North Hertfordshire District Council
North Hertfordshire scoreboard
2021 no overall control, no change from 2019
Counting complete. After 17 of 17 seats declared.
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 10
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
- Councillors overall total 23
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 5
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -1
- Councillors overall total 15
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 2
- Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
- Councillors overall total 11
BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter
Councils across Beds, Herts and Bucks have received details of their latest round of emergency funding from the government to help deal with the pandemic.
In the second £1.6bn handout, Luton Council, which has said the shutdown at Luton Airport will leave them with a £45m shortfall, will get a further £5.8m, which is a slight increase.
Hertfordshire County Council is getting less this time around and the government has said this payment is not ring-fenced for adult social care like the first round of funding, so the council could spend it on whatever it wants.
After the first allocation, there were concerns from district councils that they had missed out, having arguably lost more since the start of the pandemic because they get a lot of funds from car park charges and revenue from leisure centres that are currently closed.
This time, the districts have got a much larger share, some having gone from thousands to more than £1m.
- Bedford Borough: £4.7m - up £600,000
- Broxbourne Borough: £958,000 - up £917,000
- Bucks Unitary Authority*: £14.9m - up £4.5m
- Central Beds: £7.9m - up £2.4m
- Dacorum District: £1.5m - up £1,447,000
- East Herts District: £1.4m - up £1,353,000
- Herts County Council: £21.7m - down £4.4m
- Hertsmere Borough: £1m - up £953,000
- Luton Borough: £5.8m - up £400,000
- Milton Keynes Borough: £7.4m - up £1.4m
- North Herts District: £1.3m - up £1,252,000
- St Albans City and District: £1.4m - up £1,356,000
- Stevenage Borough: £871,000 - up £826,000
- Three Rivers District: £920,000 - up £885,000
- Watford Borough: £959,000 - up £909,000
- Welwyn Hatfield Borough: £1.2m - £1,149,000
* the Bucks Unitary Authority replaced Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Vale DC, Chiltern DC, South Bucks DC and Wycombe DC on 1 April.
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To show its support for the NHS, carers and all key workers, the Broadway Gardens fountain in Letchworth, Herfordshire has been turned blue.
It colourisation has been carried out by North Herfordshire District Council.Copyright: North Herfordshire District Council
The Great Ashby District Park car park at Serpentine Close in Stevenage is now closed to reduce the risks of mass gatherings and promote social distancing.
North Hertfordshire District Council said the park was still open to pedestrians.
All playgrounds and equipment remain closed.
"Parks and open spaces are open for exercise, but you must stay more than two metres from others," a council spokesman said.
The opening of splash pads in council parks has been delayed and is being kept under review.Copyright: North Herts Council
North Hertfordshire District Council now has no single party in overall control.
The ruling Tories defended 15, but lost seven to leave them with 22 of the council's 49 seats.
Labour gained three to increase its number of councillors from 14 to 16.
The Liberal Democrats defended one seat and gained six to increase from six wards to 11.Copyright: BBC
The Conservatives have lost North Hertfordshire District Council to no overall control, with no single party holding a majority.
BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter
We're not even halfway there with the results yet, but 3 May is not a great day to be waking up as a Conservative in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Although they've held on to Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Dacorum and East Herts councils, they've lost overall control of both Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans, where Tory Leader Alec Campbell has lost his seat.
The Lib Dems have been the biggest benefactors from all of this, gaining more than 20 seats, while Labour have held Luton and Stevenage.
Friday's counts include all of Central Beds, Bedford's Mayoral election and a third of Milton Keynes Council, where the Tories are defending 12 seats.
And that means the day could yet get worse for the Conservatives.
BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter
There have been no county council elections this year but all 10 lower-tier councils in Hertfordshire - the districts and the boroughs - have had ballots on Thursday.
In Dacorum, East Herts and Hertsmere, everybody is up for election, while a third of all councillors are standing in the other seven authorities: Broxbourne, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield.Copyright: Google
The Conservatives run seven of the 10 authorities, with the Liberal Democrats in charge of Three Rivers and Watford, and Labour responsible for Stevenage.
The Tories are expected to hold Dacorum, East Herts, Hertsmere, Broxbourne and North Herts, while Labour should hold on to Stevenage and Watford is likely to stay Lib Dem.
But Welwyn nearly went to no overall control in 2018 and St Albans could also be interesting. There the Conservatives are defending 14 seats but have a majority of 12.
Three Rivers could go to no overall control, although the Tories are defending lots of seats.
Residents of parts of North Hertfordshire are still not getting their bins collected six months on from when a new contractor, Urbaser, took over, but the council has said things are improving.
North Hertfordshire District Council admits there are about 60 missed bins being reported each day, but this is down from about 200 in August.
The councillor responsible for bin collections in the area, Michael Weeks, said: "It is not bad, compared to where we were a couple of months ago... but it's getting there.
"It's just the odd little patch of a street here and there, individual remote properties, but we're almost getting to where we were with the previous contractor, most people are satisfied with that."
Councillors in North Hertfordshire say they still don't know when problems with bin collections will be resolved.
Residents have been complaining since May, when a new contract was put in place with bin collection firm Urbaser.
Initially the council told the BBC that "everything was rosy" and it was just teething problems, but residents are still reporting issues with their weekly bin collections.
North Hertfordshire District Council leader Lynda Needham says she's in regular contact with Urbaser but has no firm date as to when things will be resolved.
"I'd rather not try and give you some sort of date that I can't meet but I will confirm that I am seeing Urbaser every single week and I push exactly the same question," she said.
More than 1,500 people have complained about missed bin collections after the waste, recycling and street cleansing contract was awarded to a new company in May.
A report into the complaints said the numbers of households which experienced missed bin collections could be far higher.
The documentfound a number of reasons why the new contractor, Urbaser, failed to run a regular service, including a lack of knowledge of rural areas, software problems and staffing issues.
Some 25% of former staff had failed to move across to the new contractor.
Despite Urbaser increasing resources to help catch up on missed collections, the report said "this has not yet resulted in the whole district receiving a good service".
Mark Piggott, of Urbaser, says although the company acknowledged it "had problems as detailed in the report it had been working incredibly hard to redress this with 99.975% of bins were now being emptied on time".Copyright: BBC
A problem with bin collections in North Hertfordshire will continue for months, according to the councillor responsible for waste management.Copyright: BBC
Many bins have gone uncollected since a new contractor took over in May, with the company blaming employment issues and crews getting used to the new rounds.
North Hertfordshire District councillor Conservative Michael Weeks said he cannot give a date for when it will be resolved.
"It will continue for some time yet, probably months, it will get better though, gradually it will get better," he said.
The company which collects the bins in North Hertfordshire has "sincerely apologised" for problems since they took over the contract in May.
Residents said their food and garden waste bins had been left on pavements for days, and in some cases weeks, without being collected.
Urbaser Limited has acknowledged that a large number of people haven't had their waste collected.
Blaming employment issues and crews getting used to new rounds, managers said they were "doing our utmost to come up with solutions" and had promised to work with the council to "ensure expected levels of service".
North Hertfordshire District Council said it was "working hard with Urbaser to resolve the current issues".