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Furneux Pelham Parish Council

Parish Clerk: Fiona Forth
Contact on info@furneuxpelham.org.uk

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Welcome to the Furneux Pelham Parish Council website!

Information about the Parish Council is available, explaining what parish councils are, what powers exist, what Furneux Pelham Parish Council does and who your Parish Councillors are.

Meetings are held bi-monthly and you are welcome to attend. Dates of upcoming meetings are detailed on the meetings page and the agenda is posted on this website three days before the meeting as well as on the noticeboards around the village. Draft minutes are usually available within a week of the meeting. These remain as draft minutes until approved at the next meeting.

The Parish Council's financial and governance arrangements are outlined for you to see, including links to key financial information and governance documentation.

Planning information is added to the website - see here - as and when received from East Herts Council - the Planning Authority.

To report any highways related matter eg potholes, lights, trees, hedges, pavements, verges, flooding etc to Hertfordshire County Council, use this link.

Initial information relating to Furneux Pelham has been included.

All new residents to the village are given a "welcome pack" and this is available electronically here or have a look if you have been in the village for a while and just want a refresher on what is available or what is going on.

If there is any information you would like to see on this website, or any errors, please contact the Parish Clerk, Fiona Forth on info@furneuxpelham.org.uk

Latest news

The next Parish Council meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 9th December 2021 from 7 pm. The agenda for the meeting is available on the Meetings page.

As the bumper December 2021 edition of "The Pelhams" magazine has been issued, the November 2021 edition is now available on this website along with the all the previous editions.

A letter has been sent to the local MPs on behalf of 5 local Parish Councils, including Furneux Pelham, and refers to the Pelham National Grid Substation - Battery Energy Storage Systems and Solar Farms. This letter is available here.

Solar Panel Farm

Renewable Connections briefed Furneux Pelham Cllrs, including Ward Cllrs for East Herts Council and Herts County Council, on the proposed Solar Farm west of Violets Lane, and related Battery Energy Storage Site on Crabbs Lane, Stocking Pelham, on 5th July 2021.

The solar site in the Ash Valley was selected due to the proximity to the Pelham grid substation, the presence of intervening topography and vegetation from local settlements, and that the site comprises predominantly Grade 3 agricultural land rather than 2.

The briefing confirmed that this proposal is still in the very early stages of development and current expectations are that:

  • public consultation will take place late summer/early Autumn; and
  • planning application for the solar farm will be submitted towards the end of 2021.

Renewable Connections sought pre-application advice from East Herts Council’s Planning Department before Christmas 2020 and this is still outstanding. Once received, it hopes to share this with the parish. Environmental screening is currently in progress and, recognising one of the key concerns, they will be consulting with the Environment Agency regarding the flood risk. Renewable Connections will consult fully with local residents ahead of an application being submitted.

Cllrs used the opportunity to feedback the comments received at its last Parish Council meeting from residents. In addition, Renewable Connections were made aware of the “Protect the Pelhams” Facebook page.