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Chorleywood Library Volunteers: Community Meeting

posted 3 Jun 2015, 13:15 by Phil Ellis   [ updated 3 Jun 2015, 13:16 ]

7.30 pm on Tuesday 9th June 2015 in Chorleywood Library, Lower Road

Come and find out about the future of the Library.

The Chorleywood Library Volunteers are inviting volunteers, potential volunteers, and anyone who is interested in knowing more, to join them at their first community meeting in the Library. They will explain progress so far and set out their plans for the future. Senior Library Management staff from HCC will be present. All will do their best to answer questions.

The formal meeting is intended to be fairly short, and will be followed by nibbles and drinks. We want to get to know potential volunteers.  If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, or wish to add your name to the growing list of volunteers, please contact Angela Killick on t. 01923 282626 or cwlvolunteers@gmail.com.

Chorleywood Community Plan has been Launched - Your Chance to Have Your Say

posted 18 Nov 2014, 03:14 by Debbie Rosario

The Chorleywood Community Plan has been launched giving residents a unique opportunity to have their say on the future of Chorleywood. This is your chance to say what you like and dislike about Chorleywood, what changes you would like to see or perhaps you like things just the way they are and want to see things protected for the future. 

Over the past year a Community-led group made up of local organisations has put together a series of questions ranging in topic from leisure facilities to library services to housing needs. This questionnaire will be available to every resident online from Monday 17th November 2014, with paper copies being hand delivered to residents’ doors during that week. Every household within the Parish of Chorleywood will receive a copy of the questionnaire and the results of the questionnaire will be used to draw up a Community Plan that will be used to influence future decision-making.

The results of the questionnaire will be analysed early in 2015 and form the basis of a Community Plan for Chorleywood, outlining aspects of living in Chorleywood which are important and need protecting, and areas of improvement residents would like the Parish Council to promote.

All residents are encouraged to complete the short questionnaire, and responses are completely anonymous. The closing date for responses is Monday 15th December 2014.

If at all possible, please complete the Community Plan questionnaire online at the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Chorleywoodsurvey. However, if you are unable to complete the questionnaire online, then please complete the paper questionnaire and take it to any of the following locations:
  • Chorleywood Parish Council Offices
  • John Roberts Estate Agents
  • Little Beans & Co
  • Morgan’s Deli
  • Rootz Café

More information on the Community Plan can be found at www.chorleywood-pc.gov.uk or mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning. Alternatively, call the Parish office on 01923 285594

Review of County Council Electoral Boundaries

posted 5 Sep 2014, 10:42 by Debbie Rosario

Following on from the review of the District Council electoral boundaries last year which resulted in the re-designation of the ward boundaries in Chorleywood, we understand that the Hertfordshire County Council electoral boundaries are currently under review by the Boundaries Commission with initial recommendations being put out to public consultation in September.

Chorleywood Policing - from Abbots back to Rickmansworth - 22nd May 2014

posted 15 Apr 2014, 13:45 by Tomo   [ updated 10 May 2014, 01:53 ]

For the past year the policing locality of Chorleywood has come under the control of Abbots Langley police station. As a Residents Association we struggled to see the logic in this move, making officers in a police station about 8 miles away responsible for an area which was much closer to Rickmansworth and had traditionally been policed from there. 

We welcome the news that from the 22nd May 2014 the area of Chorleywood (as well as Sarratt) will return to the control of the Rickmansworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, reverting to how it was previously before last year’s change. 

You should use the usual numbers to report any crime
  • 999 - or the European Emergency Number 112 - for emergencies that require an immediate response
  • 101 - or the Herts Police geographic number 01707 354000 - for non-emergencies and inquiries
If you need to speak specifically on a non-emergency local issue, the contact details for current team members in the Rickmansworth local area are:
  • PS 2161 Ryan Hemmings – 01923 472260
  • PC 646 Paul Knowles – 01923 472261
  • PC 701 Simon Nash – 01923 472267
  • PC 1594 Chris Gottmann – 01923 472262
  • PCSO 6253 Cloe Hatch – Chorleywood – 01923 472283
We are awaiting to hear details of a further PCSO to be appointed as the second PCSO for Chorleywood.

