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Letchmore Heath Play Area Update 16/02/2021

The Letchmore Heath play area remains open.If you have not been there before – it is located just before the village green when approaching from Common Lane. Last turning on the left https://www.google.co.uk/…/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_armWKzC…

In February 2020 Aldenham Parish Council were pleased to open new play equipment at the council’s play area in Letchmore Heath. Following consultation with residents through the Letchmore Heath Village Trust to seek the requirements of the local community the toddler slide, cradle swings, spinner and puppy springer were chosen to replace the old equipment which had been previously removed. The council hope that residents and visitors can enjoy the new facilities.

Please follow the following guidelines when using the equipment

1. Only one care plus child using each piece of equipment at any time.

2. Please sanitize all areas prior to use and hands before and after use.

This area is being cleaned twice daily by the staff during the week and so it is closed during this period (pre 9.00am and 12.30pm) but not weekends.

Community Infrastructure Levy Grants

Release date: 3/2/2021

Press Release

Community Infrastructure Levy Grants

 Aldenham Parish Council announced the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) capital grants scheme for local voluntary organisations and community groups in June 2020.  The scheme is to help fund capital projects within the parish.

Aldenham Parish Council set aside funding from the CIL to invest in the local community with grants between £1,000 to £20,000 available for applications for capital spending.  Core organisational costs such as salaries, rent or utilities are not eligible.

So far grants totalling £20,312.85 have been awarded to 3 local organisations:

  • Radlett Bowls Club — £1,562.85 towards repairs to the surrounds at the ground
  • 1st Radlett Scouts — £10,000 for new front entrance to Scout Hut
  • Aldenham War Memorial Hall — £8,750 towards creation of a centenary garden at the hall

All grants awarded are subject to production of satisfactory invoices prior to funds being released.

Aldenham Parish Council is pleased to confirm that the Radlett Bowls Club completed their project and the following statement was received from the club:

We, at Radlett Bowls Club (RBC) are most grateful to APC for the Community Infrastructure Grant.

RBC was established in 1933 on a sloping site bordering Philimore Recreation Ground.  The ground was levelled for the actual green but the banks remained sloping.   Sometime later some bays for bench seating were cut out of the banks, the backs being supported with wooden staves and piling.

Over time these have all rotted away and the generous infrastructure grant was used to replace them with specially treated sleepers for such support work.

This health and safety and solidification work has greatly improved RBC’s ambiance both visually and practically.  All can see how much we care and look after our club.   Our members regularly benefit from exercise, fresh open air and really good company.   We provide information on bowling techniques and can show our new members how to bowl and benefit from our matches.  So, free tuition is available and more information is on our website:-   radlettbowls.uk

Please contact the Hon. Secretary, John,  on 01923 853231 with all enquiries or email radlett.secretary@gmail.com

If you would wish to apply on behalf of your local voluntary organisation or community group, please contact Monika Duong on accounts@aldenham-pc.gov.uk or Peter Evans on manager@aldenham-pc.gov.uk.

Applications are considered twice a year (October and April) at meetings of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

The next deadline for receipt of applications is as follow:

14 days before the F&GP meeting:

29th March 2021

CRITERIA:

Grants will normally be given only for schemes that meet the following criteria:

  • projects and schemes must serve the area within the civil boundary of Aldenham
  • projects and schemes that show a clear benefit to parish residents and businesses
  • the application should estimate the number of individuals who will benefit from an allocation.
  • funding is not available for a project that has already been completed.
  • funding is for applications between £1,000 and £20,000
  • projects must be achievable within the funding timescales, but no longer than 5 years.
  • projects must not require on-going revenue funding from Aldenham Parish Council and have sound business planning in place if there is ongoing revenue requirement such as maintenance.
  • projects must be run by local voluntary organisations, community groups,  or social enterprises,  not individuals or businesses
  • projects must have long-term impact.  Applications for capital spending will be considered, but core organisational costs such as salaries, rent or utilities will not be eligible.
  • if match funding is available from other sources please specify how this match-funding will be secured.

