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Waste collection delays in Royston (Monday 17 June)

17/06/2019 - 10:45am

Due to staff sickness levels, the following streets in Royston will not have their regular waste collections today (Monday 17 June). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. All waste collections should be completed by the end of tomorrow (Tuesday), so please continue to leave your bin out.

The roads affected are:

New drinking fountains installed at North Herts parks and outdoor pools

14/06/2019 - 12:30pm

Visitors to North Hertfordshire’s parks and outdoor pools can now quench their thirst for free now that a number of public drinking fountains have been installed by North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC).

The new drinking fountains are a permanent fixture and will provide an all-year-round fresh supply of drinking water for visitors to these sites. Each fountain also has a bottle filling tap for topping up reusable water bottles.

The drinking fountains have been installed at:

Norton Common Park and Pool day promises fun for all the family

14/06/2019 - 11:00am

Pop along to Letchworth’s Norton Common and Outdoor Pool on Sunday 23 June, and you are sure to have a splashingly good time!

The fun day offers a chance to try out a number of different sports and fun activities both in the water and on dry land.

Events include:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax fraudster convicted

13/06/2019 - 3:30pm

A Letchworth woman has been convicted after pleading guilty to seven charges relating to fraudulent claims for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reductions totalling almost £15,000 between 2015 and 2017.

Bedfordshire man pleads guilty to fly-tipping offence in North Hertfordshire

11/06/2019 - 11:15am

A Bedfordshire man has been prosecuted for failing to legally and appropriately dispose of his waste in North Hertfordshire.

At Stevenage Magistrates Court on 31 May, Mr Sam G.W. Dowell of Fildyke Road, Meppershall, Bedfordshire, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to dispose of waste appropriately, contrary to section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Livestock mooooooves back to Baldock Nature Reserves

04/06/2019 - 11:30am

It’s that time of year again when livestock return to graze at Local Nature Reserves (LNR) in Baldock.

Four English Longhorn cattle and 20 sheep will be moving in to graze the northern and southern slopes at Weston Hills LNR in the second week of June, taking up temporary residence until September. The Longhorns and sheep have been successfully grazed at this site for several years.

Statement on EU Citizens voting in European elections

23/05/2019 - 3:00pm

Following reports nationally of some EU Citizens being unable to vote in today’s European Parliamentary Elections, we would like to clarify the position.

EU Citizens registered to vote in the UK can choose to vote either in the UK or in the country where they are a citizen, but not in both. Those who wanted to vote in the UK had to complete and return a declaration form to their Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) by 7 May.

NHDC Announces new Council Leader and Cabinet

22/05/2019 - 4:00pm

A new Labour Leader of the Council and Labour / Liberal Democrat joint administration were announced at a meeting of NHDC’s Annual Council last night (21).

Cllr Martin Stears-Handscomb is now Leader of the Council. Cllr Stears-Handscomb said of his appointment: "It's an honour and a challenge to be elected Leader. I commit myself to work for all the people of North Hertfordshire and my particular concern is that we ensure we serve all our residents and reach out to those who all too often miss out."

Vehicle ‘stop and check’ operation targets unlicensed waste carriers

20/05/2019 - 2:45pm

North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Community Safety team joined forces with other agencies last week (14 May), to carry out a vehicle ‘stop and check’ operation in Hitchin.

Hitchin and Letchworth Outdoor Pools set for bank holiday opening

20/05/2019 - 10:15am

Hitchin and Letchworth Outdoor Pools officially open their doors for the season on Saturday 25 May, just in time for the May half-term school holiday.

Hitchin Outdoor Pool will open from 8am to 6.30pm on Monday – Friday and from 8am to 6pm at weekends. The Letchworth Outdoor Pool will open from 7am to 6.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will open at the slightly later time of 8am to 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At weekends the pool will be open from 8.30am until 6pm. Both pools will stay open until Sunday 8 September.