Stevenage Borough Council
Counting complete. After 14 of 14 seats declared.
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 6
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -5
- Councillors overall total 22
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 6
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +4
- Councillors overall total 11
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 2
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
- Councillors overall total 6
Labour retain power in Stevenage after successfully defending most of their seats.
Joy as a former homeless man is given a flat after fears of living in the woods again post-lockdown.
Starting on Tuesday residents can pick up a "takeaway play box" from one of the Stevenage Borough Council's play centres.
Because it is expected to be a busy time residents are requested to observe social distancing and other pandemic guidelines when queuing.
Boxes can be picked up from these play centres on the given days:
- Tuesday at St Nicholas
- Wednesday at Bandley Hill
- Thursday at Pin Green
BBC Look East
The leader of Labour-run local authority has said reports it is on the brink of declaring bankruptcy were "premature".
Sharon Taylor told BBC Look East that coronavirus had created a difficult financial situation at Stevenage Borough Council, and it was expecting to have a £4m shortfall by the end of July.
"At its worst it will mean making cuts to essential key services that everyone has really valued during the epidemic and potentially to the jobs of those people that at the moment are our local government heroes," she said.Copyright: BBC
Local Democracy Reporting Service
As people can now enjoy unlimited exercise, destination parks – like Fairlands Valley in Stevenage – are expected to be increasingly popular and the town's Borough Council is considering how social distancing can be ensured.Copyright: Geograph/Nigel Cox
At a council meeting this week, it emerged a one-way system was one option which would mean walkers and joggers would be directed to travel around the lake in the same direction.
But after the meeting, the council’s executive member John Gardner said that option was "low probability", because the number of entrances around the park would make one-way signage difficult and it would be to difficult to instruct visitors to walk in a particular direction, when it would not be enforceable.
He said that where people did approach each other around the lake there was already room to move aside.
Councillor Gardner said he expects there may be new signs advising visitors to observe social distancing.
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.
BBC News Online
Although most of us are trying to work from home, some jobs just have to stay in the workplace.
This includes waste collectors who have still been out collecting and sorting out rubbish.
Many children have been showing their appreciation by writing a special thank you lot, as Stevenage Borough Council have highlighted.
The main car park at Fairlands Valley Lakes in Stevenage has been closed to “reduce the risk from mass gatherings”.
Stevenage Borough Council notices say it is now for “disabled parking only", adding: “To reduce the risk from mass gatherings this car park is now closed.
"Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited.”Copyright: South Beds News Agency
Political Reporter, BBC Look East
With more councils being declared, two trends are emerging: the Conservatives taking a hit and the Liberal Democrats gaining ground.
In Welwyn Hatfield the Conservatives are now two short of a majority, having previously controlled the council by a whisker. The Lib Dems saw their seat tally here increase from eight to 12.
The Tories kept firm hold of East Hertfordshire Council, albeit with a reduced majority. The Lib Dems here have seen their ranks swell from just one councillor to six.
Little changed in Labour-held Stevenage and Luton.
The Green Party have two new seats in East Hertfordshire,