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Hertsmere News Hertsmere Borough Council’s magazine

Spring 2018

Keeping active

Inside this issue

MBE for Morris Improving our Parks Council Tax News Museums Update What’s On

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Council news

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Unsung heroes to be honoured This year’s outstanding community stalwarts are set to receive their moment of recognition later this month. A panel of judges sifted through dozens of nominations for this year’s Civic Awards. The winners will be announced at the Mayor of Hertsmere’s Civic Dinner on Saturday 24 March at Elstree Studios. As well as the Civic Awards, nominations were also invited for the Dave Rankin Award, which recognises individuals or groups involved in improving community safety, and the Youth Civic Award, which marks the contribution made by residents aged 18 or under. Mayor Cllr Goldstein said: “This is a

chance to honour anybody who has made a real contribution to their community. They may have run a local sports club for young people in their spare time, organised a community event which brought people together or they may make a difference by caring for someone elderly or vulnerable.”


A full list of past Civic Award winners and links to short films about them is available here

MBE for Hertsmere’s Leader The year got off to an upbeat start with the announcement that the Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, Councillor Morris Bright was to receive an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Morris was first elected as a borough councillor in 1999 and has been Leader since 2007. Chief Executive Donald Graham commented: “The award of an MBE to Morris recognises his many years of outstanding service to local communities here in Hertsmere. He’s a highly committed and diligent politician who’s dedicated to public service.” Morris commented: “I was moved by all the good wishes that came through from staff and elected members from several tiers of local government and from all political parties. I’m grateful to all who work with me to try to make Hertsmere the best place it can be.”

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In this issue

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Welcome Spring has very nearly sprung, so in this edition we focus on all the ways you can stay active here in Hertsmere. 2018 has been designated Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity and we are very proud to play our part in the borough. We’ve highlighted on pages 8 and 9 a number of health and fitness programmes along with some of the exciting improvements we’re making to our parks. There’s an update on page 4 about council tax for the year from April 2018, where we explain more about how the money collected from our residents is spent. To enable us to continue to protect the services valued by our residents, we’ve applied an average £5 increase for the year to our portion of the total bill. We only keep 10 per cent of the council tax that we collect, so we’ve set out where the rest of your payments go, which we hope you find useful. More than a thousand local residents have taken part in recent consultation events or surveys, looking at the various ways we can achieve the required growth in the borough for both housing and jobs over the next 15 years or so – see page 4. Thank you to everyone who has had their say so far. Your contributions are invaluable in helping us to develop the next stage of our Local Plan and we will continue the conversation with you over the coming months as this work progresses.

Our museums in the borough continue to go from strength to strength, making a significant contribution to our proud cultural heritage and strong sense of community. Our Museums Officer, Ruth Stratton, tells us more about the role she plays in helping to coordinate and support the vital work that many volunteers play in arranging fantastic exhibitions and events in the borough. I was thrilled to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List at the start of the year, see page 2. I’ll look forward to my trip to the palace, along with my wife Kirsty, in March for the ceremony. We’ll also have an opportunity to mark the outstanding contributions made by so many community stalwarts and volunteers when the Mayor hosts the annual Civic Dinner and Awards – always a very proud and upbeat occasion.

4 Council tax 5 Benefits and life changes 6 Flytipping 8 ParksHerts 10 Q&A with Ruth Stratton 11 Museums update 12 Summer safety 13 Funding the future 15 Meet your councillors

Contact us @HertsmereBC 020 8207 2277 hertsmerebc

Visit us Hertsmere Borough Council Civic Offices, Elstree Way Borehamwood, WD6 1WA Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.15pm, Friday 9am to 5pm

Councillor Morris Bright MBE Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council

This magazine is produced by Hertsmere Borough Council three times a year. We welcome stories and photos – email them to corporate.communications@ The deadline for the next issue, which is due out in June 2018, is 23 April. Each edition costs around 29p per copy to design, print and deliver. When you have finished with it, please recycle it in your blue box.

