A602 Improvements – January 2021 Update

Please see below link to the latest newsletter for the A602 Improvements scheme, with updates on road closures and traffic management plans.

Walking in Hertfordshire

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!

Last call for comments on plans for Hertfordshire’s largest ever police force

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.

See: https://bit.ly/2Wz0cdf and complete a quick survey: https://bit.ly/Hertsprecept21 , closes Friday 15th January.

Astonbury Wood

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: 

  1. Maximise the social and environmental benefit to the local community; encouraging greater recreational involvement and continued public use of the woodland
  2. Focus on increasing the extent and quality of all the habitats and biodiversity in the woodland
  3. 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.

ePetition link

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.

If you would like be kept informed of progress please email

Hertfordshire is now in Tier 4

The Government have made the decision to put Hertfordshire into Tier 4 restrictions.

These increased restrictions have been brought in to combat a new variant of the coronavirus which is believed to spread more quickly. In addition, the planned easing of restrictions over the period of 23 to 27 December will now no longer go ahead.

Existing support bubble arrangements for people living alone, people requiring childcare support, people requiring care, and vulnerable people can continue in Tier 4. Please check government guidance on support bubbles.

Visit the Government website to see a full list of the Tier 4 restrictions

If your circumstances have changed as a result of COVID-19 and you are struggling to pay for food and household bills please contact HertsHelp, call 0300 123 4044, email or visit their website.

Hertfordshire will be entering Tier 3 or Very High Alert Level from midnight on Saturday 19 December

Following the announcement earlier this week that Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford would move to Tier 3, the rest of the county will enter Tier 3 restrictions on Saturday 19 December at 00:01am. It’s vitally important that residents adhere to these new restrictions to help protect one another over the festive period.

Visit the Government website to see a full list of the Tier 3 restrictions


East Herts Waste Consultation

Residents in East Herts are being invited to take part in a consultation to help shape the future of their waste and recycling services.

The consultation, which runs from Wednesday 2 December to Thursday 31 December, seeks residents’ views on options around a chargeable garden waste service, including the level of any potential charge, whether residents are keen to home compost or whether residents may be interested in additional bins where they have large gardens.

Click here to take part and for further information.

Your Voice

The East Herts Rural Police Team will be having their next quarterly Priority Settings meeting on Wednesday 9th December.

At this meeting they discuss and set policing Priorities for the forthcoming three months. If you wish to suggest a topic in your locality please contact them on the Echo forum using the link below.


Hertfordshire to enter Tier 2 or High Alert Level from Wednesday 2nd December

It’s vitally important that residents continue to adhere to the current national restrictions until Hertfordshire enters Tier 2 on Wednesday 2nd December. Visit the Government website by clicking here, to see a full list of the Tier 2 Restrictions.

London Luton Airport Public Consultation

London Luton Airport has launched a public consultation on arrival routes into the airport, and is looking at two new options to create a more sustainable model for communities in Herts and Beds.  The consultation will help determine new arrival routes for flights into the airport, offering residents and communities in the surrounding areas the chance to have their say.

An online postcode tool on the consultation website allows anyone living or working in these areas to see what the changes may mean for them.

Some postcodes SG1, through to SG7 – Stevenage, Knebworth, Hitchin, Letchworth. Baldock – are “unlikely to experience a change”, while others are likely to experience a negative change from arrivals coming from the west, according to the tool.


This consultation runs from October 19, 2020 until February 5, 2021.