Mooted religious free school plan stopped

Plans for a free school in the Peartree area, to be run by the Salvation for the Nations church, have been terminated by the government. In a letter to Herts County Council, they explain that they felt the trust were not able to meet the rigorous criteria it sets for free schools. They say that their priority is to ensure that they only establish schools where it is clear that the educational provision will be strong and where this best represents the use of public funds.

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Unite for Europe National march to Parliament on March 25th

National March to Parliament March 2017

Unite for Europe National march to Parliament on March 25th

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Brown Bins: TAXED!

Brown-Bin-Taxed.pngWelwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has pushed through plans to introduce an annual charge of £35 for garden waste collection, in the face of strong opposition from local residents.

The charges, which will come into effect in April this year, have been met with anger and two petitions calling on the Council were presented prior to the meeting. In total, these petitions drew more than 2,750 signatures. The Tory-led Council was determined to push ahead, however, and the plan was approved a special meeting on Monday 9th January 2017.

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Rural footpath streetlights switched back on after Paul intervenes

night-light.pngCounty Councillor Paul Zukowskyj has managed to get some streetlights on a rural footpath switched back on all night after receiving requests from local residents in Welham Green.

The footpath, which links northern Welham Green with South Hatfield, is heavily used by shiftworkers getting to and from work at Tesco's warehouse and other business locations in the area.

Shiftworkers using the route to get back and forth to work were having problems because the route was so dark. There were also partial obstructions that were difficult to see and navigate in the dark.

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Give us a Xmas present please, says Malcolm Cowan

A call on Herts County Council to give residents a Xmas present of repaired road signs has been made by county councillor Malcolm Cowan. "All over the district we see signs knocked down but not repaired. It makes the area look very neglected as well as harder for motorists to navigate" he says.

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LibDems call for rail fare freeze

News that rail fares are due to rise yet again, some by significantly more than inflation, just as some services are being reduced still further, has been met with dismay by the local Liberal Democrats.

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Lib Dems eye local victories after stunning by-election win

A Triumphant Sarah Olney (Richmond Park) with Tim Farron outside the Palace of Westminster 05/12/2016The Liberal Democrats are aiming for big gains in Hertfordshire following the party's sensational victory in the Richmond Park by-election last week (Dec 1st).

Lib Dem candidate Sarah Olney (pictured with party Leader, Tim Farron) overturned a 23,000 majority to win the Richmond Park seat with 49% of the vote, beating former Conservative Zac Goldsmith into second place, with Labour's candidate losing his deposit with just 3.7%.

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Campaigners force stay of execution on gritting cuts after county foul up

Gritting Petition pictured left to right Cllr Kareen Hastrick; Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst; Cllr Tim Williams; Cllr Robin ParkerPlans by Conservative controlled Hertfordshire County Council to cut 608 roads, including 57 that served primary or infant schools from its winter gritting routes in event of snow or very cold nights being forecast, have been postponed till next year.

These cuts had been voted through, against Liberal Democrat opposition. Lib Dem Cllr Tim Williams (second from right) delivered a petition from 662 residents signatures against these cuts and forced a new debate on the subject at the County Council's December Highways Panel

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Parliament Week goes to school

Michal Siewniak

On Friday, 18th November, to mark Parliament Week (a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy and processes), Year 12 and 13 students from the Onslow St Audrey's Secondary School and Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School had the opportunity to listen to several presentations about the Houses of Parliament and the importance of being 'civically active' and 'politically minded'.

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Rail User Groups highlight Short-comings of new rail timetable

Rail user groups covering all the Great Northern Mainline stations in Welwyn Hatfield - Welwyn North, WGC, Hatfield, Welham Green and Brookmans Park - have come together to register their concern over Govia Railway's draft timetable to start in 2018. Amongst the various concerns, the following issues were specifically highlighted in a recent press release:

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