the slugs the slug and not other animals but this are eaten by birds method is expensive and only is effective then there is no at certain times of year. adverse effect. The The Royal Horticultural Society has pellets will finally recently done some tests on alternative dissolve into the soil and be taken up by methods of slug control and found that on plants. a lettuce crop there was no observable difference when copper tape, horticultural Robert Tunwell grit, pine bark mulch, wool pellets and egg shells were used. So it is probably not www.cphs.org.uk worth the effort using these. [email protected] All Types of Plastering. Reference Available. Plastering internal and External Harrow Way, Carpenders Park, Wa ord WD19 5EP Home : 0203 673 1241 Mobile : 07788 872945 Email: [email protected] CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 21


Jazzercise is your pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results…fast. It’s a hip-swivelling, FUN-filled dance party workout with simple choreographed routines set to all types of music. Shimmy your way to a fitter, healthier you today! Suitable to ALL fitness levels – beginners very welcome! St Meryl School, The Mead, Carpenders Park Mon/Wed 7.30pm & Sat 9.15am Wendy Whitefoord 07803 602142 [email protected] www.jazzercise.net/uk-nw-london facebook.com/JazzerciseCarpendersParkWa ord Other classes available in Croxley Green, Pinner, Ruislip, Nascot Wood, Denham and New Denham 22 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Harrow Marquetry Group AROUND CARPENDERS PARK (Est.1978). Affiliated to the Marquetry Society Marquetry - the fascinating craft of creating pictures and decorative designs by using the grain and figuring of both natural and coloured wood veneers. The separate parts of the picture or design are cut to shape, assembled and glued to a prepared base. · Free Tuition · Free Starter Pack · All Ages Welcome Join us: Every Friday 7:30 - 10pm Hatch End Free Church Hall, Rowlands Avenue (corner of Uxbridge Road), Hatch End, HA5 4DF Closed during August. Contact: Tony 0208 203 1190 0r - Tel: Steve 07740853999 Email: harrowmarque- [email protected] Web: www.harrowmarquetrygroup.co.uk FB: Harrow Marquetry Group Youtube: Harrow Marquetry Group CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 23


22 The Kiln, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead HP3 8ND Graham Spendlove MCFHP, MAHFP For all the family, for the treatment of Corns, Callus, Ingrown or Thickened Nails, Nail Trimming and other complaints. For an appointment that will last between 40 minutes and 1 hour, at a cost of £30 in your own home at a time to suit you, book now on 07799 033974 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Trevor Warner A HANDYMAN to know [email protected] 079 5621 8747 / 020 8386 1660 24 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Church we’re part of something bigger than the everyday stuff we see, can actually be helpful in living well. That can often be true for special times. We’ve been honoured to be able to pro- vide that added dimension to the way Carpenders Park honours Remembrance Sunday each year. This year, again, on Sunday 10th November, from 11am, we will join with community groups for a service to remember lives Carpenders Park Church was set up to affected by war. be a church for Carpenders Park. We wanted there to be a church right in the We also want to bring that added di- middle of Carpenders Park where peo- mension to how we celebrate Christ- ple who follow the Christian faith, or mas, and seeing the mystery of God’s people who didn’t but wanted to find love for a hurting world as part of that out more about it, could come and story. So we look forward to hosting the spend time thinking about what being a Community Carols in the Community Christian means. Hall (date TBC) as well as reflecting on the Christmas story in the Sundays Yet, being a church for Carpenders Park leading up to Christmas. also means to be a church that seeks the best for the people of Carpenders If you would like to join us for those Park. We want to serve the needs of the special occasions, you’d be very wel- Carpenders Park community. This come. And, if you fancy dipping your might be through our activities like our toe in the water and finding about a bit toddler group or our monthly communi- more about what Christianity, Jesus and ty cafe that happen in the Community the Bible is all about, we’d love to see Hall. you any Sunday morning. We meet We also want to serve the spiritual from 10.30am for a cuppa and chat, needs of Carpenders Park. Some people then our service starts at 11am. maybe don’t think about whether they We’re at St Meryl School, The Mead. have spiritual needs, and this sounds a strange thing to them. Others, however, might agree that there’s more to us than just our mind, and we have a soul, and that it’s worth exploring how to nurture that soul. Others might see that realising CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 25


