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Claim your Council Tax Energy Rebate

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Are you missing out on your council tax energy rebate?

If you pay your council tax online, over the phone, at the post office or by PayPoint, we’ve set up a quick online application form so you can claim the £150 rebate quickly and easily and help protect your household from rising energy costs.

You have until Thursday (30 June) to apply for the rebate if you have not already received it.

If the rebate goes unclaimed, the £150 payment will instead be used to credit your council tax account for this financial year 2022/23. New bills will be sent to those affected.

To be eligible for the rebate, properties must be valued at council tax bands A to D, the property must be the main or sole residence of the council tax payer or occupant, and the property must be chargeable.

To find out more and apply for your rebate go to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/taxrebate

Community Governance Review

Community Governance Review
The final round of consultation on how local communities in Hertsmere are governed is currently underway, with residents being asked to give their views on proposed recommendations.

The Community Governance Review examines if governance arrangements at parish council level can be improved to better reflect local identities and serve communities more effectively.

As communities change over time, government guidance advises a review of town and parish governance every ten to 15 years, to ensure the arrangements are fit for purpose. Following the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) review of Hertsmere in 2018, changes were made to the borough’s ward boundaries. 

The review looks at a range of issues, including parish boundaries, numbers of parish councillors, grouping of parishes and warding.

In January 2022, we started a nine-week consultation exercise to explore whether changes need to be made to ensure our parish councils continue to be effective representatives of their residents and have appropriate boundaries. The results of the initial consultation – which are available to view on our website – were presented to the Constitutional and Member Development Panel who, with the help of officers, have made a number of recommendations. 

Residents are being asked to have their say on the recommendations proposed for Aldenham Parish Council, Ridge Parish Council, South Mimms Parish Council and Shenley Parish Council.

The deadline for the second round of public consultation is midnight on Sunday 17 July. To view the recommendations and have your say, please visit: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/CGR

Paper copies of the consultation can also be obtained on request by calling Electoral Services on 020 8207 7481 or email
CGR@hertsmere.gov.uk

This review of community governance does not include the electoral arrangements for borough council or parliamentary seats. These would be the responsibility of Whitehall (the Local Government Boundary Commission and the Boundary Commission for England, respectively) and are not currently proposed.

Hertsmere Borough Council agreed to the Community Governance Review at its meeting on 17 November 2021. The review must be completed within 12 months and any agreed changes will be implemented by May 2023 ready for the whole borough and parish elections.  

To find out more about the review, see the recommendations made for each parish or to complete the survey, please visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/CGR

Hertsmere marks Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day
The Mayor of Hertsmere has shown support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community, as part of a special event to commemorate Armed Forces Day.

Mayor Councillor John Graham led a small flag-raising event outside our Civic Offices today (Monday 20 June), ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June. He was joined by Mayoress Barbara Graham, Reverend Oliver Blease, bugler, Adrian Temple, Royal British Legion Representative, Brian Dee and other Hertsmere Borough councillors and staff for the occasion.

Armed Forces Day aims to raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve or have served in the armed forces, as well as those who support them.

If you would like to find out more about Armed Forces Day visit their website: www.armedforcesday.org.uk  

The Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant is a commitment from public and private organisations in the county to support the active and retired Armed Forces community living and working in Hertfordshire.

The covenant aims to support active personnel looking to leave service and settle in Hertfordshire, reservists living in the area or anyone with any other connection to the armed forces. Visit www.hertfordshireheroes.org to find out more.

Former service personnel living in Hertsmere can also benefit from discounted leisure centre membership at the Furzefield leisure centre in Potters Bar, Bushey Grove leisure centre and The Venue leisure centre in Borehamwood.

To find out more contact your local InspireAll leisure centre.

