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Voting on Thursday

  1. If you have a postal vote and have not yet returned it, you can take it into ANY polling station within the St Albans district up until 10pm on Thursday
  1. If you have an emergency on Thursday eg work or medical, you can contact the council and get an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on Thursday.

01727 819294

http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/voting/

  1. You do NOT need your polling card to vote. If you do not know where your polling station is you can call St Albans District Council on 01727 819294 or call 01727 855523 to reach the local Stronger In team.

Parking update

Message from the District Council

The responses to the residents parking survey have now been reviewed.  It has taken some time to review the responses as large area was considered to ensure that all residents that could potentially be affected by parking issues could provide feedback.  The overall response rate was 73% with 47% wanting some restrictions, 49% did not want restrictions and 4% undecided.  The responses then have been reviewed on a street by street basis and it was clear that some roads were in favour of controls.  These roads are located closest to the rail station and Hatfield Road.  It is therefore been recommended to progress residents parking in the areas highlighted below and in the attached maps.

Arthur Road

Brampton Road

Burnham Road

Clarence Road

Gainsborough Avenue

Glenferrie Road

Harlesden Road

Jennings Road (From No 1 to the junction with Churchill Road)

Park Avenue

Royal Road

Sandfield Road

York Road

Harlesden Road and Burnham Road responses did indicate that more residents were in favour of no controls, however as roads around the area have the potential to be controlled then there is a potential for displacement into these roads.

The next stage will now be for residents to be consulted on the design on the scheme so that feedback can be received and amendments considered.  Should a road strongly reject the proposals they can be removed from the scheme.

Road works postponed yet again

We have just received this note from the County Council’s contractor:

It is with great regret that I have to inform you that the following sites have been postponed;

  • Lower Paxton Road, St Albans
  • Paxton Road, St Albans
  • Edward Close, St Albans

This is unfortunately due to the continued delays with Machine malfunctions. We are trying our utmost best to complete these sites within a timely matter and apologise greatly for the delay. This will be reprogrammed as availability allows and you will be informed accordingly. All relevant residents will be made aware via updated yellow boards located at the end of the programmed road.

Please accept my sincerest apologies for the inconvenience this may cause you and your constituents. If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Lib Dems pledge to modernise council and make it more accessible to the public

The Lib Dems have promised to accelerate the modernisation process at St Albans District Council in order to make it more useful to local residents.

Lib Dem Group Leader Chris White said: ‘The council is still absolutely yoked to the idea of residents having to phone through problems and seems to forget that in this day and age the majority of residents would prefer to engage with routine issues on-line – leaving the phones free for those who do not have access to computers or who need a proper discussion.

‘Currently the council receives 2000 phone calls each working day. This is far too many and the whole organisation needs to be restructured to make it more friendly to residents and more cost efficient: it is crazily expensive if an issue like a missed bin is dealt with by phone or even by email.

‘By contrast, the area where people really do need to have conversations – planning – remains underresourced and underperforming. There is a constant stream of complaints about this department and resources need to be freed up from other areas to make sure it starts to deliver a proper service.’

Conservatives cut local highways budgets

The Conservatives running Herts County Council pushed through a cut of over 11% from the local highways budget of £90,000. This £90,000 was allocated to County Councillors  to get local roads and pavements resurfaced that the County would not otherwise do. It’s now been cut.

The cut was voted through at a County Cabinet meeting on Monday, at which no opposition members are allowed to speak. No mention was made of this cut in this year’s C ounty Council budget that the Conservatives voted through.

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Stephen Giles-Medhurst said: ‘The Lib Dem Team believes that local County Councillors should be given a greater say in what is done locally and the resources to get local roads and footways resurfaced not less.

‘The biggest issue coming up on the doorsteps in the current election is the state of our roads and pavements – the vote on Monday is the Conservatives’ answer to residents’ concerns. No doubt residents will take note.’

‘No’ to police and fire merger

Chris White has followed up on comments made last week on BBC Radio with a firm pledge to oppose any attempts to merge the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service with the Police Service.

Chris said: ‘It is high time we had evidence-based politics in this country – not centrally imposed dogma. The Fire Service is fine where it is – part of the County Council where it prevents and fights fires and undertakes rescues with consummate skill. Anyone who saw the magnificent performance at Buncefield a few years ago knows this.

‘So if it ain’t broke don’t fix it – just because some Conservative special advisor in Whitehall has noticed that fire engines and police cars both have blue lights.’

Chris added: ‘We need integration between services so that they work together. The creation of the Police and Crime Commissioner post has made working with other public services like councils and the NHS more difficult. Let’s not make it any more difficult by removing the Fire Service from the control of local electors.’

County Council ‘don’t give a damn’ about local residents in row over Albert Street

 Chris White has condemned Hertfordshire County Council for not being able ‘to give a damn’ over their repeated failure to restore traffic calming in Albert Street.

Chris said:

‘When the street was resurfaced a year or so ago the County Council contractor failed to restore the humps.

‘I have pursued this ever since and have been given various excuses, not least that the original contractor no longer worked for the County Council.

‘Eventually the Council got round to redoing the humps a week or so ago but a minor top surface dressing will do nothing to restore the humps to their former height and so nothing to reduce the speed of traffic.

‘On top of that residents were told to move their cars even though none of the humps was where cars were normally parked.

‘They show nothing but contempt for local residents and councillors. They haven’t even acknowledged the formal complaint I have made.’

Chris condemns Thameslink plea for commuters to avoid the rush hour

Local councillor Chris White has condemned the plea by Govia to commuters to travel outside the rush hour.

Chris said: ‘People have to work for a living. They can’t just drift in half way through the morning. Well they can – but some would find themselves on the return train home carrying a P45.

‘Govia is clearly too incompetent to run a railway and so should hand the franchise back to the Government.’