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Hertsmere News Hertsmere Borough Council’s magazine

Spring 2019

Have your say! Inside this issue

Elections special Local Plan update Council tax news InspireAll What’s On

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Council news

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Recognising Hertsmere’s unsung heroes This year’s community champions will receive their moment of recognition later this month at our annual Civic Awards ceremony. A panel of judges sifted through nominations from across Hertsmere of people who give up their time to improve the lives or circumstances of others. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday 23 March at Elstree Studios. As well as the Civic Awards, nominations were 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 of Hertsmere, Councillor Brenda Batten, said: “This is a chance to recognise some of the unsung heroes in Hertsmere who make a real contribution to our community. They may have run a local sports club for

young people in their spare time, organised a community event that brought people together or made a difference by caring for someone elderly or vulnerable. “It is a privilege to be involved in the Civic Awards and I am delighted to be able to say thank you on behalf of the borough.”


A full list of past Civic Award winners and links to short films about them is available on our website:

Making it easier We have been working hard behind the scenes to make our website – – more customer-focused and accessible. You should start to notice changes over the coming months that make it easier for you to access our services online. New page templates will make our website more mobile friendly, the amount of text on pages is being reduced, we’re creating more online forms and restructuring the site, thanks to feedback from our website testing panel. If you’d like to see early versions of our webpages and services visit

Keep in touch Want to find out more about our services and what we are doing in your area? Here’s how you can keep up to date with the news that matters to you. • Follow us on Twitter for tweets, photos and links to our press releases @HertsmereBC

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Welcome Your spring edition of Hertsmere News is full of news and updates following a busy few months for council officers and elected members. Preparations are well under way for ‘whole council’ elections, which will take place on 2 May, and you can find out more information on page 8. All 39 borough council seats are up for election on that day, with some changes to ward boundaries and polling stations having been made recently. Make sure you’re registered to vote so that you can have your say on how your local area is run. The deadline to register is 12 April. There’s an update on page 4 about council tax for the year from April 2019, where we explain more about how the money collected is spent. We also give you an overview of how government funding has been significantly reducing in recent years. 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. Last summer we were presented with significant challenges because of a large number of traveller encampments on our land, notably in some of our much-loved parks. Despite prompt interventions by our officers and putting in measures to protect our land it was taking some time to work within legal parameters to move these groups, causing understandable frustrations for many local residents. We are delighted that a three-year borough-wide injunction has been granted by the High Court, giving us much firmer powers to tackle these

illegal encampments. Well done to all the council officers who worked so hard to achieve this important step. There have been exciting developments at our leisure facilities across the borough, with a £5m refurbishment programme taking place. We feature a ‘question time’ with InspireAll’s Regional Manager, Barry Ellis, on page 10 where he tells us more about what’s happening and how you can make the most of these facilities. Finally, thank you to everyone who engaged in the latest phase of developing our new Local Plan for Hertsmere. More than 1,200 of you attended our exhibitions in November to find out more about some of the potential sites for housing and employment that have been put forward by developers and landowners. Many more of you responded in writing or online. Our Planning Strategy team is working through all those comments and we signpost the next steps for you on page 5. We hope you find this edition an interesting and informative read!

Councillor Morris Bright MBE Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council

This magazine is produced by Hertsmere Borough Council three times a year. 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.

Contents 4 Council Tax 5 Local Plan 6 Community Safety 8/9 Election special 10/11 Health & Fitness 12 Wellbeing 15 Meet your Councillors 16 What's on

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 Bushey Area Office Citizens Advice Bureau, 8 Rudolph Road, Bushey, WD23 3DU Open Thursdays, 9.30am to 2pm Potters Bar Area Office Wyllyotts Centre, Wyllyotts Place Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2HN Open Tuesdays, 9.30am to 2pm

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Budget news

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Small increase in council tax You will pay around £5 per year more for our services this year (April 2019 to March 2020), 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 £177 to the borough council for the year. General government funding to local authorities has been in sharp decline in recent years, and now represents just 23 per cent of our funding compared to 54 per cent in 2010/11. As a result, the cost of providing council services is falling increasingly

on the borough’s residents although we are working hard to raise additional income and deliver efficiency savings. 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 per cent of it. The rest is allocated to other organisations as shown below:

Where does your council tax go? 10%

Hertsmere Borough Council

Services provided include: Benefits administration; 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 & fostering, children’s centres, early years childcare, Fire & Rescue, health & 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: Local events & some activities for young people & older people, Christmas 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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Thousands of people have engaged with the latest phase of developing our new Local Plan for Hertsmere, both at exhibitions and online.

