North Hertfordshire District Council

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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.

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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

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."

North Hertfordshire bins: No date for resolution

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.

Council to discuss complaints over bin collections

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".