for children. pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

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                       MARCH 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.

Feb 15. A major benefit for Harpenden now the Neighbourhood Plan is approved. Click here for details

Jan. Can you trust Social Media for shopping information?


Dec. Davenport House Surgery - Looking after the health of Harpenden residents.

Click here for

a report from Chris Marsden.

Jan 23. Construction work well under way at the Katherine Warington School site.

The first building to accommodate new pupils is scheduled for completion in time for September.

All archaeological work is now complete with no new findings revealed.

Common Lane is a hive of activity.

Click here for more info and photos.

Harpenden residents love reading the latest news on  Harpendia.


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.

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Jan 9. Singing and socialising at the Clover Singing Club.

Want to join?  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.


Building society colleagues in St Albans and Harpenden will this year invest time in, and help raise money for, a project that helps local young homeless people.

To get the support up and running, St Albans branch manager Vickie Hobbs presented a cheque for £100 to the charity’s Alison Wildey.


Jan 17. Official opening of Park House (in Rothamsted Park) with a presentation of £250 cheque from Pegasus Life to Town Mayor David Heritage (centre by Christopher Goddard, on the left and Emma Webster both of PegasusLife,) for his nominated charities.

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

Jan 17. Harpenden’s new Sports and Cultural centres given government go-ahead.

Work to start in the Spring on the Sports Centre.

Click here for details.


Jan. Classical music concerts thrive in Harpenden thanks to the A-T Society with their Concert at St Nicholas Church.

Below. CEO William Davis with Guy Johnston (left). William is a fellow musician and played the double base at the concert!

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March 13. Early March Book Charts in Harpenden from WHSmith.

Click here for the Hardback and Paperback charts

Jan 29. Manor Pharmacy boss speaks out about Brexit.

Since the Brexit decision, getting staff has been absolutely impossible – and it’s not because we treat staff any different, they are all on the same pay scales.

Click here for full details

Graham Phillips, Manor Pharmacy

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.

March 1. Significant progress on new Katherine Warington school. This is the framework for the first building.

Click here for more photos

Feb 14. 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 18. Sunday lunch doesn’t come much better than this. The Holly Bush Pub in Redbourn for a traditional lunch

and The Bangkok Lounge in Harpenden for something a bit more spicy.

Click here for more EATING EXPERIENCES

Harpenden Trust Christmas Appeal raised a wonderful £52,000. By digging deep into their pockets the people of Harpenden have again provided more than half the funds we require to support local people who find themselves in need.

Click here for more.

Feb 20. New Pavilion underway at Harpenden Cricket Club.

It’s been 4 years in the planning but eventually work has started on the new pavilion for Harpenden Cricket Club. Local builders Claridge & Hall moved in last Wednesday and aim to complete the job before the start of the league cricket season.

Click here for more

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 26. Q. How can small and medium size local firms boost their business?

  1. A. Attend a Brand Workshop.

Full details here.

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

Feb 28. New Shop for Harpenden’s

High Street.

Stevensons, School Uniform Outfitters now


opp Waitrose

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 10. New Shop for Harpenden’s

High Street.

Beat School Uniforms at 4  Station Road.


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

Full details at John Curtis.

March 10. Superb Sunday lunch at The White Horse pub in Hatching Green. Traditional lunches and a la carte too.

Click here for more EATING EXPERIENCES

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.

March 13.

Freshen up your home for Spring at Lister Interiors with these stylish new products.

Click here to see more.

How to thank your Mum this Mother’s Day.

Choose gifts from the Harpenden High Street shops, Pubs and Restaurants.

Look at the offers here