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Hitchin Market prepares to reopen on Tuesday 2 June

19/05/2020 - 4:15pm

North Herts District Council (NHDC) is pleased to hear that Hitchin Markets Ltd aim to reopen Hitchin Market on Tuesday 2 June, and that a number of changes are being made to help keep shoppers and stallholders safe. These include restricted stall sizes and gaps between stalls to enable social distancing, as well as hand washing and sanitising facilities.

NHDC and Hitchin Markets Ltd are also planning for the future, exploring ways to enhance the market and maximise its contribution to the economic recovery of Hitchin and North Herts, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Residents urged to use their waste water to save newly planted trees

19/05/2020 - 12:00pm

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is encouraging residents to help newly planted trees on road verges near their homes and in parks, by giving them a drink of water.

The Council is supporting a national campaign being promoted by the Aboricultural Association focusing on how young trees might be affected by the coronavirus pandemic during the dry summer months, if contractors who ordinarily water them are not available to do so.

Celebrating VE Day 75 at home

07/05/2020 - 9:30am

‘Celebrate VE Day 75 this Friday 8 May at home’, that’s the plea from Hertfordshire’s county council, 10 district and borough councils, emergency services and our local NHS.

Food and garden waste collections to resume in North Herts

01/05/2020 - 10:30am

Weekly collections of food waste and fortnightly collections of garden waste (for paid subscribers) will recommence on 11 May, following their suspension on 30 March.

The services were suspended as a result of staffing shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to prioritise collection of recycling and refuse collections.

North Hertfordshire Museum reaches out to a new 'virtual' audience

30/04/2020 - 11:00am

North Hertfordshire Museum’s doors may be temporarily closed to visitors, but it is now set to reach a new virtual audience via its newly launched You Tube channel.

Visitors to the channel can watch educational videos - recent uploads include interviews about North Herts Suffragettes, a detailed tour of the recent Rembrandt art exhibition and an in-depth non-gory family friendly look at how ancient Egyptians mummified their Pharaohs – using teddy bears to tell the story. It will also give unique insights and behind the scenes glimpses of life at the Museum.

Appointment of Managing Director

17/04/2020 - 9:45am

A new Managing Director for North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) was appointed at a Full Council meeting yesterday (16), following a recommendation by the Council’s Employment Committee. Anthony Roche, who is currently NHDC’s Deputy Chief Executive and has worked for NHDC for 12 years, will take on the role from 18 July 2020.

Small Business Grant Fund payments now being processed

16/04/2020 - 3:15pm

NHDC was given the responsibility of distributing grant funding provided by Central Government to North Herts businesses that qualified for financial help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Ian Albert, NHDC’s Executive Member for Finance said: "We know how essential these payments are for local business and, 950 payments worth a total of over £12 million were processed by Wednesday evening 15th April; those payments will be received by applicants on Friday (17th).

Community Safety Partnership unites to safeguard North Herts residents during coronavirus pandemic

15/04/2020 - 3:45pm

‘Stay at home, stay safe and protect yourself from fraud’ - those are the messages which the North Herts Community Safety Partnership (NHCSP) would like residents to take heed of during the coronavirus pandemic.

The NHCSP, which includes North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), Herts Police, Herts Fire and Rescue Service, NHS and housing associations including settle and First Garden Cities Homes, work closely together to reduce crime and disorder in North Hertfordshire.