We welcomed more than 1,200 people to exhibitions across the borough in November, while more than 2,000 people responded to an online consultation portal or in writing to the engagement on potential sites for housing and employment. These comments will feed into the next stage, the publication of the draft Local Plan in spring 2020 and it will then be submitted to a Planning Inspector for approval.

Once finalised and adopted in 2021, our plan will outline where development should take place in the borough over the next 15 years. Around 3,700 people engaged with posts on Facebook about the potential sites for housing and employment, while 230 people liked, shared, commented or clicked on links on the Local Plan on Twitter. For more information, visit newlocalplan.

Hertsmere groups receive CIF funding More than £800,000 has been allocated to local organisations that have successfully bid for grant funding from our Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). Elstree University and Technical College along with Communities 1st (formerly Community Hertsmere) have received larger amounts of money totalling more than £600,000. A further 14 groups, including schools and sports clubs, have received money to help improve community buildings,

outdoor spaces and sports facilities. The funding bids included Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar, which received £50,000 to refurbish an existing astroturf pitch and Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in Radlett, which has been granted £42,581 for playground refurbishments and enhancements.

The CIF is a pool of funding we have collected from a levy on certain types of new development that can be used for improving local facilities and services.


For more information about the fund, visit

New powers to tackle traveller encampments Our land is protected from illegal traveller encampments thanks to new powers granted by the High Court of Justice. The injunction will last for three years and bans any encampment or disposal of waste on 108 sites within Hertsmere, including public parks, car parks and green spaces, unless planning permission has been obtained from us or granted by a Planning Inspector. Since May 2018, there have been at least 16 unauthorised encampments on our land, many with large groups of between 50-75 people and 30-50 vehicles, mobile homes and caravans, as well as a number of dogs. During the hearing in January, the

court heard that human and animal excrement had been found following the encampments, along with domestic and industrial waste, including building materials, glass and asbestos causing a health hazard and bringing significant costs to local council tax payers. The injunction will enable us to respond more effectively and prevent these encampments in the first place because anyone who deliberately breaches the injunction will face potential arrest, committal to prison and an unlimited fine. | Hertsmere News | Spring 2019 | 5

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Community safety news

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Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership (CSP) brings a range of organisations together to ensure a joined-up and strategic approach to tackling crime and disorder issues in the borough.

Would you know if your child was involved?

_ Ben

That was just one of the hard-hitting questions posed at an information evening to raise awareness of the dangers of young people becoming involved in knife crime, gangs and county lines. More than 100 young people, parents and professionals attended a Hertsmere Community Safety event that aimed to teach parents how to spot the signs their child could be at risk of becoming involved in criminality. They heard from the parents of two men who were stabbed to death and SOS+ Project Facilitators for St Giles Trust, a charity that helps the severely disadvantaged to find jobs, homes and the right support. Together they explained how drug dealers identify young people, the grooming process, the signs a young person may be involved with a gang and how they are used within county lines, a term to describe organised criminal networks

Home visits to keep you safe and well

exporting drugs across the country using dedicated mobile phone lines. Remember, if you have any concerns around drug and knife crime in Hertsmere, you should contact the police using their non-emergency number 101. If a crime is in progress, always call 999.

_ #knifefree since 31.08.15 _ Carrying a knife nearly cost Ben his life. That’ s why he joined millions of young people living kn ife free.


