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YOUR LETTERS We welcome your letters on any subject that you feel might be of interest to the readers of Carpenders Park Magazine. Send your contributions to: [email protected] Please note that contributions may be subject to minor editorial changes. Please include your full contact details. Feeding our birdlife. When we lived lower down the estate, ‘think about what they feed and in what close to the cemetery, we had plenty of quantities’. It can also encourage vermin!! species of small birds in our garden, we have several feeders and due to the I’m sure very many people, love to see proximity of the very large trees, many birds feeding in their gardens but fewer large birds visited. something is scaring the smaller birds, finches, tits, robins, blackbirds etc… and Now, we have moved ‘North’ to Penrose, even into the breeding season, birds it has saddened us to see that, mainly due sometimes need extra supplies from us. to what I believe is indiscriminate feeding, we only ever see large birds. Most people will have seen recent requests not to feed ducks with bread but It is quite obvious, when people throw out may not have thought of our small birds. large quantities of bread (mainly white!) as they can see the birds. Mainly crow, Please continue to feed ‘your’ birds but jackdaw, magpie and gulls fight over it think of their diet, both type and and then carry it off! quantities. Large amounts encourage just large birds. I think this ‘overfeeding’ has resulted in Thank you. the lack of small birds coming to feeders, so I would like to appeal to readers to Barry Turner 33 Penrose CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 51

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Rubbish in Carpenders Park (Poem) YOUR LETTERS I've had enough and I'm making a stand Dropping of litter has got to be banned A third world country we are not So why is there so much litter left to rot? The carpark behind shops in Delta Gain When walking through there drives me insane Bottles and cans thrown everywhere Do other people really not care? I pick up a bag of litter twice a week And people look at me as if I'm a freak Walking along Penrose Avenue what do I see A bag of bottles and cans left by a tree! So come on residents of Carpenders Park Stop dropping litter and leaving your mark Take it home or put it in a bin So we can be proud of this estate we live in! Rachel Parking strewn on the grass verge. A hazard for dog owners and children. The high sided I have lived in Carpenders Park for the vans can cause a blind spot when entering last 9 years and it is a little gem with the access road, and I am surprised there friendly neighbours and a village feel. I has not been an incident to this effect. live in Compton Place which is a quiet road, or at least it was. Over the past few Our grass verges do not fair well either, years the access road from Harrow Way with mud tyre tracks and not a blade of into Compton Place has become a parking grass to be seen. Putting rock boulders or haven for Lorries, open trucks, vans and wood stumps surely could stop this and I for a while a Vodka trailer. am sure residents would be happy to put them up outside their properties. We have at the moment a green van which has been parked for two months. The annoying thing is we can do nothing Obviously the owners of the vehicles do about the parking if the vehicles are taxed. not live nearby and sometimes it I am sure I am not alone in this frustrating resembles an industrial site not a situation, so come on Three Rivers and residential area. It has encouraged drivers put a time restriction up or yellow lines to stop this parking haven for non residents to empty the using our road. contents of their cars and Sandra Taylor we have had 83 Compton Place broken glass and rubbish CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 53

PHYSICS TUITION to GCSE & A-Level Terence Spinks PhD (Carpenders Park) £35 per hour (one-to-one sessions) DBS Certified Tel 07443 543 568 Email: [email protected] 54 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk

New Element Discovered YOUR LETTERS Oxford University researchers have 2 to 6 years. It does not decay, but instead discovered the heaviest element yet undergoes a reorganisation in which a known to science. The new element, portion of the assistant neutrons and Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one deputy neutrons exchange places. neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy In fact, Governmentium's mass will neutrons and 198 assistant deputy actually increase over time, since each neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. reorganisation will cause more morons to These 312 particles are held together by become neutrons, forming isodopes. forces called morons, which are This characteristic of moron promotion surrounded by vast quantities of lepton- leads some scientists to believe that like particles called pillocks. Governmentium is formed whenever Since Governmentium has no electrons, it morons reach a critical concentration. is inert. However, it can be detected, This hypothetical quantity is referred to as because it impedes every reaction with a critical morass. When catalysed with which it comes into contact. money, Governmentium becomes A tiny amount of Governmentium can Administratium (symbol=Ad), an element cause a reaction that would normally take that radiates just as much energy as less than a second, to take from 4 days to Governmentium, since it has half as many 4 years to complete. pillocks but twice as many morons. Governmentium has a normal half-life of Ronald TO ADVERTISE IN THE NEXT EDITION PLEASE CALL: 07773 912160 email: [email protected] CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 55