Bushey Area Office The Bushey Centre, High Street Bushey, WD23 1TT Open Tuesdays, 9.30am to 2pm Potters Bar Area Office Wyllyotts Centre, Wyllyotts Place Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2HN Open Thursdays, 9.30am to 2pm

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Council tax news

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Small increase in council tax You will pay around £5 more for our services this year (April 2018 to March 2019), the same increase as last year. This is a rise of less than 10 pence per week per household. A resident in a Band D property will pay, on average, just over £172 to the borough council for the year – just over £3 a week. At a time when money from central government is declining, it was considered that this small increase was essential to enable us to provide both a continuing

and growing range of services. We collect council tax every year on behalf of other local bodies, so we don’t get the whole amount you pay each month, we get approximately 10% of it. The rest is allocated to other organisations.

You’ll pay just over £3 a week for Hertsmere services

Where does your council tax go? 10%

Hertsmere Borough Council

Services provided include: Benefits, car parking, community safety, elections, environmental health, housing needs, leisure and parks, licensing, planning, street cleaning, kerbside waste and recycling collections Tel: 020 8207 2277 Twitter: @HertsmereBC


Hertfordshire County Council

Services provided include: Adoption and fostering, children’s centres, early years childcare, Fire and Rescue, health and social care, household waste recycling centres, libraries, public health, public transport, registration and citizenship, roads and road maintenance, schools, street lights, trading standards, waste disposal, youth provision


Town/parish councils (where in place)

Services provided include: lights, some allotments, cemeteries & parks, public clocks, war memorials


10% 2% 10%

Aldenham Parish Council Tel: 01923 856433 Twitter: @AldenhamPC

Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council Tel: 020 8207 1382 Twitter: @EBTownCouncil

Shenley Parish Council Tel: 01923 855 865 Twitter: @shenleyvillage

South Mimms Parish Council Tel: 07976 708019

Tel: 0300 123 4040 Twitter: @hertscc hertscountycouncil

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Hertfordshire Police & Crime Commissioner

Services provided include: Community safety partnerships, crime reduction, neighbourhood policing, road crash investigations, tackling serious and organised crime, victims’ services Tel: 01707 806100 Twitter: @hertspcc

Contacting local police Tel: 101 (non-emergency) Always dial 999 in an emergency Twitter: @HertsPolice HertsPolice

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When life changes, your benefits change too

• Income changes, such as changes in earnings, employer, pension, tax credits and state benefits.

If you claim housing benefit or council tax support any changes in your personal circumstances could affect what you’re entitled to. Changes can mean your benefits go up as well as down. Our advice is to let us know as soon as something changes so we can adjust your payments. As part of a pilot scheme our officers are sending a text message, email or making a call to claimants, informing them their benefits need to be reviewed and encouraging them to report any changes in circumstances online.


You will not be asked to provide any personal details, so continue to be vigilant and never give out these details to somebody on the phone, via text message or email.


For more information or to notify us about any changes online go to

• Changes in savings, investments and other capital. • Changes to childcare costs. • Child benefit stopping for a dependant. • Rent changes. • Change of address. • If a partner or any other person moves in or out of your household. • If you have any additions to your family. • If you or your partner are away from home for more than four weeks.


Don’t panic, you could be eligible for Underlying Entitlement. This is a calculation of what you would have received if your assessment was based on your actual circumstances when they were overpaid, meaning the amount of overpayment may be reduced. We encourage you to claim Underlying Entitlement within one calendar month of your overpayment and provide all the details and proof of your income and circumstances during the overpaid period. Our officers can then calculate if there is any Underlying Entitlement and, if we can, reduce the overpayment.


The Council Tax Support Scheme helps people who have a low income, or no income, to pay their council tax bills. From April 2018 the period that Council Tax Support can be backdated is changing to one month, in line with housing benefit. This is the first time we’ve introduced a change to the scheme and follows on from public consultation carried out in 2017.


