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Author: Peter Evans

Discover wellness at the annual community health fair — Potters Bar

Anyone wanting to learn more about how to improve their health and feel good can attend the Health and Wellbeing Event, organised by the Potters Bar Patient Participation Groups of three Potters Bar surgeries,on Friday (2 September) at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar. The event will feature a market place with over 25 stalls offering wellbeing information services and advice from organisations supporting the Potters Bar community, such as Communities 1st, InspireAll and Neighbourhood Watch. There will also be health talks by GP’s from the three local surgeries Taster sessions will also be on offer, such as dance fit by Saracens, and chair-based exercises and falls prevention by InspireAll. Starts at 10am and will run until 3pm. Booking not needed, just drop in. Everyone is welcome.

Come together to invest in renewable energy — residents encouraged to register their interest in group-buying scheme for solar panels

Hertsmere residents have the chance to register to be part of a tried and tested renewable energy scheme and help save the planet and cut their energy bills. Residents are being encouraged to come together to invest in solar panels and battery storage through a group-buying scheme, Solar Together, being brought forward by Hertsmere Borough Council in partnership with other Hertfordshire local authorities and independent experts iChoosr.
Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation. The scheme offers solar panels with optional battery storage and EV charge points, as well as retrofitting of battery storage for residents who have already invested in solar panels and are looking to get more from the renewable energy they generate as well as increase their independence from the grid. Registration closes on Tuesday 27 September, when an auction of pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate will take place.
To find out more and register go to

Water leak in Aldenham Avenue

Aldenham Parish Council are aware that there is mains water leak with water seeping through the retaining wall to the car park at The Radlett Centre. This was reported on 1 August 2022 to Affinity Water. Their engineer has found that the leak is from a pipe below the exit to the car park in the footway. They have marked this with blue paint.

Since then the council have been told several reasons why it has not been repaired, but with no definite date for repair being given. We apologise that there has been such a loss of water, but we are contacting Affinity Water constantly for an update.

Consultation on revised solar farm proposal

A map of the area with markings to show the proposed solar farm site.Members of the public have a month to comment on some amended plans to create a 67-hectare solar farm near Aldenham.

Another planning application has been submitted by Elstree Green Limited seeking permission for the construction and operation for a grid-connected solar photovoltaic farm with battery storage and other ancillary infrastructure on land north of Butterfly Lane and surrounding Hilfield Farm, and west of Hilfield Lane (map of the location is pictured above left and available on our website). The application is a revised version of one which was submitted and refused permission in November last year. A planning appeal against this decision is currently underway and is due to be decided by public inquiry in the autumn. The current live application can be viewed by going to the HBC website and searching for either Butterfly Lane or reference number 22/0948/FULEI.

Comments should be submitted before Saturday 23 July via the Hertsmere Borough Council website or by e-mailing and quoting the case reference number. Please also copy in Aldenham Parish Council ( who will be discussing the plans at the Planning Committee meeting on 4th July 2022 at The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue Radlett

Review of Aldenham West parish boundary

The results of the initial consultation on the Governance Review that affects Aldenham, Shenley, Ridge and South Mimms Parish Councils have been analysed by Hertsmere Borough Council and the final recommendations have been published on the Hertsmere Website Community Governance Review 2022 – Hertsmere Borough Council.

The final consultation is open until 17th July and the form to respond can be found on the bottom of webpage.

Further protection for bungalows in Radlett as a result of the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan

New rules are being implemented by Hertsmere Borough Council to protect a number of bungalows across Radlett, which are deemed of value in the recently adopted Radlett Neighbourhood Plan. This follows recent changes in national legislation which allow for an extra storey to be built on homes, without the need for planning permission, as long as it complies with certain criteria.

A copy of the new Article 4 directions for Radlett and a set of frequently asked questions can be found at The new directions will come into force in May next year. Until then all interested parties can give their views in a public consultation by emailing at Responses can also be submitted in writing to Planning department, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood WD6 1WA. ​ ​