As we enter Step 2 of the government’s roadmap, we want to do more to support groups wanting to pick litter again. Information for anyone wishing to arrange a community litter pick can be found here: https://bit.ly/3wzMHuC
NOTICE is given that Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicular traffic from using that length of Burnham Green Road, Datchworth from its junction with Bramfield Road south westwards for a distance of approximately 35 metres (“the Road”),except for access.
An alternative route will be via Bramfield Road, Datchworth Green, Mardleybury Road, B197 (Mardley Hill/Great North Road), A1000 (Welwyn Bypass Road/Hertford Road), Hertford Road, Harmer Green Lane, New Road, Harmer Green Lane and Burnham Green Road.
The Order is needed because utility service works are proposed to be executed on or near the Road.
This order shall come in to force on 12 April 2021.
This afternoon the Prime Minister made a statement to the House of Commons setting out the below roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England:
Step one – from 8 March
• All schools to open
• Stay at home order remains in place
• People can meet one other person outside for recreation
• Funerals for 30 people and weddings for 6 people
Step one – From 29 March
• People will be able to meet outside including in private gardens, subject to the rule of six, or provided no more than two households are meeting.
• People will no longer be legally required to stay at home but should work from home if they can and try not to travel.
• Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts and open air swimming pools can reopen and formally organised sports can restart.
Step Two – no earlier than 12th April
• Self-catering will open for individuals or household groups only.
• Non-essential retail will open.
• Pubs and restaurants will begin to open for outdoors service, without curfew, and no requirement for people to order a substantial meal.
• Outdoor attractions such as Zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas will open
• Funerals for 30 people and weddings for 15 people.
Step Three – no earlier than 17 May
• People will be able to meet indoors, subject to the rule of six, or provided no more than two households are meeting
• Pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service
• Hotels, guest houses and B&Bs will open for leisure guests
• Pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service
• Indoor entertainment and attractions
• Cinemas and theatres will open
• Some large events – capacity limits apply:
• Indoor events the lower of 1,000 or 50% capacity
• Outdoor events seated the lower of 10,000 or 25%
• Outdoor events not seated the lower of 4,000 or 50%
• Most significant life events for 30 people
• Most restrictions outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of 30 people
• International travel will not resume before 17 May.
Step Four – no earlier than 21 June
• All limits on social contacts will be lifted
• Large events, performances and weddings will be able to go ahead
• Nightclubs will open
In Addition, there will be Four Reviews
• Looking at whether having a vaccine or a negative test result can reduce restrictions on social contact.
• Piloting the impact of testing and reduced social distancing on events.
• Looking at how to facilitate more inbound and outbound travel – to report back by 12 April
• Review social distancing measures, such as the one-metre-plus rule, rules on face coverings and working from home – to report back by 21 June.
From 1 April 2021, East Herts District Council will be changing their brown bin service to a chargeable garden waste only collection service. Residents will be receiving an information leaflet though the door over the next few weeks, but attached is a leaflet which should answer some of your questions.
Over the past few months Datchworth Parish Council (DPC) have been working hard on its budget and precept* for 2021/22.
DPC are mindful that this year, of all years, the council tax increase to its parishioners should be as low as possible. It has been a difficult decision but the conclusion has been to increase the precept by 14.75%. Although this percentage may look a little daunting, in monetary terms, the effect to the resident’s council tax payment to the Parish Council is as follows:
In the current year, a band D council taxpayer pays £38.72 per year. A 14.75% increase would rise to £43.82, which is an increase of £5.10 per year (less than 43 pence per month).
There are three primary reasons that have necessitated the precept increase:-
- Nutcroft play area: You may remember that DPC consulted with residents with regards to leasing the Nutcroft play area land from East Herts District Council (EHDC), and that taking on the responsibility for the ground maintenance in the area would involve an increase to the precept. Prior to 2021/22, the council would receive circa £1,850 reimbursement for the grass cutting that it carries out on behalf of EHDC. Now that DPC has taken on the lease for the play area, it will now be liable for ground maintenance costs in the area, resulting in a reduction of the reimbursement from EHDC. We await confirmation from EHDC as to what the new payment will be but have estimated it will be circa £500. This will be a loss of income of approximately £1,350
which we would need to claw back in next year’s precept. This equates to an increase to the
precept of 4.75%.
- Hedges: In the past the annual hedge cutting (bordering the Turkey Farm and in front of Nutcroft play area) was carried out free of charge to the council. However, this is no longer the case and we now need to allow for this additional cost. Quotes received to date indicate a cost of around £600. This will necessitate an increase to the precept of 2.10%.
- Tree survey: DPC commissioned a survey of all of its trees in August 2020 and has approximately 450 trees to maintain. The survey found that there are over 180 trees that need
‘essential works’ by December 2021, with over 20 trees requiring works within the next two years. We have £3k left in the current year’s budget plus £5.5k allocated from 2021/22 precept
and we have £4.9k emergency funds in the General Reserves. However, we await quotes for the outstanding work and until these have been received, we cannot be sure that enough funds are available. It is possible that it may be necessary for DPC to revisit its precept increase in the coming month but of course we will inform you if this is the case.
DPC’s estimated budget spreadsheet is available to see on our website by following this link:-
Explanations of allocated funds can be found in the “notes” column.
If you have any comments or queries regarding the budget please do not hesitate to contact us via email:- or
* Precept – request of annual funds to the local authority (East Herts District Council) to be raised via the resident’s council tax
Published: February 2021
Please see below link to the latest newsletter for the A602 Improvements scheme, with updates on road closures and traffic management plans.
Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?
Walking in Herts www.walkinginengland.co.uk/herts is the website for you!
With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.
John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Herts (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (www.walkinginengland.co.uk) – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, would like to hear residents’ thoughts about funding for the Hertfordshire Constabulary, as he is looking to raise the policing precept to maintain a larger force.
Astonbury Wood has been put up for sale by Hertfordshire County Council. Aston Parish Council have launched an e-petition on the Herts County Council website asking the County Council to sell the woodland only to a person or organisation that clearly demonstrates that their ownership will:
- Maximise the social and environmental benefit to the local community; encouraging greater recreational involvement and continued public use of the woodland
- Focus on increasing the extent and quality of all the habitats and biodiversity in the woodland
- Have the capability and resources to maintain and operate the wood on a sustainable basis
They need at least 250 signatures to be able to raise their concerns at a County Council meeting, so please click on the link, register and sign the petition.
The e-petition closes on 29 January 2021.
As every signature counts, a couple should each register and sign individually.
Please share the link with as many other interested people as you can who live or work in Hertfordshire.