Latest Vacancies at Hertsmere

Job vacancy at Civic OfficeHertsmere is located in Southern Hertfordshire – we are 13 miles from Central London and within the M25. We adjoin Greater London with excellent road and rail links, making London and the Home Counties easily accessible. The council offices are situated in Borehamwood within Zone 6 and with a direct rail link into London Kings Cross St. Pancras. The area is an internationally renowned centre for film and television production, home to BBC Elstree and Elstree Studios (a council-owned asset).
Bushey Rose Garden Apprentice Salary £12,168

We are looking for an apprentice to work at the Bushey Rose Garden, which is an historic Grade II listed public garden situated in the heart of Bushey.  This vacancy is for an Apprenticeship position for work carrying out gardening duties.
 
You will undertake all garden maintenance tasks, to ensure the Rose Garden is kept to a high horticultural standard.  This includes rose care, herbaceous perennials, climbers, ornamental shrubs, hedge maintenance, weeding, planting, mulching, soil management, turf management, cleansing and cleaning. 

You will also act as the first point of contact for park users and to be the custodian of the Rose Garden on behalf of the council. 

You will undertake the following training as part of the Apprenticeship:

Level 1 functional skills tuition in English and Maths will be delivered in a 5 day intensive block at the beginning of the apprentices program of study.
 
Level 2 functional skills tuition in English and Maths will be delivered in a 5 day intensive block after 1 year on program.
 
Level 2 award in the safe use of pesticides PA 1 Emergency first aid at work.

During the Apprenticeship scheme, you will work with a qualified member of staff and be provided the support and guidance required to progress within the council. 

We are looking for somebody with excellent communication skills, customer care skills, initiative and physical fitness, who is a punctual, reliable, enthusiastic, well presented and responsible team player.

The role is physically demanding, and you will be expected to work throughout all weather conditions, sometimes outside of normal working hours, at weekends and during public holidays.  The Council will support you with your studies and allow time during working hours to complete necessary studies. 

The post is offered on a full time, permanent basis (36 hours per week).  Working days: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (summer) 9am-3pm (winter).

Benefits include 25 – 30 days annual leave (depending on the length of Local Government Service) plus one floating day per annum, local government pension scheme, free car parking, free use of leisure facilities, cycle scheme and season ticket loans.

Please click here to apply.  For further information on the borough and our benefits, visit www.hertsmerecareers.co.uk

Closing date:             Midday, 30 June 2022

Hertsmere News is out!

summer front page
The summer edition of our residents’ magazine, Hertsmere News, is out from this week.

It’s packed with news and information about our services and activities.

In this edition, you’ll see how we supported platinum jubilee celebrations across the borough, the wonderful achievements of this year’s Hertsmere Civic Award winners,  how we support our communities to manage money worries, our support of Ukrainian people who have been displaced to our borough, and a whole host of other updates including fun summer activities. 

If you live in Hertsmere, a copy of the magazine will be delivered to your door. Alternatively, you can access the magazine on our website.

Hertsmere Police Cadets are recruiting

The Hertsmere Police Cadet Unit are recruiting ready for the new term starting September 2022. It is open to children living and schooling in Hertsmere aged between 13 and 17 this coming September.

The Police Cadets are involved in a wide range of activities and events including: camps, court visits and outdoor activities and play a vital role in community events. Additionally, they learn about police procedures and the law and receive talks from specialist departments, including the tri-force Armed Police Unit and Dog Unit.

The groups usually meet every two weeks on a Tuesday evening and are led by Police Officers, PCSO’s and volunteers who support young people in their development.

No prior knowledge is required and isn’t limited to only those who have ambitions to work within the police force.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to HertsmereHVPC@herts.police.uk with the following information included:

  • Young person name, date of birth and address
  • Parent/guardian name and contact number

Solar Farm – 22/0948/FULEI

Another planning application has been lodged for the solar farm. Please look at the new plans and make your comments to Hertsmere Planning Dept.