For more information about knife crime, gangs and drugs, visit:

_ For suppor t and information visit knifefree.c This is a true story , but to protect

those involved, names have been changed and this image features an actor.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue can visit your home to do a Safe and Well visit. The visit will last no longer than an hour and you’ll be given advice to keep you and your property safe. They will check existing smoke alarms are correctly sited and working, and will replace or fit new ones FREE of charge. They will also cover topics such as: • Fire risks • Fire hazards • Fire Safety Awareness Planning • Cooking safety • Escape plans • Electrical safety • Candle safety

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The visit is completely free of charge. To book call Borehamwood Fire Station on 020 8258 1100 or email: or Potters Bar Fire Station on 01707 346100 or email:

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Don’t let your spring clean lead to a fine Spring is the time to start afresh and have a good clear out – but remember, if it’s your waste, it’s your responsibility.

Around 150 people attended a poignant candlelit parade and ceremony which took place in Bushey to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) at the end of January. Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Brenda Batten, led the event which began with the parade from the former Bushey Country Club site and along the High Street to The Bushey Arena. Participants heard speeches and watched videos, while there were also musical performances held to remember the millions of people who suffered during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia,

Bosnia and Darfur. Joining the Mayor were Oliver Dowden MP and a number of borough councillors and council officers, local dignitaries and residents. Hertsmere Volunteer Police Cadets were once again on hand to support the parade along with the Explorer Scouts.


For more information on HMD, visit

Giving animals star treatment New animal welfare legislation now has a star rating. A business licensed by us means there were no animal welfare concerns at the time of inspection. All animal related businesses must display their licence and include it within any advertising. Always ask to see a valid licence. If the business cannot show you their licence, our advice is to go elsewhere.


To find out more about the star rating standard visit our website or contact our Environmental Health on 020 8207 2277.

You could face an unlimited fine and a criminal prosecution if your waste is dumped illegally. But, there are simple steps you can take to avoid flytipping: • Ask to see a licence: all waste carriers must be licensed by the Environment Agency. • Ask for a receipt: this should give a description of the waste and the waste carrier’s contact details. • Avoid paying cash: carriers who are not legitimate businesses will often ask to be paid in cash. • Be wary of an offer that sounds ‘too good to be true’ because it probably is. If something doesn’t feel right, make a note of the vehicle registration number and report it to our Environmental Health team. Hertsmere is part of the ‘Let’s SCRAP fly-tipping’ countywide campaign co-ordinated by the Hertfordshire Fly-tipping Group. If you see fly-tipping in progress call 999 and report the incident to your local council at The Hertfordshire Fly-tipping Group is a multi-agency taskforce that includes Hertfordshire’s local authorities, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy. For more information go to couldthisbeyours or call our Environmental Health team on 020 8207 2277. | Hertsmere News | Spring 2019 | 7

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Election special

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MAY 2019 ELECTIONS Do you have five minutes? With all 39 borough council seats up for election on 2 May, it’s even more important to register to vote. It only takes five minutes – you could do it while running a bath or waiting for a bus! With the elections now just weeks away, we are encouraging residents to go online at and register, particularly those who have recently moved, changed their name or turn 18 before election day. When you register to vote, you will be asked to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number in addition to the usual details of your name, address, previous address and nationality. The registration deadline for the elections is April 12. The deadline

Got 5? Register online to vote 2019 local electi ons Registration dead line 12 April ovote

R06 Aldenham East R05 Aldenham West

for postal vote applications is 5pm on 15 April and for a proxy vote application, it’s 5pm on 24 April.


Alternatively call our Customer Services team on 020 8207 7481 to find out if you’re registered to vote or would like a registration pack posted to you.


CHECKLIST Please check on your poll card where you will be voting, as there have been several changes due to the ward boundary consultation and polling district review. More information about the review can be found on our website. During election day you can vote between 7am and 10pm. You can only vote at the polling station you are allocated, so please check!

Visit to find your polling station simply by entering your postcode or call our Customer Services team on 020 8207 7481.

