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Hertsmere News Hertsmere Borough Council’s magazine

Winter 2016

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Creative Kids Keeping Active Recycling Safety at Christmas New Local Plan

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Hertsmere kids get creative Christmas came early for five young budding artists who picked up prizes in this year’s Christmas card competition. by ALICIA by LEILA

by EVIE The judges – Mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr Pete Rutledge along with family friends Katie, Talia and Joe – were spoilt for choice with a range of vibrant and innovative designs from pupils across the borough. The winners were: • Alicia Downey, aged 11, from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree; • Eva Harris, aged nine, from Ladbrooke JMI Primary School in Potters Bar.

by EVA The runners up were: • Leila Delandro, aged 10, from Bushey; • Hana Mehmood, aged seven from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls; • Evie Duddles, aged five, from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. Alicia’s Santa sleigh image will be used as our electronic greetings card and Eva’s clever cut-out card image will be used by the Mayor. Cllr Rutledge said: “We looked at all

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the cards entered and were so impressed by the time and effort that clearly went into all the designs. So many stood out, but sadly we could only pick a few winning cards. “Congratulations to the winners and we’d like to say a really big thank you to all the children and schools that took part."

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Welcome Another 12 months have gone by in a flash whilst remaining a pleasant, safe and wellrun place to live and work in. and the end of the year is nearly upon us, Take a look at the newsletter that we’ve providing the usual opportunity to take a also included, which explains more about brief look back as well as planning ahead both the opportunities and challenges we for the future. face and how you can contribute your This issue focuses on news and updates ideas. from across our services from the past few Reductions in central government months. funding over the next few years mean that You’ll see on page five that we’re still we need to constantly explore new ways to working hard to clamp down on flytipping increase income from the assets that we and to raise awareness of the potential own as a council. Our jewel in the crown, pitfalls and dangers of using unlicensed Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, has had waste carriers when you’re having work another fantastic year of television and done to your property. Everyone can take film production. It’s an absolutely crucial some simple steps to help us crack down asset for us, enabling us to keep council tax on flytipping, which can be both for residents as low as possible, and also dangerous and a complete eyesore. delivering a huge boost to the local We also have an extensive round-up of economy. We explain more on page nine. health and wellbeing activities across the Finally, I’d like to extend season’s borough, along with plenty of news about greetings to you all and wish you a healthy further improvements to our awardand happy 2017. winning parks. Hertsmere remains a safe borough and we maintain a very positive working relationship with the local police and other organisations to keep it that way. On pages 12 and 13 we provide more information about that partnership work. You’ll see on page 11 that we’re starting to develop a new Local Plan for the Councillor Morris Bright borough. Key to that work will be listening Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council to your thoughts on how Hertsmere can continue to prosper and grow in the future,

Contents 4 Zeppelin tribute 6 Older People’s Day 7 Active Herts 8 Christmas recycling 9 Newberries update 11 New Local Plan 12 Safety at Christmas 14 Financial summary 16 What’s on

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Visit us Collection calendar inside You should receive a waste and recycling collection calendar for January to June 2017 with this magazine. If yours is missing please contact us or you can download one from


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Follow us on Twitter @HertsmereBC Below: Mayor and Mayoress of Hertsmere, Cllrs Pete Rutledge and Jane West with Colonel Hermann Hanke of the German Air Attache and volunteers from the Great War Society.

App-iness is being outdoors

With over 100 flagship parks in the county, there is so much more to see in Hertfordshire. We’re working with nine councils from across the county to create an innovative new web application – ParksHerts – that will help you make the most out of the outdoors. So, whether you have a young family, enjoy walking, want to know the local history, love a bit of nature or just want somewhere new to walk the dog, this will be the app for you. The web application will be compatible with all mobile devices and aims to help you find the perfect park. It can tailor searches based on who’s going and what they want to do. Once you’ve decided on a park it will tell you about the facilities and once you arrive, you can track your walk, learn about your surroundings and even find out where the nearest café is! Look out for the app this spring.

