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National Campaign to tackle littering in our parks

National campaign to tackle littering in our parks

Hertsmere Borough Council is supporting a new campaign over the summer months as a result of the increases in littering and anti-social behaviour that have been seen since lockdown eased.

The campaign, developed by Keep Britain Tidy, comes after a new survey, carried out by the environmental charity, shows that more than half of the country’s parks have had to pull in extra resources to deal with the issues, including litter and anti-social behaviour, since lockdown was eased.

Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “The levels of litter and waste being left by members of the public has reached unprecedented levels.

“Our parks and open spaces have become a haven for residents during the lockdown for exercise, escape and relaxation. Unfortunately a minority of people have littered, left dog waste, vandalised our playgrounds and treated our parks with no respect. This has diverted valuable resources and officer time.

“We have some beautiful, award winning parks and open spaces seeped in nature. Let’s keep them that way.”

The new campaign, under the umbrella of ‘Love Parks’, uses behavioural insights that show people respond better to messages from individuals and features images of real parks staff and park users with quotes that talk about how anti-social behaviour makes them feel, with each one urging people to ‘be kind’ to their park.

Richard McIlwain, Deputy Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “The UK was the birthplace of the public park and their value was recognised by many people during lockdown as a haven of greenspace for exercise and relaxation.

“But, as lockdown measures have eased, we’ve seen a significant minority of people abuse these treasured spaces, with shocking scenes of anti-social behaviour, including littering, people using parks as toilets and abuse of parks staff.

“This campaign, which has been made available to every local authority in the country and which is based on behavioural science, will act as an effective nudge to actively encourage people to treat our beautiful parks – and the amazing staff who work in them – with respect this summer.”

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “As the coronavirus lockdown has eased, the amount of litter being left in parks, green spaces and beaches across the country is unacceptable. I wholeheartedly support Keep Britain Tidy’s new campaign to tackle this issue. If you are unable to dispose of litter, then please take it home so you don’t destroy what you have come to enjoy.”

Find out more about Hertsmere’s parks and open spaces on our website: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/parks

A quiet opening for Radlett & District Museum

The recent introduction by the Government of legislation to limit social gathering to six people has caused a further delay and restrictions to the opening of the Radlett & District Museum.  A “quiet opening” is planned for 10-12am on Saturday 17 October, when the number of visitors will be limited to four plus two volunteer-staff. Entry will be on a first-come-first- served basis. The Museum will be open thereafter at 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Visitors will be required to wear a mask and hand sanitisers will be available. Social distancing measures will be put in place.

The Museum will offer permanent displays and themed exhibitions and recordings and transcripts of interviews with local residents. Off-site exhibitions, displays and talks will be offered. Educational visits will be encouraged.

Final arrangements will be displayed on posters around Radlett and surrounding areas and on www.radlettmuseum.com.

Property Flood Resilience survey request

A survey regarding Property Flood Resilience has been commissioned by the Environment Agency to undertake a study focused on resilience to flooding (a letter of appointment from the Environment Agency can be seen here: https://rpaltd.co.uk/uploads/page_files/rpa-confirmation-letter-final.pdf) .   As part of the study a short survey has been designed to collect information on behaviours and opinions on Property Flood Resilience. The survey can be found at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ownersandoccupiers/

The Radlett Society and Green Belt Association AGM – 18th Nov @8pm

NOTICE TO MEMBERS

OUR AGM AT VISION HALL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS

Instead the AGM will now be held, online, via Zoom, as scheduled, on

Wednesday 18th November 2020 at 8:00pm.

Formal documents including The Minutes from the 2019 AGM and the accounts, will be posted on our website http://www.radlettsociety.org/. Details on how to access the Zoom meeting will be added a few days before the meeting.

Members should send any comments or questions on the agenda items – printed on the 2020 Newsletter which is distributed along with the Aldenham Parish News – via the “Contact Us” form on the website, before Tuesday 17 November 2020.

Our guest speaker, Stuart Nagler MBE, will deliver his talk about the Radlett & District Museum, via Zoom, immediately after the AGM.

Help us to protect and preserve our countryside. We urgently need volunteers to join our Committee to assist us in covering local planning and Green Belt issues, Expertise in these areas would be very helpful though not essential.

Rugby Returns to Cobden Hill

With the move to Phase D on the Rugby Football Union’s Return to Rugby Roadmap Tabard RFC celebrated this milestone by hosting an RFU Pitch Up for Rugby day on Saturday 12th September at Cobden Hill.

The format adopted for the day was Ready4Rugby, the all new non-contact game (non-contact due to COVD-19) which enables two opposing teams of up to 10 players to engage in match activity.

The event was very much an intra-club affair with two round robin tournaments ably refereed by Herts RFU Society officials. The U13 & U14 boys fielded two teams of 10 players and the senior men & women plus U16 boys organised four mixed teams of 8 to 10 players. Some fine rugby was played in this fast paced game. Good handling skills and sharp lines of running were amply on display and all participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The RFU was represented by their President, Jeff Blackett and he was given the warmest of welcomes by Tabard RFC club officials, supporters and members of the local community who came along to join in the fun. It was a pleasure to have Councillor Caroline Clapper with us on the day

and we were delighted that she found time in her busy diary to support this community event.

The RFU President took time out not only to commend Tabard RFC for hosting such a successful Pitch Up for Rugby event but he was somewhat inspired by the charity work that the club does with School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) and Plate for London. Having the founder and CEO of SOHK, Ken Cowen, and the Managing Director of A Plate for London, Laura-Jo Pearce in attendance added to all round success of the day.

The attached LINK provides an excellent short video of the event, encapsulates the day brilliantly and well worth a viewing.

Ross Hopcroft

President, Tabard RFC

Road Closure – Harper Lane/Watling Street

Road closure and traffic management at Harper Lane/Watling Street junction, Radlett

As part of the installation of a signalised junction at Harper Lane/Watling Street in Radlett, the necessary closure of Harper Lane will be in effect from Monday 3rd August for a duration of 20 weeks.  The work is scheduled for completion on 17th December.

Phase A – 3rd August – 21st August

Road closure of Harper Lane and temporary off-peak two-way lights on Watling Street. Removal of white lines and splitter islands, carriageway safety improvements for re-directed traffic flows.

More information please click the link below:

https://www.harperlaneroadclosure.bloorhomes.com/?fbclid=IwAR0uC4tqrPfcWUzFpSumtfoVcY0HWd-Y2qBiUZsq_b_ce6UbvIXGSCE4tRM

Aldenham Parish Council are disappointed that there was no notice from HertsCC Highways and that the introduction of traffic lights again will cause problems in the village

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