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Shoppers Urged to be Vigilant Following Series of Thefts in St Albans

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.

There have been six incidents in the past week during which purses, bank cards, jewellery and mobile phones have been stolen from shoppers’ pockets or handbags while at supermarkets or in the high street.

For more information please follow the link to the Herts Constabulary website for the full version of this article:


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 see below a link 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 Yew tree was planted within St Leonard’s Churchyard as part of the Remembrance Sunday memorial service on November 9th.



Also within the churchyard was a display of poppies created in memory of the 26 men of the parish who died during the conflict. 




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 promotion 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.sanghera@hertfordshire.gov.uk, Tel: 01727 814644.  

A further £100k funding available for community groups

Voluntary and community groups can apply to St Albans City and District Council for grants of between £2.5k and £30k.  

The Council is looking to distribute just over £100,000 in a new round of three-year funding launched today through its Community Partnerships Fund. 

Voluntary and community groups have until Friday 30 January 2015 to apply for grants from the Fund. The grants will be split into quarterly payments over a three year period.

Voluntary and Community groups will need to demonstrate that their organisation or project will do one or more of the following:

  •  support vulnerable adults and families;
  • promote community cohesion by providing intergenerational activities that people of all ages can take part in together;
  • provide advice and guidance to young people;
  • promote involvement in community life, including an interest in local democracy.

 Information about the application process for the new round of funding and application forms are available at: http://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 contact:

Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism at St Albans City and District Council, Mobile: 07956 220264.



 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'.



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.  



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.


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 contact@victimsvoice-herts.info

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. 



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.


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