STRATEGIC LOCAL PLAN
St. Albans District Council has arranged a series of
exhibitions across the district for local residents to view the Strategic Local
Plan and associated documentation. The exhibitions will also provide residents
an opportunity to question St. Albans District Councillors and Council Officers
on any aspect of the Strategic Local Plan.
St. Albans District Council has arranged an exhibition to be held at the Sandridge Parish Council Offices on Wednesday the 29th of October 2014.
The exhibition will take place in the Parish Council Committee Room between 2pm and 8pm, the address of the offices being,
Sandridge Parish Council Offices
Marshalswick Community Centre
The offices can be found behind the library on The Ridgeway.
If residents wish to see the Strategic Local Plan proposals at the parish council offices before or after the 29th of October these are available for viewing Monday to Thursday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm by appointment – please phone 01727 831871 to arrange a viewing of the plan and associated documentation as the documents cannot be taken off the parish council premises.
A HAPPY HALLOWEEN & BONFIRE NIGHT FOR ALL
In the past anti-social behaviour has been an issue around this time of year, causing distress and worry to many residents. Thankfully this hasn’t been a major issue over the last few years. However, police will again be carrying out extra patrols to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the county will be working with local councils, the Fire and Rescue Service and businesses to make sure anti-social behaviour remains low.
If children (and parents) are planning to go trick or treating we ask that you consider the following advice to help you stay safe and not cause distress to neighbours:
- Never go trick or treating alone and always take an adult with you.
- Don’t knock on the doors of strangers (or look out for signs that trick or treaters are welcome, such as Halloween decorations).
- Keep your Halloween ‘tricks’ safe - damage to property or hurting someone is a crime.
- Remember road safety rules, particularly after dark.
- Wear something bright so that drivers can see you.
Police are also reminding residents that if they are going out to a Halloween party or firework display to make sure they lock their homes securely and leave a light on to give their home a lived-in-look.
A HERTFORDSHIRE CONSTABULARY - FIREARMS AMNESTY
Hertfordshire Constabulary is taking part in the national drive to rid the UK’s streets of firearms.
The amnesty will run between November 10 and 21, during which members of the public to will be encouraged to surrender any firearms in their possession to the police.
Hertfordshire remains one of the safest counties in the country and has little gun crime. However, this campaign is being carried out in support of the national campaign, which along with our other crime prevention campaigns will contribute to making Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties safer places in which to live.
If you have a firearm in your possession that you either do not want, should not have or would like to discuss the procedure for getting a certificate for, you should contact the police on 01707 806126 or email: BedsandHertsFLU@herts.pnn.police.uk.
Visit www.herts.police.uk/amnesty for more information
KEEP WARM THIS WINTER
If you, or someone you know, needs help to keep their home warm this winter call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044 or email: email@example.com.
HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL - NEW FUNDING PROGRAMME
Herts County Council has launched a new funding programme. Organisations can apply to deliver new projects or to extend existing projects to deliver the key themes of Herts Healthy Homes.
Funding: Herts Healthy Homes – Local Initiatives Project Fund (New)
Deadline: 28 November 2014
How much: £3,000 for local initiatives, Countywide projects up to £5,000
What for: Priority will be given to projects which support the following key themes:
- to identify risks to persons within the home such as falls prevention
- to deliver health prevention measures within the home/home environment
- to identify carers and offer early interventions that will enhance or maintain resident’s health and wellbeing
- other environmental and social factors within the home that have the potential to affect health and wellbeing
Please contact Daisy Sanghera for further information on: Daisy.firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01727 814644.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON FUNDING FOR BUS SERVICES
Hertfordshire County Council is consulting the public regarding the future funding for bus services.
At Sandridge Parish Council’s Full Council meeting on the 10th of September the council considered and discussed the proposed reduction in bus subsidies in Hertfordshire.
Given the impact of the proposals on bus service 653 the council supports the campaign against the reduction in bus subsidies.
Parishioners and members of the public can find out more about the campaign, signing the petition and how to register their opinion in the consultation (which concludes on the 8th of October 2014) on bus services by using the following links;
INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS ON WINTER SELF-HELP OPTIONS
Hertfordshire County Council's Highways winter self-help options: all enquiries regarding self-help and applications for salt for residents and community groups, should be directed to:
Resident/community groups must:
- be recognised
- fill in the application form which is available on www.hertsdirect.org
- send the completed form to their County Councillor
- request anywhere from a minimum of 1, up to a maximum of 34 x 25kg bags of salt for free, per resident/community group
- apply between 1 September to 1 November 2014
- use the salt only on the public highway
FREE BUS SERVICE
Did you know that Sandridge Parish Council runs a bus service taking pensioners and disabled people, free of charge, to and from St. Albans every Wednesday (Market Day)? The buses, operated by PPH, follow two routes - route 247 runs from Sandridge Village via Jersey Farm and route 248 runs from The Quadrant, Marshalswick. Click here to view the timetable for both routes.
