Temporary closing of Shantock Lane, Bovingdon

Hertfordshire County Council – Notice under section 14.2 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

NOTICE is given that owing to the likelihood of danger to the public whilst works to repair a gas leak are being undertaken, all traffic is temporarily prohibited from using that length of Shantock Lane, Bovingdon from its junction with Pudds Cross south eastwards for a distance of approximately 50 metres, except for access.

If you have any queries about the emergency gas leak repairs or the temporary road closure, please contact Colin Cromer tel.01953 688 211 at Mervyn Lambert Plant or Simon Brazier tel.0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council.

The work is expected to take 1 week to complete when started on the 21 October 2014.   An alternative signed route will be provided for traffic whilst the road closure is in place.

The prohibition imposed by this notice can remain in force for up to 21 days.

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Preparation for a possible severe weather event

Today is a normal day across the 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, Tuesday. These strong winds are due to affect the Eastern and Southern areas of our network during Tuesday 21st October from early morning and may last throughout the day.

If the storm materialises and affects power lines, 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.

To report any power cuts and damaged lines on free helplines, please refer customers to the following numbers: In the South East call 0800 783 8866 and in the East of England call 0800 783 8838. You can also see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and follow the company on twitter for updates @ukpowernetworks. 

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

Stakeholder Engagement Team

UK Power Networks

Newington House

237 Southwark Bridge Road



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Funding Available to Improve Sports Facilities (England)

Sport England has announced that the current round of its Inspired Facilities Fund will close on the 3rd November 2014.

Through the fund, Sport England will award capital grants to refurbish and improve up to 1,000 community sports clubs. Community and voluntary organisations, including sports clubs, parish and town councils can apply for grants worth between £20,000 and £50,000. At least 70% of the available funding available is set aside for these groups.

The remaining money is available to a wider group of organisations, including councils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available. If one of the groups benefitting from a planned project is disadvantaged young people aged under 18, applicants can apply for additional capital (to cover building costs) or revenue (day-to-day operating costs) funding from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity. A case study given is that of an inner-city secondary school that has opened its facilities to the community for many years but wants to do more. The school could apply for funding for improved sports hall lighting, storage unit for archery and BMX equipment as well as floodlighting to BMX area.


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Have your say on the new strategy for Hertfordshire Library Service

‘Inspiring Libraries’ is an innovative and ambitious new strategy to ensure that Hertfordshire Libraries continue to deliver high quality services that are relevant to the needs and demands of local communities over the next ten years.

You can have your say on the proposed changes in a public consultation running from 29 September to 7 December 2014 by:

You can read the new strategy and the proposed changes here.

Further Information

For further information regarding Hertfordshire Library Service please visit our home page www.hertsdirect.org/libraries or for more information regarding our mobile library service please visit www.hertsdirect.org/services/libraries/mobtrailibs1/

For more detailed information on an individual library, you can also view profiles of Hertfordshire’s 46 libraries.

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Victims of crime – have your say to improve service

If you have been a victim of a crime in Hertfordshire at any time during the past year please take part in a new consultation to help improve the support offered to victims in the future.

The Victims’ Voice online survey has been launched by Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, to find out more about victims’ experiences and their views on the service they received from police and other support services.

There are several ways you can take part in the survey and it is fully confidential so there is no concern about your personal details being shared.

Your views count even if you chose not report it to police or other relevant authority. 

The easiest way to have your say is by going to the online survey here: www.victimsvoice-herts.info

Or you can call 0800 999 7499 (free from most landlines) to take part in an automated telephone survey.

If you don’t want to follow structured questions but still want to tell us about your experience, you can email contact@victimsvoice-herts.info

Hard copies of the questionnaire can be requested from the Commissioner’s office by calling 01707 806100 or by writing to Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk

Police Contact Advice:
Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.

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