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B01 Bushey North


B02 Bushey St James B03 Bushey Park

BW0 Elstr B04 Bushey Heath

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NEW WARD BOUNDARIES PB13 Potters Bar Furzefield

PB14 Potters Bar Parkfield PB16 Potters Bar Oakmere

S12 Shenley PB15 Bentley Heath & The Royds st BW09 Borehamwood Cowley Hill BW08 Borehamwood Brookmeadow

BW07 Elstree

Consultation with local people and organisations has resulted in changes to some of the ward boundaries in Hertsmere.

BW11 Borehamwood Kenilworth

BW10 Borehamwood Hillside

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) carried out the review to create stronger boundaries, better reflect community ties and ensure that representation is divided equally amongst elected members. As a result, Potters Bar will now be split into four wards and each ward will be represented by two councillors. These wards are Potters Bar Furzefield, Potters Bar Oakmere, Potters Bar Parkfield and a new ward called Bentley Heath & the Royds. There have been ward amendments in Borehamwood affecting both Hillside and Kenilworth wards. The new electoral arrangements come into force at our elections in 2019.


More information about the boundary changes can be found on the LGBCE website


STATIONS We conducted a review of our polling districts and polling places to ensure all voters have access to reasonable facilities before the election in May. We currently use around 50 different locations across the borough, including village and church halls, schools and community centres. As a result of the review, new polling stations have been created, they are: • Organ Hall Community Centre in Borehamwood • 96 Shenley Road in Borehamwood • St James’s Church House Hall in Bushey Electors who previously voted at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Shenley will now vote at Shenley Chapel, and those who voted at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Borehamwood may be voting at either Summerswood Primary School or Farriers Way Community Centre. | Hertsmere News | Spring 2019 | 9

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Health & Fitness



Barry Ellis has an exciting and varied job as Regional Manager for InspireAll, which manages leisure facilities in Hertsmere. Barry tells us more about what his role involves:

How long have you worked for InspireAll and what did you do before? I’ve worked for InspireAll, previously known as Hertsmere Leisure, and before that Hertsmere Borough Council since I was 16, starting as a lifeguard at the old pool in Borehamwood. After graduating, I was offered a Duty Manager post at the Hertswood Centre, which has since closed, where I loved running the children’s activities and play schemes. From there I have managed many of the great facilities we have, both in Hertsmere and in neighbouring authorities. What’s the connection between InspireAll and Hertsmere Borough Council? Most councils in the UK enter into management arrangements for running their leisure centres, ensuring best value for the local residents. I feel that InspireAll, as a relatively small local operator, offers a great service to both the council and the local residents. InspireAll manages, runs and maintains the facilities, paying a net contribution to the council, relieving the financial burden on council tax payers. What does your job involve? I have a team of very hard working and dedicated managers who run each facility. I see my job as supporting them and making sure we stay focused on offering the best services we can to the local community. What is a typical day like for you? I usually try to get to every facility at least once a week to meet with the manager and support them where I can. There are quite a few meetings with staff, partners and customers on projects we are running and ideas we want to get off the ground. Sometimes there are building or technical problems that I have to help with. Recently with the refurbishment programme there has been lots of focus on getting the works completed and open to the public. Tell us a bit more about the refurbishment programme? It’s very rewarding seeing the investments being made to bring the centres up-to-date. All the facilities need care and investment and this creates pressure not just on the activity areas, but also on receptions and changing areas. This investment is the first opportunity for many years where we can refurbish some of these areas. Inevitably there has been focus on the great new activities we are offering, like the gyms, spas, soft play and climbing, but I also hope customers get a better experience overall.

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What new activities or special offers can residents try as a result of the refurbishment? There is something for everyone to try irrespective of age or levels of fitness. The new gyms offer modern equipment and lots more functional training opportunities and the immersive cycling studios are fantastic to try. The climbing and soft play area at Furzefield has been very well received. When the new spas open at Bushey Grove and Furzefield this will add a whole new experience for relaxing and getting the best treatments available. What difference can leisure facilities make to people’s lives? One of the nicest parts of my job is speaking to customers who recognise that they are making a positive difference to their lives. Some of the projects we run introduce elderly or unwell users to the facilities for the first time and we have seen the difference this can make. There are also great leisure activities like the 50+ coach trips and Wyllyotts Theatre, with all the shows and cinema that it offers. In recent years, we have added more to our parks and events programme and many residents will have seen the music festivals and big screen films we have organised in the summer months.