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Carpenders Park & AROUND CARPENDERS PARK South Oxhey Methodist Church, (CPSO) 122 Prestwick Road, South Oxhey, WD19 6LA Minister: Rev. Richard Lowson tel: 01923 223906. Website: cpsomc.org.uk (Bus: W19 and No.8 stops in Prestwick Road, almost outside the Church). SUNDAY WORSHIP is at 9.30 a.m. each Sunday except the third Sunday of the month when we host Messy Church from 3.30pm. to 6.00p.m. A list of all our ser- vices are posted on the Notice Board out- side the Church and can also be found on FILM CLUB: our website: cpsomc.org.uk. We would Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month love to see you. (film starts at 1.15 p.m.) and on the 3rd Sat- urday of each month (film starts at 7.15 p.m.) Recent films have included: The HARVEST FESTIVAL: 22nd September Favourite, Green Book, Invictus, Mary Pop- 2019 at 09.30 a.m. pins Returns and Fisherman’s Friends . The Do you fancy singing Carols in the crisp films are followed by tea/coffee/cakes. and frosty air? Join us for mince pies and mulled wine on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, POP-UP CAFÉ 24th Dec. at 5 p.m Opens 10.30 – 12 noon on the first and third Thursdays each month. We are a very friendly group and you would be made very Many groups use our premises (Kliks Danc- welcome. It’s a good place to chat and to ing, Girlguiding, Karate, and First Class enjoy tea or coffee and some home-made Learning). Tai Chi classes for the over cake. If it’s sunny we sometimes sit out- 60’s meet on Wednesdays at 11.00. doors but on other occasions you will find The halls are available for children’s par- us just inside the main front doors – cosy ties, please contact us via. Our website: and warm! cpsomc.org.uk. The Church runs several activities to which JUNE CHARITY FAIR: you are warmly invited: Call our Minister, Our thanks to all who supported our Charity Rev. Richard Lowson on 01923 223906 or Fair. As usual it was great fun. We all en- Jenny on 0208 428 6375 with any ques- joyed the entertainment provided by The tions. Belmont Players. The various stalls raised money for the church and for the Charities who had taken up our invitation to use a There is no charge to attend our events (see (free) table last June. below). Donations are entirely up to you. Jenny 0208 428 6375 CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 27


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AROUND CARPENDERS PARK NEW PATIENTS ARE WELCOME TO REGISTER Surgery Website www.attenboroughsurgery.co.uk Telephone lines open Monday to Friday at 08.00 (Wednesday 07.00) Local Hospitals Watford General Hospital 01923 244366 Mount Vernon Hospital 0l923 826 I 11 St Albans City Hospital 01727 866122 Hemel Hempstead 01442 213141 Community Nursing District Nurses 01923 686815 Health Visitors 01932 235322 Monday Bushey Medical Carpenders Park Holywell Tuesday Centre Reception Surgery Surgery Wednesday 01923 231 633 01923 243130 Thursday 020 8428 0355 08.00 - 18.30 Friday 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 Most Saturdays 14.30 - 18.00 08.00 - 18.30 each month 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 14.30 - 18.00 08.00 - 18.30 07.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 14.30 - 18.00 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 14.30 - 18.00 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 09.00 - 13.00 14.30 - 18.00 CLOSED 15.00 - 19.00 Pre-booked CLOSED Most Sundays 09.00 - 13.00 CLOSED CLOSED Check dates Pre-booked Improvement Grant update for Carpenders Park Surgery Attenborough Surgery would like to thank all our patients and local residents for their patience during the improvement works to the surgery. We are planning to have the works completed by early September which will include the refurbishment of all our clinical rooms and reception area in addition to the new clinical rooms and enlarged waiting room that have been added to the building. CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 29


