Update - Walkern Road (Shummery Lane) Flood
Richard Bott’s opinion (which he is 90% but not 100% certain is correct) is that the flood is in a low point in the road that collects water in the field to the north (Walkern side) and sends it south (Benington side).
There are gullies in the road at this low point that collect the road water and pipe it into a clay land drain that runs downhill across the Grundy’s field. It is likely that the land drain and all the gullies are blocked, hence the flood.
Richard has discussed this with Highways who have visited the site, but pressed for a date to clear the gullies, they have advised that nothing can be done for at least three months. Despite this being the responsibility of Highways, Richard is in the process of obtaining two quotes on behalf of the Parish Council to clear the gullies.
In the meantime Ken Grundy has contacted Richard to advise that he has booked a digger to clear/restore the drain in the field on 20 November. Hopefully these measures will resolve the problem’.
Willow trees by bus shelter
Cllr Crofton arranged for HCC to visit the willow trees beside the bus shelter at Stoopers Hill, Town Lane with their tree specialist.
The tree specialist has confirmed the trees are considered safe. They have historically been reduced, however there is no visible sign of fruiting bodies, old or new and no major cavities. He has however recommended to reduce to previous cut points and remove dead wood.
This work has been added to the planned programme of maintenance and it is anticipated this work will be completed within the 2018/19 financial year.
Superfast Broadband for Benington
The Parish Council have been speaking to Connected Counties regarding the progress of the roll out of the super-fast fibre broadband network into Benington.
Connected Counties is a partnership between Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire's Local Enterprise Partnership, Buckinghamshire County Council and BT, focused upon extending fibre broadband coverage to hard-to-reach areas of the county.
The latest information they have provided is that all engineering work will be complete and the cabinet to be ready to order a service between October and December of 2017. There could well be the possibility of residents being able to order a service by mid-October if all engineering works go to plan. Each resident will then need to order their own service with either their existing or new Internet Service Provider (ISP). Any delays at that stage will then be dependent on how fast that ISP can arrange for the customers fibre internet to be connected up.
The good news is that most of Benington should benefit from a service in this period. There is one exception which is the post code SG2 7LL has not made it into the Connected Counties plans at this stage. They said, “we will be conducting a new open market review later this year and it may be that we are able to model them into our future plans then.”
So hopefully there will be the option to upgrade to superfast broadband by the New Year.
Remember this is a service you will have to upgrade to via your ISP (Internet Service Provider) so residents should speak to their ISP for more details.
Public Access Defibrillator
The village now has a defibrillator sited outside the entrance to the Village Hall, courtesy of the Parish Council and the British Heart Foundation.
A second unit will be installed outside Ernest Doe's in the near future.
These machines are designed so that any one can use them.
More information on their use can be seen on YouTube videos by clicking here