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

    Home Library Service

    The Home Library Service supports people who are unable to get to the library. If you know of anyone who is eligible and would like to receive the Home Library Service, please contact your library via the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4049 or follow the link below:-

    Home Library Service

    Rural Funding Digest

    The Rural Funding Digest is a monthly bulletin facilitated by the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding opportunities.

    Rural Funding Bulletin January 2022

    Datchworth Parish Council objects to latest planning application by Luton Airport

    Datchworth Parish Council have written to Luton Borough Council to object to Luton Airports’ latest planning application with the following letter:
    Application: 21/00031/VARCON Luton Airport, Luton
    Variation of Conditions 8, 10, 22, 24, and 28 to Planning Permission 15/00950 to accommodate 19 million passengers per annum and to amend day and night noise contours.
    Datchworth Parish Council wishes to object to the above planning application which seeks to increase the Airport capacity and reduce controls on aircraft noise. If allowed, it will have a detrimental effect on the residents of this parish.
    We consider the proposed increase from 18 million passengers to 19 million is unjustified and we strongly oppose it.
    We note Luton Airport has increased night flights six-fold since 2013, up from 500 to 3,000. This planning application wants to go even further: the biggest noise increase it’s asking for is at night. The WHO links night noise to poor health. Datchworth is located under the Eastbound departure flight paths. Our residents reported excessive noise disturbance, day and night, last year from low flying aircraft. This proposed expansion would result in significantly worse outcomes for them.
    The 2013 permission set limits on passengers and noise. Luton Airport has yet to deliver the mitigation for noise that it committed to and since 2017 has further breached those limits in violation of Condition 10 (noise contours). The Airport has failed in recent years to “manage the effect” of its growth and noise management has failed. No credible plan has been put forward to reduce the sounds. Until Luton Airport can demonstrate that it can operate at 18 mppa within extant noise limits, further capacity growth is unwarranted and unjustifiable.
    We consider the plans to be incomplete and poorly-founded. The current states of both the airline and aircraft industries show no signs of supporting an early post-Covid recovery and the general Covid-driven economic malaise is having a major negative impact on air travel. Following the current depression in aircraft manufacture, we do not believe quieter and cleaner craft will be available within the timeframe envisaged; we understand that the current latest A321neo aircraft are actually measured as being noisier. Furthermore, replacement of noisier aircraft to quieter models, is beyond the control of the Airport operators and with the current pressures on airlines‘ budgets is likely to take longer, thereby further increasing the number of properties affected by noise pollution. Mitigations employed to-date have neither improved nor stopped the noise contour breaches. The recent reduction is only due to the decrease in passenger numbers arising from effects of the pandemic. It is clear that a reduction in passenger numbers is what is required until the Airport has delivered provable mitigations.
    Environmental Impact Statement indicates higher total CO2 emissions for every year from 2019 and these are based on estimates of older aircraft types which may be challenged, notwithstanding the lack of evidence regarding future economic development. Last year the Committee on Climate Change made clear that aviation growth targets must be at least halved to achieve net zero. Luton Airport has so far only managed to reduce it emissions by 0.9%, and cannot directly control carbon emissions from passenger journeys or aircraft. The Airport has had seven years of accelerated capacity growth and benefited commercially from that; now it needs to rebalance and focus upon environmental responsibility. Since Luton Borough Council has declared a Climate Emergency, to ignore such during decision-making regarding the Airport (a major source of carbon emissions) could be seen to be at odds with itself. This planning application is unsustainable and not in line with achieving net zero by 2050 or Luton’s own declaration of a Climate Emergency.
    Offsetting a carbon footprint by LED lighting and similar well-proved methods should certainly be pursued as sensible and proportionate (and arguably actions for any sound commercial enterprise to take to reduce operating costs) but they do not change at all the fact that more flights will cause more pollution until the advent of new generation aircraft (of which there is no detail as to likely impact and improvement); low energy lighting around the Airport is praiseworthy but it doesn’t positively impact the standard of life under the flightpath.
    Most concerning of all is that it is stated that the application will be decided by the Council’s Planning Committee, yet the Council has a prima facie conflict of interest by being both the owner and planning authority for the Airport. This reinforces previous criticism of inadequate clarity and transparency in Council decision-making in relation to the Airport.
    In summary, the variation of conditions proposed would have adverse effects on the community of Datchworth Parish by virtue of noise generation and increased CO2 emissions, in the absence of evidence of economic benefits and optimistic estimates of aircraft replacement.