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AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Health Care Services available to all our patients include: Contraception services including coil and implant, Anticoagulation (Warfarin) Monitor- ing, Minor Surgery, Joint Injections, Physiotherapy, Counselling, Midwifery and Antena- tal care, Carers Health Checks, Extended Hours appointments (Saturdays and Sundays), Skype appointments and access to evening and weekend appointments as part of our joint working with Watford Care Alliance. Contact our Reception Team for details of any of the above services you may require. Travel advice and immunisation service If you have an overseas trip booked please ask our Reception Team for an appointment with our Travel Nurse for advice and immunisa- tions as appropriate, ideally at least six weeks in advance of your trip, Skype / Facetime We are now offering a Skype Facetime service as an alternative to tele- phone consultations. You may be offered this service when you ring up asking to speak to a doctor. Patient Group The Surgery would like to recruit new members to our Patient Group. Please contact Ceara Keane at the Surgery if you are interested in becoming a member. GUTTER, FASCIA AND SOFFIT REPLACEMENTS SPECIAL OFFER AVAILABLE For prices please call John Reference available Home : 0203 673 1241 Mobile : 07788 872945 Email: [email protected] Harrow Way, Carpenders Park, Wa ord WD19 5EP CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 31


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Your Mobile FAMILY & WELLBEING Personal Couch We all remember the first mo- have been able to see bile phones which were the size improvement in my fit- of a brick and could just make ness over the weeks and phone calls. The modern smart this only motivates me phone has so many uses and more. I appreciate there probably the least used function are some very good is actually calling and talking to 'wearable's' which do people. We spend our lives tak- similar jobs such as the ing pictures, reading posts on Fitbit, but almost all the Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram functions such as step etc. I want to focus on a function that many counting can be done people may not currently use it for. with your mobile phone! In July 2009 I got my first smart phone and There are lots of fitness one of the first apps I downloaded was apps available although I only use Sports- Sports-Tracker. At the time I was trying to Tracker as it was one of the first and all my improve the fitness in my legs for skiing exercise routines are stored on it. Some are and to do this I was going cycling. I soon specific to running or cycling but if they realised that I needed to establish a goal, to encourage us to keep fit then that's brilliant. keep me interested and to make me try my hardest. I did have a cycle computer on my Another use I make of bike but this only told me the distance and my phone is the GPS speed I was cycling and didn't keep a record function. I have been of my activities. Sports-Tracker kept my using downloaded maps workout on my phone and also on an online as Satellite Navigation account. It allowed me to analyse how I was when driving for 10 doing and compare my years. The maps are up times on similar routes. to date and, depending It also allowed me to on the app you use are follow other sporting often free. If you are activities I did and cal- keen on walking, Ordi- culate the amount of nance Survey also have energy I was using. a mapping app which is very useful. It has a Recently I was unfortu- free version or a paid version depending on nately ill for a few the detail you want. You can also buy paper weeks and realised that maps with a code in that allows you to I needed to get back exercising. Again the download a map which is very important if software helped to motivate me, starting you are walking in an area with a poor mo- with walking and then running. When walk- bile signal. ing I am able to see my current speed and Get the most out of your phone and track average speed and so it enabled me to push your fitness! myself and walk further or for longer. I Robert Tunwell CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 33


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Open Door FAMILY & WELLBEING Toddlers Group Looking after a baby or a toddler is Babies just starting to explore the certainly hard work, and can world have their own special corner, sometimes be lonely work too. whilst older children can start to get Some find it can help to have ready for pre-school, learning to somewhere to bring your little one to socialise with others, and developing have a bit more space to play and their skills with play doh, puzzles and explore and develop. craft activities. Some find, too, that it’s nice to have somewhere for you to go and have a bit Whilst you’re playing with your little of company and a bit of conversation. one, there’s a chance too for a drink That’s at the heart of what Open Door and a chat, sharing the joys and toddlers group is about. Run by challenges of your role - or just taking Carpenders Park Church, we’re very the chance to have a conversation with grateful to be able to have the another adult. Community Hall to host our time together. Do join us at Carpenders Park We offer a hall full of toys and fun!! Community Hall each Wednesday in term time from 10am to 11.45am. We ask for a small donation of £1 per adult to cover our costs (tea, coffee, biscuits etc all included). If you’d like to know more, do feel free to contact Luci Booth on 07511 689643 Or [email protected] CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 35


