Prior to the meeting proper the Council discussed with W.P.C. Bamford some of their concerns.
WPC Bamford said that her current shift patterns meant that she would only be able to attend meetings quarterly. The nuisance of motorcycles was discussed and it was accepted that would be hard to gather appropriate evidence of illegal activities. More obvious police presence was discussed for speed control and general sense of security. It was also mooted that perhaps the police could add their weight to the crucial topic of the footway through the village as a safety issue.
Then District Councillor Simon Howell addressed the meeting. He announced that council tax would be frozen for another year. The changes to waste collection were revisited and he continued to support the Parish Council’s effort to progress the pedestrian footway project. He said that the £333 available for Hempstead from the housing levy bonus could be accessed when a specific expenditure project was planned.
The meeting proper began at 9.18pm