Changes to Car Parking arrangements on The Common

posted 23 Mar 2014, 14:32 by Tomo

The Parish Council have announced that from the 1st April 2014, there will be a new parking enforcement scheme in force in the War Memorial and Shepherds Bridge permissive parking areas.

Tickets need to be displayed between 12 noon and 3pm, and are obtainable from new ticket machines during these times only.
We understand that parking will remain free of charge but a ticket will be required to be displayed between 12.30pm and 3pm.
New ticket machines will be installed shortly.

If you have any inquiries about the new arrangements, please contact the Parish Council on 01923 285594 or email info@chorleywood-pc.gov.uk

Chorleywood Parish Council requests designation as a Neighbourhood Area

posted 23 Mar 2014, 03:57 by Tomo   [ updated 23 Mar 2014, 14:16 ]

Many residents in Chorleywood Parish will have received a flyer from Three Rivers District Council stating that they have received an application from Chorleywood Parish Council to designate a Neighbourhood Area covering all areas within the existing Chorleywood Parish.  The consultation on this proposal runs for six weeks from Friday 21st March to Friday 2nd May 2014. 

What are they asking?

The consultation is effectively asking whether the area proposed (in this case Chorleywood Parish) is a suitable area for a future Neighbourhood Plan.
In summary, do the boundaries as proposed make sense to the local community for a potential area in which a Neighbourhood Plan could operate, if approved, in the future? Does the area proposed make local sense?

The plans can be viewed online on the Three Rivers District Council website or you can view them

How to make a comment:
  • By post to: Economic and Sustainable Development, Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1RL.
  • By email to: TRLDF@threerivers.gov.uk
  • All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 2 May 2014.
What happens to my comments?

For any comments to be considered you must provide your name and address. Any comments received will be made available (online and at the Council offices) for inspection by members of the public and cannot be treated as confidential. Personal information such as your address, telephone number and email address will not appear, however your name and organisation (if relevant) will.  

But why has this happened and what does it all mean?

The Three Rivers notice had two suggested web links you could follow for more information. 
  • http://www.ourneighbourhoodplanning.org.uk/   (this link was incorrectly printed in the flyer, we've given the correct link)
  • http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/
We reviewed the above and didn't immediately find the answers to our questions. However we did find a better explanation on the gov.uk website on Neighbourhood Planning and we include some key points on this below.

What is neighbourhood planning? 

Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. 
They will be able to: 
  • choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built 
  • have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided 
  • grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead 
The government has introduced the community right to do neighbourhood planning through the Localism Act. 
General regulations governing neighbourhood planning came into effect in April 2012. 
Regulations on the referendum stage came into force in August 2012.

Why does neighbourhood planning matter? 

The planning system helps decide what gets built, where and when. It is essential for supporting economic growth, improving people’s quality of life, and protecting the natural environment. In theory, planning was always supposed to give local communities a say in decisions that affect them. But in practice, communities have often found it hard to have a meaningful say. The government wants to put power back in the hands of local residents, employees and business, councils and civic leaders - those who know best the needs of their local areas. 
Neighbourhood planning is optional, not compulsory. No one has to do it, if they don’t want to. But we think that lots of people will want to take the opportunity, to influence the future of the place where they live or work. 

How does neighbourhood planning work? 

There are 5 key stages to neighbourhood planning. 