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Oxhey Library Event FAMILY & WELLBEING Baby Rhyme Time Tue 14:15-14:45 Every Tuesday Knit and natter Toddler Tales Thu 11:00-12:00 Every Thursday Lego Club for Children Thu 14:15-14:45 Every Thursday Something Loud Sat 10.00-11.00 Every Saturday Thu 11:15-11:45 From 5th September, every Thursday South Oxhey Family Centre Event Introduction to Solid Food Thu 10.00-11.30 29/08, 16/09, 08/11, 14/11 Preparing for Baby Course Tue 16.30 First Aid Wed 10.00 10/09, 17/09, 24/09 Baby and Toddler Health Clinic Wed 10.00 11/09, 18/09, 25/09 Stay and Play Tue 16.30 02/10, 09/10, 16/10 Wed 10.00 08/10, 15/10, 22/10 St Meryl School Tue 16.30 23/10, 30/10, 06/11 Wed 10.00 12/11, 19/11, 26/11 Tue 16.30 13/11, 20/11, 26/11 Wed 10.00 03/12, 10/12, 17/12 04/12, 11/12, 18/12 Tue 19.00-21.00 Thu 13.00-15.00 03/12 Fri 13.00-15.00 Every Thursday Every Friday St Meryl is a thriving and vibrant school proudly serving the community of Carpenders Park. We have high expectations of our pupils who respond with enthusiasm to the high quality education provided as part of a stimulating, rich and broad curriculum. Learning about our local area Parents at one of our Visi ng Northwick Park Day Care Centre ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. We have a full intake to our Nursery and Reception classes year but if you would like your child to go on our waiting list please do come along and visit us as places do occasionally come up across the school. We look forward to seeing you at some of our events. Mrs Geddes, headteacher CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 37


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Planning PLANNING, LEGAL & LICENCING For the last 6/7 years I have often lodged Three Rivers Council the objection will objections on behalf of the Residents’ appear on their website for that property. Association to planning applications, both The Council Officers can do nothing, as a result of requests by residents, and other than consider the merits of the because of personal knowledge of the site. objection. I need to explain the planning process re Sometimes although the objection is a objections. valid objection Council Officers have the Anyone can object to a planning discretion to allow an application as long application. You do not need to know the as the infringement is not deemed person who has lodged the application, significant. From memory a property that you do not need to live in the same street, was 6 inches higher than it should have you just need to have valid objections on been was not deemed a significant planning grounds to the proposed infringement development to object. If the Association is informed that the To object successfully you have to show application will likely be approved by that the application is against the local Council Officers and we think it sets a bad planning policy, against current planning precedent or is in some way detrimental to law and any other applicable law. That is Carpenders Park, we speak with our where the Residents’ Association may Councillors (who usually already have help. We are not experts, but we have knowledge of the application) and see spent more time in looking at these issues, whether it is possible for the application to than most residents. My personal be put to the full Planning Committee of knowledge started with trying to stop my Three Rivers Council. ex-neighbour (who was a tenant) from using the property next to me for business I do have memories of applications which use. I failed and would fail even now, but a lot of residents objected to e.g. the I now have the knowledge that would proposed development at the back of have stopped him bringing home the properties in St Georges Drive and the garden waste back to the property which proposed temporary travellers’ site on really upset me (he would need a licence Oxhey Lane (I attended the meeting held to transport garden rubble to his home, by the Planning Inspector at the latter and I don’t think it would be granted). proposal). Objecting to a planning application, The Planning Committee will view the whether retrospective or otherwise, is not Council Officers report and their a personal attack on the individual who recommendation, to approve or refuse. lodged the application, it is a comment on The Planning Committee generally have a what the individual wishes to do or has good knowledge of current planning law already done. The Residents’ Association and the pitfalls of refusing permission will not tout for business, we will not ask which could be overturned on appeal. who approves and who objects to a A planning appeal is heard by the particular development, just one resident Planning Inspectorate. I have attended one who approaches us with legitimate meeting where the Planning Inspector grounds for objection is sufficient for the held a meeting with the applicant and Association to lodge an objection on their those members of the community who behalf, whether we believe the objection wished to object to the application. Most will succeed or not. planning appeals are dealt with on paper, Once an objection has been received by the applicant for planning permission can CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 39


