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  • We urgently need more on street charging points
    Article: Nov 16, 2021
    Herts Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst has warned of a chasm between cities/towns and rural areas in the
    availability of electric vehicle charging points, as new figures show that drivers in county areas have one charging point every 16 miles,
    compared to one for every mile in London.

    New analysis from the County Councils Network (CCN) shows that there are more publicly available charging points in London - 7,865 - compared to the entirety of England's counties, which are home to almost half of the country's population.

    With 7,781 public charging points in total in the 36 county areas the CCN represents, this means the average distance between chargers is 16 miles in those places. They are lagging well behind London, which has a charger for every mile on average, and England's largest eight cities, which have a six-mile distance between chargers.

    "It is clear that this makes it more difficult to drive an electric vehicle in England's counties compared to cities and towns, which could
    put people off switching from petrol and diesel. Just 35% of electric vehicles are registered in county areas, despite them being home to half of the country's population. Emissions have decreased slower in England'scounties since 2005, compared to every other part of the country", said Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst.

    "What makes it worse is that the Herts County Tories are vetoing on-road charging points except in exceptional circumstances. Their policy says they will only be agreed as an "exception" and they have already rejected installing lamp-post chargers in Watford. This affects both towns and villages and the suggestion that they may just be installed at car parks and supermarkets is not sustainable. Many villages have no-off road car parks expect perhaps if they have a public house and in towns you might have to walk ten minutes to a car park. The failure of the county council to provide the investment, or to allow the district councils to do so, will undermine the government's net-zero by 2050 target. They also say having good access to charging points is vital especially for visitors." said Cllr Giles-Medhurst.

    Only 21,925 chargers have been installed in England as of last month. This is a long way off the government's target of 150,000 a year and 1.5 million charging points by 2030.

    The Liberal Democrats have pointed out that unlike Tory-run Surrey County Council which is set to install 80 residential on-street fast charging points across four towns, Herts has no such plans.

    "Failure of the county council to provide this infrastructure will undermine the government's net-zero by 2050 target. Emissions have decreased slower in England's counties since 2005, compared to every other part of the country, " said Cllr Giles-Medhurst.
  • Article: Nov 15, 2021
    Prior to Thursday's meeting, members of the Children and Young People's Cabinet Panel were shocked to receive a damning survey from 170 members of the SEND National Crisis Hertfordshire revealing the failure of the Conservative run County Council's SEND service to provide support for them, communicate with them, and oversee the assistance their children desperately need. The comments from the parents highlighted the drastic impact that these failings are having on them and their children. It was equally damning that the Chair dismissed this report as representing the views of only 170 families out of 7000, and officers were unable to clarify the true state of workload pressures their teams have to work under.

  • site B1, Harts Farm on Little Bushey Lane on a map graphic saying how to comment (Map data ©2021 Google)
    Page: Nov 3, 2021

    One of the developments proposed in Hertsmere's new Local Plan is for Harts Farm on Little Bushey Lane where 350 homes and a primary school are planned. It is also a potential new secondary school site.

    This is a guide to help you make your comments. The most powerful comments will be those expressed in your own words.

  • 4 things you can do to protect Hertsmere's Greenbelt graphic
    Article: Oct 30, 2021

    First: you can send your comments on the plan using Hertsmere's consultation portal. We've prepared a "How To Guide" to help you navigate their tricky platform, see here. If you prefer, you can send comments in via email to local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk or in the post addressed to Local Plan Consultation, Hertsmere Borough Council, Borehamwood WD6 9SR

  • How to comment on site HEL521, Bushey Mill Lane Fields graphic (Map data ©2021 Google)
    Page: Oct 27, 2021

    One of the developments proposed in Hertsmere's new Local Plan is for the fields at the northern end of Bushey Mill Lane, opposite Bushey Hall Farm, and just past Highwood Avenue.

    The fields are owned by Affinity Water, and developers propose to build over them to construct eighty new homes and extensive business premises. These include an Affinity Water compound, a row of commercial/industrial units, and a further row of office units.

  • How to comment on site B2 Land North of Farm Way, Compass Park (Map data ©2021 Google)
    Page: Oct 23, 2021

    One of the developments proposed in Hertsmere's new Local Plan is for the fields north of Farm Way and Bournhall Avenue where 750 homes, a shopping precinct, and a primary school are planned. It is also a potential new secondary school site.

    This is a guide to help you make your comments. The most powerful comments will be those expressed in your own words.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2021

    Liberal Democrat councillors were shocked and disappointed that their proposals to strengthen the Domestic Abuse motion were blocked by the Conservatives at the Full Council meeting of Hertfordshire County Council on 19 October.

    The Liberal Democrat proposals include Hertfordshire Police recording crimes which are motivated by sex or gender following the example set successfully by Nottinghamshire Police in 2016 and followed since by 10 other police forces; that the Council seeks funding from the government to support survivors and victims through the Spending Review; and that the backlog of domestic abuse court cases be addressed with urgency.

  • Consultation extended for two extra weeks graphic
    Article: Oct 13, 2021

    This morning the Lib Dem team met with Hertsmere council officers to discuss concerns over the Local Plan consultation portal. They've told us they'll now extend the consultation for an extra 2 weeks.

    Key points:

    • They have fixed the problems many people had registering to use the consultation portal.
    • They promise to make it possible to comment on individual sites - which we feel is crucial.
    • They will fix the link to the consultation portal on hertsmerelocalplan.com so that it is possible to go straight to the consultation.
    • They will tackle the broken search function, which currently brings up the 2018 consultation and not the 2021 consultation
    • Instead of using the portal, you can email comments to local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk or write to Local Plan Consultation, Hertsmere Borough Council, Borehamwood WD6 9SR
  • Log in or register graphic (Hertsmere Borough Council)
    Page: Oct 12, 2021

    How to use Hertsmere's IMPROVED Consultation Portal

    The consultation on Hertsmere's local plan got off to a rocky start. In particular the consultation portal was not working well at the beginning of the process. But council officers have listened to the complaints made by residents and made improvements to the portal which have made it easier to use and comment.

  • Satellite image of Bushey Mill Lane fields where HBC propose to build 80 homes and some commercial buildings (Hertsmere Borough Council)
    Page: Oct 7, 2021

    Save our greenbelt:

    Bushey Mill Lane fields

    UPDATED

    Hertsmere Council plan to bulldoze Bushey Mill Lane fields - a greenbelt site - to build offices, business premises, and a new residential street of eighty homes.

    The proposal is part of Hertsmere's draft Local Plan for future development.

    But North Bushey's Lib Dem councillors want to work with residents to save the fields.