Police Update @ 14th September 2020

PCSO Paul Dearman supplied a Police Update for the Parish Council Meeting on 14th September 2020.

Citizens Advice East Herts Scam Advice

Citizens Advice East Herts can help if you are worried about scams. Citizens Advice offers free, confidential, independent and impartial advice to anyone. We work in our local area and we are mainly staffed by volunteers.
We give information and advice to people to help solve their problems. We also work to make life better by campaigning locally and nationally on the issues that keep causing problems

Dandara Public Consultation Thursday 10th September 4pm – 7pm

Since the approval of Keepers Chase last year, Dandara are in a position to acquire a small parcel of land adjoining the north of Keepers Chase. Following pre-application advice from the Council, Dandara are currently preparing an application for 23 dwellings on the site which will be submitted to East Hertfordshire District Council in due course.

Dandara want to ensure that residents were aware of the application and will therefore be holding a public consultation on Thursday 10th September at their sales office at Keepers Chase from 4.00m until 7.00pm.

Covid-19 procedures will be in place at the event. Masks must be worn inside the sales office and temperatures will be checked upon entry. Access within the sales office will be limited to 6 people and you may be asked to wait outside if at capacity. There will however be leaflets available to take away if at capacity and do not want to wait. Social distancing will be adhered to at all times and sanitisation will be available.

A10 Buntingford Roundabout Upgrade – Stakeholder Consultation

HCC is developing a scheme to upgrade the roundabout at the junction of the A10 and London Road to the south of Buntingford. This improvement is identified in the Council’s Local Transport Plan and East Herts District Council’s Local Plan. The Council is currently seeking funding to deliver the project so we are unable to commit to a delivery date, however, we are seeking views of local stakeholders to ensure that we have a project that is ready to deliver should the opportunity arise.

This roundabout currently experiences queues and delays during peak periods and this is forecast to worsen in future years due to growth in the wider area.

The proposed scheme (see attached plans) involves reconfiguring the existing oval shaped roundabout to a circular shaped roundabout with the following features to improve its capacity:

  • A segregated left turn lane from the A10 (South) to the A10 (North West);
  • Providing additional lanes at the entries to and exits from the roundabout;
  • Providing a section of new shared cycle and walking path at the eastern arm of the roundabout to link to the football club and proposed school;
  • Realigning the footway adjacent to the southbound carriageway, closing the layby south of the roundabout and amendments to private field accesses to the west of the A10 to accommodate the above changes.
  • Signing an alternative route for cyclists parallel to the A10 between Buntingford and the Puckeridge area along lightly trafficked roads.

We believe this scheme will significantly benefit local residents and businesses and people who use the A10.

If you would like to know more about this project, please visit the project web page at www.Hertfordshire.gov.uk/A10Buntingford. The web page contains further information about public consultation, scope and project stages. There will be a further opportunity to comment on these proposals when we hold a statutory consultation on the permanent traffic regulation orders needed for the scheme.

Should you have any comments about these proposals, please send them to  by 28th August, 2020.  Any comments received will be considered during the detailed design phase.

Sujata Basnet
Project Manager, Project Management Office (PMO)

Hertfordshire County Council
County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DE, Postal Point: CHN115
T: 07818538597

Citizen’s Advice East Herts – Here to help

Since 23 March, we have helped 2,396 clients – 36% more than the same time period last year – with advice on a range of issues. Employment continues to be the top issue for clients, with advice needed on furlough and redundancy etc. We are also continuing to help with practical support such as Foodbank referrals and local community links and are working with East Herts Police and other local Citizens Advice to raise awareness of Covid-related scams.

Whilst some restrictions have lifted we have decided to continue to give advice from home for the time being– many of our volunteers are vulnerable/have caring responsibilities and most of our offices do not easily allow for social distancing. We are exploring how we can add in some element of a physical advice service, with the necessary protections in place. In the meantime, we would take this opportunity to remind you of our access options, as set out in the attached flyer. Our website and social media are also useful reference points for latest information.

We are working closely with partners to look at how we can best meet client need post Covid. As government support starts to reduce we are expecting an increased need for help with debt, money advice, employment and housing and trying raise funds to resource more specialist support in these areas (as well as cover the costs of home working). Further details are on our website at www.citizensadviceeastherts.org.uk.

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Speed Management Strategy

The Local Transport Plan sets out how the County Council intends to provide for safe and efficient travel, catering for all forms of transport. The Speed Management Strategy is a supporting document to this and sets out a consistent approach to setting speed limits along with guidance for implementing traffic calming measures and speed cameras.

The strategy includes further guidance on the implementation of 20mph speed limits.  This is a key measure to encourage walking and cycling and improve local environments.

Other changes include information on how measured speeds are used to guide speed limits, information on design and other measures to change driver behaviour and the process for changing speed limits.

Have your say on the Speed Management Strategy consultation. The public engagement is open from 1 July 2020 – 16 September 2020


Village Grass Cutting ‘A Team’

Aspenden Parish Council would like to thank Tony Burton, Steve Merriman and Steve Parlor, our very own ‘A’ Team, for continuing to cut the village green.

Aspenden Village Defibrillator

Aspenden Parish Council is pleased to announce the purchase and installation of a defibrillator within the former BT phone kiosk located opposite The Fox.  A demonstration session will be arranged for later on in the year, once the Government restrictions have been lifted/eased and an invite will be sent round the Village, all will be welcome.  In the meantime the defibrillator is fully operational and if used, clear instructions are relayed to the user via the unit itself.

Coronavirus – Aspenden Parish Council Emergency Village Assistance

If you are considered “at risk” and are self-isolating due to COVID-19 we can help.
If you need urgent supplies, medication collected or just a friendly phone call please get in touch with
Cllr Stuart Chambers on 07985 690901 or and Stuart will
co-ordinate help amongst the Parish Council and other local volunteers.

Cllr Richard Blackburn 07721 499851

Cllr Thomas Poulton 07774 658619

Cllr Andrew Huggins 07495 388819

Cllr Tracy Devonshire 07810 752692

Coronavirus is contagious.  Please take every precaution and avoid physical contact by keeping at least 2 metres distance apart and wash your hands regularly.

Volunteers – if you would like to help please get in touch with the Parish Council.

Flytipping on Aspenden Village Green

The Parish Council would like to thank Cllr Tom Poulton for clearing up the recent flytipping on Aspenden Village Green. The Parish is often blighted by this problem and are fortunate that with the assistance of Jack Poulton and Sons we are able to keep our village green looking so beautiful.