To find out more about the Council Tax Support Scheme visit counciltaxsupport | Hertsmere News | Spring 2018 | 5

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Cracking down with cameras New cameras have been installed to help in the crackdown on flytipping at a Borehamwood hotspot. The three cameras put up by our Environmental Health team, with permission from a local leaseholder, provide 24 hour surveillance of two service roads in Shenley Road. The site has seen frequent bouts of flytipping. Among the items left recently have been freezers, mattresses, a sofa, abandoned vehicles and dozens of bags of waste. Illegal dumping of goods or waste can lead to an on-the-spot £300 fine or, if the suspects are taken to court, an unlimited fine and/or five years’ imprisonment. Signs letting the public know about the cameras have been put up and our staff are also doing daily checks of the area. Right: Part of the alleyway behind Shenley Road shops in December before it was cleared by our officers.

Fresh focus on flytipping Flytipping incidents in Hertsmere have risen for the fifth year running, so we're working to raise awareness and end the blight on the borough.

Our officers have so far investigated and removed more than 870 incidents of flytipping in the borough in 2017/18, up from 800 in the previous year, 2016/17. It brings the total number of incidents dealt with by the local authority since 2010 to nearly 4,000 and the total spent during that period to more than £200,000. The figures have been released to help promote a countywide campaign by the Hertfordshire Flytipping Group. The group will be calling on residents and businesses to help ‘S.C.R.A.P.’ flytipping later this month. Gavin Burns, Principal Environmental Health Officer, said: “If your waste is flytipped, you could face criminal prosecution, even if you didn’t put it there, because you will have failed in your duty of care as set out in the Environment Protection Act 1990.

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“Our advice is always get a receipt for any waste that you ask to be disposed of and check that the person doing the disposing has a waste carrier's licence. If in doubt give our Environmental Health team a call on 020 8207 2277.” The Hertfordshire Flytipping Group is a multi-agency taskforce which includes the boroughs, districts and county council as well as the police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy. To find out more go to


For more information and for anyone unsure about their duties and responsibilities go to our website

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Health and well-being

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FLUSHED WITH SUCCESS Ten years on from the launch of an innovative scheme to provide clean, safe public toilets, it still doesn’t cost a penny to spend one in the borough. Caffè Nero in Shenley Road, Borehamwood was one of the first businesses to sign up within weeks of the scheme’s launch in August 2008. Since then, 15 more Hertsmere businesses have joined the scheme which allows the public to use their toilets for free, without having to make a purchase or use their services. The businesses are paid a small annual fee, between £600 and £1000 by the council, to help cover the

additional cleaning and maintenance costs. A sticker advertising their involvement with the scheme is displayed on shop windows. The scheme is also being re-promoted after a number of people were caught on recently-installed CCTV cameras using a Shenley Road alleyway to relieve themselves. This is a criminal offence and anyone caught doing it could be charged with public disorder.


Find out more at communitytoilets

Changes this spring Spring will bring changes to highways verge management in the borough. Responsibility for highways verges is a Hertfordshire County Council function, however Hertsmere has been maintaining the verges on their behalf. During a participatory budget exercise in late 2016 to determine our future priorities, you decided that we should hand back verge management to the county council, saving Hertsmere over £182,000 a year. We’ve been working with the county council and our contractors to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. We will maintain weed control of Hertsmere’s roads, gullies and public footpaths in urban areas, which takes place twice a year using an environmentally friendly weed killer.


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L to R: Caffè Nero Borehamwood assistant manager Patryca, the council’s Head of Street Scene Steve Burton and Assistant Chief Environmental Health Officer Paul Sawyer.

Bushey Country Club closure Hertsmere Leisure Trust (HLT), which manages our leisure contract, gave notice in January to end its arrangement to operate Bushey Country Club.

Despite investments and changes in management, the club has been operating at a significant financial loss for Hertsmere Leisure, which was no longer sustainable. Donald Graham, Chief Executive of Hertsmere Borough Council, commented: “Bushey Country Club is a significant site in the borough and understandably there has been a lot of public concern following this announcement. We are working to determine our next steps, including plans for the interim maintenance and security at the site.

“I want to reassure everyone that, despite rumours, we have not sold the site and no planning application has been submitted to build houses there.”


