"The Parish Shoppers' Free Bus Service will be operating as usual on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve... Please click on the link below for timetable information (under free bus service)"
Recycle Your Small Electrical Items
Each year in the UK we go through over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical waste, that is the equivalent of 150,000 double decker buses.
In order to recycle your small unwanted electrical items recycling bins can be found at the following locations; SADC Council Offices, Harpenden Public Halls, Jersey Farm Community Centre, Wheathampstead Parish Council Offices, Greenwood Park Leisure Centre and St Stephens Parish Council Offices. The containers will be available from 15th December to 30th January 2015.
Permanent electrical banks can be found at Morrison's, Hatfield Road and Waitrose, Mayne Avenue. Batteries can be recycled at any shop that sells them.
Hertfordshire Constabulary launch
‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’
This festive season Hertfordshire Constabulary is running ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign to protect thousands of people in our communities from falling victim to cyber-fraudsters.
The attached leaflet has lots of advice about various online scams, for more details you can also visit www.herts.police.uk.
Herts Police - Festive Advice
During the Christmas festivities there is a traditional peak in dwelling burglary as most of us will be out and about visiting loved ones and shopping.
Please ensure all windows are properly secured and as the nights drawn in earlier, the use of time light switches will give the impression of someone in the house. Please also ensure that all side gates are secured as this will give easy access to the rear of the property.
Outdoor lighting and alarms are of course a great deterrent as most burglars will look for easy and quick in and out targets.
Please ensure that you dispose of all present ‘s packaging correctly as empty boxes by the bin will give a clear indication of what one might find in the property such as computer tablets, new phones and similar. If possible register details of your new gadget on www.immobilise.com as soon as possibly practical.
Parish boundary puddingstone
Since 1429 the boundary between Sandridge and Wheathampstead
has been marked with a puddingstone.
This has just been moved from the cricket pitch outfield to a safer
position closer to the road in the presence of Simon West, the District’s chief
archaeologist, and councillors from both parishes. The stone isn’t big but it is important!
Shoppers Urged to be Vigilant Following Series of Thefts in
With the busy Christmas shopping period getting under way, police are urging shoppers to be extra vigilant following a series of thefts in St Albans.
For more information please click on the Herts Constabulary website below, for the full version of this article.
SANDRIDGE PARISH - FLOOD DEFENCES
St Albans District Council has supplied Sandridge Parish Council with a limited number of sandbags to assist vulnerable people and those unable to help themselves in the event of local flooding. Anyone meeting the criteria should telephone the Parish Office (01727 831871) in the event of a flooding emergency. Outside of office hours and for general use please click on the link below to go to the District Council webpage on flood advice. This includes contact details for Herts County Council and other useful numbers such as the Met Office and the Environment Agency.
A further £100k funding available for community groups
Information about the application process for the new round of funding and application forms are available at: www.stalbans.gov.uk/community-and-living/communitygroups/community-grants/default.aspx. Completed forms must be sent to Nicky Flynn, Community Engagement Officer at St Albans City and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL1 3JE.
Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism at St Albans City and District Council, Mobile: 07956 220264.
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 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.
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 click here to visit.