Minutes of AGM, Saturday 6th April 2019 Committee Members present: M. Bunce, C. Jones, G Ford, I. Mahtani, R. Wilson, M.Egan, C. Breda and S. Chandoo. Councillors present: F. Button, D. Coltman, V. Coltman, D. Duncan and S. Maru. Apologies: R. Tunwell, Bobby Wilson, S. Thompson and Mr and Mrs Spinks. Welcome from the Chair provide in these circumstances. M. Bunce welcomed the meeting to the The grass verges on the estate had been 32nd AGM. sprayed last year. The person doing the This has been a year of changes with spraying did not adjust the nozzle Bobby Wilson stepping down as chair and appropriately and instead of weeds lying Maurice taking over. between the road and kerb being sprayed Thanks were given to Chiara Breda and the edge of the grass verge was sprayed Sajida Chandoo who worked extremely with a weedkiller that was not harmful to hard putting the magazine together and dogs. It took a long time to discover that getting the advertising needed to pay for Three Rivers Council was responsible. the magazine. Thanks were also given to A resident spoke of parking on the grass our Treasurer Colin Jones who kept his verges and the danger to pedestrians from finger on the button to ensure income and pine needle droppings on the verge expenditure were kept more or less level. opposite the shops near the bus stop. Thanks to Georgina Ford with her knowledge of planning. Frances Button then spoke and The Committee as a whole said that responsibility for was thanked together with the road and pavement sweeping tea ladies without whom the on the estate was a District meeting couldn’t take place. Council responsibility. It The list of apologies was read might be that concrete bollards out. are needed to keep vehicles off The Secretary was then asked of the verge at this point. to read out the Minutes of the A resident spoke of a vehicle/ 2018 AGM which was done. The Minutes vehicles that park on the had previously been printed in the August pavement at the junction of Harrow Way 2018 edition of the magazine. and Compton Place. The parking of this Matters arising from the Minutes were vehicle/vehicles causes sightline problems then discussed as were other matters. for vehicles exiting Compton Place on to A property in Penrose Avenue had caused Harrow Way. The resident was advised to concern in 2018. It has subsequently been call the police. put up for auction but failed to realise its A resident spoke of a drainage problem in reserve. The large building in the back the car park behind the shops. D. Coltman garden of this property has now been said he had contacted the owners removed. representative but it might take a long The resident who had complained about time to resolve the problem. her neighbour was contacted after the Secretary’s Report meeting, and, with her permission Three Most of her time is spent dealing with Rivers Council was approached. The planning matters, both comments on problem had already been resolved as her planning applications and alerting Three problem neighbour moved. An article Rivers to enforcement matters. Most of appeared in the August magazine telling the problems are drawn to her attention of the service Three Rivers Council can when walking her dog people speak and tell her of their concerns. 56 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk

