Preparation for possible severe weather event

Today is a normal day across the electricity networks with no widespread power cuts due to the weather. However, UK Power Networks is working closely with the Met Office to track the strong winds that are forecast to hit the UK tomorrow, Thursday. These strong winds are due to affect the Eastern and Southern areas of our network overnight Thursday 11th December and early Friday 12th December.

If the storm materialises and affects power supplies, our paramount focus will be on restoring electricity to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

We are currently monitoring the weather closely and are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.

Click here for the latest forecast from the Met Office.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead power lines. Our emergency plans have been put in to place, with hundreds of extra engineers and other staff on duty to deal with situations as and when they arise.

As always our priorities in these situations are public safety and restoring supplies to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

In communication with customers, we urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to UK Power Networks.

For any power cut enquiries please contact us 24 hours a day by:

Preparing for a power cut

Below is some advice on how our customers can prepare for a power cut:

  • Keep our freephone number handy
  • See the website for some useful videos offering you advice during a power cut.
  • Keep spare batteries for radios and torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
  • Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
  • Dress warmly in several layers of clothing, stay in one room or even get into bed
  • Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
  • Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  • Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  • Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  • Look out for elderly neighbours; please consider taking them round a flask of hot water or hot food


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The Parish Office will be open until midday on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and then will be closed throughout the Christmas and New Year period, re-opening at 9.30 a.m. on Monday 5 January 2015.

During this period you can leave messages on 01442 833036 or e-mail us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible on our return.

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.

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Planning Committee

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 November 2014 starting at 6.30 p.m. in the Bowls Club, High Street.  The agenda is posted on the Planning Committee page.

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Some sections of carriageway are going to be replaced. Richard Roberts, your local county councillor, has recommended it is a priority and is funding it from the Highway Locality Budget scheme. Information about locality budgets is online at

What are we doing?     

We will be carrying out works to replace various sections of worn out carriageway, between Shantock Hall Lane and Pudds Cross.

Dates & Times

The work is programmed to start on Tuesday 9th December, and should be completed within 9 days. We will be working between the hours of 07.30 and 17.30.

How will this affect you?

We will need to close the road during these times in order to provide a safe environment for our workforce and highway users. We will endeavour to maintain access to properties or businesses, however, this may not be possible at all times and there may be a slight delay in obtaining access during specific works operations. Access for Emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Do not park in the works area during the publicised dates and times. If parked vehicles are holding up the works and we cannot contact the owner, we have the legal right to move and relocate them to a nearby street.

What are we asking you to do?

Please make sure that you move your car out of the works area before the works starts.

Additional Information

  • The work is weather dependent and from time to time unforeseen circumstances arise, any changes to the proposed start date, duration or working hours will be notified on the information boards at either end of your street, on our website or by scanning the QR code on this letter.
  • Questions or concerns regarding these specific works can be answered by email: or telephone 0300 123 4047.
  • Neither Hertfordshire County Council, nor their contractors will approach you offering to carry out works to your property. Any cold calling of this nature by people claiming to represent Hertfordshire should be viewed with suspicion and be reported to us.

As part of our commitment to the continuous improvement of our service, we would like to hear your views on works in your area. We’d be grateful if you would take the time to log on to and complete a short survey.  We value your opinion, and measuring your perception of key areas of our service enables

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Parish Office

Due to necessary systems maintence we will not be able to receive or send e-mails from 16.00 on 30 October until 09.30 on Monday 3 November 2014.  In the meantime, we can be contacted on 01442 833036 and apologise for any inconveniemce caused.

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