Hatfield residents group could fold tomorrow

A COMMUNITY group in Hatfield looks set to be disbanded – as no-one can give enough time to keep it running.

The future of the de Havilland Residents Association (dHRA) will be decided at its AGM tomorrow (Saturday).

A letter sent out by borough councillor Lynne Sparks, who represents the Hatfield Villages ward and is an active member of the group, read: “The reason for the decision is due to the chair and vice chair no longer being able to give any time to their role.

“The current constitution means a small number of residents have a lot to do and this is not only difficult for committee members it also puts off residents from becoming part of the committee.

“Other long-term members of the dHRA have moved on this year and current committee members are unable to commit a huge amount of time.

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“There is no one that we know of willing to take on these roles.”

However, Cllr Sparks added her hope was to “revitalise” the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in order to fill the association’s role.

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“As an alternative to the dHRA, I am proposing the de Havilland Neighbourhood Watch is revitalised throughout the ward as a way to make sure that the previous good work of the dHRA does not wither away completely,” she said.

“There are also plans to re-instate the Comet Newsletter, the first edition should be delivered in the spring.”

The meeting is set to take place at Sanctuary Care Home in Tamblin Way at 10.30am.

If you could fill the role of chairman/vice-chairman, would like to build up Neighbourhood Watch or become a street co-ordinator, call Cllr Sparks on 07595 099914.

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