A resident queried the objection to a CPRA retrospective planning application in The The ladies toilets are now fixed. The Watergate. Why weren’t other residents in Parish Council gave £1500 towards the the same road asked for their views prior cost of works. to the Association lodging an objection? Hiring the Hall for regular users was £10 The Chair said that people should per hour, for occasional users (parties) the understand that if they do something that cost is £20 per hour. is out of character for the road it is The Hall is currently in £1000 debt to legitimate for an objection to be made. British Gas. This will reduce in the At the meeting problems in St Georges summer when heating is no longer Drive was mentioned. V Coltman said she needed. would check what was happening. Two Ron then said that the members of the semi detached properties are developed Community Hall Committee are all in together and it is difficult to see what is their 80’s. If no additional help is happening. provided to the Hall Committee Ron said Various planning issues were raised. he would resign and the Hall would close. Problems at a property in Greenfield Help is needed both on the Committee Avenue were raised. Rubble is being and for opening and closing the Hall after brought back to the property. The events i.e. parties and regular events. complainent was advised to contact Three Solar panels may be put on the roof of the Rivers as transporting business waste Hall to reduce the electricity bill. needs a licence and the Secretary didn’t Ron thanked Bryan Jukes for his Quiz think a licence would be given for a Evenings. The proceeds of the Quiz business to bring back waste to a Evenings are given to the upkeep of the residential property. Hall. There were over 60 people at the last Treasurers’ Report Quiz Evening where for an entry cost of This report can be found elsewhere in the £4, people brought their own food for magazine. sharing and their own drink, alcoholic or Bryan Jukes proposed acceptance of the otherwise. A good time was had by all Treasurers’ Report and this was seconded attendees. by Valerie Coltman. The Secret Local Plan Police Report Three Rivers Council had given The local police had been invited to the information to the community about meeting and had confirmed someone potential building sites but had not would attend the meeting. There was no informed the community about additional police representative at the meeting. sites (25 throughout the District), one of Election of Officers and Committee which is Valley View Farm, where a All the current Committee had expressed previous planning application had been a willingness to stand again. There was no thrown out by the Planning Inspector in objection from the meeting. May 2016. Val Saddler Proposed the election of the Councillor Frances Button spoke of the current Committee and its Officers and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Jean Underdown seconded. which was introduced in 2010. In Abbots Community Hall Report Langley Parish the levy is £120 per sq Ron Wilson spoke of the Community foot for additional floor space whilst in Hall. The Hall is not associated with the Watford Parish the levy is £0. Residents’ Association. Another Parish in the District got The works on the car park cost £1700. £200,000 in the last two years but our Parish got £0. CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 57

A Petition was circulated at the meeting A resident asked why you cant turn right for the rules re CIL to be changed to on Thomas Sawyer Way. Frances Button enable Watford Parish to receive some gave an update on the history of the income from CIL. construction of this road. The road was Any other business built with NHS money to serve the Property in Greenfield Avenue had caused hospital. damage to the grass verge. Treasurer’s Report for 2018 THREE YEAR ACCOUNTS SUMMARY 2016 2017 2018 £ £ £____ Income Subscriptions and Donations - - - Advertising 3600.00 1689.00 3098.00 Bank Interest Total Receipts - - - Expenditure 3600.00 1689.00 3098.00 Printing Newsletters Insurance 2707.00 2766.00 2677.00 AGM and Committee expenses 209.91 218.73 218.73 Donation 186.38 93.85 125.00 Returned cheque 50.00 50.00 Bank Charges 120.00 64.00 - Total payments 120.00 Surplus/Deficit for the Year -____ - 3273.29 3192.58 - -1503.58 3140.73 326.71 -42.73 - 8110.21 8436.92 6933.34 Reserves at beginning of year 8436.92 6933.34 6890.61 Reserves at end of year Cash Balances - - - Interest Bearing A/C 8436.92 6933.34 6890.61 Current A/C Cash in Hand - - - Net Cash equal to Reserves 8436.92 6933.34 6890.61 Treasurer’s Declaration I confirm I have prepared the account from the records of the Carpenders Park Residents’ Association and that they include all funds under control of the Association. D.Colin Jones 20th February 2019 Independent Examiner’s Unqualified Report to the Members of Carpenders Park Residents’ Association. I report on the Accounts of the Association for the year ended 31 December 2018, which are set out on the accompanying page. 58 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk

