The Role of Flamstead Parish Council
The Parish Council meets about 10 times a year. It has responsibility for managing the sports pavilion (to be finished April 2020) and associated activities, the cutting of grass at the recreation ground, churchyard and certain verges and open areas around the village and it reports on all relevant planning applications. It works to engender a good working relationship with the local police to discuss crime and traffic issues in the parish. Flamstead has a part time warden service to assist with rubbish clearance, maintenance of paths and flower beds and general upkeep of public areas.
Flamstead is a small village in Hertfordshire, tucked away on the North East edge of the Chilterns, just off the A5183.
It must also be seen in the wider context of its parish (one of the largest in Hertfordshire), which embraces the village proper, Trowley Bottom, the “A5183 corridor”, Old Watling Street and various outlying hamlets and farms.
It is a very ancient community, with a documented history going back to The Domesday Book and probably back to Roman times. The Church of St Leonard’s, which is in the centre of the village was started in the 12th Century and is part of a conservation area that is in the central part of the village.
Nowadays, it is a very active village with plenty of societies and groups to join, a thriving church community which apart from its well attended services, hosts many activities as part of its Heritage Project. Its newly installed kitchen and meeting room has enabled the church to be used for a variety of events.
On the recreation ground, cricket is played in the summer and youth football in the winter, with the added advantage of a soon to be completed new sports pavilion and a brand new playground. There is also one tennis court and table tennis.
Communications are excellent, with the M1, M25 and London Luton Airport close by. The village is linked by bus routes between Luton, Dunstable, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead and there are excellent rail links from either Harpenden or Hemel Hempstead Within the village there is a Junior & Infant school, 3 public houses, 1 shop (a post office and general store). On the A5183 there are 2 hotels, a restaurant, a petrol station and a fuel station / cafe for trucks.