Herts Speed Management Strategy – draft response

The Parish Council is publishing its draft response to Hertfordshire Highways Speed Management Strategy here. Our main concerns are:

  • the lack of community involvement and transparency in decision making which directly relates to the issue we have with the speed limit along The Common.
  • the lack of focus on the issues which impact rural areas

If you have any comments on the response please contact the Clerk.

Individuals may also respond to the strategy and on the basis that the more people who comment the better, please feel free to use this draft as the basis of your response in so far as it reflects your views. The deadline for comments is the 16th September 2020.

The strategy and the form on which responses must be submitted may be found here.

The Speed Management Strategy forms a key role in delivering Herts Local Transport Plan 4 which may be found here.

Spencer Holland Play Equipment

The Parish Council will be re-opening the play equipment on the Spencer Holland recreation area on 4th July 2020.

Government guidance is that although the risks of COVID-19 surviving when outdoors is reduced where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain, the virus could survive long enough on frequently used/touched outdoor surfaces to facilitate transmission. As a result parents and carers are asked to be aware of the following – please note that failure to comply with these guidelines could result in the Council closing the play area again.

  • Children using the equipment do so at their own risk.
  • So far as is possible you should ensure that children adhere to Government guidelines on social distancing.
  • We recommend that you restrict the number of children using the play equipment as follows:
    • Climbing frame – 2
    • Slide – 1
    • Springy – 1
    • Seesaw – 2
    • Swings – 1 on each unit ( we will close the second swing)
  • Only one family member should accompany each child in the play area
  • The Parish Council will not be cleaning the equipment; parents and carers should bring sanitising gel/hand wipes to clean children’s hands before and after using the equipment. If they are also able to clean the equipment where it has been heavily used by their children this would be of benefit to the community as a whole.
  • Please remind children not to put their mouths on equipment or their hands in their mouths.
  • The consumption of food and drink whilst using the play equipment is banned.
  • Please dispose of any litter responsibly, particularly any used protective wear such as face coverings or gloves, preferably by taking it home.
  • Current government guidance states that face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. Parents should be aware that wearing a face covering in a playground setting could pose an additional safety risk and should use their judgement on whether their children wear a face covering.
  • Families with children with special needs should contact the Parish Clerk to discuss their requirements.