indicate whether they wish to have a said you would build, using the materials formal meeting or for the appeal to be you said you would use in your original dealt on paper, I am not an expert in this application, your windows should be in area and you must seek expert advice the wall your application said they would before you contemplate an appeal as I be in. only have knowledge of 3 appeals. My sister lives elsewhere in Hertfordshire and her neighbour said on his planning I have my own views on the current application that he was building a double permitted development rules and ordinary garage, the penny dropped when space planning rules which I have expressed to that should have been open for the garage our political representative in parliament, doors had a breeze block wall erected, he who disagreed with me. was building an extension to his property. What is important is if you are the The neighbours didn’t mind the double applicant for planning permission, anyone garage as that would accommodate his can object but the objection must meet a vehicles (he had already incorporated the stringent criterion before it will succeed. original garage into his property as living The objection is not personal. accommodation) but would have objected to the forward extension he built, Most planning applications which might supposedly as a garage. The structure was cause the Association to lodge an in place by the time the Council (not objection are brought to my attention by Three Rivers) were told of the extension, fellow Committee members, and, by but as they had agreed to the garage the residents who I meet when dog walking, it Council could do nothing. Sorry I think is not unknown that a phone call is that was nasty on the property owners’ received from a concerned resident. I part. always check the planning application on the Three Rivers website and go for a look Your Committee is here to help you but at the property physically, either by sometimes we will tell you that you need driving past or walking past and I then legal advice. Please check your household double check whether the development is insurance policy and see if you can get in accordance with the planning legal advice via that policy. Regretfully application as originally lodged. sometimes no matter the moral justice of your cause, national policy means there is If the application is retrospective, I regret nothing the Association or the District I feel negative, you should build what you Council can do to help. Harrow Gardening Services Complete Garden Care, Rubbish Cleared, Pressure Cleaning, Gutters Cleared 18 Dorchester Avenue, North Harrow HA2 7AY Tel: 020 8427 2857 Mobile: 07973 250 926 www.harrowgardeningservices.co.uk 40 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Highway Surface PLANNING, LEGAL & LICENCING Dressing Programme 19/20 The surface dressing programme has been Carriageway Resurfacing ongoing since the beginning of April and The existing old worn out road surface is has already utilised the Easter holidays for milled out, removed and replaced with some of the high-profile schemes. As new. The new road surface is laid Surface dressing is a seasonal activity we followed by installation of road markings. cannot undertake all the works in school These works are generally carried out in holidays. Surface dressing cannot be done times when traffic flow is relatively low at night due to the need for warm and under a road closure. This is to make temperatures and on dual carriageways 24 sure that the works are carried out in safe hour lane closures are in place after the manner to protect both the public and works for safety reasons and to control operatives on site. vehicle speeds and allow for embedment of the material. Surface After the main dressing works we will dressing replace the roadmarkings and carriageway Hot bitumen studs which is typically carried out under and a roadclosure. chippings You can check all the upcoming works at: are used to https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/ seal and services/highways-roads-and-pavements/ protect the road. This is a fast, efficient roadworks-and-road-closures/planned- and cost-effective way to repair your road. roadworks/upcoming-roadworks.aspx We'll use yellow warning signs to let you know dates the works will take place. Types of footway and carriageway maintenance works Carriageway micro surfacing We use a range of surfacing options to A fast and cost-effective way of maintain footways and roads. If we're improving the road. A new surface is laid carrying out highway maintenance works over the existing road to seal and protect in your area you may receive a leaflet it. We'll advertise the roadworks with about what we'll be doing. yellow signs and dates. Footway Reconstruction The old worn out footway is dug out, Footway micro surfacing removed and rebuilt. In addition kerbs and A fast and effective way of preserving edges may also be replaced. your paths. We'll lay the new surface on the current path to seal and protect it. Whilst the works are in progress we'll set up the necessary diversions. Highway Winter Service Hertfordshire’s gritting crews have action and salt the county’s roads when parked up their vehicles for the freezing weather approaches. This year summer as the winter season officially they have been out 42 times, spreading ended on 30 April. over 10,000 tonnes of salt on the county’s Since 1 October the county’s gritters have roads to help keep the roads safe in been on standby, ready to spring into freezing weather. CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 41