Stage 1: defining the neighbourhood   <-- THIS IS THE STAGE BEING APPLIED FOR NOW

First, local people will need to decide how they want to work together

In areas with a parish or town council, the parish or town council will take the lead on neighbourhood planning. They have long experience of working 
with and representing local communities. In areas without a parish or town council, local people will need to decide which organisation should lead on coordinating the local debate. In some places, existing community groups may want to put themselves forward. In other places, local people might want to form a new group. In both cases, the group must meet some basic standards. It must, for example, have at least 21 members, and it must be open to new members. 
Town and parish councils and community groups will then need to apply to the local planning authority (usually the borough or district council). 

It’s the local planning authority’s job to keep an overview of all the different requests to do neighbourhood planning in their area. They will check that the suggested boundaries for different neighbourhoods make sense and fit together. The local planning authority will say no if, for example, 2 proposed neighbourhood areas overlap. They will also check that community groups who want to take the lead on neighbourhood planning meet the right standards. The planning authority will say no if, for example, the organisation is too small or not representative enough of the local community, including residents, employers and business. If the local planning authority decides that the community group meets the right standards, the group can call itself a ‘neighbourhood forum’. (This is simply the technical term for groups which have been granted the legal power to do neighbourhood planning in a particular area.) 

The stages that will follow are:

Stage 2: preparing the plan
Local people will need to pull together and prioritise their early ideas, and draw up their plans. 

Stage 3: independent check
Once a neighbourhood plan or order has been prepared, an independent examiner will check that it meets the right basic standards

Stage 4: community referendum
The local council will organise a referendum on any plan or order that meets the basic standards. This ensures that the community has the final say on 
whether a neighbourhood plan or order comes into force

Stage 5: legal force
Once a neighbourhood plan is in force following a successful referendum, it carries real legal weight. Decision makers are obliged to consider proposals 
for development in the neighbourhood against the neighbourhood plan.

How does this work with the Community Plan?

We were initially a little confused as to how this process interfaced with the existing work being undertaken to develop a Community Plan which was initiated with other local community groups late last year also by the Parish Council and has already started work, and the Residents' Association has two members of the Executive Committee engaged in that process. Although we cannot predicate exactly what will happen, and assuming that the Neighbourhood Area is approved, it's likely that the ground work done by the Community Plan group will feed into Stage 2 of the Neighbourhood Plan process where the detail of the Neighbourhood Plan is prepared. However it is our understanding that a Community Plan can have a more broad focus then a Neighbourhood Plan (which is quite planning focussed) - we will continue to review what happens.

Our response to the consultation

We will discuss the proposed Neighbourhood Plan at our next committee meeting on 8th April 2014, but we are open for feedback from the community at any stage. You can contact us in the usual ways. And we will disclose our response on our website.

Plan for Sheratons Building Confirmed

posted 16 Mar 2014, 13:23 by Tomo

Plans for the use of Sheratons building on the corner of Shire Lane and Lower Road, Chorleywood are now confirmed. Vic Grewal, owner of Chorleywood Budgens, holds the lease of the building which is to be called The Village Buzz, and the interior is to be shared by three parties running three separate concerns. The whole approach aims to incorporate different elements under one roof that benefit the community in many ways.

There will be a stylish family friendly Village Buzz Lounge Bar which will offer artisan coffees, smoothies plus a bites and delights menu and fine wine experience in a relaxed setting. The décor will marry old and new, reflecting traditional Chorleywood with a mix of original materials like reclaimed timber, slate and old stock brick in a contemporary bright environment providing free wi-fi and facilities for the disabled.

Original partner The Hive will run a multi-purpose and flexible community centre from the premises and will work with local community groups and skilled individuals. Activities and sessions to be offered include After-school drop-ins, Community group meetings, Homework club, Table tennis, Creative Arts, Films and presentations.  

Mrs Moore’s Vintage Store will occupy a section of the building selling her collections including tea sets, dinnerware and textiles as well as merchandise made by several local businesses, artists and makers, ranging from jewellery to Oh Sew Vintage retro dresses and handmade quilts.

There will also be craft, sewing, crochet and baking workshops plus champagne teas and events and the three parties hope to work in collaboration on some of these. 