Tributes at Zeppelin crash centenary Hundreds gathered in Potters Bar earlier this year at the spot where a German Zeppelin came to earth exactly 100 years ago. In a touching tribute, the Mayor of Hertsmere Councillor Pete Rutledge and Colonel Hermann Hanke of the German Air Attaché shook hands over a wreath laid in honour to the lost airmen, as the haunting sounds of a bugle played the Last Post. They were watched by a large crowd who gathered, despite heavy rain, to pay their respects in Oakmere Park where the doomed ship crashed. More than 750 people flocked throughout the day to an outdoor film screening and exhibition about the Luftschiffe 31 (L31) Zeppelin. On display were fragments of the airship removed from the crash-site and photos, as well as a replica Sopwith Pup, a one-seater plane used during WWI, and a bell shelter, donated by a local resident and used as a lookout post during the World Wars. All 19 men on board were killed after the

L31 was shot down by 2nd Lt Wulstan Joseph Tempest on 1 October 1916. Among the casualties was Heinrich Mathy, who was Germany’s most successful air raid commander. At the time, the downing of the airship captured the public imagination and was the subject of a large number of posters, articles and souvenir postcards. Second Lt Tempest received a Distinguished Service Order medal for his actions. Funding for the event, which we organised, and for the restoration of the bell shelter was received from the Heritage Lottery. The bell shelter will form part of a permanent memorial display due to be installed in the park next year.


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It's all about child’s play A new £60,000 play area offering ‘train-loads’ of fun for toddlers, and some stimulating activities for older children has opened in Elstree. A stationary toddler express, complete with carriages, train tracks and level crossing markings, is among the key attractions at the revamped Parkfields Play Area. Other exciting features on the site are swings, comet roundabout, cockerel springie, a ground trampoline and an agility trail with stepping logs, balance 4 | Winter 2016 | Hertsmere News |

beams and low-level mound. There is also a separate junior zone for children aged eight to 13, which includes a multi-play unit and wide slide. The project has been funded using money for local amenities paid by developers who have built new homes in the area.

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Could this be yours? Residents are being warned they could face thousands of pounds worth of fines if their household waste is dumped illegally, as part of a major campaign to clamp down on flytipping. We’ve launched a high impact campaign asking residents ‘Could this be yours?’ in a bid to alert people to the dangers of employing unlicensed waste carriers. Homeowners are at risk of breaching their duty of care as set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 if they pass their waste to someone who has not been issued with an Environment Agency licence and that waste is found dumped on the side of a road or other public space. Billboards featuring a pile of old furniture and fittings in a country lane with

Above: The Could this be yours? billboard which features on our waste vehicles and highlights the dangers of using unlicensed waste carriers

the tagline ‘Could this be yours?’ are on display on the sides of our waste vehicles. In addition, leaflets explaining how to ensure your waste is processed properly will soon be available. The campaign was launched in response to a significant increase in flytipping cases across the borough and a greater cost to taxpayers. Since 2010, the number of incidents of flytipping has almost doubled in Hertsmere, from 368 in 2010-11 to 658 in 2015-16.

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As a result, more than £125,000 has been spent over the last five years on investigating and removing illegally dumped waste. That’s the equivalent of employing four and a half PCSOs for one year or funding street cleaning for five weeks.


For more information go to our website couldthisbeyours or call our Environmental Health team on 020 8207 2277.

Hertsmere’s ‘worst’ cases listed Ten of the most ‘outrageous’ cases of flytipping in Hertsmere were revealed as part of our ‘Could this be yours?’ campaign. Sofas, fridges, bed mattresses, pots of paint, door frames, antique furniture and even laundry bags of cannabis are among the items found by our staff dumped on the sides of the borough’s roads and other public areas. See a full list of the top 10 on our website couldthisbeyours | Hertsmere News | Winter 2016 | 5

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What happened to Chelsea? That was the question put to more than 400 young people as they watched a powerful play that highlighted the serious and emotional issue of grooming and online safety.

Chelsea’s Choice told the story of three students who discover the diary of a 15-year-old girl who has fallen out with her friends and family. Chelsea has met a guy called Gary who's kind, understanding, has a nice car, his own flat and listens to her. Unfortunately Gary is not what he seems. Chelsea's story is played out and examined by the three students who, along with their teacher, attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented. Hertsmere’s Community Safety Partnership funded the performances, run by AlterEgo Creative Solutions Ltd, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and online safety, the tactics used, the law and how to get help.