Basis of the Independent Examiner’s Report CPRA My examination included a review of accounting records kept by the Association and a comparison of the Accounts presented with those records. It also included consideration of any unusual items in the Accounts. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit and consequently I do not express an audit opinion of the view given by the Accounts. Independent Examiner’s Statement In connection with my examination, no matter has come to my attention which gives me reasonable cause to believe that in any material respect the requirements to keep proper accounting records and to prepare Accounts which accord with the accounting records have not been met or to which. in my opinion. attention should have been drawn in order to enable a proper understanding of the accounts to be reached. Gary Skelton 6 Belle Fields, Towcester, NW12 6AA 21st March, 2019 Treasurer’s Report for 2018 Our expenditure, at a little over £3000, is much the same as last year. The Accounts of the Association for our Following the AGM in April 2018, Ron financial year 2018 ending on 31st Wilson officially stepped down as our December 2018, also include the Advertising Editor, handing over to Sajida Accounts for 2017 and 2016 as a Chandoo. They have worked together in comparison. bringing in the advertising income for the If you look at the bottom line, you will latest issue of our magazine, which was see that we had just under £7000 at the published this February. Some of that end of the year, which is only a very small income is included in the 2018 figure, the decrease over the previous year, The rest, collected in 2019, will appear in our Association is thus still in good financial Accounts for this year. shape. You will, I hope, have noticed that the Rather than go through the Accounts item latest issue of our magazine is much more -by-item, I would like to highlight a few colourful. We thought this would make it salient points. more attractive. It does, of course, Given the healthy state of our bank increase our printing costs, so we have account, we are continuing to operate increased our advertising charges. These without requesting subscriptions from our charges in fact have not been increased members. Our income, therefore, is only for many years anyway, and we believe from advertising. Our major expenditure are still very reasonable. I can say that is the printing cost of the magazine we there has been no negative reaction from publish twice a year. our advertisers. The net effect of this As I explained at our AGM last year, the change on our bank account will become income for 2017 was effectively only for fully apparent when all the figures are in half the year. For 2018, we are back to for 2019. collecting income for a full year, and this I would like at this point to thank Sajida is reflected in the income rising to just and Ron for their work in securing this over £3000. We hope this will increase advertising, which is so important to the further for the current year for the reason I continuation of the Association. shall mention later. I would also like to acknowledge the CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 59

much-appreciated support we continue to could do with additional help in this, and if receive from our local advertisers, which anyone can spare a few hours, at most, allows us to issue the magazine free of twice a year, it would be much appreciated. charge to all our residents. Thanks also go to the Community Hall Turning to our printing costs, these Committee for letting us use their Hall for continue to be held down by much of the our AGM free of charge. preparatory work still being done in-house, Finally, I would like to thank Mr Gary now in the capable hands of our new News Skelton who has examined and passed the Editor, Chiara Breda. Our thanks go to Accounts for 2018. Mr Skelton has again Chiara for this. generously waived his fee, and in return we I would like also to thank all the Road will be making a donation to his chosen Stewards for the work they do in charity for prostate cancer. delivering the magazines. As always, we D.Colin Jones Copy for the next issue The copy deadline for the Spring/Summer 2020 issue will be Saturday 4th January 2020 Early submission is always very welcome. Illustrations, logos and photographs are always very welcome. Please note submissions should be sent to [email protected] 60 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk

Local Churches and Faith Meetings All Saints Church of England Carpenders Park Gosforth Lane, Watford WD19 7AX 020 Christian Spiritualists 84210260 office @ allsaintsoxhey.org. uk Sunday 10.30am Vicar: Rev Pam Wise 020 8421 5949 Bushford Hall, St. Georges Drive [email protected] Curate: Revd. Liz Guest, Northwood & Pinner 14 The Hoe, Watford WD19 5A Liberal Synagogue 020 3270 0091 Oaklands Gate, Northwood, Middx. HA6 3AA. Tel: 01923 822592 Baptist Gosforth Lane 020 8428 0166 Methodist Prestwick Road, Carpenders Park Church Reverend Richard Lawson 11am Sun, St. Meryl School, 01923 223906 Bryan Jukes, www.cpsomc.org.uk Church Secretary 020 8386 2157 www.carpendersparkchurch.org.uk Roman Catholic St. Joseph's, Oxhey Drive Rev. Stephen Hewitt 020 8428 2774 Local Elected Representatives MP 01923 296790 Mr. Richard Harrington [email protected] County Councillor Mrs. Frances Button Hertfordshire County Council, 07713 743063 Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DQ District Councillors Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL Mr. Shanti Maru 07400 414 344 Mrs. Donna Duncan 07534 080 736 Mr. Mike Revan 07545 287 872 Parish Councillors Parish Council Office, Oxhey Drive, Watford, WD19 7SB Mrs. Angela Arnold 07951 031 806 Mrs. Donna Duncan 07534 080 736 Mr. Mike Revan 07545 287 872 Mrs. Kirsty Barnes 07834 280 356 CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 61