Updates and FAQs will be placed on our website – visit busheycountryclub You can also subscribe to receive free ‘News for You’ ealerts – click on the purple button on our website and choose the Bushey Country Club topic. | Hertsmere News | Spring 2018 | 7

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Health & Fitness

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One in five adults in Hertfordshire currently does less than 30 minutes of activity a week.

ParksHerts helps you get active The ParksHerts website, launched last year, is full of information about parks and open spaces across the county with everything from the parks history to where to find the toilets! Visit to find your perfect park!

Parkruns The 5km Parkruns are held at 9am every Saturday. They’re free to enter and take place across Hertfordshire.

Regardless of age or fitness, you’re always welcome to walk, jog or run. Please register at before your first run. For young runners, 2km Junior Parkruns take place at 9am on a Sunday morning. See the website for details.

Hertfordshire Health Walks These walks offer a countywide programme of free, volunteer-led walks, which aim to help people get outdoors and active.

To register either sign up online: healthwalks or turn up a few minutes early for your first walk.

Other ways to get active If getting your hands dirty is more your scene, ParksHerts has opportunities for you. Go along to Oxhey Woods on the first and third Sunday of each month, or Croxley Common Moor on the second Sunday of each month for their volunteer sessions and help maintain these beautiful open spaces.

PARKS UPDATE Scene change at studio way

Meadow Park plans

Studio Way in Borehamwood has been brought back to life thanks to a project which has transformed the site, improved access and restored wildlife habitats. The project has been made possible by a £62,600 National Lottery grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional funding by us and managed by the Countryside Management Service (CMS). Volunteers have worked hard coppicing scrub and thinning woodland, planting hedgerows and new oak trees, and installing welcome signs. To find out more visit

Exciting plans for Meadow Park in Borehamwood centre on sports, fitness and play. Proposals include a ‘Planet Meadow Space Ship’, a group swing, double cableway, rope swing, bridge and spinning items, as well as a trampoline trail, with a ground level trampoline accessible for wheelchair users. The initial phase, to be completed this summer, includes improvements to the play facilities, new footpaths, entrance barriers to prevent unauthorised vehicle access, landscaping and tree planting. The second phase includes installing an outdoor fitness zone, an additional free to use sports court, more interactive equipment and additional landscaping. The final phase will see entrance improvements, a café, parking, public toilets and signage. Work should be completed by summer 2019.

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Bug hotel Local chainsaw carver, Will Lee, has installed eight bespoke insect and bug hotels at Bushey Rose Garden. They have been designed to accommodate a wide range of insects to improve the natural environment and ecology of the garden. Have you spotted them?

Fancy a cuppa in the Rose Garden? Don’t forget to visit Bushey Rose Garden and enjoy refreshments from our lovely drinks cart! A selection of hot drinks including fresh bean coffee, fresh leaf tea and luxury hot chocolate, are available to purchase (by card only) and cold drinking water is available free of charge.

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Health & Fitness

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r e i r r a b a e b e g a Don’t let Older people in Hertsmere are being reminded ‘it’s ne ver too late to be active’ through a new Hertf ordshire County Council ca mpaign. As part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, residents aged 55 or over can: • claim free taster sessions • get help finding the right activity and ongoing support • enter a prize draw for an iPad, Fitbit or voucher • help your local primary school win £1000 And the good news is you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to take part! Just half an hour of activity that gets you moving and raises your heart rate, a few days a week, can

have enormous health benefits. Rose Spencer, a great grandmother from Borehamwood, regularly attends the We Move She Move’s Golden Burlesque session currently in Farriers Way Community Centre. The class is due to change venue from next month, check the We Move She Moves website for details. The 90 year old has mobility issues, but says when she’s dancing she doesn’t notice them as much. Rose said: “I thoroughly enjoy it – the

music, the girls, the fun, and there’s no hard work in it. It’s just a great giggle. “It’s definitely made a difference. Since I started I’ve lost about eight pounds and I feel a lot livelier. “Before I used to go to the shops and watch TV, but now there is enjoyment. I’d say to anyone thinking about exercise have a go.”