The Village Buzz logo is yet to be decided but a brief for a design has been given to Art and Design Technology students at St Clement Danes and the Royal Masonic School. The top entries selected from each school will win a cash prize of £100 and the winner’s artwork will be incorporated in the Village Buzz branding.

The Village Buzz opens at Sheraton House, Lower Road, WD3 5LH at Easter. 
Opening hours will be consistent with similar businesses in the area. The Hive activities start in April.

Herfordshire Libraries Consultation - until 31 Dec 13

posted 27 Oct 2013, 10:33 by Tomo

Hertfordshire Library Service plays a vital role in communities across the county, providing free access for people of all ages to reading, media, information, computers, and local studies. The service is delivered through 46 community libraries, seven mobile library vehicles, a 24/7 virtual library and a range of specialised and outreach services. 
 
Libraries are a statutory service, under the terms of the ‘Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964’, which states: “It shall be the duty of every library authority to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use thereof.”

Recent announcements by central government suggest that council funding will continue to reduce for a few more years yet. So it remains essential that every pound that is available to be spent on library services is spent wisely, and that we prioritise spending on the things that give best value for money for local taxpayers and library customers. 
 
With your help, Herts want to devise a future library strategy to provide a clear direction that will enable libraries to develop and respond to ongoing change within a reduced budget over the next ten years. This means that Hertfordshire libraries may well look quite different in future in order to remain relevant to customers and maintain their enduring role and purpose in local communities. 

A libraries consultation is therefore open from now until the 31st December 2013. The discussion document and the consultation questionnaire form the basis of a conversation Hertfordshire County Council want to have with residents during the autumn about the future of Hertfordshire libraries. The aim is for Hertfordshire libraries to be fit for the future, providing residents with the right services in the right places, and making sure the money we spend provides best value and benefits as many residents as possible. 

There will also be 10 public meetings across the county and our local meeting is on the 5th December 2013, 6.30 to 8.30pm at the Three Rivers Council Offices in Rickmansworth.
 
The results of this consultation will inform the development of a new Library Strategy for presentation to the County Council in the late spring of 2014. 

Withdrawn licencing application raises concerns

posted 30 Aug 2013, 03:34 by Tomo   [ updated 30 Aug 2013, 04:34 ]

Readers of our website and updates will be aware of the planned community centre "The Hive" as part of a new venture that plans to take over the lease of the existing Sheratons building.

In summary, and without being responsible for the exact proposals, the Residents' Association understands that the owner of Budgens in Chorleywood, Vic Grewal is planning to take on the lease for Sheratons as a commercial activity under the trading name of "The Honey Pot" on the ground floor of the premises, and the basement would be sublet to "The Hive" as a community centre facility.

The Residents' Association is broadly very supportive of both aspects of this project. It's already a shame that Sheratons feel the need to shut up shop on Lower Road, a long standing feature of Lower Road in Chorleywood, and we wish them well. It would be even more of a shame for our high street and other retailers if the Sheratons unit were to remain empty, and its probably better for the identity of our village high street that we maintain a broad presence of independent retailers rather than for it to be taken over by a national chain. And broadly it's positive that the proposed leaseholder wants to work with the local community to make some of the space available within the unit for community purposes. However it's important for the needs of local residents and other retailers and users of the Lower Road area to be taken into consideration with the change of use of the premises. The Hive has been proactive in consulting the local community and you can see some of this on their website.

In order to progress plans for "The Honey Pot" a licence application was made to Three Rivers District Council to enable it to carry out its proposed trading activities. However this licence application has been withdrawn as it would appear that the form was incorrectly completed, and it gave a false impression that they required late night trading, live music and alcohol sales to midnight 7 days a week, something that the Residents' Association would have difficulty supporting. We sincerely hope that this was a mistake and misunderstanding to introduce late night trading onto Lower Road.