Grant applications from organisations will be considered only when accompanied by at least one of the following:

  1. Audited accounts; 
  2. Accounts that have been subjected to independent inspection as required by the Charities Act or, where the organisation is newly formed, a case for funding including supporting evidence of fund raising efforts.
  3. Project business plan

Monika Duong

Assistant Manager

Aldenham Parish Council

Rapid Testing available in Hertfordshire

 

Rapid testing for anyone without coronavirus symptoms is now available across Hertfordshire. 

Key and essential workers who cannot work from home during the current government restrictions are especially encouraged to book a rapid test every few days to help us ensure that essential services are as safe as possible.

Around one in three people with coronavirus do not show symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus to family, friends, co-workers and into the community without realising. Knowing if you have coronavirus even though you do not have symptoms means that you can protect your loved ones and help to stop the spread of the virus. 

Free rapid tests (also known as Lateral Flow Tests) are available by appointment only and bookable up to a week in advance.  You’ll need to take your booking confirmation email/text to your appointment and have your mobile phone with you (please ensure it is charged). Results are sent by text and email in 45 minutes.

  • To book a rapid test, please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest . Please check the website regularly for updates as several new test centres have opened across Hertfordshire.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus you cannot have a rapid test and must not go to a rapid test centre – instead please book a standard coronavirus (PCR) test at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Have your say on proposed solar farm


Members of the public have a month to comment on plans to create a 130-hectare solar farm near Aldenham.

A planning application has been submitted by Elstree Green Limited seeking permission for the construction and operation for 35 years 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.

The application can be viewed by going to the website www.hertsmere.gov.uk/planningsearch and searching for either Butterfly Lane or reference number 21/0050/FULEI.

Councillor Linda Silver, Chairman of our Planning Committee, said: “I would urge anyone who lives, works or uses the area, particularly those who think they might be directly affected, to take the time to view the proposal and give us your thoughts. “You can view and submit your comments on the plans, without leaving your home, if you have a computer or a smartphone. “Our Civic Offices remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, so we would urge everyone to use our online services.”

Comments should be submitted before 24 February by visiting www.hertsmere.gov.uk or by e-mailing consult.planning@hertsmere.gov.uk
and quoting the case reference number.  

Voting safely during the May elections

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On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Hertsmere will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in Borehamwood Kenilworth ward in Hertsmere; South Mimms, Shenley and Aldenham Parish Councils; Hertfordshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

While local elections are not until May, we’re already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote. There are a number of ways to have your say in the May elections – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

Sam Langford, Electoral Services Manager for Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “The elections later this year are very important – they’re an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life.

“We’re thinking about these elections now so that, however you choose to cast your vote in May, you can do so safely. We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “The choice on how to vote at May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.

“If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

“You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Residents can visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/electionnotices to find out more about the elections on 6 May 2021. The page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Any residents who have questions can also contact their local elections team on 020 8207 7481 or email elections@hertsmere.gov.uk. Find out more about voting and registering to vote at www.hertsmere.gov.uk/may2021elections.

Hertfordshire County Council -draft Integrated Plan

Let us know your priorities   An online survey is available from 11 January until 1 February 2021 at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey   Residents are being invited to have their say about Hertfordshire County Council’s draft Integrated Plan (the proposed budget) for 2021-22, contributing to the budget setting process.
We want Hertfordshire to continue to be a county where people have the opportunity to live healthy, fulfilling lives in thriving, prosperous communities.   Hertfordshire is a great place to live and work. However, we face a range of major challenges over the coming years. Significant population and housing growth are anticipated and, as with the rest of the country, our population is ageing and increasingly experiencing long-term complex health problems. Coronavirus has also brought about some changes to how we work and provide services. All of these challenges generate increasing demand on our services and infrastructure.   Let us know how you think we should prioritise our spending by filling out our survey.
Just some of the draft budget proposals include:  
Adult Care and Health   Investment in adult social care including care worker pay increases, support for the voluntary sector, investment in safeguarding, permanent funding for the domestic violence service, and funding for transformation in disability services.   
Highways   £10m of investment as part of our climate change response to improve drainage in response to highways flooding. Additional investment is proposed for moving forward the roll out of 20 mph speed limits, active travel schemes, and extra funding for winter maintenance to help keep the county moving.
Sustainable Hertfordshire   £10m of capital investment in sustainable projects to significantly drive forward delivery of the Sustainable Hertfordshire strategy approved by Cabinet, including £1.5m earmarked for pilot projects in school energy initiatives.
Read more   You’ll find more highlights from the proposed budget for 2021-22 summarised on the survey web page at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey

