The community bookswap works like a library – except that there are no signup or late fees! Anyone can go in and take a book away. You either return that book (when finished) or take in another to replace it. There are children books as well as adults. If you want to sit in and have a read you can. Refreshments are available to buy. Note that The Plough has generously donated the space for free but it is not responsible for it. The bookswap is managed by parish councillors Sharron Gurney and Erica Stanswick who replace books and keep it tidy.
The footpath connecting Frithsden Copse to the Hertfordshire Way near to Horseshoe Pond (FP17) has just been resurfaced by Dacorum Borough Council. Note that footpaths in the parish are maintained by Dacorum through its Rights of Way Officer. The parish council keeps a watching brief on them and reports problems so that they can be addressed as soon as possible. Whilst Dacorum looks after the surface of paths it is the responsibility of adjoining landowners to ensure that there are no vegetation, or any other, encroachments.
Hertfordshire County Council have announced that part of The Common (marked in red on the map) will be closed on 11 July for tree felling, along with a 520 metre section of the Nettleden Road north west of the village (not shown on this map).
If you have any queries about these works or the temporary road closures, please contact Colin Cromar tel.01379 676 462 at TMO Highways or Joanne Robinson tel.0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council
Members of the parish council often report problems such as fly-tipping, potholes in roads, fallen trees on footpaths and overflowing waste bins. Actually this can be done directly by any member of the public. Our Useful Links contain information on how to do this – they are simple processes and can lead to a speedier resolution than first trying to contact a council member.
The parish council is responsible for maintaining, and ensuring the safety of, the equipment on the Spencer Holland Recreation Ground. It has recently replaced two swing seats and chains, and resurfaced the area under the climbing frame. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has just given both the play area and sports ground clean bills of health following its annual inspection.