Special collection to help recycle cardboard over Easter period

Announcement by the district council

St Albans City and District Council is providing a special collection after the Easter weekend to help residents recycle large pieces of cardboard.

The Council is doing this because it is a time of year when a lot of cardboard is generated, for example from DIY and home improvement projects.

Residents should put cardboard in their recycling box with paper or flatten larger pieces and stack them alongside for collection on their next recycling day after Easter. Details of waste and recycling collections over Easter are available at: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/environmentandwaste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/bincollectiondays.aspx

If residents miss this cardboard collection running from Tuesday 22 April to Friday 2 May, they can book a free collection for oversized cardboard by calling 01727 819285. Alternatively, they can email[email protected] to make a booking.

The Council is asking residents to remove cardboard from green waste as part of its new recycling scheme to help improve household recycling rates. This is because national standards for compost have tightened recently and the cardboard is contaminating green waste making it unusable as compost. When green waste is contaminated with cardboard it is rejected by our composting plant and sent to landfill.

Liberal Democrats say Primary Schools admissions system is failing our children

Parents across Hertfordshire are reeling as they discover that their child does not have a Primary School place for September, and are bracing themselves for a second round of applications.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Education and Childrens’ Services, Mark Watkin (Nascot Park) said “Hundreds of families across the County have a worrying few weeks ahead while they wait to see in HCC can find any extra capacity in their area.

“Parents want to see their children in a good, local school and not having a school place for a child is very stressful.  I am also very concerned for those parents who have not been able to obtain one of their selected schools or will have to travel miles to have their child educated and shall continue to demand that the county ensures  more school places are provided where they are needed in good time for 2015/16. Read more »

20′s Plenty – at last!

Liberal Democrats in Hertfordshire are celebrating that the rules are about to change that would allow local people to have 20mph zones in residential areas, and around schools.

Liberal Democrat Group Leader and Leader of the Opposition on HCC, Stephen Giles- Medhurst CC welcomes the news, “We have been campaigning for this for some time.  Many local residents groups are concerned about reckless drivers and how they use the roads in areas where many pedestrians need to cross and use roads. Read more »

HCC plans to resurface Victoria Street and Vanda Crescent over the next 6 months

Note from the County Council (extracts)

NOTICE is given that the Hertfordshire County Council intend to make an Order under Section 14[1] of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all traffic from using the following lengths of roads and to prohibit all vehicles from waiting at any time on both sides of these lengths of roads whilst works are in progress:-

3.    that length of Vanda Crescent, St Albans from its junction with Camp Road south westwards to its junction with Flora Grove, a distance of approximately 196 metres.

4.    that length of B691 Victoria Street/B691 Grimston Road, St Albans from its junction with A1081 St Peters Street south eastwards to its junction with Station Way, a distance of approximately 865 metres.

The purpose of the Order is to enable highway maintenance works to take place.

The sections of roads will each be closed and the temporary waiting restrictions will be in place for approximately 7 days during the period 5 May 2014 and 5 November 2014, when signs are in place. Alternative signed routes will be provided for traffic whilst the road closures are in place.



Scrutiny focus on young people

Public transport costs for young people was one of the matters considered at St Albans City and District Council’s Local Services Scrutiny Committee meeting on 3 April.

Various recommendations, which will be sent to Cabinet for consideration, come from work undertaken by a group looking into issues of particular importance to younger people. Read more »

Proposals to ease traffic congestion and parking issues at schools

Recommendations to help address parking and congestion issues near schools in the District have been backed by St Albans City and District Council’s Local Services Scrutiny Committee.

Recommendations were made to the Scrutiny Committee by the Schools and Coaches Task and Finish Group at a meeting on 3 April. The Scrutiny Committee set up the Group after residents and councillors raised congestion and parking issues caused by coaches and traffic to and from some schools.

While looking into these issues, the Task and Finish Group received feedback and evidence from more than 100 residents, residents’ associations, businesses and schools.

Its recommendations include proposals to alleviate congestion caused by the transportation of pupils particularly in the Romeland, High Oaks and Upper Lattimore Road areas of St Albans. There are also proposals for the behaviour of coach drivers to be monitored and for changes to be made to some parking restrictions near schools. Many of the recommendations require the co-operation of various stakeholders, including schools, for them to be implemented. Read more »

Welcome for Fleetville commitment

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner and candidate for the Clarence ward, Gerard McHale, has welcomed the District Council’s commitment to completing the refurbishment of the Fleetville Recreational play area by the end of December 2014.

“Listening to the concerns of local residents over the failure to complete the work in 2013, I asked Cllr White, to raise the issue with the council and I was delighted that having secured funding in March, we were able to get a commitment to commencing and finishing the work by December 2014.”

“I would like to thank local residents for engaging with us on this issue, showing the public support there is out there for this and I will work with Cllrs White and Burton over the next 8 months to ensure it is now delivered”

Chris White added, “I was pleased to get these commitments from the council, and will work with them and local residents to ensure that the local community is appropriately consulted in the development of this project.”

Gas works on St Stephen’s Hill

Note from the county council

The work is due to commence on Monday 7th April for an estimated duration of 2 weeks.  It is essential for 3 Way Temporary Traffic signals to be erected at the Junction of St Stephens Hill/Griffiths Way/ Holywell Hill to complete the works.  I am aware of the impact this will have on the travelling public in St Albans and have requested for the Signals to be manually controlled during the peak periods to minimise disruption.

Due to the nature of the works no guarantee can be given that this will be completed within the proposed timescales.  However, we will continue to seek updates on the progress of these works and keep you informed.


Michael condemns office conversions

St Peters Liberal Democrat councillor Michael Green has condemned the increasing number of planning applications to convert prime office space to residential accommodation.  The conversion of Ridgmont Plaza in Ridgmont Road has already been approved while a decision is pending for conversion of the West Wing of the Ziggurat in Grosvenor Road.  Both buildings are in St Peters ward.

“Inadequate office accommodation will clearly hit local employment opportunities,” said Michael, “and will risk St Albans turning into a dormitory town.  High density housing also impacts nearby residents by increasing pressure on parking and worsening traffic congestion on roads that are unable to handle current traffic volumes at peak hours.”


Play in the parks during the Easter Holidays



Chris White

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St Albans
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