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Recycle your Cycle

Friday 16th December 11am to 2pm Salisbury Close car park, Potters Bar, EN6 5AX.

Are you getting a new bike for Christmas? Maybe you’re having a clear out and have one lying unused in the garage or shed?

Christmas is a time for giving and what better way to donate (for free!) than by getting rid of something you no longer use knowing that it could end up as a gift for someone else!

Recycle your Cycle is a charity that collect unwanted bikes, take them to HM prisons across the country where they are repaired by inmates. As part of this rehabilitation programme, jobs are created alongside training for future employment upon release. The refurbished bikes are then given to charities who sell them on to raise vital funding.

So, bring along your bikes on Friday 16 December to Salisbury Close car park in Potters Bar between 11am and 2pm. Any bike will do, children’s or adults. And it doesn’t matter if it’s not in full working order, looks a little worse for wear or has parts missing.

For any enquiries, please email street.scene@hertsmere.gov.uk or call Customer Services on 020 8207 7480  
Find out more about Recycle your Cycle  

Road Closure (Letchmore Heath)

The Hertfordshire (Temporary Closing and Temporary Waiting Restrictions in Back Lane and Common Lane, Letchmore Heath) Order 2023

NOTICE is given that Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicular traffic from using the following lengths of roads (“the Roads”), except for access and to prohibit all vehicles from waiting at any time on both sides of these lengths of Roads whilst works are in progress:-

1.    that length of Back Lane, Letchmore Heath from its junction with The Green north westwards to its junction with Common Lane, a distance of approximately 217m.

An alternative route will be via The Green and Common Lane.

2.    that length of Common Lane, Letchmore Heath from its junction with Grange Lane north eastwards for a distance of approximately 281m.

An alternative route will be via Grange Lane, Primrose Lane, B462 Radlett Road, New Road and Common Lane.

The Order is needed because works are proposed to be executed on or near the Roads.

If the Order is made, it shall come into force on 16 January 2023 for a period of up to 18 months. However, the restrictions specified shall only take effect at the times indicated by signs on or near the Roads.

A copy of the proposed Order may be inspected free of charge at County Hall, Hertford between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm (excluding weekends, bank and public holidays).

If you have any queries about the proposed Order please contact Natasha Cook tel. 0300 123 4047 at Ringway.

County Hall                                                                                       29 December 2022

Hertford                                                                                              Mark Kemp

Herts                                                                                                  Executive Director

SG13 8DN                                                                                         Environment & Transport 

Have your say on Hertfordshire County Council’s budget spending (2023-24)

We want to hear your views on how we can make the fairest decisions possible as we develop our budget plans.

Like all organisations across the country the ongoing impact of increasing inflation has added significantly to the pressures on Hertfordshire County Council’s budget. Having set a balanced budget for the next two years as recently as February 2022, we have since seen this position changing at pace with inflationary pressures having an impact on the day-to-day costs of our services.

In short, it’s costing a lot more to simply provide our services at current levels. For example, the bill to keep streetlights on has increased by 60%, that’s an extra £2.3 million a year just to keep the lights on after dark. Despite this, thanks to close control and financial forecasting it has been possible to manage the in-year potential over-spend of £23.5million.

The Leader of our council has lobbied for the county via the Local Government Association, County Council’s Network, working with MPs and directly to Government to make it plain that an enhanced financial settlement is essential in order to keep the vital services running for the people of Hertfordshire.

Last week, the government announced that it will provide us with flexibility to set our levels of council tax. However, before any decisions, we want to hear from you.

Your feedback via this consultation will inform the discussions that our county councillors will have throughout January at public panel meetings and help decide the budget that is set for the council in the February 2023 Full Council.

The budget survey is open to all residents, town and parish councils, parish meetings and organisations in Hertfordshire and can be found here www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey

Carers Camera Club

“A Day in the Life…” Photo Exhibition
Carers in Hertfordshire Carers Camera Club.
The Carers Camera Club will be holding its third exhibition, “A Day in the Life…”, in The Radlett Centre. The exhibition is a way to give a voice to the carers in the Carers Camera Club by showing people what being a carer means. It allows members to show their work, and demonstrate their talents.
Dates: Thursday 5 January – 30 January 2023
Venue: The Radlett Centre
1 Aldenham Avenue
Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL
https://www.radlettcentre.co.uk/
If you look after someone and would like to find out how Carers in Hertfordshire can help you or ask them about a caring-related query, or would like to support their work, please get in touch. Call – 01992 58 69 69, or email contact@carersinherts.org.uk
Charity Registration No: 1085491

Suspicious Emails

Dear Watch Member,

We have been alerted to reports of a criminal group who are mimicking the email domains of reputable law firms, attorneys, and debt collecting agencies to send emails asking for overdue payments.  They are indiscriminate as to which industry they target.

The emails are designed to look very similar to those of the reputable organisations they are mimicking.  They use “social engineering” to convince the recipient to carry out a particular action, such as to pay an outstanding invoice. Invoices are sent as a PDF file and appear the same as a legitimate invoice but the banking details have been replaced with those of the criminal group.

Indicators of “spear phishing” emails:

  • Suspiciously spelled email addresses.
  • Use of language prompting urgency or risk such as: “Urgent!” “Overdue!”
  • Unexpected change of payment details.
  • Threats that the “problem” will be raised to a manager or executive.

If you believe you have found a suspicious email

  • Do not reply, click on any links or open any attachments
  • Compare the email address with a previous known contact address.
  • Confirm any requests through a separate email address or phone number found on the company website or from previous correspondence known to be genuine (do not use contact details on the suspicious email).
  • Escalate concerns to a colleague or line manager (but do not forward the email).
  • Report suspicious emails by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk.

If you believe you have sent money as a result of a suspicious email, contact your bank immediately.  You can report incidents of cyber crime to ActionFraud.police.uk  By doing this, you’ll help to prevent others becoming victims of cyber crime.

Please only reply if you have information that the sender has asked for by tapping on this email address: wlo@herts.pnn.police.uk. If you want to discuss anything else or report a crime, please refer to the Police Contact Advice below. Regards,
Derrick Sweeney
Watch Liaison Officer
Email: wlo@herts.pnn.police.uk