Local elections – Thursday 2nd May

[From St Albans District Council]

On 2 May, Police and Crime Commissioner and district council elections are taking place in the district. The election webpage is now live: www.stalbans.gov.uk/elections-thursday-2-may-2024

SADC is keen to raise awareness of these elections (especially the relevant registration / absent vote deadlines and voter ID requirements).

Please also note that there is no change to current polling station locations for residents in St Michael parish area.

Hertfordshire Health Walks

[External from Herts County Council]
Free, friendly and safe Health Walks.

First time? Register as a new walker online. It’s easy, free and will save you time on the day. We also offer Taster walks.

Health walk timetables We have a range of walks to suit all abilities and backgrounds.

Walk grades Every walk on our timetables has a grade. Find out what they mean.

Advice for walkers Keeping you safe, what to expect and our code of conduct.

Hertfordshire Essex Rapid Transit (HERT)

External update from Herts County Council (HCC)

The HERT forms part of the County Council’s A414 corridor strategy – a package of proposals designed to improve travel between the east and west of the county and reduce car dependency. As part of this, the HERT is aligned with Hertfordshire’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) schemes, as well as the proposals for the Watford to Croxley Link (W2CL).

The HERT will deliver a step-change in the passenger transport network through an accessible, reliable and affordable east-west transit system which connects people easily to where they live, work and visit. The HERT will support economic growth, improve the environment and positively impact our existing and new communities. It will also connect with north-south rail lines to create new sustainable journey options across the whole of Hertfordshire, west Essex and beyond.

You can find more information on the scheme and the results of the public engagement are now available to the public on the HCC website here

A project of this scale will take a number of years to develop and requires substantial investment from local and central government, together with private sector partners. As well as making the case for the scheme to feature in the county’s Local Transport Plans, HCC is producing a prospectus for the HERT which will be used in our conversations with potential funding partners, including the Department for Transport. 

HCC remains committed to the HERT’s ambitious vision to deliver a step-change in the passenger transport network. The feedback gathered during the public engagement period suggests this is a vision shared by many for its potential to improve the lives of current and future generations.

We will be consulting the public at each stage of the project’s development, with ongoing engagement with local communities, civic groups, businesses and other key stakeholder organisations throughout the duration of the scheme.

Please email us at HERT@hertfordshire.gov.uk if you have any questions or require any further information.

Hertfordshire County Council Residents’ Survey 2023

Hertfordshire County Council’s vision is to create a cleaner, greener, healthier Hertfordshire by putting the things that matter most at the heart of all we do. To achieve this, we’re prioritising the health and wellbeing of our residents, protecting the environment, supporting the sustainable growth of our county, and striving for excellent services that are accessible for all.

If you live in Hertfordshire, we’d like to hear from you. Complete the survey here.

Consultation start date 24 July 2023; Consultation closing date 15 September 2023 (11.59pm)

Affinity Water draft Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP)

(External post from Affinity Water)

Please take part and have your say in Affinity Water’s consultation with customers and stakeholders on the draft Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP). This aims to address a significant future shortfall in water resources in our supply area. Population growth, climate change and the demand for water are putting significant pressure on the local environment and water resources in Affinity Water’s supply area. Without action, the area Affinity Water supplies faces a possible shortfall of 449 million litres a day by 2050. We want to hear what customers and stakeholders think about our draft plan to help us shape our final plan which we will publish in Autumn 2023.

The consultation runs for 14 weeks until 20 February 2023 and we really want to hear your views. Our Engagement website (https://affinitywater.uk.engagementhq.com/wrmp )  provides a breadth of materials from videos and summary documents to detailed appendices and most importantly the consultation questions.  All your views will be considered and we will produce a Statement of Response to our customers and our stakeholders in May 2023 to update you on how your responses will shape our final plan.

We are holding a number of events both regionally and locally to explain more about our plan. If you would like to join any of these sessions please let us know by email.


14 November: WRSE and SE water companies to launch dWRMP24 public consultations

16 November: WRSE Parliamentary launch event (including SE companies)

17 November: National Water Resources webinar

22 November: WRSE webinar

23 November: WRE webinar

28 November: Affinity Water and Thames Water – Water Resources Forum (hybrid event)

13 December: Local Authority and Canal community event with focus on the Grand Union Canal Strategic Resource Option

Other local events to be confirmed and will be updated on our engagement site.

Kindest regards,

Susan Jervis
Communications Consultant
Affinity Water Ltd
Tamblin Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9EZ

Tel: 07900 494347

Email: susan.jervis@affinitywater.co.uk

Homes for Ukraine scheme

(External post from Hertfordshire County Council)

Hertfordshire County Council is running a webinar next Weds 23rd Nov (7pm – 8pm) to give residents in Hertfordshire a chance to find out more about the Homes for Ukraine scheme.  There is now an urgent need for new hosts in Hertfordshire. 

Here is the link to register for this no-obligation, online information session: Register here for 23 Nov webinar

As well as a short introduction outlining how the scheme works there will be a panel of existing hosts who will share their experiences and answer any questions from people who may be interested in becoming hosts.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about this session or more widely about Homes for Ukraine in Hertfordshire.

Best regards

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/SiteElements/images/email-signature/logo.pngZarrine Dye
Development Officer

Community & People Wellbeing
Hertfordshire County Council  
Farnham House, Six Hills Way Stevenage SG1 2FQ – Postal Point: SFAR209M: 07974 596956
E: zarrine.dye@hertfordshire.gov.uk
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Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Please note that this message is posted for an external organisation unconnected with St Michael Parish Council – while we hope the information will be of interest, we do not imply any endorsement of the service or product featured.

Walking in Herts www.walkinginengland.co.uk/herts is the website for you!
With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place. With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy

Walking in Herts (part of the Walking in England suite of websites
(www.walkinginengland.co.uk – one for each county in England) has brought information together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.
Enquiries to:
John Harris
email: john@walkinginengland.co.k

Are your windows and doors draughty? Create a more energy efficient home this winter!

Please note that this message is posted for an external organisation unconnected with St Michael Parish Council – while we hope the information will be of interest, we do not imply any endorsement of the service or product featured.

website: sustainablestalbans.org/thermal-imaging/

Sustainable St. Albans, a charity based in the district, have 2 thermal cameras which can be borrowed by residents of the district to help identify areas of heat loss or missing insulation in their homes.

This simple but effective tool can save residents money and increase comfort if the identified issues are resolved. It’s easy and free for the District’s residents to use. We run short, online introductory courses to familiarise residents before they borrow one of the 2 cameras based in St Albans and Harpenden.

Just book onto one of our free online information sessions for some basic training on using the camera and to understand what you see. Then you may book to borrow the camera.

All COVID measures are in place to avoid the small chance of infection. between users.

See sustainablestalbans.org/thermal-imaging/ for
times and details.