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Uber now in Harpenden.

Taxi prices are now affordable!

Click here for details.

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.











Click here for more details

                       SEPTEMBER. 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.













Learn more here

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

Click here for details

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 - AUG 2018 there were 19,069

site visits

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













Click here and find out

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

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















Click here for the full story

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

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

Sept 10. Harpenden’s new Leisure and Culture Development ... opening now scheduled mid 2021.


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. The next crucial stage is when the planning application goes to the Council Planning Referrals Committee on the 17th September 2018.If the submission is approved at that meeting, it will automatically be 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


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.















CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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.

Sept 10. 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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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.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE


AN ALMOST EMPTY CAR PARK IN HARPENDEN!

SHOCK NEWS AS PARKING PRICES ROCKET.

Now £10.90 for five hours.

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 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

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.













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

July 27. Shock findings about the financial background of the company proposing the NEW WASTE BURNING INCINERATOR.

You would think they would be company of some substance...

CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR HISTORY

HARPENDIA MAGAZINE SUMMER EDITION 2018

NOW LIVE

Click on the Magazine image below to read it in scroll down version

OR in page turning format

Click this link:

https://issuu.com/exxy/docs/harpendia_magazine_summer_2018_pdf

Aug 11. Archaeological findings could delay new school development says Alex Thomas (PhD Candidate in Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol.)

Click here for the full story

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


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Aug 13. Award winning Canadian author Michael Redhill meets his Harpenden publishing company for dinner. Click here for more.

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.

Aug. Huge agricultural book sale in London yields £1.6 million for the Lawes Agricultural Trust.

Click here for full story

Aug 20. Judicial Review Appeal. Info from the Katherine Warington School.

The appeal process is a two stage one. The application to appeal is first considered by a Judge (not be a formal hearing). They will either give permission to appeal or dismiss it. If permission is given then there would be a formal hearing at the Court of Appeal. Three judges would consider the appeal. The Claimant, Defendant and any interested parties would put their cases forward at the hearing.

The Claimant (Right School Right Place) lodged an appeal application last week (10th August). The Defendant and interested parties are currently preparing papers to be submitted next week. These will be passed to a Judge to decide if permission to appeal should be given.

NEWS to follow when known.

A ‘New Player’ in the Harpenden housing market.

A sign you’ll be seeing more of around the town.

Harpenden Musical Theatre Company     Oliver!

Harpenden Public Halls. 9-13 Oct.

Click here for details

HAVE A Free MINI HEALTH CHECK get blood pressure checked, receive advice on diabetes, healthy eating, preventing falls and dental care & enjoy and learn all about the NHS Herts Community Health Services on Thursday Sept 27 at Rothamsted Conference Centre

Click here  for details and how to book

Sept 10. New draft Local Plan (LP) consultation that identifies land for new housing, commercial building and infrastructure development in the St Albans District inc Harpenden will run from Tuesday 4 September until Wednesday 17 October.

It proposes that 913 new homes a year from 2020 -2036 totalling 14,608.


Click here for more info and how to give your views on line.

Sept 6. LORD ADONIS CONGRATULATES ‘CITADEL OF REMAIN’ ST ALBANS AND CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR A PEOPLE’S VOTE

“We have not faced an issue as divisive and as detrimental to the long-term interests of the country as Brexit for decades. The right thing for the country is to stay an active member of the European Union.


Click for the full story.

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

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Sept 13. Artificial Pitch Opening Ceremony – Thursday 13th September at Roundwood Park School.












Special guests: David Clarke, the England blind footballer and torchbearer for the 2012 Paralympics, Natasha Dowie, professional footballer and former Roundwood Park student and Alan Smith, the Arsenal and England striker, now a respected Sky Sports pundit.


Click here for the full story

Mid Sept Book Charts from WHSmith in Harpenden.

Guinness World Records returns to the charts -see the full lists here

Sept 17. 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 19. 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.

SEPT 20. FAKE NEWS ON SCHOOL CLOSURE & new bridge building ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

A story on Nextdoor yesterday gave FAKE info about the closure of Sir John Lawes school.

LOCAL politicians have responded forcefully.

Read their comments here.

A lovely Floral Evening on Thurs Sept 27 at All Saints Church 7.30pm

Click here for details

Enjoy some tasty

food at

Harpenden’s

AGA Shop on

Sat Oct 13 to

celebrate their

first

Anniversary.

11 - 4pm with

Penny Zako.

FREE event.