Visit nevertoolate, drop into your local library or call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044.

Check out the new website! A new look website for our award-winning activity programme for women and girls has been launched in time for the warmer weather.

The We Moves, She Moves website is a onestop shop for women and girls aged 14 or over who live or work in Hertsmere and are looking for ways to get active. As well as details of all the week’s activity and exercise sessions

across the borough, there is advice and information for new mums and women aged 65 and over. The new search function also enables users to select a day or keyword, including the name of a town, to help them find the best class for them. In addition, in time for spring, there are a number of outdoor activities on offer through We Move, She Moves. These include outdoor yoga in Bushey Rose Garden, Stroller Strength in Shenley Park and Aqua Zumba sessions at the Furzefield Centre, Potters Bar and at The Venue in Borehamwood. The programme has been running since 2014 and is funded by Sport England. Among the other

amazing array of activities, for as little as £5 per session, are Pound, Pilates, Golden Burlesque and Thai Kickboxing.


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Our Museums Officer’s role is all about working to develop a sense of community and heritage in Hertsmere. Ruth Stratton talks to us about her varied job and why local history is so important for developing a sense of identity for local people. How long have you worked at Hertsmere and what did you do before? I have been in post here for five years now. My role began with setting up the new Elstree and Borehamwood Museum at 96 Shenley Road, which threw me in at the deep end! I've worked in the museum sector since 2003 for a variety of organisations in Hertford, Watford and Bishop's Stortford. What does your job involve? Providing curatorial advice and guidance to the volunteer- run museums in the borough, assisting with exhibitions, making sure the museums retain their accredited status, applying for funding and developing projects. What do you enjoy most about being a museums officer? The variety that comes with the role; no day is the same. I love creating projects based around the history and heritage of the area and working with the fantastic teams of volunteers. The volunteers are everything and there wouldn't be the museums without them. I am passionate about heritage and having the opportunity to develop creative ways of interpreting this is a really rewarding role. How can people find out about what is going on in their local museums? Through a whole host of ways – Hertsmere News, the local press, the council’s website, the museums’ individual websites, Facebook pages and Twitter. Occasionally they are featured on Three Counties Radio. Also, by visiting the museums. They all have leaflets outlining what is coming up and the activities they get involved in. One of the biggest areas is working with schools. Each of the museums has dedicated education or learning volunteers and they have built up good relationships with schools. They offer exciting and engaging activities and are able to loan boxes of objects and activities that teachers can work with independently. Why do you think it's important to have museums in our local community? The museums ARE the local community! Many local people make up the volunteer teams themselves. There are so many ways for local people to engage with the museums and find out about their local heritage. All the museums have volunteers who can answer historical research questions. They have wonderful photographic archives and put on a programme of changing temporary exhibitions on a variety of subjects. In many cases, local people 10 | Spring 2018 | Hertsmere News |

contact the museums to ask them about putting on an exhibition about a certain subject or around a particular anniversary; so they actively get involved with the museum as part of their community. Elstree and Borehamwood Museum also runs a very popular monthly reminiscence session for the over 60s, which has grown in numbers since it started in 2014. What is a typical day like for you? I might be working on a funding bid, developing a project idea with volunteers and other community groups, writing a new set of policies and plans for accreditation or something like the new Data Protection Regulations, which are coming in this May. I might be doing a training session for the volunteers on how to catalogue the collections, working with objects for exhibitions or assessing for conservation. I attend a lot of meetings with the various museum volunteers and trustees as well as working with my colleagues at Hertsmere Borough Council on some cross-over projects, such as health and wellbeing.