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Time to make that change With the new year just around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about those small lifestyle changes that can make such a big difference to our mental wellbeing. Whether you’re resolving to eat better, be more active, improve your sleep patterns, take up a new hobby or interest or stop smoking, Herts Mind Network has a Wellbeing Practitioner available, funded by us, to support you through the changes. Alternatively, you may just want to talk about your health or have your blood pressure checked.


If you’re interested in a free consultation and on-going support, please call Hertfordshire Mind Network on 0203 727 3600 (select the Borehamwood option).

Young at heart With thanks to council grants of up to £300 for community groups and voluntary organisations, hundreds of people over 65 were able to take part in events across the borough ranging from coach trips to Windsor through to tea dances. Eight different events took place as part of Older People's Day. The day on 1 October champions the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and the economy by providing free activities for older people.

Goods for Good A Borehamwood-based charity, which has already exported vital humanitarian aid, worth £7million, to refugees in war-torn countries, is seeking new UK corporate partners and community support. Goods for Good (Global) is a registered charity that donates private sector overstock and community donations of goods to worldwide charities. The charity was set up in July 2014 in response to an unprecedented refugee crisis in countries such as Ukraine and Syria, which saw millions of people forced to flee their homes at short notice. Goods for Good has more than 50 UK companies donating already, all of which

want to do good with their products by sending their overstocks to the needy overseas. The charity is urgently looking for funding and corporate collaborations to continue its operation.


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Playing our part in supporting refugees We are working in partnership with the East of England Local Government Association, the Refugee Council and a local housing association to resettle two Syrian refugee families as part of the central government’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. Commitment to the scheme funded by the Home Office, was finalised at our Executive meeting in October.

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Top marks for new health roadshow We know that getting active can be difficult but Get Active Specialists can help.

A highly qualified, experienced health and fitness team will work with you to develop a personal plan that will make it simpler for you to live a more active lifestyle. Specialists will help to find fun and friendly activities to suit you, based on your fitness level and interests. If you answer ‘yes’ to the following questions, then this is for you.

• Do you currently do less than 30 mins of physical activity or sport per week? • Are you over the age of 16? • Do you live in Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Stevenage or Watford?


To get started, contact your local Get Active Specialist Lee Bruce on 07741 248 852 or email Lee.Bruce@ to book your first appointment. Instructability at The Venue in Borehamwood is a fantastic gym session for people with disabilities. Run by Kelly-Jo, a qualified gym instructor who also has fibromyalgia, she loves passing on her knowledge and expertise to others. Meet Kelly-Jo on Mondays and Fridays, 10am to 4pm or call The Venue on 020 8386 9886 for more information.

Get moving in 2017 If the thought of festive excess is already making you feel lethargic, then take a look at the amazing array of activities available through our We Move, She Moves programme. Whether you’re looking to trim down after the Christmas turkey or simply want to try something different in 2017, there are a number of new sessions due to start next month. Whether it’s learning to run in Borehamwood, hula hooping in Bushey or Thai kick boxing in Potters Bar, there’s a very reasonably priced class for you! We Move, She Moves is a Sport England-funded programme aimed at women and girls aged over 16. Other activities on offer are boxercise, roller skating, trampolining, tennis, Golden B Burlesque, Bring your Baby Yoga, clubbercise, bootcamp, boogie bounce extreme and many more.


Almost 300 students from Borehamwood’s Yavneh College took part in the first of a series of health and wellbeing roadshows to help them deal with exam stress

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The Arc theatre company delivered an interactive play about resilience, which was followed by a marketplace of local agencies and services on hand to help and support the students. These included Hertsmere Leisure, which was offering free swimming sessions for the rest of term; Tobacco Control; School Health; Kooth; Youth Connexions and A-DASH. The roadshow, aimed at year 10 and 11, was funded by the Health and Wellbeing Board's public health fund.

