Annual Parish and Parish Meetings
These are held annually and the Council has a statutory duty to hold these each year.
This comprises all 17 Councillors and meets five times a year. At each meeting, all the Minutes from the other Committees, since the previous Full Council meeting, are reviewed and ratified. It is at Full Council that Recommendations from the other Committees are agreed.
Policy and Resources
The Policy & Resources Committee is made up of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council as well as the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Open Spaces Committee, Planning Committee and the Village Halls Trust Committee and the out-going Chairman of the Council.
The Policy & Resources Committee is responsible for the administration of the Council, budget allocation and staffing. The Committee meets between six and seven times per year.
Open Spaces Committee
Chorleywood Parish Council owns Chorleywood Common, Grove Wood, the allotment sites at the Swillett, Copmans Wick and Dog Kennel Lane and the Lawn Cemetery in Chorleywood House grounds. The Open Spaces Committee is responsible for the care and maintenance of all these sites, plus the closed churchyard at Christ Church. The Committee is also responsible for the considerable amount of grounds maintenance equipment owned by the Council
The Open Spaces Committee meets about every six weeks to deal with all matters pertaining to these areas. It also holds regular meetings with the Common Users Group and with the allotment tenants.
All the practical work involved is carried out by the Council’s three Rangers, who are responsible for the care of the grassland, ponds and woodland on the Common, keeping Grove Wood in good condition, regular mowing of the allotment perimeters and the maintenance and gravedigging of the Lawn Cemetery. The Ranger also does a considerable amount of public relations work and attends all meetings of the Open Spaces Committee.
Additionally, the Committee is responsible for the regular updates of the Common Management Plan and that for Grove Wood. Since the original Common Management Plan was adopted, the changes in management it recommended have resulted in the restoration of the natural grassland and wildflower habitats on Chorleywood Common. Because of this, it is now designated a County Wildlife Site, a Hertfordshire Heritage Site and, more recently, a Local Nature Reserve.
It is the task of the Open Spaces Committee to conserve and enhance this important natural environment while taking into account the recreational needs of local people. This can sometimes require a quite delicate balancing act.
Most recently, the Committee has begun the first moves in a plan to restore grazing with cattle to part of the Common for the winter months to help improve the condition of the grassland. Research and consultation are at present ongoing on this project and progress will be reported on this website.
Chorleywood Parish Council, as one of the Parish Councils within Three Rivers District Council, is in the fortunate position of being involved in the planning consultation process something that is not a countrywide situation.
We do not have the power to approve or reject planning applications; however, we do have the right to propose planning applications that should be brought before the Three Rivers Development Control Committee. For the remainder, Three Rivers Planning Department make the decision although this does not necessarily mean that the plans will be approved. The Parish Council looks forward to receiving comments from local residents whether they are in favour or against a particular application. More of you than ever are exerting your right to speak at our meetings, both for and against applications, to try to persuade us to support your view so do use your rights.
The Parish Council’s Planning Committee’s aims are to represent your views within the limits of planning law; to be consistent; and to be fair. Our objectives being to try whenever possible, to include affordable housing and ensure that this can grow but that each development maintains the ‘village’ atmosphere, in particular within the conservation areas.
Chorleywood Village Halls Trust
Chorleywood Village Halls Trust is financed by a grant from Chorleywood Parish Council. It comprises nine Members (including the ex officio Members – the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council) of the 17 Councillors that make up the Full Council. It is registered as a Charity and as such follows the operating guidelines of the Charity Commission.
The Committee meets roughly every six weeks to discuss matters pertaining to the running and maintenance of the War Memorial Hall, the Hollybush Hall and the Bullsland Hall. Over the past five years both the War Memorial Hall and Hollybush Hall have been repainted, new chairs and tables were purchased, new curtains have been added, a dishwasher was added to the War Memorial Hall kitchen, and the Hollybush Hall has had new windows.
The Bullsland Hall has been a recent addition to the Halls managed by the Trust and has also recently had a dishwasher added to the kitchen.
There are two Caretakers who open and close the halls after each booking and who carryout general maintenance jobs.
The roof of the War Memorial Hall has now been replaced. Three Rivers District Council generously grant-funded the scheme to the tune of £10,000. The new roof is more environmentally friendly - it will reduce the carbon footprint and save on energy costs.
The aim of the Trust is to offer the community a choice of well maintained venues to suit every occasion and judging by the bookings over the years, from wedding receptions in the War Memorial Hall, to meetings and children’s parties in the Hollybush to Meals on Wheels and a Lunch Club for the elderly in Bullsland Hall, the Trust feels it is achieving its objectives.