for children. pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

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                       MAY 2019    Click here for GDPR statement

Want to know more about rights of way for cyclists??

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Genetic modification of plants will be essential to avert future food shortages.

The team, from Rothamsted Research in the UK and from Syngenta Crop Science and Symmetry Bioanalytics in the US are working to develop new strategies.

Click here to learn more.



Ron Taylor. Editor

Farming's brighter future from Environment Secretary Michael Gove  with support from Rothamsted Research, via their grazing systems for livestock production and experiments to explore crop rotation.


NEW DART RAIL SYSTEM to improve transport connections to London Luton Airport from Luton Airport Parkway train station is being constructed now.

READ the details here


A favourite sound bite from politicians in election mode BUT so relevant to the standard of life for Harpenden.

Southdown Industrial Estate is home to many established businesses in Harpenden and designated to retain its commercial status in Harpenden’s Neighbourhood Plan.

The landlords for several industrial units inc Artscape  want to change things and convert these units for housing.

MAINROCK Furniture and Interiors are one of the key businesses there.

Read what they think here.

How toxic is Harpenden’s air?

Transport for London are introducing an Ultra Low Emission Zone to help make

Cleaner Air.


David Williams, Hertfordshire County Councillor for Harpenden North East has made the following personal comments:

*Under the Planning Act 2008, a generating station is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project if it is an onshore station generating more than 50 MW. It is absurd that the promoter is definitive that this facility will only generate 49.99MW. This application should be taken forward as an NSIP

*This is a very large facility - 500,000 tonnes pa. Much is made of dealing with Luton’s waste sustainably yet it’s understood that Luton will contribute under 10% of the capacity. It is clear the facility will need to attract capacity from much further afield adding to the pressures on local roads


Luton Borough Council withdraw support for the proposed Waste Burning Incinerator.

Comments from:

Luton Borough Council

Emsrayne -the developer

Stop Harpenden Luton Incinerator.

Click here to read the full story as told in Luton News.

PIPELINE problems at proposed INCINERATOR?

The pipeline running close to the proposed Incinerator plant is owned by Flotel. It delivers aviation fuel from the Total refinery in the North East of England to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Read more here AND see the current planning situation. At Central Beds.

May. Can you trust Social Media for shopping information?


Harpenden residents love reading the latest news on  Harpendia.

Jan - April SITE VISITS: 9.540

Jan 3. London Luton Airport’s newly-upgraded terminal now open.

The transformation of the airport will increase its annual capacity by 50% to 18 million passengers by 2020. Johan Lundgren, CEO, easyJet, said: “As the largest airline operating to and from London Luton Airport, we are excited that the airport’s transformation will benefit the seven million easyJet customers who use the airport every year. Click here for details

Jan 3. London Luton Airport (LLA) has seen a 45 per cent drop in the number of noise complaints compared to last year.

Click here for details

March. On Line shopping returns reach 40%.

Latest research shows that 40% of shoppers who buy on line returned at least one item in 2018.

Buy local to avoid the inconvenience. See what the High Street has to offer - Click here.

March 8. Full report on the Parking issues in Harpenden now published by The Harpenden Society.

Click on the link below to read:

Parking Report official doc 2019 PDF.pdf

The Town Council who have started their own research on car parking in Harpenden announce delay until May for their public engagement surveys.

Click here for details

FEB 4. The future of the Red House development (AKA Harpenden Health and Wellbeing Centre ) thrown into doubt by fundamental changes in NHS operating structures just announced.  

Read comments from the 3 NHS Trusts involved.

Click here for details.

Feb 5. Rail Crew shortages blamed for massive cancellations by Govia Thameslink, who had 18,197 cancellations in the last year, over 3 times higher than Northern the 2nd highest. As reported in The Times analysis of ORR data.

Harpenden commuters and rail users continue to suffer pain.

May 23. Will the Katherine Warington school be open this Sepember? Significant building taking place but a massive amount of work still to be completed in time for first intake of pupils,

Click here for more photos

March Interested in Gardening? Then check out the full list of events/activities coming soon...organised by The Harpenden Gardening Society.

Click here for details

Feb 18. Shock fall of 5.1% in regional house prices as reported by the Land Registry. Is Harpenden in a similar fall?

According to analysis of Land Registry data by Gatehouse Bank, St Albans’ average house price fell by 5.1 per cent (£27,031) to £501,817 in the year to December 2018.

Outside London, only Aberdeen and Eastbourne experienced bigger falls in prices (6.5 per cent and 5.9 per cent respectively), while Watford was fourth on the list with a 3.1 per cent dip.

Feb 22. Boost for Harpenden’s local economy thanks to expansion at Rothamsted Research.

More new companies expected to set up on the site and more conferences planned to attract world wide audiences.

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Feb 28. NEW Community Safety arrangements in Harpenden and  St Albans.

Did you know that The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 requires certain agencies throughout the country to work together to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour?

Click here for details

March 4. London Luton Airport expansion plans for 32 million passenger a year going forward.

Click here for details of the plan and timetable for consultations.

March 12. More luxury apartments ready for sale in central Harpenden in the award winning Breathing Space building.

Full details at John Curtis.

March 12. Will Harpenden Schools introduce a ban on idling cars to help reduce pollution OR risk pupil’s health by inaction?

Click here for details of Public Health England’s report.

New Italian Restaurant NOW open in Harpenden at the bottom of Vaughan Rd.

Click to see inside

March 22. Huge new development 4 miles north of Harpenden at M1 junction 10.

Threat to Harpenden’s High Street.More traffic congestion, more pollution.

Click here for details

March 25. New Pool and Sports Centre opening dates confirmed.

Initial work removing hedging and some trees before the nesting season has been completed and fencing has been installed.

The main pool and starter pool will close Mon. April 29

Initial construction work commences... main pool will reopen on Monday 27 May and remain so until May 2020.

The new sports centre, pool and gym should be completed by December 2020.

Click here for full details

May. Read the latest edition of Harpendia Magazine here:

In depth stories about key issues in Harpenden.


APRIL 25. NEW Pool /Sports Centre and Theatre update from Cllrs Annie Brewster and Julian Daly at The Harpenden Society public meeting.

Loads of practical questions raised by the audience:

What will the temporary Gym be like?

How will swimming lessons be maintained?

Where will the new car park be?

How can commuters be stopped from using it?

Will road junctions on Amenbury Lane be improved?

How good will the catering services be?


May 15. Huge attendance at the European Election Hustings at Harpenden Public Halls last night. Over 2 hours of debate from the nine candidates with dozens of questions from the audience.

All thanks to The Harpenden Society.


Voting in the Euro Elections...need help...Click Here

Harpenden Carnival returns on Saturday 8 June!

Harpenden Round Table and Harpenden Town Council are delighted to be working in partnership again to bring you the 54th Harpenden Carnival. The event will again be free to enter and will be held on Harpenden Common. This year we're encouraging you to Get Active, with lots of interactive sports and fitness activities.

The day will start with a procession from Lydekker Car Park to the Common at 12 noon with the main event kicking off at 12.30. The stage will rock until 6pm, plus there will be the usual wide range of stalls, eateries, and bars. See you there!

May 22. Will you be voting in the European Elections on May 23?

Three Counties Radio Andy Holmes interviews Labour’s Alvin Shum at the Hustings event last week.

Harpenden author

Carol Hedges

wants to dissuade

you from voting for

the Brexit and UKIP

parties. As seen

outside the

Hustings on May14

May 24. Not a single winner for Harpenden in the Muddy Stiletto’s awards for 2019. Out of 26 categories in Herts and Beds, Hitchin businesses had  9 winners.

June 6 - July 13

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