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Community response to current events in Israel and Gaza – 4/1/24

Please see below this week’s shared information briefing. The next bulletin will be issued on 18 January 2024. 

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Hertfordshire Constabulary

Calls to police linked to the conflict in the Middle East remain at pre-October 7 levels and no related crimes have been recorded during the last period.

Local officers continue to monitor the situation and remain on hand to respond to any issues or concerns as needed.

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Community Security Trust

Antisemitic incidents continue to be reported and the current situation continues to bring about community feelings of vulnerability and concern. We are grateful for the partnership we have with the Police and I know the community appreciate their hard work.

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Hertsmere Borough Council

Mental Health Services
The following services are available to residents of Hertsmere to support their mental health.    

  • The TogetherAll, which is an online anonymous mental health community monitored by professionals. It offers a range of support, courses and advice. Hertfordshire residents over 16 can register for free – just select ‘my area is registered’ and enter your postcode.
  • NHS Every Mind Matters – Get expert advice and practical tips, try the ‘How are you? quiz or create a tailored self-care plan to support your mental health and wellbeing
  • Five ways to good mental wellbeing & Islam– includes translated and printable versions.  
  • Five ways to good mental wellbeing & Judaism– includes numerous references to Jami (see below), the specialist provider of mental health services for the Jewish community. 
  • Jami – provides mental health support to the Jewish Community
  • Herts Mind Network – provide services including peer support, group activities, counselling and a crisis helpline. Provided online, over the phone or from Number 10 on Leeming Road, Borehamwood.
  • Hertfordshire County Council have produced a mental health resource booklet providing information about services available in the community. Should anyone wish to order physical copies of this, please contact
  • The Church of England have pulled together a set of 13 reflections to support good mental health.
  • Young Minds have released some specific advice aimed at young people who are worried about the conflict in the Middle East: Mental Health Advice | The Conflict in the Middle East | YoungMinds

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2023 Hertfordshire Traffic and Transport Data Report

🚗💨 Traffic flows are still 5% below pre COVID levels.

This is just one statistic from the newly published 2023 Traffic and Transport Data Report. Head to and dive into the full report now!. 🚀✨

Your insights and feedback matter. Take a moment to review the report and share your thoughts to shape future transport strategies.🌟🛣️

Key Headlines Include:

  1. Traffic volume increased up by 7.4% from 2021 to 2022, but still down by 4.8% compared to before COVID in 2019.
  2. There are now more vans on the road than ever before, up by 4.7% between 2019 and 2022.
  3. 2.2% of journeys involve cycling in 2022, either as the entire journey or as part of the journey.
  4. Walking is the primary mode of travel for journeys shorter than 1 mile, accounting for 76.0% in 2022.
  5. 75% of people want to see less traffic in their area in a survey conducted in 2023.
  6. 83% of people support proposals to make it easier for children to walk, cycle or scoot in a survey conducted in 2023.
  7. Hertfordshire recorded 17.5 million bus passenger journeys in 2021/22, showing an increase of 69% from the low point during the 2020/21 pandemic period.
  8. In 2021/22, rail passenger journeys in Hertfordshire surged by 158%, rebounding from the low point during the 2020/21 pandemic period.
  9. Electric Vehicle (EV) ownership is growing but still low, with 3.3% of households having fully electric cars in 2022.

Allotment Track

Borras Construction on behalf of Aldenham Parish Council (APC) will be carrying out the following works to the track leading to the allotments from Gills Hill Lane.

  • Remove the existing track surface.
  • Re-instate the track at a lower height with a MOT Type 1 surface.
  • Relocate the entrance gate from its current position to nearer the car park.

This work will commence on Monday 8 January 2024 and the aim to be finished by mid-March 2024.

During this time there will be

  • no vehicular access to the allotments
  • the footpath from Elm Walk to the allotment track and Phillimore Rec will be closed
  • The gate to the side of Radlett Bowls Club land and the gap between the fence on the track near the allotment gate will also be closed.

Access can still be gained to Phillimore Rec by using footpath 47 and using the gate near the children’s play area.

APC apologises for any inconvenience caused during this time.

Invitation to Tender – Café Build

Invitation to Tender for:

Aldenham Parish Council (APC) – Phillimore Recreation Ground Café Build

If you would like to receive the link to download the relevant documents, please email manager@aldenham-pc-gov-uk

Closing Date Extension: the closing date for the return of both postal and electronic tender submissions has been extended to 12 NOON on Monday 29th January 2024

All correspondence relating specifically to this project and for any clarifications should be addressed to the Project Managers, Lockerdell Consulting Limited:

Attention of Rick Locker –

Improve access to Mental Health Services for Children and Young People & win £25 Amazon voucher!

If you are a child or young person, or a parent/carer of one, we need your help! We want to hear from children and young people (aged 5 – 25) and their parents/carers about what we are and are not doing to help at the moment, and how we can make things better.

The purpose of this survey is to understand what services you think are available to you and if you know how to or want to access them. And if you don’t, then what we can do to improve things for you.  The survey is completely anonymous but to thank you for your time, if you wish to share your email address, your name will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 Amazon Voucher!!

Your information will not be shared with anybody outside Hertfordshire County Council’s Children & Young People’s Mental Health Services. 

The survey is now open and you will have until 3rd January to complete it.

There are two surveys, please click on the relevent link below;

Link for Children and Young People  Link for Parents  
Link to live survey:  Link to live survey: