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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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                       NOVEMBER. 2018    Click here for GDPR statement

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

Click here for details

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 - OCT 2018 there were 23,900

site visits

Nov 7. Need help funding sports costs for schools. associations, clubs and individuals?

Then let the 948 committee help you by sending a grant application in by Jan 2019








Claim for Coaching; Sports Kit; Equipment and Travel.

Click here and find out

NEW from Emilio’s tasty Mediterranean food...a coffee ‘shop’ WITH space to sit and enjoy it...by the Library. Treat yourself Thursday - Sunday.

More photos here.

ALL THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

ABOUT HARPENDEN, UPDATED DAILY.

Ron Taylor. Editor

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

Sept 25. Harpenden’s new Leisure and Culture Development approved by SADC. The opening now scheduled mid 2021.


St.Albans City and District Council’s planning application for a new £18.8m leisure and cultural development to serve Harpenden and the surrounding area was approved on Sept 17.


It has now been referred to the Secretary of State because the development is situated within the Green Belt.  Scheduled to open mid 2021-subject to planning OK.


The nxt stage of the plan is to develop the Harpenden Public Halls, once its activities are transferred to the new Cultural Centre in 2021.

Click here to read the full details

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.















CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Sept. Community Meeting Point to close

Community Meeting Point‘s (CMP) uncertain future following the withdrawal of local authority funding, its main source of income has been resolved. IT WILL CLOSE AND DEVELOPED for other use.














A huge loss for Harpenden with the local mental health day centre which offered support for adults whose lives have been affected by mental illness.

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AN ALMOST EMPTY CAR PARK IN HARPENDEN!

SHOCK NEWS AS PARKING PRICES ROCKET.

Now £10.90 for five hours.

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

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

How toxic is Harpenden’s air?

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

Cleaner Air.













CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

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


READ MORE COMMENTS HERE

ECONOMICAL WEEKDAY LUNCHES AT HARPENDEN PUBS...SOME WITH DISCOUNTS

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Aug 15. 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.

Sept 2018.  New property investment scheme launch by Harpenden business man.

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Sept. New libraries under construction at local fire stations

Building work has started on new libraries for Redbourn and Wheathampstead. The libraries will be moving from their current homes to modern new facilities on the same site as their village fire stations.


Click here for the full story

Sept 18. Update on Harpenden train services from December 2018 from Bim Afolami MP

The previously promised 07.25 will be introduced from Harpenden, as well as the 17.13 from St Pancras, both formed of eight coaches.

There will also be an increase from 8 to 12 coaches on the 07.34 fast train, as well as the 17.11 from St Pancras.

In addition to the previously promised additional services, the 18.51 from St Pancras will now call additionally at Harpenden (arriving 19.15) to fill a 20 minute gap.

This is the beginning, not the end, and I am continuing to work closely with GTR for improvements to your services.

Do You Love Your Garden?

Find out how the Harpenden Gardening Society could help you get better results with their Autumn events.

Click here for details

SEPT. Classics 2018, Rotary in Harpenden will be able to distribute £38,400 to charity.

This includes a magnificent £19,600 from the bucket collection alone and a wonderful testament to the generosity of Harpenden residents and visitors to Classics.

The chosen charities this year are:

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Keech Hospice Care

Macmillan Cancer Support

Shelter Box Disaster Relief

& other good causes supported by Rotary.

SEPT 20. 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.

Oct 24. Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP was questioned by MP’s on OCT 22 about the Rail Timetable fiasco.








Hardly the response Harpenden commuters were looking for!

See  the official report here AND a pathetic further response from Chris Grayling

OCT 4. OVER 1,000 NEW HOMES FOR HARPENDEN ANNOUNCED IN THE NEW LOCAL PLAN ON OCT 2 BY Cllr, MARY MAYNARD


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Win 2 pairs of tickets to see

Alter Eagles in concert at Harpenden Public Halls on

Nov 30.

Click here to enter

Oct 18. Serious flaws in the Local Plan highlighted by The Harpenden Green Belt Association:

Legal Issues. Soundness.

Duty to Co-Operate

Green Belt Boundary Changes/Strategic Sites

Absence of Transport Evidence Base

Lack of Proper Infrastructure Planning


Read the full document, now submitted to SADC, by clicking on this link.

http://www.harpendengreenbelt.org.uk/HGBA%20Regulation%2019%20consultation%202018.pdf














ONGOING DETAILS ON THE HOUSING PAGE click here


Oct 22. Start your Christmas shopping early at WHSmith Harpenden--Exciting Hardback books and Christmas cards now on display.

Oct 23. Harpenden marches on London for a People’s Vote on Brexit







Over 250 Harpenden residents travelled together to the People’s March in London on Sat 20th October. With 700,000 it was the second largest protest in the UK this century after the Stop the War demonstration in 2003.

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OCT. 28 TOP 20 SELLING OCT BOOKS AT WHSmith HARPENDEN.

Hardbacks and Paperbacks.

Click here to see what Harpenden is buying right now.

PLUS

Drop in to the High Street store to pick up a book Bargain-see examples in the photos.

NOV 1. Let it Snow, Snow, Snow...Harpenden is prepared.

















Harpenden Town Council have set up a Snow Angel Scheme for both residents and shops to help keep pavements clear if we get a heavy snow fall this winter.

Sign up and you will get:

20 kg bag of grit; hi vis vest; gloves and snow shovel.


FIND OUT MORE FROM SARAH BRIMLEY at the Town Council. CLICK here for details

Nov 2. Bim Afolami MP visits the Harpenden High Street to learn first hand what shop owners think about high business rates. First discussion with me -Ron Taylor- about the Petition which was signed by 52 local businesses. Bim will present this in Parliament soon.















THEN on to meet Linda Fullwood.

She was instrumental in researching the complex rating system that exists on the High Street.

NOV 11. Armistice

Day in Harpenden.

Large gathering

of local

residents pay

their respects.


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for more.

Nov 7. The New Purple Menswear store is transforming the Harpenden High Street.

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NOV 2018.

Can The Budget’s £1.5 Billion Plan Save Our High Streets?

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Nov 9. ADVENT CALENDARS make Christmas even more special. Time to get one now from Springfield Pharmacy. L’Occitane are exclusively available here or John Lewis.

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