His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that Aspenden Parish Council has learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Council and residents of Aspenden extend condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.

Hertfordshire’s online Book of Remembrance for HRH Duke of Edinburgh is available via https://lord-lieutenant-herts.org.uk/remembrance-2/





Electoral Review of East Hertfordshire District Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) will be conducting an electoral review of East Hertfordshire District Council.

The review will decide on:

  • the number of elected district councillors
  • the number of wards
  • the name of wards
  • where the boundaries between wards should lie
  • the number of councillors for each ward

The LGBCE are keen that this information is disseminated to as many people as possible and to provide them with the opportunity to express their views.

Attached is a PowerPoint that provides an overview of the process, key dates and timelines and details for getting in touch.

Aspenden Green Children’s Playground

Aspenden Parish Council are currently in the process of obtaining quotes for refurbishment and improvements to the Children’s Playground.

The playground will have new safety surfaces, all play equipment will be refurbished and repainted and there will be some new items for younger children play.

It is hoped that work can start early summer and we will keep you posted with regular updates on the website.

Aspenden Road closure

NOTICE is given that Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicular traffic from using that length of Aspenden Road, Buntingford from a point 23m north east of its junction with The Street north eastwards for a distance of approximately 110 metres (“the Road”), except for access.

An alternative route will be via Aspenden Road, 3U20 (unnamed road), C16 (unnamed road), Station Hill, A10 (unnamed road), London Road and Aspenden Road.

The Order is needed because water service connection works are proposed to be executed on or near the Road.

Please see the attached NOTICE and PLANS for full details.

REMINDER Census 2021

We need your help with the census, which gathers vital information to help plan services such as transport, education and healthcare. All households should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after.

You must complete the census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000.

If you need help, go to www.census.gov.uk or phone us free on 0800 141 2021

Citizens Advice East Herts update

Who and how are we helping?
We continue to operate a remote advice service which has enabled us to help over 7,269 people (as of end January) since the first lockdown in March, up 31% on 2019. We are seeing an increase in demand for our support with issues becoming more complex. Benefits and Housing are the biggest areas of need and we are fundraising to be able to offer more specialist casework support in these areas.
As an advice service our focus is on making sure people are able to access all the support they need, including financial. As part of this we are able to issue food and fuel vouchers where needed and to help clients access some grants, including the new (time limited) Winter Grant.

How people can contact us
People can contact us for advice and support in a number of ways: by email, phone, webchat and Facebook Messenger.  We can now also offer video advice appointments. The attached leaflet provides all the details.

Useful resources
We have a range of resources on our website which people can make use of, including:

We can also help people apply for Universal Credit via our Help to Claim service.

Changes to the Brown Bin Service

From 1 April 2021 East & North Hertfordshire District Councils Shared Waste Services will be changing the Brown Bin Service to a chargeable garden waste only collection service. Residents will receive an information leaflet though their door over the next few weeks. A leaflet is attached below for your information.

Residents are sign-post to the East Herts website- www.eastherts.gov.uk/gardenwaste where there is a full list of FAQs and details of how to sign up, including a ‘how to’ video.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up to their news bulletin ‘Network’. www.eastherts.gov.uk/network-0 where they will receive regular information on Council services.



Contribute to Hertfordshire County Council’s budget decision-making process

Hertfordshire parish and town councils, and all Hertfordshire residents, are being invited to have their say and contribute to Hertfordshire County Council’s budget decision-making process. An online survey is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey until 1 February 2021.

You can access the draft Integrated Plan 2021-22 (the proposed budget) and also summary highlights from www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey – alongside the five survey questions.

We want to hear your views on how we should be spending your council tax money over the coming year. You will also be able to complete a question (number five) to say that you’re responding as a resident.

Temporary road closure in Westmill that could affect Aspenden

NOTICE is given that Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicular traffic from using the following lengths of roads (“the Roads”):

That length of 3U20 (unnamed road), Westmill from its junction with C16 (unnamed road) north westwards to its junction with Aspenden Road, a distance of approximately 1410 metres.

An alternative route will be via C16 (unnamed road), Station Hill, A10 Puckeridge to Buntingford, London Road and Aspenden Road.

Please see the attached NOTICE and PLANS for full details.

Closure of Aspenden Road

Drainage works are taking place in Aspenden Road on 18th and 19th January 2021 between 09.30 and 16.30.

Please see the attached letter for further information.