Committees and Working Groups

The Council has the following working groups and Committees:-

Finance & General Purposes

Members: Councillors Laverack, Mant, Flynn, Cassidy

The F&GP group has a multitude of responsibilities centred on finance and the overall policy of the Council. It is responsible for formulating the annual budget and presentation to full council for approval. Part of the budgeting process is the scrutiny of all grant applications which are assessed against the criteria of financial standing of the organisation, value to the village as a whole with a particular emphasis on the youth element.

The group meets each month when it scrutinises the previous month’s accounts and approves all accounts payable for the coming month. The group maintains and develops the Councils policy and procedures making recommendations to full Council as appropriate. The group deals with all issues not covered by the various working groups and committees.

Highways

Members: Councillors Mant & Flynn

The responsibilities of the Highways Working Group is to oversee general road safety within the village. Ensure that Hertfordshire Highways maintain the roads and road markings and keep footpaths and gulleys clear.

Allotments

Members: Councillor Bathurst

The aim of the group is to ensure that all of the plot holders can get the best from their plots, not only in terms of produce grown but also the enjoyment of doing so.

Recently the Council has increased the number of taps available on the site, improved security, and repaired the road way.

The site is run by the Parish Clerk on a day to day basis, but plot holders are welcome to discuss the site with any members of the group at any time. As leader of the group Councillor Bathurst tries to walk round the site at least once a week in the growing season.

Open Spaces

Members: Councillor Bathurst

Open Spaces strives to achieve the best possible balance between protecting an area's character and features and supporting its use as a community asset.

 

Predominantly focused on Chipperfield Common, which is jointly maintained by the Parish Council and the landowners Dacorum Borough Council, the working group aims to represent the views and needs of residents in the management of The Common.

 

Typical issues that involve the working group include fallen trees, flytipping, encroachment, signage, footpaths and bridleways and can require liaising with various third parties to resolve.

 

Open Spaces, our Village Warden and Woodland Ranger, the Friends of Chipperfield Common and Dacorum Borough Council's Trees and Woodlands Officer have all played their part in Chipperfield Common achieving Green Flag status for the last 6 years.

 

Youth & Education

Members: Councillor Cassidy and  Cllr  Luff

Planning Committee

Members: Councillors Mant, Cassidy, and Flynn

The purpose of the Planning Committee is to preserve and enhance the village environment and to ensure that all proposed developments are assesses to ensure that they contribute to this aim.

The Committee, comprising meets monthly in the Small Hall. Meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity for members of the public to express their views in support or in opposition to any particular development or issue.

The main matters the committee handles on behalf of the Parish Council are:

  • Planning applications – (Our views on all those affecting Chipperfield are sent to the Borough Council)
  • Parish boundary
  • Conservation area
  • Planning policy
  • Listed buildings
  • Enforcement
  • Refuse collection and recycling
  • Advertising signs

Personnel Committee

Members: Councillors Mant, Bathurst and Flynn,

Responsibilities of the Committee is to deal with all disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Process applications for new positions and make recommendation to the full Parish Council on employment.