North Hertfordshire District Council

Election results for 2019

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District councils get more of government share of money

Andy Holmes

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.

Fountains turn blue in support of NHS

Blue fountain
North Herfordshire District Council

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.

Blue fountain
North Herfordshire District Council

Car park closes to stop 'mass gatherings'

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.

Great Ashby District Park
North Herts Council

Conservatives lose North Herts majority

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.

Ballot box
BBC

Not a good night for Tories in Herts and Beds

Andy Holmes

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.

Hertfordshire: Polls held for 10 councils

Andy Holmes

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.

St Albans District Council
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.

North Herts bins: 'We're getting there,' council says

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."