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Public consultation opens on Polling Districts, Places and Stations in North Herts

15/08/2019 - 2:15pm

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is asking residents for their views on Polling Districts, Places and Stations in North Hertfordshire.

The recently launched public consultation aims to look closely at how improvements can be made to when an election is held including:

NHDC introduces Fixed Penalty Notices in the crackdown on fly-tippers

14/08/2019 - 3:45pm

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) has recently introduced new powers enabling them to fine householders who have neglected to dispose of their waste through a licensed waste carrier.

These Fixed Penalty Notice fines, which are an alternative to prosecution, are a measure to encourage household owners to go through a series of checks as part of their duty of care before handing over their waste to a waste disposal person or company.

Recommended checks include:

Great Ashby play area gets a boost with new play equipment

09/08/2019 - 3:00pm

New play equipment has been installed at Great Ashby District Park on the north eastern edge of Stevenage, breathing fresh life into the park’s play area.

The new equipment includes:

  • A cone climber – a cone shaped rope climbing frame which gently rotates whilst children are using it
  • An embankment play ramp – a combination of rope and log footholds allow children to test their strength by climbing to the top of a ramp

Green spaces in Royston and Letchworth celebrate ten consecutive years of Green Flag Awards

30/07/2019 - 1:00pm

Priory Memorial Gardens in Royston and Norton Common Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in Letchworth have been awarded Green Flag Awards for the tenth year in a row.

These national environmental awards, which are run annually by Keep Britain Tidy, recognise the best parks and open spaces in the UK. Judges for the awards look at what facilities sites have and how well they are managed and maintained for the local community.

Garden waste sign up extension

26/07/2019 - 10:15am

If you haven’t yet renewed your subscription to North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) brown bin garden waste collection service, don’t panic, as we have extended the payment deadline.

Final date added to Hitchin Town Hall Panel Review oral evidence sessions

25/07/2019 - 10:15am

A further date of Friday 2 August has been announced as the final oral evidence session of the Hitchin Town Hall and North Hertfordshire Museum Panel Review.

This date follows on from two sessions earlier this month where key witnesses from the Council, Hitchin Town Hall Ltd and other organisations were questioned by the Panel about their experience of partnership working related to the project.

The final session will start at 10am at the Council Offices, Letchworth to accommodate those witnesses who were unable to make earlier sessions.

Payment deadline extended for Garden Waste Service subscriptions

16/07/2019 - 2:45pm

UPDATE - 25 July 2019: If you been unable to reach Urbaser to re-subscribe to the Garden Waste Service, we have set up a temporary additional phone line on 01462 474333. 

Original article: Phone lines to Urbaser continue to be extremely busy with residents calling to re-subscribe to the Garden Waste Collection Service. Over 10,000 people have re-subscribed so far, but we are aware that many residents are still struggling to get through.

Local bereavement charity, Stand by Me, to receive over £2000 from NHDC’s outgoing Chairman

16/07/2019 - 1:45pm

NHDC’s outgoing Chairman, Cllr John Bishop, presented a cheque for £2350 to his nominated charity, Stand By Me at a meeting of Full Council on 11 July.

Cllr Bishop raised the funds for the charity during his year as Chairman of the Council, which ended in May. Stand By Me is a charity supporting bereaved children, young people and their families, as well as those dealing with serious illness in North Hertfordshire and Stevenage. It offers a friendly voice, advice and a community.

Problems with garden waste subscription telephone lines

09/07/2019 - 2:15pm

We apologise if you are currently unable to contact Urbaser by telephone to subscribe or re-subscribe to the garden waste collection service. We are working on resolving these problems as soon as possible.

You can still renew your garden waste subscription online by visiting and following the link to subscribe.

Grant boost for Royston community groups

08/07/2019 - 12:30pm

North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Royston and District Committee awarded grants to benefit three local community groups at its meeting on 3 July *.