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 we 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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OBSERVATORY OPEN EVENING

Location - The High Tops observing site at the end of the lane adjacent to the Green Dragon Pub

Saturday 21st June
Time – 19:00 onwards

Solar viewing will be available weather permitting. 
Light refreshments will be available.
 
The society would like to invite the residents of Flaunden & surrounding area to join us.

Peter Craft
SW Herts Astronmical Society

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