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Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Ben Uri Comes to Bushey

Right: Victor Hageman Below: Eva Frankfurther

More than 70 artworks by artists including Frank Auerbach, Leon Bakst, David Bomberg, Marc Chagall, Naum Gabo, Mark Gertler, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Jacob Kramer and Camille Pissarro, will be on show as part of a loan exhibition from the Ben Uri Collection. The Ben Uri Art Society emerged from the Jewish community in 1915 in London’s East End. Named in The Book of Exodus, Bezalel Ben Uri was an artist-craftsman responsible, with divine inspiration received through Moses, for designing and building the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. The Ben Uri began to form a collection of work by artists of British and European Jewish descent. Today, the works, lives and contribution of these artists are interpreted within the wider contexts of art history, politics and society. Above: Lucien Pisarro

Potters Bar Museum

RAF centenary Potters Bar Museum’s latest exhibition looks at the Royal Air Force, which celebrates its centenary on 1 April. The exhibition’s early year’s narrative is dominated by Lord Trenchard, who lived near Potters Bar at Dancers Hill House. Lord Trenchard guided the service, establishing a deeper understanding of the potentially revolutionary role of air power in war and setting training academies. Lord Trenchard brought the service through many battles for survival, gaining the affectionate title ‘Father of the Royal Air Force’.

Borehamwood Museum

All change! Take a tour around an old fashioned railway station to explore 150 years of railway at Elstree and Borehamwood Museum. Discover how the coming of the railways changed the town forever. Visitors can explore relics from the days of steam engines and handoperated signals with personal momentoes. The exhibition includes filmed interviews with railway staff sharing their memories, railway artefacts and even a replica steam train driver carriage – pull the lever to make the train toot and smell an old steam train station, all at 96 Shenley Road. | Hertsmere News | Spring 2018 | 11

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Community safety news

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Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership (CSP)

Working in partnership for a safer Hertsmere

y t e f a s l a Season

With the warmer weather around the corner, Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership has some handy advice to help ensure you and your family stay safe.

In your home: • Remember to lock all doors and secure all windows before going out or going to bed. • Don’t advertise on social media when you are away for the day or on holiday. This can give thieves the perfect opportunity. • If you are out for an evening or going away, use timer switches and lamps during the evenings, ask a neighbour to put your rubbish and recycling bins back and park their car on your drive if you are not leaving your car at home. • If there’s a problem with an electrical appliance, unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified technician. You can register your appliance via • Fit a minimum of one smoke alarm per floor and fit alarms to cover all areas where a fire

could start, making sure they are tested regularly. • Make sure white goods are not positioned in escape routes so if they do catch fire they don't block your way out. In your vehicle: • Remember to lock your car and shut windows and sunroofs. • Make sure any bags or valuable items are taken out of the car or completely hidden. • Remove the sat nav and its holder from the car. Do not leave it in the glove box. Also, wipe away any suction marks from the windscreen.

In your garden and garage: • Keep your shed and garage locked. Valuable items like tools and bikes are desirable to thieves. • Put gardening tools and equipment away when you’ve finished with them – a shovel could be a handy tool for a burglar to use to break in. A great way to stay alert of any disturbances in your local area is by signing up to Hertfordshire’s OWL system – The Online Watch Link. For non-emergency crimes you can report them at You will receive a response within 24 hours. You can also call the non-emergency number 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

SAFER STREETS Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership’s project to help make the borough even safer begins again later this month. Safer Streets visits will be taking place from Saturday 24 March to homes across the borough. During the visits, residents will be offered free home security checks; crime prevention advice; fire risk assessments; free smoke detectors and a range of other advice. The visits are conducted by representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Trading Standards, Neighbourhood Watch and more. If you spot the Safer Streets team out and about in your area over the next few months, take a picture and tag us on Twitter at @HertsmereBC 12 | Spring 2018 | Hertsmere News |


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Planning news

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WHAT YOU SAID Over a thousand people engaged with the most recent consultation aimed at helping create a new Local Plan for Hertsmere. We had around 350 responses to our Issues and Options document, which set out five potential development approaches for the borough. In addition, 500 people attended drop-in sessions and 180 took part in our In Conversation events held in October and November. Our short film ‘Hertsmere’s next 15:

Your Local Plan’ has had around 13,000 views on Facebook and a further 260 on YouTube, making it one of our most watched videos. A review of the responses given has shown that there is broad acceptance that 9,000 homes are needed in the borough over the next 15 years. However,


Funding to help build new or to improve existing schools, doctors’ surgeries, play areas and other key community facilities in Hertsmere is up for grabs.