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Useful Telephone Numbers Police……….Non-Emergency……..…………………………………………………101 Emergency……………………………………………………………..999 Crime Commissioner (PCC)….David Lloyd………………01992 556 600 Community Hall Hiring Officer………………...Audrey Walpole…………...07415 361 794 Citizens Advice Bureau Three Rivers residents only………………………………...0344 245 1296 Countywide service………………………………………...08444 111 444 Herts County Council General Enquiries…………………………………………..0300 123 4040 Highways Hotline…………………………………………..0300 123 4047 (Roads, Maintenance, Drainage, Lighting and Pot-Holes) Library…….Public………………………….Bridlington Road…………0300 123 4049 Medical…….Hospitals………………………Mount Vernon……………01923 826 111 Watford General………….01923 244 366 Attenborough Surgery…………Bushey…………………...01923 231 633 Carpenders Park Surgery……...Appointments…………….020 8428 0355 Urgent Help or Advice………...NHS 111 Service…………………….111 Chemist………………………..D.B.Jones………………...020 8428 1643 School St Meryl……………………….The Mead…………………020 8428 1695 Services Electricity Emergencies……….Contact your supplier Gas Emergencies…………………………………………….0800 111 999 Affinity Water…………………General…………………...0345 357 2406 Leaks……………………..01422 412 283 Leaks (to report)………….0800 376 5325 Sewage and Drains…………….Thames Water……………0800 316 9800 Three RiversDistrict Council…………………………………………….01923 776 611 Trading Standards, via Consumer Direct……………………………...08454 040 506 Transport Passenger (inc. W19 Bus)………………………………….0300 1234 050 Rail National Enquiries………………………………….0845 748 4950 Bus National Enquiries………………………………….0871 200 2233 Arriva Bus………………………………………………….0871 200 2233 CARPENDERS PARK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER DISCLAIMER Neither the Committee of the Carpenders Park Residents' Association, nor the editors of this newsletter accept any responsibility for the views by contributors or for the content of the advertisements within or any services provided by the advertisers. CPRA is a non party-political association. Any opinions expressed here are incidental and should not be deemed to associate the Association with, or stand particularly against, any political party. CPRA NEWS—SUMMER 2019 63

CPRA Committee Maurice Bunce - Chair 83 St. Georges Drive……………[email protected]………………..020 8421 4741 Colin Jones - Treasurer 33 Foxleys………………[email protected]…………….020 8428 8182 Sajida Chandoo - Advertising Editor 144 Penrose Avenue……...…[email protected]…….…….……..07773 912160 Chiara Breda - News Editor 10 Romilly Drive……………[email protected]……………..07599 376951 Ingrid Mahtani - Committee 77 Harrow Way………………[email protected]………………020 8421 4369 Mike Egan - Safety & Amenities 24 Leigh Rodd………………[email protected]………………020 8428 8269 Georgina Ford - Secretary 105 Carpenders Ave…………[email protected]…….…….020 8428 6501 Bobbie Wilson - Committee 97 Compton Place…………[email protected]……………..020 8428 3123 Ron Wilson - Committee 97 Compton Place……………[email protected]…………...020 8428 3123 Robert Tunwell - Website 16 The Watergate……………[email protected] . OTHER PEOPLE HELPING THE ASSOCIATION OUTSIDE THE COMMITTEE Mrs W Mitchell - Supervising Membership North 38 On The Hill………………………………………………………….020 8428 7567 CARPENDERS PARK COMMUNITY HALL Audrey Walpole - Booking Secretary 58 Compton Place……………………………………………………….07415 361 794 Ronald Wilson - Community Hall Treasurer 97 Compton Place…………[email protected]…….……...020 8428 3123 REPRESENTING ON OUTSIDE COMMITTEE Citizens Advice Bureau - Bobbie Wilson 97 Compton Place……………[email protected]…………….020 8428 3123 64 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


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