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Uber now in Harpenden.

Taxi prices are now affordable!

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http://uber-rates-harpenden-hertfordshire-uk.uber-fare-estimator.com


A SAFE CYCLE TRACK FROM HARPENDEN CENTRE TO SOUTHDOWN on the edge of the Common.


Just one of the ideas to solve Harpenden’s congestion problems from speakers and residents at The Harpenden Society public meeting at Park Hall.









Click here to see the route and be ready to request it in the Neighbourhood Plan.

HOW TO MAKE HARPENDEN ROADS SAFER

for children. pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.











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Leading Economist says ‘The green belt should be preserved and treated as a key part of the country’s natural capital 'asset register'.









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Rothamsted scientists report: Scientific opinion divided on the feasibility of the “4 per 1000” goal to sequester carbon in soil and slow climate change.










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                                    JULY. 2018    Click here for GDPR statement

Emergency lifesaving facility is now available to the people of Harpenden 24 hours a day thanks to the Defibrillator from the Rotary Foundation now installed at The Harpenden Trust Hall in Southdown.













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

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Did you know that pests, pathogens and weeds destroy nearly a third of crops grown worldwide?











Government’s new flagship fund for industrial development invests circe £6.3 million at Rothamsted Research to provide smart protection for the world’s agricultural crops.


Learn more here

 

Listen to news and music from Harpenden’s own Radio Station. Nickey Radio.

http://nickeyradio.co.uk/index.html

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.

Harpenden residents love reading the latest news on the Harpendia web site.

During JANUARY - JUNE 2018 there were 12,815

site visits

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE

4 ‘C’s of Diamonds are?

You need to know before you buy any ring with diamonds.

CLick here to learn more.

Can the 948 Sports Foundation help Harpenden schools. associations, clubs and individuals?













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DID YOU KNOW THAT OVER 50% OF HOUSE BUYERS IN HARPENDEN COME VIA LONDON!














With demand like that it’s no wonder house prices here are so high.

Crime Pays

No Exit Press authors Leigh Russell, Nick Triplow,

Howard Linskey and J. Paul Henderson reveal the secret.

CLICK HERE TO READ WHY

Emilio’s tasty Mediterranean food now on sale by the Library. Treat yourself Thursday - Sunday.

ALL THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

ABOUT HARPENDEN, UPDATED DAILY.

Ron Taylor. Editor

How to enjoy your gardening even more!

Attend one of the HARPENDEN GARDENING SOCIETY events. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2018 Programme

Jan . BIM AFOLAMI MP HOLDS DEBATE ON LUTON AIRPORT EXPANSION IN PARLIAMENT and ACHIEVES SOME SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES.















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Jan 19. EDUCATIONAL WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES IN HARPENDEN WILL INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION THANKS TO TESCO











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“Common sense wasn’t very common when parents were given false hope before the Planning Application.”

Ron Taylor. Editor

“You only have to read the conditions required pre building to see it was never going to open on time.”


March 15. Sec of State confirms The Katherine Warington School can proceed.


Leader of Herts Count Council David Williams said:

I’m writing to advise you that planning consent for the new school has been granted. As this was an application for land in the Metropolitan Green Belt, it was referred to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Under the powers available to him, he decided not to call it in


CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND COMMENTS

PLUS THE LIST OF CONDITIONS REQUIRED PRE BUILDING.

Plenty of Green Spaces in Harpenden?

Click here to find out.

Air Pollution in Harpenden & the world explained...by

Professor Ranjeet Sokhi

at The Harpenden Society meeting on Feb 8.















HOW CAN YOU HELP KEEP CLEAN AIR?

Click here for full report

THE FUTURE OF HARPENDEN IS IN YOUR HANDS,

‘HAVE YOUR SAY’

Now closed

Cut back the plastic on your veg and fruit at READS in Harpenden and now in Southdown.

Feb 28. Harpenden’s new leisure and cultural hubs to become a reality.

St Albans City and District Council has submitted a planning application for a new £18.8m leisure and cultural development to serve Harpenden and the surrounding area.

  1. 1.The Council wants to transform Harpenden Swimming Pool into a leisure centre for various sports. 

  2. 2.The Sports centre into a modern arts and cultural centre.


Scheduled to open Oct 2020 -subject to planning OK.


Click here to read the full details


FEB 28.‘HAVE YOUR SAY’  RESPONSES ON LINE TOTALLED 2,406

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.















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What can halt ‘Climate Change’?

Long-term field experiments at Rothamsted Research, dating back as far as 1843, prove that modern carbon emissions cannot be locked in the ground to halt global warming.

BUT Removing land from agriculture led to large rates of soil carbon increase in the Rothamsted experiments but doing this over large areas would be highly damaging to global food security, record the researchers.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

 

 

STOP ARTSCAPE FROM CLOSURE on the Southdown Industrial Estate.






Harpenden Town Council to the rescue.

CLICK HERE TO READ THEIR RESPONSE

MAY.