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New leisure facilities to be completed by the summer These are exciting times for leisure facilities in the borough with a £5m programme of improvements taking place at all three sites to provide state-of-the-art venues for people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy. The new look Bushey Grove Leisure Centre has recently unveiled a new reception area and café, while new luxury spa facilities are set to replace old health suites at Bushey and Furzefield Leisure Centre in Potters Bar. In December, Furzefield opened new purpose-built soft play and climbing equipment, with an integrated café and seating area, while both centres will soon have new group immersive cycling studios to allow customers to take part in Stages Flight, a cycling class where individuals can experience a cycling journey within a group environment.

Developments at the Venue in Borehamwood will include improving the gym to become a class-leading facility, improved changing rooms, an indoor immersive cycling studio and improvements to the fitness class studios. Works are expected to start as the developments in Bushey and Furzefield are completed. InspireAll will also be installing the latest gym equipment at all three centres and improving the changing rooms. The whole improvement project is due to be completed by the summer. | Hertsmere News | Spring 2019 | 11

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College boosts wellbeing with education Hertsmere residents looking to improve their wellbeing can now take advantage of free short educational courses offered by New Leaf Wellbeing College. Open to anyone aged 18 and over, the college aims to help students get a better understanding of the challenges that can affect their wellbeing and teaches practical skills to manage these challenges in everyday life. The college’s courses run at numerous venues across Hertfordshire, including the community hub at 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood.


For more information on forthcoming courses and to enrol, visit, call the student helpline on 01442 864966 or email Courses are jointly funded by Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire’s NHS clinical commissioning groups.

NEW LEARNING HUB WILL OFFER COURSES Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) is opening a new Borehamwood learning hub at Maxwell Park Community Centre, offering a range of courses for the community.

SPRING INTO PARKSHERTS The flowers begin to bloom, the days get longer and birdsong carries on the breeze. Isn't springtime great?

From sewing to writing, to life hacks for healthy living, there’s something to support a love of lifetime learning. HAFLS aims to give all Hertfordshire residents, whatever their age or background, the chance to learn and

develop further skills in a safe and supportive environment. They offer a wide range of courses for adults aged 19 or over, including English and maths, skills for work and health and wellbeing.


For more information, call 01992 556194 or visit

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The county’s parks are a wonderful place to see spring in action, and there’s something for everyone – whether it is remote surroundings, cycle paths, playgrounds or heritage. ParksHerts can help you find your perfect park – just answer a few simple questions on the homepage and off you go! Visit

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Health & Fitness

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The next Shape Up programme is due to get under way in April. The 12-week course focuses on tackling obesity and is aimed at men aged 18 to 65 with a Body Mass Index of 30 or over. The next programme will be taking place in Potters Bar and will be followed by further courses in Bushey in September and Borehamwood in January 2020. Our Principal Revenues Officer Andrew Forbes lost four stone while participating in the programme. He said: “I was initially referred to the programme by my doctor and eventually signed up last January having decided that I needed to do something different as I was losing motivation trying to lose weight and get fit on my own. “The coaches were really friendly and I was with 25 to 30 men who were there for the same reasons as me. The short educational session would involve a weigh-in and talks on various topics such as nutrition and lifestyle factors. This gave me the tools required to start losing

weight and make changes. This would be followed by an exercise session such as circuit training or football. You worked at your own pace, getting plenty of encouragement. “It’s made a massive difference to me both mentally and physically, I feel more confident and outgoing since losing the weight, I have more energy and have been able to take up five-a-side football again. “I would highly recommend the course to anyone wanting to make a change to their lifestyle and fitness. It provided me with the springboard I needed to make a positive change to my lifestyle for the good of me and my family.”



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MAKING SCHOOL MILES BETTER We’re supporting the Herts Sports Partnership to help every school have access to the ‘daily mile’. It’s free, inclusive, does not need setting up or packing away and no training is required. All children run or walk for 15 minutes every day in their uniform, so no changing is needed. It’s social and fun, improves fitness and the children return to class ready to learn.


