Hertfordshire County Council

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Cottonmill crossing campaign wins county support

Deborah Price

Local Democracy Reporter, Hertfordshire

A local residents' campaign to keep a level crossing open to the public in St Albans has won the backing of Hertfordshire County Council.

Cottonmill crossing
Network Rail

Residents claim that without the Cottonmill crossing over the railway line between St Albans and Watford, Sopwell village would be cut in two, forcing them to make a lengthy detour.

It has been estimated the crossing is used by more than 1,000 people a day - as a vital link to schools, work and shops.

The full council meeting was presented with a 1,508-signature petition and resident Janet Charles told councillors that closure of the crossing would be "devastating".

Backing a motion proposed by Liberal Democrat councillor Sandy Walkington, they agreed that closing the crossing would be "wholly disproportionate" and will now write to Network Rail, calling on them to halt any plans to close it and to install additional safety measures instead - such as warning lights.

Watford ring road changes 'costly and disruptive'

Deborah Price

Local Democracy Reporter, Hertfordshire

Opening up Watford's ring road to two-way traffic "would cause major disruption", the town's mayor has said.

Watford ring road

It is just one of the measures put forward in the county council's South West Hertfordshire Growth and Transport Plan - a consultation for which opened this week and will run until mid-September.

The plan aims to improve the transport network, with an emphasis on walking, cycling and passenger transport, across Watford, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Rickmansworth.

As well as being disruptive, Watford's directly-elected Liberal Democrat mayor Peter Taylor has said making the ring-road around the town centre two-way would "cost millions of pounds" that "would be better spent investing in better public transport".

Supporters of the idea say the ring-road can be "a barrier to movement for sustainable modes of transport between the town centre and the rest of Watford".

Herts Fire Service plans 'flawed', county council says

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hertfordshire County Council has told the Home Office that revised plans by the Conservative police and crime commissioner David Lloyd to take over the fire and rescue service are "flawed" - financially, operationally and democratically - and should not go ahead.

Hertford fire station

Mr Lloyd has said that bringing both emergency services under the same umbrella would save some £9m-£16.6m by co-locating fire and police officers at community safety hubs while selling off un-needed premises, enable better joint working and improve public safety.

Conservative council leader David Williams has written to policing and fire service minister Nick Hurd to oppose the plans which he says have been "driven purely by financial savings" and there was no evidence that the estimates of income from the sales of sites are either realistic or achievable.

Councillor Williams has told the minister that keeping the fire service under the control of the council is the best solution and would continue to prioritise the safety of residents.

Mr Lloyd said: "A quick resolution to this is in the best interest of the police and fire services of Hertfordshire and both I and the county council hope this can be made as soon as possible."

Herts County Council boss announces his retirement

Welwyn Hatfield Times

The chief executive of Hertfordshire County Council has announced his retirement.

Hertfordshire trees threatened by fungus

Deborah Price

Local Democracy Reporter, Hertfordshire

Ash trees along the roads and pathways of Hertfordshire could become unsafe, as the fungus known as Ash Dieback – or Chalara – takes hold, the county council has heard.

Ash Dieback

First recorded in the UK in 2012, it causes the eventual death of the tree. If not spotted early, the risk is that large branches could break off onto pathways and roads.

Roadside ash trees can be more susceptible to the disease due to the high salt content in soils because of winter gritting.

Gemma Worswick, tree officer, told the Environment, Planning & Transport Cabinet Panel the level of decline and risk should be monitored.

"Mature trees can die within 10 years of infection, and if a tree is already under stress it can leave it more vulnerable," she said.

"Trees become dangerous before they die because they are carrying dead wood."

An area of mature trees in Weston Hills, near Baldock, was highlighted as an area where the fungus was particularly advanced.

BreakingSt Albans North: Labour takes county council seat from Lib Dems

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

In the Hertfordshire County Council by-election, Labour has taken St Albans North from the Lib Dems.

The seat was up for grabs after Lib Dem councillor Charlotte Hogg decided to stand down.

Labour's Roma Mills got 1,779 votes, ahead of Karen Young for the Lib Dems with 1,460 votes in second place and Salih Gaygusuz, for the Conservatives, third with 1,361 votes.

Luton adoption services set to work alongside Hertfordshire's

Adoption services in Luton, graded as "requiring improvement", are due to work alongside those in Hertfordshire with the aim of boost their performance.

"It's a proposed alliance where each partner can remain in control," Luton Borough Council's interim corporate parenting board manager Chris Chalmers said.

But Liberal Democrat borough councillor for Crawley ward, Terry Keens is "very concerned about the whole process".


He told a children's services review group meeting: "I am concerned that Luton's service will be second class to Hertfordshire's."

Luton Adoption requires improvement while Hertfordshire has a large and well-oiled adoption service, Ms Chalmers said.

She assured Mr Keens that monitoring procedures would be in place and said some shared services could be in place by September or October.

"Full transfer by the end of the financial year" was possible, she added.