REMAIN OR BREXIT

THE BIG ISSUES STILL TO BE ANSWERED.

MAY 3. Stephen Dorrell

Chair of the European Movement UK comments:

The hysterical response of the Brexiteers every time Parliament asks a difficult question is telling evidence of the weakness of their position.

A new service from Harpendia.

Click here to find out more.

MARCH 25.

SHOCK NEWS

NEW SCHOOL OPENING CANCELLED UNTIL

SEPT 2019

Loss of funding for Community Meeting Point

Community Meeting Point (CMP) is facing an uncertain future following the withdrawal of local authority funding, its main source of income.














CMP is Harpenden’s local mental health day centre, offering support for adults whose lives have been affected by mental illness.

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Harpenden Health and Wellbeing Centre ‘ready for use’ by late 2020, says project team.









An audience of over 150 of the town’s residents, at a meeting convened by The Harpenden Society in conjunction with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust at Rothamsted Research’s Fowden Hall on April 19 heard that a planning application for the new centre and an adjacent housing development is on track to be submitted to St Albans District Council in a few weeks.

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AN ALMOST EMPTY CAR PARK IN HARPENDEN!

SHOCK NEWS AS PARKING PRICES ROCKET.

Now £10.90 for five hours.

April 26.

Progress being made on the construction of the 3G all weather pitch at Roundwood Park school.

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April 26. BREXIT support from another reader, “The issue has been  decided. Many people who have never voted in any election in their lives turned out to vote leave.”


Read Mr Philpotts full comments here.

The Citizens Advice Bureau are operating again in Harpenden. They are working out of offices at the High Street Methodist Church on Monday and Thursday mornings 10am-1pm. The CAB offers free, confidential advice and help on a huge range of issues including benefits, employment, housing and debt. Make use of it and tell your friends and neighbours.

New pressure group set up to resolve Rail commuter issues into London. ‘Harpenden Thameslink Commuters’ NEW TIMETABLE FROM MAY 20.

April 26. Cllr Mary Maynard secures Town Council approval to get external legal advice from a QC on whether due process was followed in changing the timetables in Harpenden.









CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CUTS

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

MAY 4.

BOOST FOR LOCAL ECONOMY

WIZZ AIR TO SET UP THEIR HEAD OFFICE AT LUTON AIRPORT.

300 NEW JOBS TO BE CREATED.

From the best-selling author of The Geraldine Steel series comes The Adulterer's Wife. A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of domestic noir.
















Julie is devastated to learn that her husband, Paul, is having an affair. It seems her life can’t get any worse - until she comes home to find his dead body in their bed. 

A new stand alone book by

Leigh Russell

MAY 16. Past and present honoured at opening

of apartments.

Two low-rise blocks of 48 studio flats and communal facilities earn an award, honour achievement and offer crucial support for the science campus of Rothamsted Research.










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IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!

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.

Airport expansion plans come under fire at a public meeting (May 17) convened by The Harpenden Society.

Vehement disparagement of the proposal to more than double London Luton Airport’s passenger handling capacity and number of flights was directed last week at three airport executives by local Hertfordshire residents.

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR REPORT

Human health and food security under threat from resistance to antifungal drugs.

In much the same way that antibiotic resistance is gaining ground in medicine.











Read how Rothamsted scientists are working on the the problem.

Classics on the Common.

Wed July 25.

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If you want the best BBQ meat in town then look no further than Station Rd. R&M Family Butcher.

















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June 5. Does Harpenden need a PARK & RIDE service to attract more customers to the High Street?

Our MP Bim Afolami thinks so.












Read the Editor’s report here

How toxic is Harpenden’s air?

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

Cleaner Air.













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June 8. Award winning Harpenden restaurant  Côte Brasserie celebrates with The Harpenden Society Letter of Commendation.











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Going mad for SLIME-Your kids will love it.   From WHSmith on the Harpenden High Street.

NEW WASTE BURNING INCINERATOR PLANNED NEAR HARPENDEN or the nice title of Chiltern Green Energy Park.


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July 12. Judgement announcement deferred till end July on the Judicial Review on Harpenden’s New Secondary School which took place July 10 and July 11.

The case is being actioned by David Cairns, Chair of Right School Right Place with funding from local donations and Crowdjustice.


CLICK HERE  to read why David thinks the HCC is acting unlawfully.

July 11. New interim timetable for Thameslink passengers from July 15.

July 12. New Local Plan update.

A draft of the plan will be published for consultation in September.

Details to follow on Harpendia.

July 16. Want to try the new Summer menu at The White Horse in Hatching Green?


Click to read a full review

SATURDAY JULY 19 --The STREET FOOD SOCIAL is back on the square opp the Library. 4pm -9pm.

Great food and music.

Pinkerton’s Prosecco

Cantina Baga Mexican 

Emilio Lebanese 

Pudding stop

Hog Heaven BBQ

Bar

Ross dj 

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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


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