If you wish to make any comments about this application, you can do this by:

Logging onto the website using this link https://www6.hertsmere.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

Emailing consult.planning@hertsmere.gov.uk please quote the application number 22/0948/FULEI

Posting your comments to The Planning and Economic Development Department, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA, please quote the application number 22/0948/FULEI

Your comments need to be received by 23rd July 2022.

Aldenham Parish Council are committed to at the same time to appeal the original application when the planning inspector considers the developers appeal in October and have employed a barrister to represent it.

Plastic Free Periods & World Refill Day




Different reusable bottles
World Refill Day
World Refill Day is a global campaign to prevent plastic pollution and help people live with less waste.
Single-use plastic is everywhere but one of the biggest uses is for drinks bottles. Here’s a few facts to shock you!
Plastic bottles: fast facts

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.

13 billion plastic bottles are used each year in the UK – this includes all fizzy drinks, milk and toiletry bottles. A shocking 60% of these are water bottles – that’s 7.7 billion bottles that could be easily avoided.

If just 1 in 10 Brits refilled their drinks bottles every week, 340 million plastic bottles would be saved every year.
Less than 30% of people refill their reusable water bottles, even though we have some of the best quality tap water in the world.
Over the last 15 years, the consumption of bottled water has doubled in the UK.

Every day in the UK an estimated 700,000 plastic bottles are littered.
So  join the Refill Revolution and ditch the single use  bottles, opting for a reusable alternative instead.

Thanks to a fantastic initiative called Refill, topping up your water bottle when out and about is even easier. Refill allows public places – such as cafés, pubs, takeaways and restaurants – to register as Refill Stations that will happily refill your bottle with free tap water on request.

They have an app which shows where you can get coffee refills with a discount for bringing your own cup, shops where you can refill your own containers, and lunch venues where you can order to go in your own containers too. 

There are more than 65 Refill Stations registered in Hertsmere so download the Refill app or keep an eye out for Refill window stickers in around the shops near you.
 

Reusable period products
EVENT: Plastic Free Periods
11am to 1pm
Thursday 16 June
@ Vimi’s Eco Store, Watling Street, Radlett, WD7 7LA


If you’ve ever wondered how period pants work or what exactly a mooncup is, then come along to our Plastic Free Periods event at a wonderful refill shop – Vimi’s Eco Store in Radlett.

We will be on hand to chat about everything period related with samples of all the different reusable period products, from period pants and pads to menstrual cups and discs! And Vimi’s Eco Store will be discounting their period cups by 40% on the day!

Plus don’t forget to grab your refillable containers as you may as well fill up with anything from nuts and dried mango to hand wash and laundry soap while you’re there!

And if you’re still undecided about swapping to reusables have a quick read through these fast facts:

It is estimated that between 1.5 -2 billion disposable period products are flushed down toilets each year – 4.6 million every single day! Apart from being harmful to marine life, disposable products flushed down the toilet contribute to another problem – fatbergs. Fatbergs are huge masses of period products, wet wipes, nappies, fats and oils. Every year the UK spends about £100m clearing an estimated 300,000 fatbergs.

10% of sewage related debris on beaches is composed of period pads, liners/backing strips, tampons, and applicators. Switching to reusables means much less waste.

Many period products can contain up to 90% fossil-fuel based plastic. Most tampons contain plastic too (not just the applicator but the absorbent part too).

Non-organic disposable period products can contain toxic industrial chemicals like BPA, dioxins, pesticides, bleach and fragrances – manufacturers don’t legally have to state what is in their products.

During lockdown 30% of girls in the UK aged 14-21 years struggled to afford or access period products. With reusables, they are always available.

Each period can cost on average £10, that’s £130 a year and £4940 over a lifetime. In comparison, a menstrual cup costs around £20 and lasts up to 10 years offering an enormous saving.
More than 11,000 disposable products are used in a menstruating lifetime – based on an average of 38 years using 22 items of menstrual products per cycle, with 13 cycles per year.

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