Village looks forward to finding its own voice

PUBLISHED: 12:32 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

Other parish campaigners in the borough have been victorious. South Mimms residents were given their parish on January 10, but at a Hertsmere meeting councillors finalised how it would operate in time for the May elections. There will be five councillors

Other parish campaigners in the borough have been victorious.

South Mimms residents were given their parish on January 10, but at a Hertsmere meeting councillors finalised how it would operate in time for the May elections.

There will be five councillors for the parish, which will not be separated by wards and which will cover the village itself as well as the services area, and hamlets Kitts End and Dancers Hill.

The precept for 2008/2009 will be £10,000 and the first election will be on May 1, along with borough elections, and then every four years.

Councillor Rodney Saunders, who represents the Shenley borough council ward the parish is in, said: "I just want to say that I am delighted.

"The residents have been campaigning for some years for this now."

He also stressed that it was important that the small parish's interests were supported by borough councillors until the new parish councillors could be voted in.

The idea for a parish council came about after the original parish, which included a much smaller Potters Bar, was disbanded in 1984.

Some 295 people from the 626 on the electoral role voted in favour of the proposals.

A resident who has been part of the campaign said: "This should give us more of an identity and voice as we are only a small area in the borough.

"It is another step along the way after a two-year bid and everyone who came to the meeting we held about it said yes."

He added: "Hertsmere Borough Council has been very keen on it, too.

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