Luton Airport Public Inquiry

Luton Airport Public Inquiry – progress update from LADACAN
What’s happening?
The Public Inquiry into the attempt by Luton Airport to legitimise its multiple breaches of noise controls opens on 27th September. LADACAN is representing the interests of local communities impacted by the excess noise from flights which are now “bouncing back” towards previous levels.
This Inquiry will be the first time for over 15 years that any independent light has been shone on the planning decisions relating to Luton Airport – normally they are just made by its ultimate owner and financial beneficiary Luton Borough Council. Just getting to this point was a huge achievement.
What’s been achieved so far?
We have pulled out all the stops, and thanks to massive support from local people who been very generous we’ve raised sufficient funds to engage a team of experts and an advocate to help us face the Airport operator and Luton Council with equivalent talent on our side:
Richard Wald KC, an environmental, planning and public lawyer
Alastair Skelton, a town planning expert
Seth Roberts – a professional acoustician
Cait Hewitt – a climate change policy expert
Dr Alex Chapman – a socio-economics expert
Together, and supported by the expert local knowledge built up over the last 12 years by Andrew Lambourne, our Chair, the team has developed and submitted a hard-hitting set of Proofs of Evidence to match those from the other parties.
To fund this, we and the other community groups, with generous support from a matched funding charity, have raised some £75,000 so far. This is an incredible achievement, and has been matched by a huge amount of unpaid voluntary effort all round.
What’s the remaining target?
We’re on the final furlong now, and need to raise just another £15,000 to be sure of covering the costs of appearances at the Inquiry by our experts and our KC.
We know we can count on local people to give us this support, since by putting down some very clear markers that profligate noise increases will not be tolerated, planning conditions are there to be respected, and governance matters, we hope to slow down the DCO threat.
If you are able to assist, please use LADACAN’s GoFundMe page with its initial £10K target, or email for online transfer details. Together we can do it. Thank you. https://gofund.me/3d997128

LNER-Customer and Community Investment Fund (CCIF)

Please vote for our ‘Community Park Improvement Project (Turkey Farm, Datchworth) under the following themes:-

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Mental Health
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Education and Employability

Link to survey – https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90493480/2023-LNER-Customer-and-Community-Investment-Fund-survey

Waste Collection September Bank Holiday 2022

September Bank Holiday 2022

Waste collections

Your collection day will be one day later than usual

Normal collection day       Revised collection day

Monday 19 September                    Tuesday 20 September

Tuesday 20 September                   Wednesday 21 September

Wednesday 21 August                     Thursday 22 September

Thursday 22 September                 Friday 23 September

Friday 23 September                      Saturday 24 September

Normal service resume Monday 26 September 2022

Health and Well-being Survey

Datchworth Parish Council is applying to East Herts District Council for a Community Grant to facilitate Health & Well-being within our Parish.

We would like to develop an outdoor well-being trail for the benefit of our community. We envisage this to be signage at key locations around the Parish, which will include various exercise ideas for all groups/abilities and ages. Signage will also include positive motivational quotes and be linked to our interactive website. A map will be created for the trail.

We would also like to offer a range of exercise classes and well-being sessions.

This survey only applies to residents living in the Parishes covered by Datchworth Parish Council. Please either download a printable version of this survey to complete offline (and send back to DPC. c/o Datchworth Village Hall, 52 Datchworth Green, Herts SG3 6TL), or complete the form below:

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    Freedom of Information Act – Internal Reviews

    Please see below the FOI request and responses to/from DPC.

    Luton Airport Expansion – Objection

    Datchworth Parish Council strongly objects to the proposal.

    See our comments attached.

    Datchworth Parish Council Casual Vacancy

    PARISH OF DATCHWORTH NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
    that due to the resignation of Jane Dodson, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Parish Councillor

    Digital Support Sessions Available

    Datchworth Parish Council have recently secured funding to run free weekly drop-in sessions 

    Areas where we can help include:- 

    Digital – IT – Tech – Zoom – Electronic Communication – Apps – Facebook – NHS online  – Surfing the Internet – Getting Online – e-shopping & e-banking – Social networks – draft and format documents – apply for jobs online – how to be safe online.

    We are arranging free digital & IT one-to-one advice sessions for beginners and those wanting to be able to do more in this digital world. You can bring along your own device or, alternatively, we can provide one. You will receive technical guidance/support/advice from local Digital Champions.

    The first digital session/IT learning session will take place on:

    Tuesday 18th January at Datchworth Village Hall
    from 1:00pm until 3:00pm

    The first session is part of a series taking place which we plan to roll out. If demand is high and exceeds places available, do not worry as these free sessions will run on a weekly basis every Tuesday afternoon for 10 weeks. Sessions will be run in line with current COVID safety guidelines.

    Booking is essential as places are limited.

    If you are interested and want to book a place, please contact the Parish Clerk:-

    by telephone: 07938 743424 or email:-

    Digital Support Volunteers Required

    Are you interested in helping those who struggle with digital skills? 

    Datchworth Parish Council have recently secured funding to run free weekly drop-in IT digital support sessions 

    Areas where you can help include:- 

    Setting up devices, getting online, emails, Zoom, electronic communication, Apps, Facebook, NHS online, surfing the internet, e-shopping & e-banking, social networks, photographs, Word and Excel documents, applying for jobs online, how to stay safe online.

    The first digital session/IT learning session will take place on:

    Tuesday 18th January at Datchworth Village Hall
    from 1:00pm until 3:00 pm

    The sessions will take place weekly over next 10 weeks. We will provide a friendly, informal environment with a cup of tea & cake, where learners can bring along their own devices or use the IT equipment provided, Support is offered on a one-to-one basis and tailored to individual needs.

    To become a volunteer you don’t need to be an IT expert or qualified in any way, as long as you can operate a mobile phone, tablet or PC / laptop and be able to impart your own personal knowledge and ways to do things onto others.

    If you are interested, please contact Mr Andy Short, Parish Clerk: –

    by telephone: 07938 743424 or email:

    Sessions will be run in line with current COVID safety guidelines.

    The Prince’s Trust TEAM Programme for 16-25 year olds in 2022

    The Prince’s Trust’s 12 week TEAM programme is for people aged 16-25 who are not currently in employment or education. TEAM is designed to help young people to get back into employment or further education. Not only is there a qualification at the end, it’s also free!

    We are asking parents, relatives and friends to pass on these details to anyone they think our scheme could be of benefit to.

    Students are encouraged to undertake a voyage of self-discovery, to grow in confidence and to boost their skills and experience. Learners are supported to:

    Take part in an outdoor activity team-building week
    Take on a local community project
    Build interview and presentation skills
    Write a CV
    Gain work experience, work placements and references.
    Achieve a nationally recognised qualification in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills (Entry level, level 1 and level 2)
    Training is free and doesn’t affect jobseekers’ allowance.

    Courses run three times a year from five locations: Watford; Hemel Hempstead; Cheshunt; Stevenage/North Herts; and Welwyn/Hatfield.

    Are you interested in taking part in the programme?

    For more information or to register for upcoming courses, follow this link:

    Prince’s Trust Team Programme – Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (hopinto.co.uk)

    You can also email them at or find them on social media: Twitter: @HFRSYouth Facebook: Princes Trust Team Programme Hertfordshire