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Smiles all round as NHDC wins Green Flag Awards for its parks

09/08/2018 - 12:30pm

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is celebrating after five of its parks and nature reserves have retained their Green Flag status, as part of a national award scheme.

The prestigious Green Flag Awards, which are run by Keep Britain Tidy, recognise the best parks and open spaces in the UK. Sites are judged to ensure spaces are managed to meet the needs of their local communities and maintained to a high standard.

This year the following sites received awards:

Hitchin pool to celebrate 80th birthday

09/08/2018 - 11:15am

Hitchin Outdoor Pool will be celebrating its 80th birthday in style with a day of fun-filled free activities on Saturday 11 August.

The pool had two official openings, the first was on 30 April 1938 and the second took place on 2 July 1938 and was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. 

To mark its milestone birthday, North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), in partnership with Stevenage Leisure Limited (SLL), is inviting visitors to the centre to enjoy a host of activities from 10am to 4pm, including:

Letchworth’s Jackmans Estate play area gets a make over

06/08/2018 - 11:15am

Councillors from NHDC and staff from community charity Groundwork Hertfordshire gathered on 2 August to officially open a newly revamped play area on the Jackmans Estate in Letchworth.

Local people will now benefit from exciting new playground and outdoor gym equipment, which has been delivered as part of a joint project between North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) and Groundwork.

Rural horse patrol scheme launches in Lilley

03/08/2018 - 4:15pm

Volunteer horse riders in Lilley are helping to combat rural crime as part of an ongoing joint initiative by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC).

The Community Horse Patrol Scheme (CHiPS) already has a number of successful patrols in other parts of North Herts, delivered by volunteer riders who keep a watchful eye out for rural crime when out riding their horses in the countryside.

Missed bin collections - 3 August 2018 update

03/08/2018 - 9:30am

3 August 2018: We are aware of a small number of streets in Letchworth where food caddies were not collected on Thursday 2 August:

Norton Way
Southern Way
Stotfold Rd
Hawthorne Hill

All streets above should be collected today. Please leave your bin outside and we will reattempt collection as soon as possible. You do not need to contact us to report a missed bin.

Statement from Urbaser Ltd regarding recent waste collection issues

27/07/2018 - 10:00am

Please find the below statement from waste contractor Urbaser Ltd, regarding recent waste collection service issues in North Hertfordshire:


Urbaser Ltd would like to sincerely apologise for the recent waste collection problems which residents in North Hertfordshire have been experiencing. We would like to reassure you that we are fully committed to working with the Council to ensure that the residents of North Hertfordshire receive the expected levels of service.

Baldock school children saddle up for future success

24/07/2018 - 3:00pm

Pupils from Brandles School in Baldock are benefitting from a new scheme to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, by involving them in the care of horses, thanks to a successful funding application to the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Pupil Equine Training Scheme (PETS) is a Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) initiative that is being run in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) and Courtlands Riding Stables in Stevenage.

Herts Careline receives a royal thank you from Prince Harry

19/07/2018 - 9:30am

Herts Careline received a royal thank you from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex this week after the community alarm and telecare service wished them well on their wedding day.

Herts Careline helps thousands of residents live independently at home and many of their customers had shared with the service their plans to mark Prince Harry’s special day – some had tea parties and some planned to watch the big day with their families. Herts Careline decided to write to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to pass on their and our good wishes.

Missed bin collections - 18 July 2018 update

18/07/2018 - 9:15am

We are aware of a large number of streets in Lilley, Hexton, Pirton, Knebworth, Peters Green, Gosmore, Hitchin, St Ippolyts, The Holt and Whitwell where bins were not collected yesterday (17 July). If your bin (grey mixed recycling, purple general waste, brown garden waste - if you have paid for the garden waste service, or food caddy) hasn’t been collected and your street is listed below, you do not need to contact us to report a missed collection. Please leave your bin outside and we will reattempt collection as soon as possible.

Statement on recent missed bin collections - 17 July 2018

17/07/2018 - 3:45pm

We have been receiving a high level of reports of missed bin collections across various parts of the district in the last two weeks. These are predominantly affecting food waste collections, however we are aware of issues with other bin collections as well. This has in part occurred due to issues with the implementation of the new separate garden waste and food waste services, as well as the reorganisation of the workforce to deal with this.