What do Parish, Town and Community Councillors and residents think about the policing budget?

The Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd would like to hear Councillors’ and residents’ thoughts about funding for the Hertfordshire Constabulary as he is looking to raise the policing precept to maintain a larger force. See: https://bit.ly/2Wz0cdf and complete a quick survey: https://bit.ly/Hertsprecept21 , closes Friday 15th January.

Hertsmere local Covid-19 vaccination centre to open on Thursday

Hertsmere residents aged 80 and over, health and social care workers and people living and working in care homes will start to receive their first Covid-19 immunisation from this week onwards as a vaccination centre based at Allum Hall in Elstree opens on Thursday.  

It is the latest in a series of GP-led local vaccination centres to open in west Hertfordshire, with thousands people in priority groups across the area having received their first dose of the vaccine in recent weeks.

The NHS is prioritising those the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and government has decided will benefit the most. GP practices are working through their patient lists and people will be contacted when it is their turn to be vaccinated.

Vaccinating all those in the priority groups will take some time and with a new, more infectious strain of the virus in circulation the NHS is asking everyone to assist the vaccination programme by:

  • waiting to be contacted by your GP to book an appointment rather than contacting your GP or the Allum Hall vaccination centre – you will be invited when it is your turn. Remember the NHS will never ask you to pay for a COVID-19 vaccination
  • attending both appointments
  • continuing to follow all the ‘stay at home’ and other guidance to protect the NHS and save lives.

Dr Alex Byrne, GP at Shopwick Surgery and Chair of Herts Health GP Federation and one of the organisers of the Allum Hall site, said: “General Practices across Hertsmere are working together to offer a community-based Covid-19 vaccination service. We have been working tirelessly to get all the elements in place, from fridges to parking signs, to ensure we have got a safe and efficient system for vaccinating patients. It has taken a huge team effort involving not only our practice and other NHS staff, but also Hertsmere Borough and Hertfordshire County Councils, Allum Hall trustees, voluntary agencies, the fire service, local police, local schools and supermarkets. All of this has been done whilst maintaining our usual GP services, which are still continuing.

Dr Kate Page, GP at Fairbrook Medical Centre and Herts Valleys CCG Locality Chair for Hertsmere said: “We will be inviting patients in to receive their vaccine, following a strict eligibility list.  You can help us with rolling out the vaccine by waiting to be contacted by us and not ringing to ask for a vaccination appointment. Don’t worry – we will be getting in touch with all eligible patients.  

“Together, our teams at the local GP-led centres bring years of experience and knowledge delivering vaccination programmes. The entire medical profession is very excited to see the roll-out of this safe and effective vaccine to protect our patients.”

Dr Jane Halpin, Chief Executive of our area’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “The amount of work that has gone into preparing for the biggest ever vaccination programme in the history of the NHS cannot be overestimated.  The work undertaken to bring the vaccine into our communities in a safe and secure way has been simply remarkable.”

Everyone who is vaccinated will need a booster jab. It takes a few weeks after getting the second dose for the person’s antibodies to reach their optimum level.

For more information go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Hertfordshire Health Walks restart

We are delighted to announce that we have now gradually restarted Covid-19 Safe

Hertfordshire Health Walks. Please take a look at your local Winter Health Walks Programme.

All walks will need to be pre-booked (please see How to Book Health Walks below).

If you are a new walker you will need to register here before booking a place.

 As we move into the New Year and towards the Spring we hope to increase the range of Health Walks available.

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