Following the successful completion of our earlier Internal Audit, the Council has just been advised that it has now successfully completed its annual External Audit. It is a legal requirement for the Council to be audited, internally and externally, annually. The formal Notice of Completion, Annual Return for 2015/16 (Sections 1, 2 & 3) and the Report of Issues can be downloaded from here. The small number of issues arising from both audits have either been resolved or are currently being addressed and their resolution is imminent. At their meeting on 26 September, Councillors unanimously resolved and agreed to approve and accept the Annual Return including the BDO (the external auditor) certificate and the Issues Arising Report. If you have any further queries or require more information, please contact the Clerk.
The Ottway Walk car park is owned and maintained by the Parish Council. It provides parking for members of the Welwyn Sports & Social Club, users of our Pavilion and Playing Fields and for those with children wanting to enjoy the popular play area with its exciting equipment. During school terms, the car park is very busy with the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
In recent weeks, the Council twice had to take action to reclaim our land after Travellers parked caravans on the car park, occupying over 20 spaces. Unfortunately that action does not prohibit them from returning. To avoid this becoming a problem, the Council positioned three 2.4 tonne concrete blocks to narrow the entry and exit to the car park, but with gaps wide enough for cars and small trucks.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON ENTRY AND EXIT. YOU USE THE CAR PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK.
At the entry and exit points there are small additional pillars to aid judging the gap from a normal driving position in a car. There are reflective markings at the entrance and exit and the concrete will be painted to aid passage at dusk/night time.
- Approach the entry or exit gap at right-angles.
- Keep as far to the right as possible (i.e. driver’s side).
- Go through straight.
- Ensure you are past the concrete barriers before turning either into a parking space or onto the road.
This may mean that a vehicle crosses the centre-line of Ottway Walk and larger vehicles may need additional manoeuvering. We regret having to implement this and appreciate that it may cause some inconvenience, but the alternatives would be more costly, problematic and time-consuming. We rely on all road and car park users to drive slowly and carefully and be mindful of all other road users, especially children at the start and finish of the school day.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE ENTRY AND EXIT GAPS
Inconsiderate parking outside the car park, especially in the school entrance as shown in the picture can make it impossible to approach the gaps at right angles. The blocks cannot be moved further apart or they will admit the very things we are seeking to prevent. Also, the blocks cannot be moved further back as the the sub-base beneath the tarmac may not support the weight.
A hirer on our allotments at Lockley’s Drive has reported an attempted theft of some of their gardening equipment which was in a trolley. Their house and car keys were also in it. It is suspected that 2 youths aged about 13 or 14 years old, were involved. When shouted at, they left the trolley and proceeded to throw blackberries at the owner of the tools. They have been photographed and the police have been informed of this potential theft.
PLEASE BE AWARE – if you leave tools lying in or around your allotment or garden.
Please report any suspicious activities to the police.
This short summary of the activities in and around Welwyn Parish this Summer has been prepared for local families. You can download the programme from here as a PDF. It includes a basic map and calendar to give an idea of the events going on.
Play Rangers at Ottway Walk, AL6 9AS
As well as providing the two playgrounds at Ottway Walk all year round Welwyn Parish Council is also pleased to be supporting the return of the Play Rangers Scheme up at the Ottway Walk playing fields in Welwyn. They will be there 11 August, 18 August, 25 August and 1 September from 1.30pm-3.25pm with a mixture of activities from football and cricket to jewellery and crafts. In light of UK weather we’re providing the Pavilion as an alternative so that it can run whatever the weather!
Digswell Playing Fields
Thanks to the hard work of Digswell Residents Association there is also new equipment in place in the playground. You can read more at: http://digswellra.org.uk/playing-field/
Hertfordshire County wide events
For a list see: http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/your-community/events/
There are other local groups such as Pro-Action also putting things on for teenagers etc: https://www.pro-actionherts.org/courses/yp
And there’s always the youth site locally: http://www.channelmogo.org/ “You can find everything on here from latest job vacancies to advice drop in centres, travel services, youth projects, events and opportunities, music, media, games, performing arts and much more”
Alternatively, if you’re interested in walking and exploring why not check out the map of the Rights of Ways and paths throughout the county and plot your own route at: hertsdirect.org/row
Welwyn Hatfield Summer Fun
With everything from craft demonstrations to finger painting Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council are doing a number of activities in the area.
Check out: http://www.welhat.gov.uk/familyfun and for the Roman Baths: http://www.welhat.gov.uk/romanbaths
Halls for hire
Remember- if you want a hall to hire you can always check out: http://welwynhalls.com/
Welwyn Parish Council can report that the caravans which were up at the Ottway Walk carpark have now moved amicably in time for the Welwyn Festival activities and that have not been made aware of an issues during their stay.
We are pleased and appreciate that they ensured that the area where they were parked was left spotless on their departure.
Welwyn Parish Council are aware that there are currently a number of caravans parked up at the Ottway Walk car park. Thank you for those who have been in contact. Both parish council officers and the police have been up.
We are looking a how to resolve the issue as quickly as possible with minimal disruption.
Would you like to know a little bit more about what Welwyn Parish Council has been doing locally over the last year?
Have a burning question about Welwyn Parish Council and our activities?
Thursday 26th May, 7.30pm at Welwyn Civic Centre, AL6 9ER is the place to be! Contact us on 01438 716667 or email email@example.com if you’ve any questions.
Not sure which council?
We’ll always do our best to answer your questions, even if it’s not our responsibility. At the Annual Parish Assembly there will be County Councillors and Borough Councillors present (sadly the local PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) is unavailable that evening) who will also try to help out where they can.
If you’re not sure who’s responsible, don’t be afraid to ask! You can find a rough guide to which authority is responsible at: http://welwynpc.org.uk/how-the-council-works/which-council/
Thanks to support from Welwyn Parish Council to secure permission, the local partnership for Superfast Britain have been able to provide super fast fibre broadband to the centre of Welwyn village itself.
This has involved placing a new cabinet at the High Street Car Park which is leased from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. The funding has been provided through the government, Hertfordshire County Council, BT Openzone, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership with the only additional costs being charged by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council for their legal fees.
To find out more visit www.connectedcounties.org