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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

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/

Hilfield Solar Farm update

Hilfield Solar Farm Planning Application

Aldenham Parish Council planning committee will discuss this application when it has been received from Hertsmere Borough Council

The following is an update issued by the Enso Energy Company

‘Following the finalisation of the scheme design, a consultation programme with the local community and several in person site visits with local residents, by way of courtesy, Enso Energy wanted to inform you that they’ve recently submitted their planning application. The applicant for the project is Elstree Green Ltd  (a wholly owned subsidiary of Enso Energy and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group) Once the application has been validated we will make the planning application available for download from our project website (https://www.ensoenergy.co.uk/proposed-projects/hilfield/).

Our previous engagement with the community in September and October 2020 enabled the development team to take on-board local feedback and look at ways of improving and enhancing the positive aspects of our scheme. In response to a number of the issues raised during the public consultation process and resident site visits, the design of the submitted scheme has been amended to reflect this feedback.

If approved, the submitted scheme would supply the equivalent annual electricity needs of approximately 15,600 family homes in Hertsmere.  The anticipated CO2 savings is around 25,400 tonnes per annum, which represents an emissions saving equivalent of a reduction in approximately 8,100 cars on the road every year.  It is also estimated that the solar farm will increase the total amount of renewable energy generated in Hertsmere from 5.4% to 20%, bringing Hertsmere closer the national average of 33% electricity generated from renewable resources.

We are all agreed that there is an urgent need for renewable energy to address the climate change emergency and a responsibility on all communities to contribute to this requirement.  This scheme will help in meeting this target as well as delivering significant biodiversity benefits.’

News from Radlett & District Museum

Following the recent COVID lockdown, the Museum will reopen at 10am on Saturday 5 December. It will close for the festive break from Saturday 19 December (after that day’s opening) and reopen again at 10am on Saturday 16 January.

Regular opening hours are 10 to 12 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays and you will find us behind the Radlett Village Institute at 413 Watling Street, Radlett, WD7 &JG. Parking is available on site and the building is wheelchair accessible.

Full COVID guidelines (face masks, hand sanitisers, social distancing, etc) will be operated. Until COVID restrictions are lifted, visitor numbers will be limited to four at any one time.

Please do come and visit us and also check out our website – www.radlettmuseum.com

Consultation regarding Luton Airport

Very important consultations you need to be aware of regarding Luton Airport, please read and respond

There are two consultation currently being run by Luton Airport :

1) URGENT, deadline 11th Nov: Pre-consultation on proposals to expand to 19 million passengers, which also includes setting aside the noise contour limit 
– for the Airport’s information, see http://www.luton19mppa.info/
– for guidance from the LADACAN anti-noise group, see https://ladacan.org/consultation-on-19-million-passengers/

2) Deadline 5th Feb: Consultation on arrivals flight path changes, which will have an impact on communities north-east, north and north-west of the Airport
– for the Airport’s information, see https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/
– for guidance from the LADACAN anti-noise group, see https://ladacan.org/consultation-on-arrivals-flight-paths/

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.

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