Standing Joint Police Committee report - police cottages
Hertfordshire Mercury, 8th May 1915
At the Annual Meeting of Hertfordshire Council held at the Shire Hall, Hertford on Monday, the Standing Joint Police Committee reported that they had the following offers of land for erecting police cottages thereon: Garston £50; Sarratt £50; West Hyde £25; Leverstock Green £54; and Park Street £55 5s.
The Chairman said these offers could not be accepted now having regard to the circular of the Local Government Board, which had been received since the negotiations took place. This was no time to indulge in capital expenditure. Even if they approved of the purchase, the Local Government Board would not sanction the necessary loan to build the cottages.
Mr Toovey said that the price that was going to be paid for this land was perfectly preposterous, and was at the rate of £800 per acre at Sarratt and £350 at Leverstock Green, both of which places were in rural districts 3 miles from a railway station.
Mr Holland-Hibbert said he thought they ought to purchase the land if they did not proceed with the cottages at present. If they did not do so they would lose an opportunity which would not occur again. He assured the Council that the sites, which were most suitable, were not offered at a high price.
The Chairman said that however desirable it might be to buy the land it was perfectly obvious that they would not get the necessary sanction, and it was only wasting time to go on with it. (Hear, hear.)
The recommendations of the committee were withdrawn.