In-person drop-in engagement event

Redrow Eastern, the owners of the land east of Gresley Way, are holding an in-person drop-in engagement event on Tuesday 14 September 2021 from 3.00 pm – 7.30 pm, for members of the public to view the proposed plans, speak to the developers and ask any questions relating to the development. This session is being held at the Chells Pavilion on Gresley Way. Do feel free to pop in between these times to view the plans.

Introduction to the Fitness Trail

FREE: Introduction to the Fitness Trail

WHERE: WSCC

HOW LONG: 30 minutes

WHEN: 10am Sunday 5th September

 

Neighbourhood Plan Event

SUNDAY 1 AUGUST 2021 – WSCC –  2.00-5.00 pm – UPDATE OF WALKERN NEIGHBOURHOOD

PLANWalkern Parish Council is in the process of updating its Neighbourhood Plan and we would like to invite residents of Walkern Parish to come along and have a look at the updated plan on Sunday 1 August 2021 between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm at Walkern Sports & Community Centre.  We will be inside and on the stage area, during the Something 2 Sing Choir event.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing your feedback. 

SOMETHING 2 SING CHOIR

Sunday 1 August 2021  2.00pm to 5.00 pm – FREE EVENT at WSCCCome along to Walkern Sports & Community Centre for an afternoon of entertainment on the sportsfield from Something 2 Sing Choir, with its 250 participants, hosted by Duncan Rutherford and his choir.

There will be a wide range of musical styles, from pop, musical theatre, classical and others.Other attractions will include stalls, Walkern School PTA will be organising a BBQ and the WSCC bar will be open.

Ice creams will be on sale also.Bring your picnics with you if you prefer or just a chair and A blanket to settle down and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment.PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN BBQ.

Parish Litter Bins

It has come to our attention that the parish litter bins are being filled with residents’ household waste, such as dirty nappies and dog waste bags. The parish litter bins are intended to be used to keep the village clean and tidy and to prevent our wildlife from being poisoned.

The parish bins are not to be used for household waste.

There are dog waste bins provided throughout the village, and residents have their own recycling and household waste bins which are emptied frequently. We would kindly ask that the parish bins are not used for household waste or dog waste; please use the dog waste bins and household waste bins provided.

A message from the Leader of East Herts Council

Councillors agreed the budget for 2021/2022 at a meeting of East Herts Council’s Full Council on Tuesday.

Managing our budget for the coming years is a challenge in the face of reducing income and increasing demands as a result of COVID-19. Like the vast majority of councils across the country, the pandemic has put a strain on our finances so we have to cut our cloth accordingly in order to protect our vital statutory services for residents and businesses.

The budget for 2021/22 takes into account the impact of the pandemic and changes in rules on the assets we can invest in, with a predicted £2.1 million shortfall of income and additional expenditure due to this. We will meet some of these from our financial reserves in the short term.

Continued financial uncertainty unfortunately means that we will need to raise the council tax rate in April. East Herts Band D Council Tax is set to go up by £5 a year to £179.09 from the new financial year starting on April 1 2021. The rise, which amounts to 10p a week, means that residents of Band D properties will pay £3.44 a week towards funding all services provided by East Herts Council.

We only get to keep 10p of every £1 of council tax collected with the majority going to Hertfordshire County Council along with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and the parish and town councils in East Herts.

We will be reviewing the services we provide and the way we provide them over the coming months. Our aim is to keep the services we offer broadly the same but the savings we need to make will mean some tough choices ahead. I will continue to update you on this as and when things come forward.

Food Waste Action Week

This week we launched a new campaign encouraging residents to think about the food they waste as part of the first ever Food Waste Action Week.

In East Herts, Food Waste Action Week kicks off a month of activity designed to help make wasting food a thing of the past.

Approximately 70% of the food waste from UK households that ends in the residual waste stream is edible. Not only is reducing food waste a good way to save money but it is also good for the environment.

Through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, we will share knowledge and inspire changes in the way people think about food waste with practical tips on how to drive down the amount of food wasted.

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Cllr Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council

GARDEN WASTE SERVICE

From 1 April residents will need to have signed up for East Herts Council’s chargeable garden waste service if they wish to continue receiving collections of their brown bin. Sign up now.

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Eligible businesses are now able to apply for the latest Additional Restrictions Grant. Find out more.

ELECTIONS 2021

On Thursday 6 May residents in East Herts will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Hertfordshire County Council and the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner as well as several town by-elections. Find out more.

CENSUS 2021

The census is coming on Sunday 21 March. By filling in your census, you will help shape your community for the next 10 years. Find out more.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Find out more.

PL ANNING APPLICATIONS

Lates News find out more.

Object, Comment or View a Planning Application or Decision

Get Ready for the thaw

You may remember, the Beast from the East in 2018 ended with a rapid thaw, which caused widespread bursts on pipes at customer properties and on our network.

From Sunday, we are expecting a similar thaw after weeks of sub-zero temperatures.

What we’re doing to prepare

We are putting additional teams of our key workers on standby and have full stocks of water main fixtures and fittings at the ready to ensure we can respond to bursts quickly when they happen.

We have made sure our storage reservoirs are at full capacity to help keep supplies running during the rapid freeze and thaw.

Our network teams also have plans in place to adjust our network to divert water to where it’s needed in the event of an interruption to your supply.

Support for customers

We are also reminding customers that if someone they know needs help during a water supply incident, e.g. those with a medical condition, such as home dialysis then they can sign up to our Priority Services Register at www.affinitywater.co.uk/priorityservices. We are also continuing to support those affected financially by coronavirus.