We've asked both The Hive and The Honey Pot for statements on this situation, and these are reproduced below for the benefit of the local community. The statement implies that normal opening hours for The Honey Pot are proposed to finish at 9pm in line with the existing trading hours of Budgens, and the reference to later night opening in the withdrawn licence application was included for occasional events. There is a provision for licencing to permit this kind of occasional later night events, usually restricted to a certain number of days per year.

We would encourage anyone who has concerns about the concept of either The Honey Pot (Vic Grewal at Budgens), or The Hive (via their website) to contact them and discuss their proposals with them. Such issues can often be better understood and appreciated from both sides over a face to face meeting.

Statement from The Hive, also available on their website

“The Hive Chorleywood is proposing to sublease the basement of Sheratons building from The Honeypot, the proposed establishment which will take over the ground floor of the Sheraton’s building.

At present no applications have been made to Three Rivers District Council by The Hive Chorleywood.  As a charity and a community venture we will be working with residents and businesses to ensure all interests are fully and appropriately considered prior to any planning applications being made for the basement of the Sheratons building and also on an ongoing operational basis.

At present we are in the planning stages of a number of fundraising events (including a Comedy & Music Night 21st September) which will be held in the War Memorial Hall and are actively involved in the setting up of “The Film Club Chorleywood” which is looking to launch in Autumn 2013 in advance of The Hive having an operating space.

For further information regarding planned events, activities and for updates on progress of The Hive please visit www.thehivechorleywood.org.uk

Statement from Vic Grewal regarding The Honeypot and a PDF copy of this document

“We are submitting a revised license application for The Honeypot - the business that will take over the ground floor of the existing Sheraton's building on Lower Road, Chorleywood. We are now closer to finalising plans for this ground floor retail space and are considering options including organic, health and allergy free grocery products, and a small ice-cream, dessert and savoury food counter with a range of coffee, teas and a juice bar and early evening alcohol licence. 

The original licence application made in relation to The Honeypot was submitted to cover any occasional one off uses which may arise, although trading hours are expected to be in line with our other local business, Budgens. The timing of the submission of our license application is in line our intention to be open in early autumn 2013.

We have worked with the community and local PCSO’s here in Chorleywood for the last eight years and have listened and
responded to what our customers and local residents have been saying to us throughout that time. We are keen to work with the Community and give something back to the local area and can do this through working with The Hive which is proposing to sublease the basement of Sheratons building from us. The Hive will function and be run independently from The Honeypot.”

We will continue to monitor the situation and work with any members who contact us about the proposals who have concerns. Please email us at planning@chorleywoodresidents.co.uk if you have any comments or concerns.

However we do raise a cautionary note that the measures by which local authority licences can be rejected are limited by law, and we only need to refer back to hoops that had to be jumped through by the local Police and Three Rivers to take enforcement action against the former Chorleywood Premier who was found to be selling alcohol to underage people on several occasions.

Chorleywood Village Day - Pimms o'clock at the CRA stand

posted 20 Jul 2013, 01:38 by Tomo   [ updated 26 Aug 2013, 12:43 ]

After the disappointment of two cancelled dates for Village Day in 2012 due to inclement weather, we were spoiled this year.
Chorleywood was basking in a heatwave and unbroken sunshine for Chorleywood Village Day on Saturday 13th July 2013.

With almost 100 organisations participating in the event, and assoicated flower and horticultural shows at Christchurch and the Memorial Hall there was something for everyone on the Common, and despite the very warm weather there was a good turnout.

The Residents' Assoication was dispensing Pimms and talking to many local residents on a number of issues, such as planning, dog fouling, the proposed play area, among others. We even signed up some new members! All the proceeds from village day event - expected to be in excess of £300 - will be donated to Watford Mencap who run facilities in Chorleywood. Thankyou to everyone who stopped by and had a chat, or enjoyed a Pimms....

Chorleywood Village Day 2013


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