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Parish Council News

2nd of December 1997

Items reported to the meeting held on 10th November included the following of general interest:
Chipperfield Beat Inspector Keith Ashton, in charge of rural policing in this part of Dacorum Division, advised the Council that crime in Chipperfield was running at a lower level than a year ago. In the seven months from April to October 1997 the following had been reported:

Burglaries from dwellings 3
Burglaries from other premises 1
Criminal damage 5
Assault/wounding 0
Theft of motor vehicles 7
Theft from motor vehicles 15
Other 4
Total: 35

Incidences of the first four crimes listed were substantially down. Unfortunately, vehicle related crime spoilt the pattern by showing an increase in the annual rate. All in all though, without being complacent, we should feel pleased to live in one of the areas of Dacorum with the least crime, situated in the county of Hertfordshire which has the lowest crime rate in the country.

Chipperfield Common management
John Pringle, our Parish Clerk, reported that following concern expressed by several members of the public about woodland clearing on the Common to the north of Windmill Hill, he had contacted Cameron Lewis, Woodland Officer for Dacorum Borough Council. Mr. Lewis had advised him that this work was in accordance with the five year management plan for the Common. It included thinning the sycamores to allow more room for the native species. There had been a greater number of sycamore saplings than expected and most of the other trees had suffered badly from damage by grey squirrels. The area had therefore been more extensively cleared than had been foreseen. A contract for replanting with oak, ash and beech before the end of January and the subsequent nurture of the young trees is being prepared.

Affordable housing
Dacorum Borough Council Housing Committee have approved the proposed scheme for a development of six affordable homes to be built by Hightown Praetorian Housing Association at the eastern end of Croft Meadow, on land owned by the Borough. Provided the requisite grants are awarded and planning permission obtained, building these homes for people with Chipperfield connections could start in the summer 1998. New Parish Councillor
John Hopkins resigned from the Parish Council in September due to pressure of other commitments. There was no request for a by-election during the period designated by the Electoral Registration Officer and so the Parish Council needed to co-opt a member. At its November meeting, the Council unanimously agreed to co-opt Mike Joseph, of 6 Queen Street, to fill the vacancy.
We thank John for his services to the village as a councillor and wish Mike all the best in his new role.

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