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Green fingered community project receives funding from Hitchin Committee

05/03/2021 - 4:30pm

A social and therapeutic gardening project which is at the heart of a Hitchin community, recently received funding from North Herts District Council’s (NHDC) Hitchin Committee.

‘Ron’s Plot’, is based at Burford Way allotments in Hitchin and is run by Getting Rooted CIC. The project aims to bring together residents, community groups and businesses from the local area to share advice, information and tips on sustainable gardening.

Local woman pleads guilty to fly-tipping offence in Letchworth Garden City

05/03/2021 - 3:00pm

On 26 February at Stevenage Magistrates Court, Miss Clare Gateson of Kyrkeby, Letchworth Garden City, pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste (fly-tipping) on land without holding an environmental permit, contrary to section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

In October 2019, fly-tipped waste belonging to Miss Gateson was discovered next to garages in Kyrkeby on the Jackmans estate in Letchworth. The fly-tipping included two bags of household waste and old trampoline netting.

Hertfordshire residents playing their part as Covid Information Champions

03/03/2021 - 2:15pm

More than 100 residents have signed up so far to provide clear information on Covid-19, including vaccine advice, to all people across Hertfordshire.

The Covid Information Champions project was launched last month to help residents get the right information in a clear way as well as public health updates, with its main aims being to improve understanding of rules around Covid and to make sure that as many people as possible are having the vaccine. 

NHDC's Chair’s Volunteer Achievement Awards – Winners Announced

02/03/2021 - 11:45am

The winners of this year’s Chair’s Volunteer Achievement Awards were announced by Cllr Terry Tyler on NHDC’s YouTube channel on Friday 26 February 2021.

The awards celebrate people in North Hertfordshire who volunteer and ‘go the extra mile’ to make a real difference in their local community. Organised by North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), the awards were sponsored by Willmott Dixon, with The Comet as media partner.

Opening of the Outdoor Pools: Statement from North Herts District Council and Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL)

01/03/2021 - 4:15pm

North Herts District Council (NHDC) and SLL are pleased to announce that the Outdoor Pools in Hitchin and Letchworth are set to open at the end of May, provided that Government restrictions are lifted in the expected timescales.

Plans to extend the season beyond the usual closing date (early September) are to be considered by NHDC’s Cabinet on 16 March. Due to the current ongoing government restrictions and social distancing measures in place, we will not be opening the pools before 29 May.

Tree planting project gets the greenlight

23/02/2021 - 11:30am

 A tree planting project that encourages people living in North Herts to plant a free tree in their garden, has been given the green light in North Herts District Council’s (NHDC) annual budget.

Subject to availability of suitable trees, in total up to 10,000 free trees will be provided later this year to residents on a first come, first served basis to help create an ‘urban forest’ in the district. Trees provided will be small saplings and easily transportable from a collection point to people’s homes.

Community safety survey launches in North Herts

23/02/2021 - 11:00am

North Herts residents are being asked to raise any neighbourhood safety concerns they may have, in a new online survey.

Launched this week by the North Herts Community Safety Partnership (NHCSP), the anonymous survey invites residents to provide feedback on crime, disorder and nuisance issues in their local area. Responses given will assist the partnership in prioritising resources in North Herts and will be used to inform and create a new Community Safety Action Plan for the district.

70 or older and haven’t got a COVID-19 vaccination appointment? Book now!

15/02/2021 - 9:45am

People aged 70 and over, those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and front line health and social care staff who have not yet had their first COVID vaccination, are being urged to contact the NHS now to arrange a jab.

The call is part of a drive to ensure that everyone who is most at risk from COVID-19 can get protected as quickly as possible.

Council budget agreed for 2021/2022

12/02/2021 - 3:30pm

At a meeting of North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Full Council on 11 February, Councillors agreed the budget for 2021/2022.

The budget takes into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with a predicted £2.2 million shortfall of income and additional expenditure due to this, which the Council will meet from its financial reserves.