Details on other local bus services can be found under 'Useful Links'.
WE HAVE A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN PAGE
The Neighbourhood Plan is a big project involving the community in decision making over how the parish will be run/decisions that may be made on green belt planning etc. in the future. Click here to go to the page.
SCAM - PEOPLE'S POSTCODE LOTTERY
Hertfordshire CC Trading Standards is warning residents to avoid a scam claiming to be the People's Postcode Lottery after a Hertfordshire couple have recently lost money to this con. The addresses being used for the scam are at Turners Hill, Cheshunt, Herts and Madrid, Spain. The genuine People's Postcode Lottery is not based at any of these locations.
If you have responded to the letter and sent money, please contact Herts Trading Standards about the matter on 01707 292652.
VICTIMS OF CRIME - HAVE YOUR SAY TO IMPROVE SERVICE
If you have been a victim of a crime in Hertfordshire at any time during the past year, please take part in a new consultation to help improve the suport offered to victims in the future.
The Victims’ Voice online survey has been launched by Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, to find out more about victims’ experiences and their views on the service they received from police and other support services
The easiest way to have your say is by going to the online survey here: http://www.victimsvoice-herts.info/
Or you can call 0800 999 7499 (free from most landlines) to take part in an automated telephone survey.
If you don’t want to follow structured questions but still want to tell us about your experience, you can email email@example.com
Hard copies of the questionnaire can be requested from the Commissioner’s office by calling 01707 806100 or by writing to Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.
FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT - CONSULTATIONS
The Environment Agency is seeking your views on proposals to improve the water environment and protect communities from flood risk in England. They would like your input on updates to river basin management plans and flood risk management plans. Once agreed, these plans will shape decisions, direct investment and action and deliver significant benefits for society and the environment.
River basin management plans set out long term objectives for the quality of the water environment. They identify the condition of rivers, lakes and coastal waters and the pressures on them. The plans provide evidence that will help those with an interest in the water environment to agree where improvements can be made.
Flood risk management plans describe the risk of flooding from rivers, the sea, surface water, groundwater and reservoirs. They set out how the Environment Agency, local councils and water companies will work together, with communities, to manage flood risk.
· You can respond to the river basin management plan consultations at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/update-to-the-draft-river-basin-management-plans
· You can respond to the flood risk management plan consultations at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-flood-risk-management-plans
These links will also explain how to respond to consultations in river basin districts which cross borders with Scotland and Wales.
The formal closing date for the flood risk management plan consultation is 31 January 2015, while the river basin management plan consultations will run for six months, ending on 10 April 2015.
HEARTWOOD FOREST SUMMER FESTIVAL PICTURES
A great time was had by all at the Heartwood Forest Summer Festival, held in Sandridge on Saturday 23rd July 2014. Photographs kindly supplied by Councillor John Newton-Davies.
BENTSLEY SPINNEY - Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) 2014 - 2019
Bentsley Spinney is a small area of woodland surrounded by housing in the Marshalswick area of St Albans.
The objective of the GAP is to improve and enhance this small urban woodland for both people and wildlife.
The core aspirations are as follows:
- to promote awareness of and interest in Bentsley Spinney
- Engage and prompt involvement from the local community in the future site management through volunteering
- To protect and enhance the biodiversity that can be found on site
- To put in place proactive, strategic and sustainable woodland management that appropriately tackles tree safety whilst taking account of biodiversity
- To improve access for all users throughout the woodland, with links to local greenspaces, businesses and schools
- To install appropriate signage to enhance the visitor experience
- To secure external funding to ensure the viability of capital works
- To ensure ongoing maintenance costs are financially sustainable
For further information, please visit: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-green-space/Green-Spaces/bentsleyspinney/bs_gap_con.aspx
Sandridge 900+ is a community initiative for 2014 supported by Sandridge Parish Council, which is designed to celebrate everything that our area of north St Albans has to offer its residents and its visitors and encourage them both to Discover Sandridge.
Sandridge 900+ covers Bernard's Heath (aka Sandridge New Town), Marshalswick, Jersey Farm, Sandridge Village and the surrounding countryside, all of which fell withing the ancient parish of St Leonard's Church, dedicated aound 1114 to serve the monks and labourers working one of the farms belonging to the great Benedictine Abbey of St Albans.
From March 30th 2014, an exciting series of events and attractions is planned with something for all ages and every taste - find out more at www. sandridge900.com.
Join the 900 Group - S900+ organizers are looking for 900 people over 16 to join our pool of volunteers. Stewards, welcomers, publicity personnel, musicians and other helpers will be needed to assist in promoting and running various events throughout the year. If you would be willing to be approached to help for a few hours at a time to suit you, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website: http://www.sandridge900.com/