Planning meeting & Parish Council meeting on Monday 1st September 2014

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Temporary road closures to allow road works

Hertfordshire County Council has given notice that it intends to make an Order under Section 14[1] of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all traffic from using the following lengths of roads and to prohibit all vehicles from waiting at any time on both sides of these lengths of roads to enable highway maintenance works to take place:-

that length of Longcroft Lane, Bovingdon/Felden from its junction with Chipperfield Road north eastwards, northwards and eastwards to its junction with Flaunden Lane, a distance of approximately 2652 metres.

that length of Flaunden Hill, Flaunden from its junction with Flaunden Bottom north eastwards, eastwards and southwards to its junction with Smoothing Iron, a distance of approximately 715 metres.

The sections of roads will each be closed and the temporary waiting restrictions will be in place for approximately 5 days during the period 1 October 2014 and 2 April 2015, when signs are in place.  Alternative signed routes will be provided for traffic whilst the road closures are in place.

If you have any queries about the highway maintenance works, the temporary road closures or the temporary waiting restrictions, please contact Chris Brown tel. 0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council.

 

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Bus consultation

Herts County Council is launching a consultation into the financial support the county council provides for bus services in Hertfordshire.  This 12 week consultation relates to some of the 119 HCC contracted services HCC support and runs until 8 October 2014, commercial services and those funded from other sources (developer and district contributions etc) are not affected.

This consultation is available online at http://www.hertsdirect.org/busconsult

HCC needs to save at least £700k from its £3.8m budget for bus services.  To protect the majority of services it supports and the most used services, the county council is proposing to:

  •  withdraw funding to services that run after 6.30pm
  • withdraw funding for services that run on a Sunday

HCC want as many people as possible to take part in this consultation, both bus users and non bus users.

If a resident would like to take part and does not have access to a computer we would suggest going in to their local library where they can have access to a computer.

If people want a paper copy they can call 0300 123 4050 or email hertsdirect@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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Have your say on recycling centres

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) wants to hear your views on changes being suggested for their 17 household waste recycling centres.

A new contractor, AmeyCespa, has been appointed to run the centres, which are sometimes known as ‘tips’ or ‘dumps’. They have been asked to put forward suggestions to improve efficiency and save money, while still reducing waste, improving rates of reuse and recycling and maintaining a reliable service for residents.

Due to reductions in national funding and increasing demand for key services, such as adult social care and children’s services, the county council needs to make savings of £147 million over the next four years. If agreed, the changes being suggested by AmeyCespa could mean the service saves £6m over the next eight years.

HCC wants to know what you think about these suggested service changes:

Permanently closing the centres at Hoddesdon and Elstree

  • Changing the remaining 15 sites from a seven day service to a five day service, with the introduction of weekday closures
  • Changing opening times, with all sites opening from 8am to 4pm all year (except Buntingford, which will retain the existing three hours per day service)

The county council will consider all feedback received during the consultation before any decision is made on whether to introduce the changes. Visit www.hertsdirect.org/wastechanges to find out more and respond to the consultation.

The deadline for responses is 3 August 2014.

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Police advice on security of your home this summer

Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding residents that leaving windows or doors open, to keep the home cool as the weather warms up, can offer opportunities to criminals.

Whilst the number of burglaries has remained low this year, the lure of insecure doors, windows and out-buildings can encourage opportunistic thieves.

 There is a great deal that residents can do themselves to reduce the risk of their property and home being targeted:

  • Check that all ground floor windows and doors are closed and locked when you are in the back garden, leave the house or go to bed. Upstairs windows should be closed and locked when the house is unoccupied
  • PVCu doors can only be properly locked by lifting the handle and using the key
  • Car and house keys should be kept out of sight. Don’t leave them on display on window sills, in porches, hallways or kitchens
  • If you are away overnight or on holiday, use timer switches indoors to turn lights on and off, giving your home a ‘lived-in’ look
  • A good quality alarm and external dusk till dawn low energy lighting, fitted near doors and other entry points, are excellent deterrents
  • Register your valuables on the free database www.immobilise.com - it is quick and easy to do and can help police return them to you if they are lost or stolen. It also helps police to prove that property found in a suspect’s possession is stolen.

For comprehensive crime prevention advice visit our website at www.herts.police.uk or contact your local team via the non-emergency number 101. You can also use this non-emergency number to report suspicious activity, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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