Slam dunk for sports club A Bushey sports club which has helped dozens of girls to reach high by shooting hoops has been recognised by Sports England. Herts Warriors Girls Basketball Satellite Club, based at the Queens' School in Bushey, was named best in the Eastern region by the national sports organisation at an awards ceremony earlier this year. The club, which we set up just under a year ago in conjunction with the Queens’ School, Herts Warriors Community Sports Club and Herts Sport Partnership, regularly sees more than 50 girls aged 11 to 18 attend sessions. Herts Warriors Girls Basketball is one of more than 9,300 satellite clubs across England. Satellite clubs are based at secondary schools or colleges and offer sports to young people who may not be regularly active or lack confidence. | Hertsmere News | Winter 2016 | 7

Recycling news

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Christmas recycling and waste

Revised collections

During the festive season around 30 per cent more rubbish is produced so please remember to reduce, reuse and recycle this Christmas!

For details of your revised waste and recycling collections this Christmas and New Year please refer to your enclosed collection calendar. You will also get a bin hook-on in the run up to Christmas.

For more information on how to stay eco-friendly this Christmas please visit or call 020 8207 7480 or like us at

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Brown bin/ Green bin Blue box black box

Black bin Other/Comments In addition to your recycling bins and boxes, there are other ways to recycle your waste.

Advent calendar – plastic insert and cardboard outer (separated) Batteries

Local tip/ recycling banks

Baubles Bubble wrap Cardboard boxes Cartons Christmas cards

Local recycling points

Christmas tree (real)

Local tip

Christmas tree (fake) Crackers Electrical items

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Fairy lights

Local tip/ recycling banks

Flowers Foil and foil containers

Clean foil only please!

Food Glassware (e.g. drinking glasses, bowls) Holly, mistletoe Napkins Plastic pots

Clean plastic only please!

Polystyrene Ribbon Sweet/biscuit tins Tinsel Toys Wrapping paper

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‘Crowning Glory’ for studios It’s been another bumper year for Elstree Studios on Borehamwood’s Shenley Road, with television drama The Crown being the latest big-budget production to call it home. Elstree Studios, bought by us in 1996, contributes the equivalent of more than 20 per cent of the council tax for every home in the borough, vital to providing local services and playing a key role in keeping council tax as low as possible. The studios also provides an important boost to the local economy, offering jobs and bringing in an estimated £17,000 to businesses in the local area per day when television productions are in full swing, and around £30,000 per day when film production is at its peak. Now firmly established as the base for popular television shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Big Brother, Elstree has

also been the studios of choice for The Danish Girl, Paddington and Suffragette in recent years. They’ve also proved popular for commercials having provided stage space for Morrisons, Gucci and Stella Artois. The George Lucas stages are two of the tallest in Europe with a height of 50ft, offering excellent grid loading and power.


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What’s next for Newberries?

Making a scene Here in Hertsmere, we have excellent connections with the film and television production industry and it plays a huge part in the local community, contributing to our economy overall. How can you contribute? Your property could be just what filmmakers are looking for, be it a cottage or a castle, a suburban semi or stately home. If your property is based in England and outside of London, find out more and register on Creative England’s free database. Visit film-and-tv/filming-locations

More than 400 people visited two public exhibition events in October to learn more about proposals to develop Radlett's Newberries car park. The scheme aims to improve existing car park provision on the site which we own and develop a premium food retail store and a hotel above the car park. Fresh designs were on display at the exhibitions, while members of our project team and representatives from the architects Scott Brownrigg were on hand to answer questions. Both Marks and Spencer and Travelodge have confirmed they wish to enter into leases and operate from the development. The scheme is among a number of

entrepreneurial projects we are pursuing in order to protect key services, following a significant reduction in central government funding. A planning application is due to be submitted in early 2017. This will be advertised at the time and will provide another opportunity for the public to have their say as part of the statutory planning process.