Expressions of interest are being invited for our Community Infrastructure Fund from this month. Organisations, which deliver services that benefit the local community can apply for a minimum of £5,000 worth of funding for capital projects, such as extending schools or health centres, improving disabled access into buildings or enhancing public green spaces. Christine Lyons, Head of Planning and Economic Development, said: “Our residents tell us they want to see better transport links, schools, health facilities and green

spaces, before further development takes place. “We want to work with service providers across the borough to help make that happen.” The scheme uses money paid by developers of all kinds of properties in the borough, known as the Community Infrastructure Levy or CIL.


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concerns were raised about the impact of this on roads, schools, doctor’s surgeries and other infrastructure. To find out more go to newlocalplan

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More power to tackle problem landlords New legislation could mean up to 300 more properties in Hertsmere will need to be licensed. Under the government’s measures, which are likely to come into force next month, landlords will need to apply for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence from our housing team, if: • they own flats or properties of one storey or more • and those properties are occupied by five or more people in more than one household. Previously only landlords with properties of three or more storeys required the licence. Landlords who fail to apply could face prosecution and a fine of thousands of pounds. Andy Chittenden, our Private Sector Housing Officer, said: “This legislation will enable us to inspect and assess more properties in the borough, and help us ensure that private sector tenants are living in safe, decent and secure homes.”


To find out more about the changes and how to apply for an HMO licence see our website or contact our private sector housing officer on 020 8207 2277. | Hertsmere News | Spring 2018 | 13

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Pausing to remember Around 150 people gathered in Radlett for a candlelit parade and ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at the end of January. The Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Charles Goldstein, led the parade from along Watling Street to The Radlett Centre. He was joined by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Mr Robert Voss CBE and a number of Hertsmere borough councillors and officers, local dignitaries and residents. Hertsmere’s Volunteer Police Cadets were once again on hand to lend their support to the event. At the Radlett Centre ceremony, a two-minute silence was held as well as speeches, videos and candle lighting. Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated on 27 January each year as this is the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the Soviet Army liberated the largest Nazi concentration camp, AuschwitzBirkenau.

Food for thought If you work in the food or catering industry and want to brush up on some key skills, then take a look at our selection of regular food hygiene workshops and training courses.

Our Environmental Health team regularly offers short courses and one-day workshops on a host of food safety and public health issues. Among the most recent has been a workshop on sous vide and handling food at low temperatures, as well as a day-long session on what it takes to become a food safety or health and safety consultant. In addition, we run Level 2 Award in Food Safety training from our Civic Offices in Borehamwood or in-house for businesses with a minimum of 10 candidates.


To find out more go to our website

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You can contact your ward councillors at any reasonable time. Hertsmere has a Conservative majority, with 35 Conservative councillors and four Labour councillors. Your councillors are listed in alphabetical order by ward. If you don’t know which ward you live in, please visit or call 020 8207 7558. Aldenham West

Borehamwood Brookmeadow

(Con) = Conservative (Lab) = Labour Charles Goldstein (Con)

John Graham (Con)

Caroline Clapper (Con)

David Lambert (Con)

Susan Brown (Con)

Rabbi Alan Plancey (Con)

Gary Silver (Con)

cllr.charles. goldstein@


cllr.caroline. clapper@

cllr.david. lambert@




01992 652222

07976 360961

07818 427745

07802 412714

07534 984703

020 8207 3759

07784 913837

Borehamwood Cowley Hill

Borehamwood Hillside

Borehamwood Kenilworth

Rebecca Butler (Lab)

Richard Butler (Lab)

Michelle Vince (Lab)

Charles Kelly (Con)

Meenal Sachdev (Con)

Farida Turner (Con)





cllr.meenal. sachdev@


07929 661391

07706 079439

07549 130736

07973 403886

07973 401522

020 8953 4347

Bushey Heath

Jeremy Newmark (Lab) – Group Leader cllr.jeremy.newmark

020 3637 9930

Bushey North

Victor Eni (Con) cllr.victor.eni@

020 8953 8627

Bushey Park

Brenda Batten (Con)