To find out more about the benefits and how to go about getting started, please email Alex Varran or visit | Hertsmere News | Spring 2019 | 13

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Join the #TapChat How long do you spend in the shower? Join the #TapChat about daily water habits to save water, time and money. Despite its reputation the South East receives a lot less rain than you might think – average rainfall is around the same as Melbourne, Australia. Saving water is easy, so why not start with shortening your shower by a minute or two? Cutting your time by two minutes could save you between two to three buckets of water and saves money on your energy bills. Shorter showers are also better for your hair and skin, which can dry out from long, warm showers. Get started by ordering a free four-minute shower timer, a water saving shower head or book a free Home Visit from Affinity Water at For more simple tips for saving water, time and money follow #TapChat on social media or visit


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The Easter season will soon be upon us and a series of Easter Egg Hunts have been planned to be held across the borough. Bushey Rose Garden will host the first event on 16 April, while the following day (17 April), there will be another event in Borehamwood’s Meadow Park. The final hunt will take place in Oakmere Park, Potters Bar on 18 April. All events are from 12pm to 4pm. 14 | Spring 2019 | Hertsmere News |

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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)

Victor Eni (Con)





cllr.meenal. sachdev@



07929 661391

07706 079439

07549 130736

07973 403886

07973 401522

020 8953 4347

020 8953 8627

Bushey Heath

Bushey North

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

020 3637 9930

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)

Sarah HodgsonJones (Con)


cllr.sarah. hodgson-jones@

07793 868645

01707 660852

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


John Donne (Con)

Paul HodgsonJones (Con)

Abhishek Sachdev (Con)

Anthony Spencer (Con)

Peter Wayne (Con)


cllr.paul. hodgson-jones@

cllr.abhishek. sachdev@



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




96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood 01442 454888 EBWmuseum Until April 2019

Save our Studios The story of how a dedicated team saved Elstree Studios from closure. See personal photographs taken by ex-studio staff, watch archive news footage, look at maps and discover what might have been if the studios had not survived. You can also see gory props from the Hammer movies and find out how big Tom Cruise’s shoes are!

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

Until May

Votes for Women An in-depth look at the history of the suffragettes, starting with the French Revolution, influential figures including John Stuart Mill, the Pankhursts and Emily Wilding Davison.

The Radlett Centre 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett 01923 859291

Bushey Museum Rudolph Road, Bushey 020 8420 4057

Wednesday 1 May | 7.30pm

Stars of Les Misérables The Barricade Boys showcase the UK’s finest male voices from the world’s longest running musical Les Misérables. Tickets: £23

Until April 2019

Drawn from Life This exhibition shows the work of the Herkomer School of Art life class students together with studies by other local artists.



Friday 10 May | 8pm

Wyllyotts Theatre

Rock for Heroes Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artists across the eras, fundraising in support of Help for Heroes. The act pays tribute to the legends in music including Dire Straits, Queen and Status Quo. Tickets: £22

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

Friday 5 April | 8pm

Lee Nelson Serious Joker Following his 150 date, smash-hit tour, Lee Nelson comes to Potters Bar for one night only! Tickets: £21 Sunday 14 April 12pm & 3.30pm

Milkshake! LIVE – Milkshake Monkey’s Musical! Stage show featuring all of your favourite characters! Tickets: £17, £15.50 child (Family of 4 £61)

Until 16 June 2019

A Quiet Revolution – Bushey Women Artists The Herkomer School of Art in Bushey was innovative in its acceptance of women students working alongside their fellow male students. This new exhibition highlights Bushey’s role in forwarding the careers of these female artists. 16 | Spring 2019 | Hertsmere News |


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Hertsmere News spring 2019  

Here's our spring 2019 edition with lots of news and updates from us here at Hertsmere Borough Council. We hope you find it an enjoyable and...

Hertsmere News spring 2019  

Here's our spring 2019 edition with lots of news and updates from us here at Hertsmere Borough Council. We hope you find it an enjoyable and...

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