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Planning news

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Earlier this year, Christine Lyons was appointed as our first Head of Planning and Economic Development. The role was created as part of our strategy to promote business and entrepreneurial opportunities within the borough. She talks to us about her role and your chance to shape the future of Hertsmere through the new Local Plan. Where were you before you came to Hertsmere? I’ve been a town planner within local government since 1989, working for Essex authorities and more recently as Manager of Planning Enforcement and Policy at the London Borough of Newham. What does your job involve? Put simply, it involves looking after the borough and ensuring that new development benefits Hertsmere and our residents. I’m here to ensure that we help to create a place that people want to live and work in.

stakeholders to develop a new Local Plan for Hertsmere. This plan sets out how we would like the borough to grow and change from now until 2035. Our aim for the borough is to retain its green environment whilst providing opportunities for new homes and jobs for our residents. We want people to stay here and to work within Hertsmere. The new Local Plan is your opportunity to give your views about what you would like to see for the borough.

What is a typical day like for you? There is no typical day. I can go from dealing with a planning application for someone’s extension to a meeting about a major development. Part of my job also seeks to promote the economic growth of the borough, helping to create an environment for new jobs as well as new homes. Recently I was at an international property marketing event, talking to Chinese delegates about the benefits of investing in Hertsmere.

What do you think are the main challenges for Hertsmere? One challenge is changing people’s perceptions of the borough. Residents might see their towns and villages as individual places, such as Borehamwood and Radlett, Bushey, Potters Bar and Shenley. A new development in one part of Hertsmere should be seen to benefit all residents. Through the Local Plan, we will be delivering positive change across Hertsmere for everyone.

What are the main projects you will be working on? Over the next three years, we will be working with residents, businesses and other major

What do you think Hertsmere will be like in 20 years’ time? Hertsmere will be much the same as it is today. I hope the new Local Plan will deliver


A round-up of planning news from the last six months

New guidance for going underground Extra guidance on the building of basements could be approved early next year. Proposals clarifying what is acceptable about the design, size, proportion, access and other characteristics of basements in new or existing

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improved road and rail connections, employment choices and housing opportunities for all our residents. And one for fun (because some people think planners are boring), do you have any unusual hobbies? I suppose if I were a man I would be considered a MAMIL – middle-aged man in Lycra – as I enjoy road cycling and am often seen in Lycra when not at work. One of my favourite rides is from my home to the east coast at Harwich and then a train ride back from Manningtree. There’s a bar on the platform that serves an excellent pint - in a plastic cup. You can even drink it on the train home!

homes, as well as their impact on rear gardens, trees and car parks, will be presented to our Executive in our Draft Planning and Design Guide.

Extra controls on takeaways near schools Takeaways will face tougher measures if they want to open near schools in the borough. Anyone applying for planning consent to open a takeaway visible from a secondary school entrance will have to show that

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Planning for growth – a new Local Plan for Hertsmere Hertsmere has a lot going for it but there are important decisions to be made about how we live and work in the borough over the next 15 years or so. Latest projections show a need for 9,000 new homes during that period. New schools, health facilities, local jobs and improvements to our roads and public transport will be needed. We want to make sure that new development is sensibly located and well designed, and that it benefits our changing community. Work is just starting on a new Local Plan for Hertsmere. It will identify what sorts of development will be allowed

where and will have a major influence on how our area will change and develop in the future. Before we start producing more detailed options, we want to know what new development you think should happen where, and what changes you would like to see in your area. Included with this edition of Hertsmere News is the first of a series of newsletters

Protection agreed for historic farmhouse

the proposal ‘would not undermine any existing or proposed healthy eating policy at that school.’ The policy was approved last month.

A late 18th century farmhouse of special historic interest has been saved. Wild Farm, known as White House, was built during the Agricultural Revolution. The owners had wanted to build an extension. After Historic

that will explain more about these issues and tells you how to have your say.


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England was asked to investigate, the building now has Grade II listed status. This provides extra protection against changes to its interior or exterior. | Hertsmere News | Winter 2016 | 11

Community safety news

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Safety advice this Christmas Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership wants to help you enjoy this time of year safely and responsibly. Here are some tips for a safe Christmas: Your car

Your property

• Don’t leave presents or valuables in full view – lock them in the boot. • Never leave your car running unattended to defrost the windows – opportunistic thieves don’t need long! • Park in a well-lit area or in an attended car park.

