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  • Article: Jul 20, 2022
    At a meeting of Hertfordshire County Council on Tuesday 19 July the Conservative administration voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal to fully fund Free School Meal food vouchers through the 2022 summer school holidays.
    Herts County Council has committed to providing supermarket vouchers to the value of £2.40 per day through the 2022 summer holidays, contrasting with £3 per day received by eligible pupils during term time. Nearly 27,000 children across the County receive benefit related free school meals, representing 14% of all pupils in Hertfordshire.
  • Article: Jul 20, 2022

    On the hottest day ever, Herts Conservatives have voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal to require the lowest carbon emissions from new homes built on land that the council sells. Lib Dem County Councillors had proposed that, where government rules allow, the council should insist on new homes being built to the internationally recognised "Passivhaus" standard to cut carbon emissions in response to the climate emergency.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2022

    Hertfordshire County Council revealed that it is returning grant funding for decarbonisation projects as it had not spent the money on time. At the Resources and Performance Cabinet Panel meeting on 7 July, it was disclosed that nearly £5m of Salix Decarbonisation grant funding will be handed back to the government as the deadline for spending the grant passed on 30 June. It was confirmed that only £18-£19m of the £23.5m Salix grant had been spent by the deadline due to delays and schemes not being carried forward.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2022

    An update of Herts County Council's Sustainable Herts Strategy presented to this week's Environment Cabinet Panel reveals that this crucial strategy almost completely ignores the negative effect that the council's growth proposals will have on carbon emissions and biodiversity across Hertfordshire. The strategy also takes no account of the impact of goods and services that the council buys and says nothing about the impact of climate change on many of the council's services according to the Liberal Democrat County Councillors.

  • How to object to the Harts Farm proposal (Map data ©2021 Google)
    Page: Jul 5, 2022

    Fighting the development plans for land near Harts Farm, Little Bushey Lane

    Register your objections:
    ● Through the planning section of the hertsmere.gov.uk website - where the full details of the proposal 22/1071/OUT can be read. You will have to register and login to make your comments.
    ● By emailing consult.planning@hertsmere.gov.uk
    ● In writing to Hertsmere BC, Elstree Way, WD6 1WA.
    ● Via the website save-hertsmere.com/little-bushey-lane/

  • Article: Jun 29, 2022

    Lib Dem Cllr Paul Zukowskyj today succeeded in getting the planners at County Hall to be more demanding and challenging to Boroughs and Districts around Hertfordshire on Biodiversity and the Climate Emergency.

    At today's meeting of the Growth, Infrastructure and Planning Cabinet Panel, councillors were presented with a revised Strategic Planning Engagement Document, which outlines what County are expecting Boroughs and Districts to 'sign up to' when developing their Local Plans.

  • Tiverton and Honiton swing
    Article: Jun 24, 2022

    Following the biggest majority ever overturned in a by-election as seen last night in Tiverton and Honiton, the Tory Blue wall is now crumbling. Tories now fear losing their seats in the next General Election, and are distancing themselves from Boris Johnson, as seen this morning in Oliver Dowden's decision to step down as Chair of the Conservative Party.

  • Tiverton and Honiton by-election win ()
    Article: Jun 24, 2022
    "The British people are fed up of having their expectations managed. For years, Boris Johnson has said things will get better. But things keep getting worse. So let me tell the Prime Minister: the British people expect to be led, and to be led with decency."
    Ed Davey
  • Article: Jun 9, 2022

    Questioning by Lib Dem County Councillors has revealed that Herts County Council has a policy to dispose of any listed buildings that it owns to avoid dealing with the problems they pose for reducing the council's carbon emissions. This was admitted at a meeting of the council's resources and performance cabinet panel this week during a discussion about future library provision in Ware.

  • Harts Farm development site
    Page: Jun 7, 2022

    Unbelievably, Harts Farm developers told site is "is unlikely to result in any significant environmental effects"

    The developers, who want to build 310 houses on a primary school on Harts Farm on Little Bushey Lane, have asked for and received, permission from Hertsmere planners allowing them to avoid conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment on the site.