THOUGH eleven people attended the 2009 AGM of the Long Marston and Puttenham Horticultural Society on 13th January, that is a very small group when you consider the breadth of activities the Society organises for these villages. The main message from outgoing chairman David Severs was that this dwindling group was in urgent need of reinforcements. Possibly the title of the Society is discouraging people coming forward to help – it may not be appreciated by newer villagers that the organisation’s remit has long ago diversified from horticulture. (more…)
THE 2009 budget for Tring Rural Parish Council was approved at their January meeting. There will be a modest 2% increase to the salaries of the Clerk and the Village Warden. Other provisions in the budget include a sum of £5,000 for essential repairs to the Long Marston village hall, and £1,000 towards the replacement of the doors at Wilstone village hall. The parish precept (local tax) will be increased by 2% to help pay for this, but even so this remains at under £16 per household.
LONG MARSTON residents searching for somewhere to post their letters may be interested to know that the post box has been moved. It is now by the village hall. The move was consequent to the closure of the Post Office at The Boot. The post box at Wilstone is to stay where it is – perhaps because it is too hard to dig it out of the wall.
THE much delayed report of the public inquiry held to determine various planning applications and appeals by Mr George Purcell in connection with land adjacent to Pear Tree Cottage, Wilstone Green, was finally issued on 5th January. In his decision the Inspector, Mr Stuart Reid, rejected the planning applications, dismissed the appeals and upheld the enforcement notices issued by Dacorum Borough Council. The reason for the long delay in issuing the report (the Inquiry was held in June 2008) is still unknown. The applicants have 30 days to comply with the ruling. (more…)