Paul Morris OBE (Con)

Seamus Quilty (Con)

Lawrence Davis (Con)

Kashif Merchant (Con)

Jane West (Con)

Linda Silver (Con)

Anne Swerling (Con)




cllr.lawrence. davis@

cllr.kashif. merchant@




020 8950 1892

020 8950 5010

01923 246485

07860 500177

07958 276011

01923 449950

020 8950 9251

020 8950 8923


Bushey St James

Pervez Choudhury (Con)

Carey Keates (Con)

Pete Rutledge (Con)

cllr.pervez. choudhury@



07719 788185

020 8387 3163

01923 449950

Morris Bright MBE (Con) – Leader of the Council leader@

020 8207 7570

Potters Bar Oakmere

Jean Heywood (Con) cllr.jean.heywood@

07793 868645

Ruth Lyon (Con) cllr.ruth.lyon@

01707 644302

Potters Bar Furzefield

Dr Harvey Cohen (Con)

Cynthia Barker (Con)

Peter Knell (Con)

Martin Worster (Con)




cllr.martin. worster@

07974 910215

07956 222422

07802 631984

01707 662688

Potters Bar Parkfield


Sarah HodgsonJones (Con)

John Donne (Con)

Paul HodgsonJones (Con)

Abhishek Sachdev (Con)

Anthony Spencer (Con)

Peter Wayne (Con)

cllr.sarah. hodgson-jones@


cllr.paul. hodgson-jones@

cllr.abhishek. sachdev@



01707 660852

01707 658063

01707 660852

07712 837 990

07973 349083

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What’s on Come along to an event near you! Elstree & Borehamwood


Wyllyotts Theatre

96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood 01442 454888

Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar 01707 645005 wyllyotts-theatre EBWmuseum

25 March | 2pm

Until 21 July

150 years of rail Celebrating the coming of the railways.

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil. £20, £15 conc

7 April | 12pm and 3.30pm

Milkshake! Live ‘The Magic Storybook’ Starring Milkshake! favourites, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. £16, £14.50, £57 family of four

Bushey Museum The Radlett Centre

Rudolph Road, Bushey 020 8420 4057

1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett 01923 859291

Until 24 June

Exodus: Masterworks by Émigré artists from the Ben Uri Collection Works on the theme of identity and migration by leading artists of Jewish heritage, on loan from the Ben Uri Collection.

Potters Bar Museum Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar 01707 645005

Until September

RAF centenary Celebrating the Royal Air Force’s centenary and taking a close look at Lord Trenchard, who lived near Potters Bar at Dancers Hill House.

11 March | 3.30pm and 7.30pm

A Night at the Oscars 7 April | 7.30pm

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins Powerful, angst-ridden comedy at its finest, this is a must-see show that secured the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Show prize at the Edinburgh Fringe just gone. £15.50 13 April | 8pm

Walk Right Back Walk Right Back tells the story of the most successful duo of all time - The Everly Brothers. Featuring hits such as: 'Bye Bye Love'; 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' and 'Cathy’s Clown'. A unique concert-based musical.

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The show tells the story of four decades of the Golden Age of Hollywood through song, dance and stories! Enjoy the fabulous music of Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Kern, Arlen, Bernstein, Mercer, Mancini, Hamlisch and scores more! £22 21 March | 6pm

So you think you know about dinosaurs? Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs would have walked or swam right where you are now! £16, £14 (under 16), family ticket £56

23 March | 7pm 24 March | 2.30pm and 7pm 25 March | 2.30pm

The Addams Family The Addams Family Young@Part® is the authorised edition of the Broadway musical for youth theatres. Brilliant Theatre Arts brings a fresh new approach to Youth Productions, refusing to compromise, from the sumptuous costumes to the state of the art sets. £15.50

Hertsmere spring 2018  
Hertsmere spring 2018  

Hertsmere Borough Council's magazine, full of information and updates for those living and working in the borough.