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HOW TO MAKE HARPENDEN ROADS SAFER

for children. pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.











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                       DECEMBER. 2018    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.

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

During JANUARY - NOV 2018 there were 25,904

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

ALL THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

ABOUT HARPENDEN, UPDATED DAILY.

Ron Taylor. Editor

Plenty of Green Spaces in Harpenden?

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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

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

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.

Click here for details

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.

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


Click here for details

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


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 17. John Cooper signing his new Book at Harpenden Books. Click here for more.

Nov 17. Time to place your order for a hand made Door Wreath, Swag and Table Centre from Perry Florist.

Nov 22. All the  post application conditions set by Herts CC for Katherine Warington School have been confirmed with the exception of the archeological investigations which are now proceeding.

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Nov 22. Winter Timetable news for Thameslink Commuters from Cllr Sam Collins

Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Hitchin & Harpenden. “Customers will see several timetable revisions in December and January, due to a combination of planned engineering work and a bedding in period for the winter timetable.”

PLUS comments from Bim Afolami MP. Click here for details.

Now live, a Christmas Guide to help you choose all that’s best for Christmas from the Harpenden High Street. 

HOW EASY IS THAT!

Click on this link to read the whole edition

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

Nov 29. Why there will be pressure to build new homes in Harpenden.

UK housebuilders registered 43,578 new homes during the third quarter of 2018. This represents a 15 per cent increase on the 37,940 registered in the third quarter of 2017. Steve Wood, chief executive at the NHBC, said:

“Attaining the government’s target of 300,000 new homes by the middle of the next decade will require a real focus on innovation, particularly the use of modern methods of construction, and on building skills and capacity in the workforce onsite – topics many builders are actively grappling with.”

Dec 1. What will the Neighbourhood Plan mean for Harpenden?

Harpenden Town Council have prepared the Plan based on consultation and research collected from residents in Spring/Summer 2017. It has now been published and can be viewed on the Town Council web site.- All 72 pages.













Volunteers who were involved in the process were out in force at the Christmas Carnival giving information on why it is important to vote in the forthcoming referendum on Feb 7.

Harpendia will be simplifying the key aspects next week to help understand what it means. AND The Harpenden Society will be producing an information video.

Singing their Christmas Songs Collection on Mon Dec 10 from 11am for one hour at

Co-op in Southdown...get in the spirit of Christmas!

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Still time to book for the Panto at Harpenden Public Halls.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

Flu and Travel. Clinic now open on the High Street at

Springfield Pharmacy.

Appointments and Walk-Ins available

01582 712104


Stay well this winter.

SHOW THIS VOUCHER (on your phone) AT SPRINGFIELD PHARMACY TO CLAIM YOUR DISCOUNT

Dec 9. Christmas Books...what are Harpenden residents buying now from WHSmith?

Click here to see the top 20 in Hardback and Paperback