• Mark valuable property using an ultra violet pen with your postcode and house number, and register it at • Keep bicycles locked up and secure. • Never carry large amounts of cash and keep your card PINs confidential. • Never leave spare keys near your home, under a plant pot or mat. It’s the first place burglars look! • Put away equipment and gardening items in a locked shed.

Your home • Keep all doors and windows locked when you go out or go to bed. • Keep presents out of sight – visible gifts under the tree are tempting to thieves. • Don’t leave empty boxes outside – they advertise what’s just been delivered. • Make it look like someone is home when you go out at night. Leave lights on and close curtains. If you have a burglar alarm, set it! • Test your fire alarm once a week. • Check your Christmas decorations for electrical faults and never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings.

Innovative event brings people together New ways of making Borehamwood and Elstree an even better place to live are being explored following an innovative and interactive event. Seventy-five people attended Hertsmere's Community Safety Partnership’s (CSP) first 'Making a Difference Together' evening. Participants were encouraged to focus on the positives of living and working in the area and put forward suggestions about how everyone can work together to tackle issues. Residents were also able to meet with those who are working within their communities to make the area

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safer, such as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and council staff. Feedback from the event will be discussed at the next Borehamwood and Elstree CSP meeting on 6 February at 6.30pm at the Civic Offices in Borehamwood.


A film of the event is available to view on our website csps

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Have you been a victim of crime? Working in partnership for a safer Hertsmere

Are you aware of your entitlements?

Victims of crime and their close family members have rights and entitlements: •

Yourself and others • Don’t drink and drive for any reason. • Don’t walk home alone from parties at night. Either use a registered taxi or ask someone you know to accompany you. Never flag down a passing taxi and always pre-book. • Drink responsibly, don’t leave your drinks unattended and know your limits. • If you are planning a party consider your neighbours. • You don’t have to put on a brave face this Christmas. Domestic violence is unacceptable all year round. There is help out there – call the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline 08 088 088 088 • If you have an elderly relative or friend, make sure they are safe, warm enough and check that they have a working smoke alarm.

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Access to free and confidential support - this service is open to all whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

Enhanced practical and emotional support for vulnerable victims. Access to Restorative Justice.

Find out more about your entitlements on the Beacon website:

The Beacon helpline is open seven days a week, 7am to 10pm. Helpline 03000 11 55 55 (calls charged at local rate)

Beacon Victim Care Centre is provided by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner

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Some of the other things Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership (CSP) have been up to in 2016 • Since January, our Safer Streets team have knocked at 913 homes, signed 168 residents up to Neighbourhood Watch and offered crime prevention and home fire safety advice to all, as well as free first aid training by British Red Cross. • We’ve carried out Silver Streets visits to elderly sheltered housing to offer crime prevention, fire safety and scam advice. • More than 40 vehicles were stopped and examined as part of Operation Raj this summer. The operation which involved Hertfordshire Constabulary, Trading Standards and our Environmental Health team targeted commercial vehicles to ensure they were licensed, fit to be on the road and had registered MOTs. • More than 900 people across Borehamwood were able to enjoy some free seasonal fun thanks to funding from Affinity Sutton and us. Organised by Hertsmere Leisure and Borehamwood Safer Neighbourhood Team, the four Fun in the Park events were held at Meadow Park, Ripon Park and Aberford Park.

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Smokefree Homes and Cars

To let Did you know you can rent lock-up shops or garages from the council? We have about 100 lock-up shops and around 1,800 garages, predominantly in Borehamwood and Bushey. So why not get in touch with us if you need retail space or somewhere to park the car?


Visit our website to find out more, email us at: or call 020 8207 7486.

It’s illegal to smoke in a vehicle with someone under the age of 18 present


Building control services under one roof A new, fully integrated building control service, which will see Hertsmere join with six other councils, is set to launch at the end of this year.


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We’ve joined with Three Rivers District Council, Welwyn Hatfield District Council, North Hertfordshire District Council, Stevenage Borough Council, East Hertfordshire District Council and Broxbourne Borough Council to form an independent company which will provide a more flexible

and efficient response to building control issues across the county. The new company, which is based at the Civic Offices in Borehamwood, will become one of the largest companies of its kind in the UK. Until recently, each local authority provided its own separate building control service.