In total Hertfordshire’s fleet of 58 gritters 'Driver Information' menu. has covered over 65,000 miles, equivalent We also supply salt to schools if they to more than twice round the Earth. request it, to help them stay open during Mark Kemp, Director of Environment and icy weather. We will also supply District, Infrastructure, said: “While we had a Borough and Parish and Town Councils relatively mild winter this year, our gritter on request so they can use their local crews were still out working at night in knowledge to identify exactly where best freezing temperatures to keep road users to use the salt during severe weather. safe. We are proud of the great work our Community groups and Residents’ crews do each year to help keep ssociations can also access free gritting Hertfordshire moving safely whatever the salt and last year some 230 local groups weather.” took advantage of this. This was the first year for the County Hertfordshire’s gritters will be back on Council’s new gritting routes, which were standby from 1 October ahead of next reviewed to include roads to schools, care winter. homes, doctor’s surgeries, key pharmacies and libraries, as well as all the county’s A and B roads, bus routes (including school bus routes), roads with a 10% gradient or steeper and at least one route into every village. To see a map of all the routes we salt when temperatures are below zero visit https://hertfordshire.roadworks.org and select ‘Winter gritting routes’ from the ALL LOCKS SECURITIES We offer a complete service from non-destruc vely gaining access to covering locks on windows, doors, garages, safes and outbuildings. We open, supply, fit, replace and repair any types of locks ensuring the security of your property or premises, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, providing you with all round peace of mind. · 24 hour Rapid Response · Gaining Access · Lock Repairs · Burglary Repairs · Lock Fi ng · Glazing · Insurance Work · Double Sealed Units For FREE quote please call: Office 020 8386 1036 Mobile 07973 638006 Special Rates for Carpenders Park Residents 42 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


County FROM THE AUTHORITIES Councillor’s Report children being looked after by What does the County Council do the County Council for us? 3,400 people accessing drug and/or alcohol treatment In last summer’s CPRA Magazine I set 70,000 attendances at local sexual out what each Council, Parish, District health and contraception services and County, does. This year I thought 20,000 birth and death registrations some examples of the range of 3,700 civil marriages registered Hertfordshire’s activities and 1,000 highways maintenance schemes responsibilities might help explain how delivered, more than 20,000 the Council Tax is used. potholes filled 513,000 tonnes of household waste With a population of over 1.1 million disposed of spread over 643 square miles, what the 3.5 million visits to its 46 libraries, County Council did last year included: and there are 534 schools in Hertfordshire. 570,000 calls made to the Customer The biggest area of expenditure is Adult Service Centre (0300 123 4047) Social Care, where £356 million was spent last year. This was for older people, 26,400 new requests for adult care people with physical and learning services support received disabilities, adults with mental health problems and their family carers. This is 14,500 people are supported with a 45% - almost half – of the County long-term service plan Council’s total annual budget of £800 million. 3,200 people with a learning disability receive service CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 43 4,500 carers supported with services or advice 9,900 emergency calls handled by Fire & Rescue service 2,900 fires attended 580 Road Traffic Collisions attended by Fire & Rescue Service from its 29 Fire Stations 6,700 referrals to children’s safeguarding 46 Children looked after were adopted to give these children a better, safer future 936 children in care 557 children on a child protection plan 104 unaccompanied asylum-seeking


