As December is drawing to a close and with 2017 on the very near horizon, many people have already made their New Year’s resolutions. If you haven’t yet decided what your resolutions should be, why not consider making a difference in your community by joining Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary?
Become a volunteer police officer (Special Constable) with Hertfordshire Constabulary and you could kick off your year by doing something rewarding and exciting while developing a wide range of skills – all through dedicating at least 16 hours per month. Read the rest of this entry »
Healthier Future Plan Summary, December 2016, http://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/.
Currently about £3.1 billion per year is spent on health and social care in Hertfordshire and West Essex. The funding gap is forecast to reach more than £550 million per year by 2020/21
To find out more about the STP and proposals for the next five years for health in Herts and to have your say, visit www.healthierfuture.org.uk . Follow on social media @HWEfutureSTP
Good to see BS content in our MP, Mark Prisk’s letter to E Herts Council regarding the pre-submission District Plan:
Each town in my constituency has notable bottlenecks, not least along the A414 through Hertford, the A1184 through Sawbridgeworth, the town centre of Ware and the Hockerill Lights junction and town centre of Bishop’s Stortford. Indeed the recent ClientEarth study shows that Bishop’s Stortford NO2 levels are nearly twice the statutory level.
There is the…refore an urgent need for substantial improvements to local roads, alongside provision for alternatives to car travel. These 3 plans need to be agreed before the larger schemes commence in Bishop’s Stortford, Ware, Sawbridgeworth and at Gilston.
Chapter 5. Bishop’s Stortford
I am aware of concern amongst local people and councillors that the town is expected to absorb a substantial proportion of the total development. People want to understand whether the cumulative effect of the various schemes has been correctly assessed and that they can be sure the additional infrastructure and public services will be in place, in time. Some residents are also very concerned at the loss of Green Belt land at Whittington Way.
Transport is of particular concern with a number of issues: the bottleneck at Hockerill Lights and the levels of reported air pollution; the capacity of the road network along Link Road/Dane Street and around the station; the location and provision of parking; the provision of public transport to alleviate congestion and the ability of any new residents at the sites on the former ASRs to be able to get in and out of the town.
I would therefore want to see a comprehensive response to these issues by the Highways Authority and you as Planning Authority. I would like to know from you how you intend to ensure that the planning gain conditions the Plan sets for developments, will be secured. I am quite willing to assist in any discussions needed with other agencies like Hertfordshire Highways, or indeed central Government, but I need to be satisfied that you have a clear plan for securing these improvements.
The full letter is on Mark Prisk’s website.
Perhaps we may take some encouragement from the writings of Arnold Bennett if our New Year Resolutions have already wobbled? “The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.” Of course choices have constraints and consequences and this is true of organisations as well as individuals.
All three of our levels of council: Town, District and County, have presented us with choices through significant public consultations in 2016 and we shall see the consequences of those choices evolve through 2017 and beyond. Constraints of funding are amongst the challenges for councils. Read the rest of this entry »
For this month’s article please click the link: Flyer, Oct 2016
The factsheet shows in Hertfordshire:
- Accidents have decreased by 4.7% (decreased by 4.3% nationally) compared with 2014.
- Casualties have decreased by 5.9% (decreased by 4.3% nationally) and is the second lowest total on record.
- Killed or Seriously Injured casualties increased by 3.3%, (and decreased by 2.9% nationally)
- Child fatalities were zero during 2015.
To find out key data on accidents in Hertfordshire please visit http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/transtreets/hertscounttravsurv/factactran/
HCC Press Release
23 September 2016
Hertfordshire County Council is planning how travel in the county could look by 2050 and we want to hear your views.
Forecasts for the next 35 years predict that the county’s population will have grown by around 400,000 to over 1.5m, with huge impact on congestion and journey times, particularly during peak travel periods.
The Transport Vision for Hertfordshire, which is open for the public to comment on from today (Friday 23 September), sets out a programme of transport improvements to help deal with this growth.
The major schemes proposed that we want to hear your views on include:
• Sustainable Travel Towns – to improve sustainable transport links in Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Stevenage and Watford.
- Access to East Hemel Hempstead – to provide better transport links to new homes to be built between Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.
- Hertford Bypass –to address traffic congestion and sustainable travel in the town.
- A414 upgrades –to improve junctions around Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City, London Colney and East Hertfordshire to the north of Harlow.
- Bus rapid transit – to create fast, reliable bus connections from Hemel Hempstead to Hertford, serving St Albans, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City, and another link between Watford and St Albans.
As well as major schemes to make significant improvements to travel in Hertfordshire, the county council is also consulting on wider policies to manage the extra strain on our network. We know that looking 15 years into the future a journey that takes an hour now will take 15 minutes longer. That means our new Vision for Transport must consider how we react to these challenges facing our transport network.
We want to hear the views of people who live and travel in Hertfordshire on:
- How we design our streets and places to support reductions in car use and greater use of sustainable transport;
- How we increase levels of cycling, especially for short journeys in urban areas;
- How we encourage shared mobility, for example car and lift share schemes;
- How we create better public transport links, such as priority bus lanes;
- How we use technology to manage roads in real-time;
- How we look at areas separately to address local needs.Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Our strong and successful economy and our thriving communities are built on the bedrock of an efficient and reliable transport network.
Progress is continuing on the A120 Bypass (Little Hadham) and Flood Alleviation Scheme, with further environmental surveys taking place over the summer to support the detailed design. The project aims to improve the transport system and journey time reliability on the A120 and reduce flood risk to properties in Little Hadham.
Geophysical surveys in 2015 scanned the surface to identify potential areas of archaeological interest. Over the last few weeks archaeologists have been on site digging trial trenches to understand more clearly the buried history of the area. Read the rest of this entry »
Demanding times are ahead as we grapple with the closing phases of the draft District Plan which will affect our lives in E Herts up to 2033. Many Districts across the Country area also trying to meet the challenge of protecting the best of their areas at the same time as grappling with the demand for additional housing placed upon them by Govts of all persuasions. The system is complex and evidence based and so nothing like as simple as those not in positions of local responsibility would have you believe. What is simple, but unpalatable, is that if local Districts don’t produce District Plans that meet national requirements and don’t do them on time then the Govt will step in and take over. We are working hard to avoid this but there can be no short cuts to producing a robust District Plan soundly based on evidence and the Duty to Co-operate with our neighbouring authorities and their needs. There will be further opportunity for public comment before the draft Plan is approved by a Govt appointed inspector who will have access to the comments and the evidence base. Read the rest of this entry »