Notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance and accountability return

Each year the Parish Council’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2022, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to The Clerk, Potten End Village Hall, The Green, Potten End, HP4 2QG. Full details of how to exercise these rights may be downloaded from this website.

Potten End Jubilee Festival

An estimated 4,000 people attended the Jubilee Festival over the weekend of 2nd to 5th June; judging by the social media posts, informal comments, good-humoured but long queues for food and drink, and above all the amount of smiles and laughter it can be judged a success!

There’s a long list of people to thank because these things don’t just happen by themselves:

  • Fine & Country Estate Agents, Cnty Cllr Terry Douris and the National Lottery Community Fund for their financial support
  • Alexander King Smith who at the age of seven and at the very last minute played the National Anthem at the Beacon Lighting
  • Daryll Keen for lighting the beacon
  • Pat McAnulty of Shannon Rail for the loan of a generator and lighting tower
  • Mike Green and Matt Bennett of Leadstone Construction for the loan of a forklift and logistical support
  • Fiona Bridgeman for the graphic design
  • Peter Groome for the use of his hay bales
  • Furnells Transport for the use of the lorry which formed the sound stage
  • Paul Brown for the use of his field as a car park
  • The Cricket Club for the use of their pavilion during the open-air cinema
  • Holy Trinity Church for the use of the Church Room
  • Sam McGrath and Rachel Keen for organising the dog show
  • Dottie about Cake for organising the cake competition
  • Neil Masters for donating and manning the hog roast
  • All the stall holders and musicians who made the day so interesting and entertaining
  • Our fantastic band of volunteers including representatives from Potten End Explorers, Scouts and Beavers who smoothed over any little glitches
  • And the organising committee who worked for over a year to make it happen – Chrissy Casey-King, Lynda Clarke, Andrew Farrow, David Grimsdale, Emma Herman, Sarah Lowther, Simon Nelson, Chris Pocock (a special mention for his endless supply of equipment and operational expertise), Sara Raybould, Danny Richman, Joe Roberts, Hilary Smith, Erica Spanswick and Mike Wallis – all of whom did more than can ever be listed in a short article.

The Plough

The Planning Inspector has ruled against the appeal by the owner of The Plough against Dacorum’s decision to refuse permission for it to be converted to a residential dwelling. The ruling is relatively short and well worth a read, but a key section states “The appeal property was designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) by the Council in July 2018, as it was considered to ‘further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community’. This designation was attributed to its ongoing use as a public house, hosting a community library/book swap facility, and it acting as a community hub for charity and other public events. Based on the extent of representations received, it is clear that this community use prevails, and is something which is valued by local residents”.

Little Heath Solar Array

The Parish Council has lodged an objection to this proposal with Dacorum Borough Council on the grounds of visual impact, inappropriate development in Green Belt, and loss of arable land. In objecting the Council fully recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis, the energy crisis and the critical need for greater energy-independence. Large-scale, diversified and efficient sources
of renewable energy are necessary for our future, and we understand that solar
energy plays a role in that. The full text of the Council’s objection is available for download. Details of the proposals may be found on the Dacorum BC website.