Local Issues. until 1am instead of midnight, and come Investment into our roads continues. By back on at 5am or at first light, not 6am in the time you read this, I hope that road the morning. repairs will have been completed in I regularly meet our local police team who sections of Romilly Drive, Little Oxhey look after Carpenders Park. They always Lane (between Romilly Drive and emphasise how much they value calls to Harrow Way) and Harrow Way at its the independent charity, CrimeStoppers. bellmouth junction with Little Oxhey You can report anonymously and Lane. There are various types of confidentially to tell them what you know, treatment, from complete reconstruction whilst remaining 100% anonymous. If through to a protective surface to prolong you have concerns, please do call 0800 the life of an existing road. All road 555 111 or use their non-traceable online repairs are inconvenient but hopefully the form at Crimestoppers, which you can long-term benefits outweigh the short- find on https://crimestoppers-uk.org This term nuisance. The new surface on helps keep our area safe. Oxhey Lane is looking very good. Meanwhile I am always happy to hear Lighting: All of our street lights on from residents, and to try to help on local residential roads will be upgraded later issues this year to LED. They are much more efficient, using far less electricity and are Frances Button much more flexible in terms of timing. [email protected] This means that the lights will be kept on 44 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Three Rivers District & FROM THE AUTHORITIES Watford Rural Parish Council Report Thank you so much to all those residents also on. I am sure we will all be keeping a who kindly voted for me in May. It has sharp eye on the Infrastructure, Housing been a bit of a whirl since then, and I am and Economic Development Committee, continuing to learn the ropes. I have taken and the Local Area Plan Sub- over from a very good pair of Councillors, Committee. Their meetings are held Valerie and David Coltman. They leave behind closed doors every two week, when big boots to be filled and, as new boys, the various areas being considered for Shanti and I are finding our way. additional housing (including alongside I am learning too about the real differences Oxhey Lane and Little Oxhey Lane) are between the Parish and District being shortlisted. That shortlist will be Councils. Parish meetings are held the first made available in the early Autumn and Wednesday of each month at the Parish is extremely important to us. We will fight Offices in South Oxhey. We talk over-development. about very local issues including the One other key local issue is the parking pressures on both sides of the improvements outside the Delta Gain railway track as the South Oxhey shops. The long-standing local Councillor Development progresses, and the struggles Team (Valerie & David Coltman, Eric that the South Oxhey market has with Bishop and Donna Duncan) worked so nowhere at present to unload safely and no hard to persuade Three Rivers District toilet facilities. The Parish’s annual budget Council that this is a very important local is approximately £250,000. I am on the project. It’s taking longer than we all Parish Audit Committee too, where we hoped, but as part of your new Team we monitor and scrutinise expenditure and I are picking this up and it will hopefully be am a great believer in getting value for starting during the course of this year. money. So …. Lots to be learned, and I promise to At the District Council, I am on the do my best to represent the residents of Planning Committee which meets once a Carpenders Park. I am so pleased that we month. Because planning law is quite moved to Carpenders Avenue seven years complex, there is a huge amount of ago – what a wonderful place to live and to training. This has included the fact that we be part of a real community. Always have to go to planning meetings with an happy to try to help on local issues so do open mind – pre-conceived ideas are not get in touch with me, acceptable. We have to take each plan on its own merits. We have lots of site Mike Revan 07545 287 872 meetings, when we go and look at anything [email protected] which might not be clear from the paperwork application. I know that or with my fellow Councillors: County - planning is hugely important to Carpenders Frances Button (07713 743 063), District Park and I am learning as fast as I can. As & Parish - Donna Duncan (07534 080 well as Planning, the District Council has 736), District - Shanti Maru (07400 414 responsibility for Licensing, and Donna 344), Parish - Angela Arnold (07951 031 and Shanti are both on that Commit- 806), Kirsty Barnes (07834 280 356) tee. There is a Leisure, Environment and Community Committee which Donna is CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 45


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Local Representative FROM THE AUTHORITIES Kirsty Barnes My name is Kirsty Barnes and I am best attention to Parish duties. I welcome delighted to have been elected a new your discussion and ideas and will listen Parish Councillor for the Carpenders Park empathetically, assisting wherever Ward. possible. As a resident and parent, I am passionate It is a pleasure to be in a position to about our neighbourhood and I greatly follow Eric Bishop and David and Valerie oppose the extensive proposed Coltman’s hugely successful work, to developments which threaten our take up my role alongside the Greenbelt Land. Conservative Team and to serve the My family have lived here for eight years neighbourhood that I am proud to call and my extended family have been ‘home’. resident for twenty five years, so I know the area very well. Many residents know me through my Telephone: work at a local school or as a doorstep 07834 280356 retail representative. I am so appreciative of the votes that I have received in the Local Elections and endeavour to put my High quality So ener Salt : 10kgs, 25kgs and block salt CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 47


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Three Rivers Police FROM THE AUTHORITIES Facebook Page the appropriate channels to report Three Rivers Police has launched incidents in their area. a Facebook page so residents can receive If there is danger to life or you believe a updates about what local Officers are crime is currently in progress, dial 999. doing in their area. However if it’s not an emergency, you can: Those who follow the page will be able to · report information online at see photographs and information posted by Officers from their local Safer www.herts.police.uk/report Neighbourhood Team. · speak to an operator in our Control It will also feature witness appeals, details about proactive policing operations, Room via web chat here: traffic information and arrest, charge and www.herts.police.uk/contact sentencing updates. · call the non-emergency number 101 and ask for Herts Police Comments and feedback is welcomed and You can view the Three Rivers Officers will do their best to answer Facebook page here: questions and reply to posts, however www.facebook.com/ThreeRiversPolice the page is not monitored 24/7. Click the ‘Like’ button to follow the page, It is not intended to be used as a tool to so the regular updates appear in your report crime or anti-social behaviour, so news feed. people are encouraged to continue to use CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 49


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