How can you help

We have put this quick guide together to help you share this urgent message to the people you represent to get their homes and businesses ready for the thaw.

* Social Media – Share our social media messages using the templates below for your convenience and images

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* Video – share our preparing for winter video

* Website – share our webpage www.affinitywater.co.uk/coldweather to keep up to date with the latest winter advice and helpful video tutorials. If you have your own website, please consider uploading the following tips to ensure the people you represent are prepared for winter.

Key messages

Preparing for winter tips

  • Insulate exposed water pipes in your loft and outside. You can use felt, pipe wrap or other insulating material and cover any outside pipe or fitting with a waterproof material
  • If you have a cold water tank, make sure it is insulated.
  • If you have an outside tap, insulate it too.
  • Check that your external and internal stop taps are working so you will be able to turn off your water supply in an emergency.
  • If it’s very cold outside leave central heating on a low setting overnight.
  • If you are planning on leaving your home or business unattended for a long period, turn off the water supply at your stop tap.
  • Consider leaving the heating on a low setting.
  • Fix dripping taps – even a small trickle can lead to a frozen pipe.

Dealing with frozen pipes

If pipes do freeze, use the stop tap to turn off the water supply. Slowly thaw the pipe with a hairdryer or a towel soaked in hot water or a hot water bottle. Start thawing at the end nearest the tap. Never use a naked flame or blowtorch to thaw the pipe.

Dealing with burst pipes

Turn off your stop taps and make sure your central heating boiler or immersion heater is turned off. Leave an internal tap on to allow thawed water to escape and contact an approved plumber.

To find an approved plumber please visit: www.watersafe.org.uk

Sample Tweets and Facebook posts

Protect your home from the big thaw this weekend. Insulate exposed pipes that are at risk of freezing and thawing, which can lead to bursts n your home. Check out affinitywater.co.uk/coldweather to get your home ready.

Prepare for the big thaw this Sunday! Leave your heating on at a low temperature to prevent your pipes from freezing then thawing, which can lead to burst pipes in your home. Check out affinitywater.co.uk/coldweather to get your home ready.

Affinity Water offer additional services to households that require extra support or assistance during a supply interruption. Join their free Priority Services Register at www.affinitywater.co.uk/priorityservices

Winter can be a challenging time, which is why local water provider Affinity Water is continuing to support those who have been affected financially by Coronavirus. Find out more at www.affinitywater.co.uk/coronavirus

London Luton Airport, Consultation on Arrivals Flight Paths

Re : London Luton Airport, Consultation on Arrivals Flight Paths

Dear Sir/Madam

Walkern Parish Council would like to state clearly that it strongly objects to any expansion of Luton Airport.
Having looked at the proposed option for Westerly Winds Arrivals, which is 70% of arrivals to Luton Airport, dispersed tracks need to be considered as we stated in our previous response to the proposed increase in passenger numbers dated 9th November 2020.

Clearly it is fairer and more equitable that the noise and pollution from arriving aircraft should be spread over the greatest possible area, largely over open countryside, not over concentrated populations. In a normal year, especially in the Summer months, the noise from aircraft on their landing approach make it difficult to sleep or have a window open. During the day you cannot have a conversation with a person standing right next to you.

The jettison of fuel is obnoxious and highly pollutant, which raises additional concern as there is a primary school on the flightpath.

The fact that the preferred option of the Airport is to channel arrivals into a narrower approach is irrelevant, as it is they who are the cause of the problem.

The London Luton Airport Authority state that this is a safety issue, because they want to expand passenger numbers. Again, this would not be an issue if they keep to the 18 million limit which was democratically agreed and legally signed up to by all parties in 2013 and expected to hold to 2028.

This consultation seems to assume that numbers of aircraft will increase and therefore plans need to be made regarding their approach to Luton. It is clear that, until the long-term effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the economy are more clearly known, no such assumption should be made.

Yours faithfully
on behalf of Walkern Parish Council

Heidi Broady
Clerk to Walkern Parish Council

Star Count

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A message from The countryside charity

A velvety black sky scattered with shining stars is a sight we should all have the opportunity to see. But too often, light pollution obscures our view of stars.

Just 3% of people in England experience ‘truly dark skies’, and 61% of us live in areas with severe light pollution.

That’s why we need your help to map the nation’s view of the stars, so we can better protect our dark skies in the countryside and our towns and cities.

By counting the number of stars you can see in the constellation of Orion this February, you’ll help us build a better picture of our view of the stars.

This year we’re asking everyone to take part in Star Count from home.

Want to take part? Sign up below.

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Sign up for Star Count
Not sure how to take part? Here are our five simple steps for doing a Star Count from home.

1 – Find a good spot to do your Star Count. This could be your garden, balcony, doorstep or even bedroom window. You’ll need to be able to look south.

2 – Turn off all the lights in your home so it’s as dark as possible.

3 – Look south in the night sky (the way satellite dishes face)

4 – Let your eyes adjust to the dark – the longer you wait, the better. Count the number of stars you can see within the rectangle formed by the four corner stars.

5 – Head to our website to submit your count and help us map the nation’s view of the night sky.

Want to take part? Sign up by clicking the button below.

I’ll take part

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Happy star-gazing!

Emma

Emma Marrington
Dark skies campaigner

PS: Please don’t travel to do a Star Count, and remember to stay safe and observe social distancing rules.