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You can contact your ward councillors at any reasonable time. Hertsmere has a Conservative majority, with 36 Conservative and two Labour councillors and one Independent councillor. 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 (Ind) = Independent

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

020 8207 7578

020 8207 3759

07784 913837

Borehamwood Cowley Hill

David Burcombe (Ind) cllr.david.burcombe@

Richard Butler (Lab) – Group Leader cllr.richard.butler@

07706 079439

020 8953 7132

Borehamwood Hillside

Borehamwood Kenilworth

Michelle Vince (Lab)

Charles Kelly (Con)

Meenal Sachdev (Con)

Farida Turner (Con)

Thomas Ash (Con)

Victor Eni (Con)



cllr.meenal. sachdev@




07549 130736

07973 403886

07973 401522

020 8953 4347

020 8141 8205

020 8953 8627

Bushey Heath

Bushey North

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 (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


Penny Swallow (Con)

John Donne (Con)

Paul HodgsonJones (Con)

Abhishek Sachdev (Con)

Anthony Spencer (Con)

Peter Wayne (Con)



cllr.paul. hodgson-jones@

cllr.abhishek. sachdev@



020 8207 3365

01707 658063

01707 660852

07712 837 990

07973 349083

01923 857955 | Hertsmere News | Winter 2016 | 15

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

Potters Bar Museum


January 2017 until the end of June

96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood 01442 454888

They All Live Round Here A survey of notable Potters Bar residents past and (possibly) present. EBWmuseum

From Village to Town: Celebrating a Century of Migration The museum would love to hear your stories of how and when you or your families came to settle in this area or the following: • Italian families who worked in the Cambi hat factory

The Radlett Centre

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

• Vietnamese refugees, living in Rossington Avenue in the 1970s

14 December to 4 January 2017 | Various times

If you can help please contact Vania, Community Learning Officer, on or leave your stories on the museum's Facebook page.

Traditional pantomime with live music, West End cast and bags of audience participation! £13.50 - £18

Dick Whittington Pantomime

19 January | 8pm

Rudolph Road, Bushey 020 8420 4057 26 November 2016 to 19 March 2017

Then and Now – The Pubs of Bushey A nostalgic and affectionate look at local pubs in yesteryear compared to the present, illustrated by drawings, paintings and photographs. 14 January to 25 June 2017

Portraits A selection of the many remarkable portrait paintings held in the museum’s collection.

20 & 21 January | 11.30am & 2.30pm

1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett 01923 859291

• Polish soldiers, stationed in Borehamwood during WW2, who later married local girls and settled in the area

Bushey Museum

even the most seasoned of fans with be left gob-smacked! Age 18+ £20

Ruby Wax – Frazzled! An insight into her new book. £20

Wow! Said the Owl Explore the wow-world of colours with this curious little owl who is determined to stay awake to see what daylight brings. WOW! Said the Owl, the acclaimed children’s book is brought to life through a blend of beautiful story-telling, puppetry and music. Ages 2-5 years £8

10 December to 3 January 2017 | Various times

Jack and the Beanstalk Dazzling costumes and scenery, fabulous live music, lots of laughs and a host of colourful characters – not forgetting Daisy the Cow! £17- £19.50 7 January | 7.30pm

Roy Chubby Brown Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views, sailing so close to the mark

Getting in touch During Christmas and New Year our office opening hours will be: Civic Offices Borehamwood Thursday 22 December

9am – 5.15pm

Friday 23 December Monday 26 December Tuesday 27 December Wednesday 28 December Thursday 29 December Friday 30 December Monday 2 January

9am – 2pm Closed Closed 9am – 5.15pm 9am – 5.15pm 9am – 2pm 9am – 5.15pm

9.30am—2pm Potters Bar Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed

Don't forget you can find lots of information on our website, including information about how to contact us. 16 | Winter 2016 |

Area offices in Bushey and Potters Bar

Hertsmere News |

Hertsmere News winter 2016  

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

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