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Fiasco on Play areas gritting of under threat local roads

North Herts Council looks like backing down on plans to close 14 children’s play areas across the district - including those at Betjemen Road, Farrier Court and Ivel Farm in Royston. After local opposition and a petition organised by the Liberal Democrats they are now proposing to keep these play areas open but spend no money on new equipment for them. They plan to ask the Town Council if they will take them over. This means that they will eventually be closed when the equipment wears out - unless the Town Council agrees to pay.

The County Council has been forced to scrap plans to cut the roads gritted in cold weather.

Herts County Council has abandoned a plan to reduce the number of roads gritted when bad weather is expected - at least for this year after a petition against the changes run by the Lib Dems.

The council also plans to spend only “limited” amounts on sites at Meridian, Studlands Rise and York Way.

The council had agreed new criteria for the roads gritted but then failed to select the roads correctly. They also failed to tell the contractor who does the work of the changes in time for them to be introduced by the start of the gritting season. They have now said that the changes - which would have included not gritting Briary Lane, Sun Hill and The Warren- will not be introduced until next winter.

North Herts Council wanted to close four play areas in Royston, including this one in Farrier Court

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Savings on rubbish collection

26 bus service to Cambridge reduced

North Herts Council is planning to operate a joint rubbish and recycling collection service with East Herts Council. This should make no difference to the service, but could save ÂŁ400,000 a year.

The number 26 bus, which runs between Royston and Cambridge, used to run hourly. However, Stagecoach have apparently decided that, from January, it will run just once every two hours at offpeak times. This will obviously affect people in Royston and in the villages through which the 26 runs. It may also lead to an increased number of cars being used on this route and may therefore contribute to increased traffic on the A10 and into Cambridge city centre

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Royston West and Rural Division (January 2017)