The Role of Flamstead Parish Council

 

The Parish Council meets about 10 times a year in the village hall. It has responsibility for the cutting of grass at the recreation ground, the grass in the churchyard and certain verges and open areas around the village. It has responsibility for most of the street lighting in 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 A5 trunk road.

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, a hamlet now physically linked to the village, the “A5 corridor” , Old Watling Street on the other side of the A5 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.

It is a very small community, which in the census of 1999 showed that there were approx. 1650 people, of which 1100 were adults and the rest were children.

Communications are excellent, with the A5, 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 proper there is a Junior & Infant school, 3 public houses , 1 shop (a post office and general store). On the A5 there is another public house, 2 hotels, a restaurant, a petrol station and a fuel station / cafe for trucks.

Of the working population about 25% work in Flamstead or one of the neighbouring villages. However the majority (36%) work in one of the