However, DBC consults the Parish Council to obtain a local point of view on the planning matters which are relevant to the parish.
Planning is split in two halves – Strategic Planning concerns the designation of planning policies and of strategic developments, and Development Control involves the determination of planning applications.
The Parish Council considers relevant planning applications at its Planning and Licensing Committee meetings and submits its views to the Borough. Residents are welcome to attend these meetings and express any concerns they may have.
The Borough Council decided to go paperless a while ago and no longer sends printed copes of plans to parish councils and this Council has limited facilities to print these, but please ask if you would like to come and see them. Office hours are 9:30 – 12:30. Otherwise, details and the latest status can be viewed via a search facility at: https://site.dacorum.gov.uk/publicaccess/
Most of the Environmental service are carried out by Dacorum Borough Council (DBC)’s Clean, Safe and Green team, whilst the roads (Highways), are the responsibility of Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), and the waterways, the Canal and River Trust and the Environment Agency.
The Council owns and maintains:
the village centre entrance signs
the village garden (off Watford Road / Church Lane)
the High Street planters
the public flowerbeds
the brick-built bus stop shelters
the village pound (Common Lane), and
most of the park benches.
The Council also owns a large allotment site in Sunderland’s Yard (off Church Lane). This is managed by the Kings Langley Allotments and Gardens Association (KLAGA).
The Council’s Village Warden also does basic litter-picking and maintenance work, which can be achieved by a single person, as well as tending to all the plants in the flowerbeds, High Street planters and the village garden.
The Council organizes regular volunteer litter picks. Details can be found on the noticeboards and social media.
The Council is offering funding in attempts to persuade the Borough and County Councils to improve the appearance of some locations in the parish, e.g. the Love Lane edge of the Common.