Bikefest is back…

Bikefest is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever before. If you’re a fan of motorcycles, mopeds and scooters or simply want a free day out with the family, join Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service as they host this annual biker event.

At Bikefest this year, you can meet nine-time British Supermoto champion and biking legend Christian Iddon. You can watch spectacular bike displays by youth motorcycle team the Imps. There will be trade stands, biker competitions, a bouncy castle, refreshments and many other attractions. The Hertfordshire Fire Bike Team will also be on hand to provide safety advice for bikers young and old.

Bikefest, now in it’s fourth year, will be held:

Date: Sunday 17 August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Longfield Training Centre, Hitchin Road, Stevenage.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “Bikefest is a fabulous day for motorcyclists and their families to enjoy but it is underpinned by crucial safety messages. Bikers can be a difficult audience to reach which makes events such as this so important. We know that Hertfordshire has some of the busiest roads in the country and while bikers make up about two percent of motorists, they sadly account for 20 percent of those killed or seriously injured countywide. Bikefest provides an excellent opportunity to share road safety advice that could truly save lives.”

Tony Smith, from Herts Fire Bike Team explained: “As keen bikers ourselves, we are working hard to engage with motorcyclists through events such as Bikefest and training such as Biker Down. We want bikers to realise that by following some simple safety advice, they can keep themselves, and other road users, safe.”

For further information about Bikefest 2014, please go to: www.hertsdirect.org/bikefest.

For information about Biker Down courses, please go to:
www.hertsdirect.org/bikerdown.

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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 as possible, 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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Monday 7 July 2014

The Parish Council’s Planning Committee will be meeting in the Memorial Hall at 6.30 p.m. and this will be followed by the Parish Council meeting starting at 7.30 p.m.

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Planning Committee, 24 June 2014

The Planning Committee scheduled for 24 June has been cancelled and the next meeting will be held on Monday 7 July 2014.  The meeting is due to start at 6.30 p.m., but if you wish to attend please confirm with the Parish Clerk (01442 833036) nearer the time as the meeting may have to start earlier.

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