Road Closures

posted 24 Dec 2018, 01:33 by Pirton Parish Clerk

Road closure between Holwell and Pirton including bus service.

Summary of information from the Parish Council FB site.

Road closure 

Gas works

There are currently signs on Waterloo Lane saying that part of the road will be closed from January 7th for 12 days. This is for gas installation.


 The Parish Council have been in touch with Cala over their road closure  and have a meeting scheduled with them for January 15th.

Basic information so far:

Cala are aiming for Mid January for their closure. 

They are meeting Highways on January 7th and the date will be finalised following this meeting. 

They will let the Parish Council know as soon as they have a definite date. Cala Head Office will also be sending a newsletter out re the closure to Pirton and Holwell residents.

As far as we know the road will be closed from the triangle at the end of Royal Oak Lane to Waterloo Lane in Holwell.

Construction traffic will continue to come through Holwell into the site.

The road is scheduled to be closed for 16 weeks but this period also includes a buffer in case the works overrun. If the work finishes quicker than the 16 weeks, they  will reopen.

Cala are now on their Christmas break, returning to work on January 3rd They are still working on clarifying access and parking for residents on Holwell Road and will have more information in the New Year.

If anyone  urgently needs more information please contact the site managers when they are back from the Christmas break on January 3rd.

Paul Archer.  Project Manager.

Robert Douglas . Assistant Project Manager.

Pirton Public and School Bus Service.

Tom Gammell has  made enquiries regarding the impact on the public and school bus services, during the road closure period and has posted the following information..

‘The first thing to understand, is that currently, no final decision has been taken on what will happen, so please bear in mind that the information I have been given, may change.

During the period of the CALA closure, the buses from Pirton will go directly to Hitchin along Hitchin Road, and vice versa on the return journey. The pick-up points for this temporary service will be next to The Fox and next to The Motte & Bailey.

Just as a for instance, at the moment, the times of morning departure is some 15 minutes earlier, at approx. 07:53.

Do please bear in mind that this is what is proposed rather than finalised. However, there will not be a bus of any description travelling between Pirton and Holwell during the road closure period. The PC will update this as soon as we hear further from the North Herts Bus Users Group, who have been very helpful ‘

Chairman Resignation

posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:17 by Pirton Parish Clerk   [ updated 14 Nov 2018, 12:04 ]

Alison Smither has announced her immediate resignation as Chair of Pirton Parish Council and as a Parish Councillor.

Parish Clerk Resignation

posted 11 Oct 2018, 06:28 by Pirton Parish Clerk

Stephen Smith has announced his resignation from the Parish Council with effect from 31st December 2018.

Anyone interested in applying for the vacant post, which includes the role of Responsible Financial Officer, should click on the 'Clerk Recruitment' tab for more information.

Gladmans Appeal Details

posted 24 Aug 2018, 08:33 by Pirton Parish Clerk

See details of the Appeal Hearing:

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Appeal by: Gladman Developments Limited Appeal ref: APP/X1925/W/17/3184846 Site address: Land Off Holwell Road, Pirton Appeal Start Date: 24 April 2018
Date:     4  and  5  September  2018 Time:    10.00am Venue: The Council Chamber, North Hertfordshire District Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth, SG6 3JF. Inspector for the Appeal: Brendon Lyons

If you wish to attend the hearing, a public car park is available adjacent to the Council offices at the Garden Square Shopping Centre and is accessed via Roland Way,  Please be aware that the car parks are pay and display car parks, and that long stay car parking bays are located on floors 4 to 9 at the Garden Square Shopping Centre, disabled parking is also available at the car park.
Details of car parks including charges can be found on the Council website at:
Once you arrive at the Council Offices, please inform reception that you are there to attend the Planning Appeal Hearing in the Council Chamber and they will advise you where to go.
The appeal documents  can be viewed an be viewed at NHDC Offices, Town Lodge, Gernon Road, Letchworth during normal office hours, and the Appeal Questionnaire and the Appellant's and the Council's Statement of Case are also available to view on the Council's website at, using the reference number 17/01543/1.

Parish Council Meeting with CALA Homes

posted 8 Aug 2018, 00:22 by Pirton Parish Clerk

Representatives of the Parish Council met with CALA Homes at the Holwell Turn site on 2nd August 2018.

Notes from the Meeting are shown below.

Outline Planning Permission Granted for Priors Hill Site

posted 1 Aug 2018, 11:42 by Pirton Parish Clerk

NHDC have granted JPP Land Outline Planning Permission for the site on Priors Hill.

See the Decision Notice here

Conclusion of 2017-18 Audit

posted 1 Aug 2018, 02:57 by Pirton Parish Clerk   [ updated 1 Aug 2018, 03:00 ]

The external audit of Pirton Parish Council's accounts to 31st March 2018 has now been completed by External Auditors PKF Littlejohn.

The details may be viewed on the Council's website, under the Finance heading of the Documents tab.  Here

The review of the finances contained in the Annual Report is also available. 

The Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) is available for inspection by any elector in the Parish on application to the Parish Clerk. See the Notice of Conclusion of Audit below.

Elm Tree Farm Construction Management Plan - CALA Homes' Appeal

posted 16 Jun 2018, 00:15 by Pirton Parish Clerk

CALA Homes have won their appeals regarding the Construction Management Plan & Traffic Management Plans (CMP)for the Holwell Turn site (ETF1). The appeals were for both the Holwell only route i.e. - arrival and departure via Holwell.

These were the two early applications, i.e. arguably the most detailed of the plans with a fair amount of supervision and control and the basic one with very little control and supervision.  

This means that Cala can not only construct the 78 houses but choose which of the plans they wish.  


Details of the decision and costs can be seen at

Neighbourhood Development Plan Update

posted 2 May 2018, 07:09 by Pirton Parish Clerk   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 10:45 ]

Pirton Neighbourhood Development Plan is now officially ‘ made’ and is now fully part of the statutory development plan for North Herts.

See the Decision Statement below.

Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum Result

posted 8 Mar 2018, 23:56 by Pirton Parish Clerk

At the vote on 8th March 2018 residents resoundingly voted to approve the NDP.

Voting was:

FOR:   520           AGAINST:    18       (1 SPOILT VOTE)

Turnout was 56.7%

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