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  • Wigginton Spring Show
    Article: Apr 10, 2018

    Year after year the Wigginton Gardeners' Association Spring Show has been a chance to admire and show off flowers and blossoms. And so it was again this year - but only just!

    The show was held, as in previous years, in the Village Hall in Chesham Road, and took place on Saturday April 7th.

    With cold snaps, beasts from the east, rain, snow, frost and more rain, germination and growth were very late this year and blooms were in short supply. The cold weather was somewhat intensified too by Wigginton's height of 730 feet above sea level, nearly the highest part of Hertfordshire, though this is in fact in Pavis Wood (height 801 feet above sea level) a mile away at Hastoe near Shire Lane.

    Still, the intrepid gardeners of Wigginton managed to put on a pleasing show, albeit with somewhat fewer entries than usual. Daffodils seemed to cope better with the difficult weather, but there were also some splendid camellias and, from an especially sheltered and sunny spot in one garden, three tulips had emerged and flowered.

    Less inhibited were the childrens creations - home-made biscuits, cakes and flower arrangements "in unusual containers". And for the adult cooks, high quality marmalade, lemon meringue pies, cakes and savoury biscuits.

    More cakes, tea, scones, cream and jam were available and enjoyed as usual.

    Roger Wyborn officiated at the prize giving and the award of cups, drew the raffle and announced details of the Association's Summer Outing.

  • Croxley Link
    Article: Apr 2, 2018
    Nor, it appears, is he prepared to explain why he has gone back on his own aspiration to take over transport connections outside London that lead into the capital.
    At last week's Hertfordshire Council Meeting the Liberal Democrat Leader of the Opposition, Stephen Giles-Medhurst, asked the Council Leader for an update on the Metropolitan Line Extension intended to link Watford Junction with the London Underground system.
  • Northchurch Traffic
    Article: Apr 1, 2018

    Shortly before the last Hertfordshire County Council Meeting (27th March, 2018) Nick Hollinghurst, the Liberal Democat County Councillor for Tring met some of the Go 20 Northchurch Group to discuss their petition to the County Council for a 20mph Zone and other safety improvements in Northchurch.The Group pointed out a section in the existing policy where, with a small change to the wording, a useful increase in flexibility could be brought in to enable 20mph Zones to be considered for A and B roads in rural areas.

  • Go 20 Northchurch Petition
    Article: Apr 1, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are very happy to support the bid by Go 20 Northchurch for a 20mph zone in Northchurch.

    There's a real problem with the complicated and congested traffic situation in Northchurch High Street and New Road. There are lots of things that will be difficult and expensive to improve or change. But one thing is sure. Slower traffic speeds always improve safety and as long as traffic also moves smoothly then noise and pollution are reduced and there is a quieter, calmer ambience that has been shown in surveys to improve social interaction and walking and reduce car use.

  • Dismay at potholes
    Article: Mar 28, 2018

    At a full council meeting of Herts County Council, in an almost unprecedented show of unity, all three political parties were united in calling on the government to release more funds to deal with crumbling roads. They also highlighted the problems of defects in footways and cycleways that needed attention.

    Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst, who proposed the motion said, "As everyone knows, I and the Liberal Democrats are always campaigning for the need to invest more in ensuring our roads and footways are kept in better repair. At last the Conservatives at county hall and the government, in a small way, are it seems listening."

    "On Monday night the government agreed to give the county another £1.8m towards pothole repairs. It's not enough but better than nothing."

    "The Local Government Association , which consists of all parties, has been campaigning for a better deal and has pointed out the massive shortfall in money (some £9 billion for the UK) needed to keep our roads, cycle ways and footways in good order."

    "Having started this debate by tabling a motion at the full council meeting I was pleased that all parties voted for the agreed motion. At last they are listening. Now we need the government to cough up and deal with this problem that is affecting the country's economic and housing growth."

    County Councilor Stephen Giles-Medhurst made a special plea for more action on footway defects.

    Cllr Giles-Medhurst said "This could not be more relevant as last night a resident sent me a set of photos showing her injuries caused by a trip hazard in Clarendon Road, Watford - it could not be a more forceful reminder of the problems that need addressing. After all, whilst vehicles have suspension to at least deal with most potholes a trip can result in hospital, time off work and more costs to society and the person."

  • Croxley Danes School (Planning Application document)
    Article: Mar 26, 2018

    Three Rivers Planning Committee approved plans for the new Croxley Danes School at the end of January. Construction can now go ahead providing outstanding drainage issues are resolved. Croxley Danes School initially opened in September 2017 with 120 Year 7 students in temporary accomodation at St Clement Danes School. When its new premises are ready it will be an all-ability, co-educational state secondary school serving South West Hertfordshire with a capacity of 1206 students aged 11-18.

    Work to create level areas for sports pitches is now to use earth excavated from elsewhere on the site, minimising the lorry traffic during construction. In the interests of safety, parking for all works and contractors' vehicles will be on-site, separated from the access and parking for the current temporary buildings.

    Liberal Democrat councillor, Steve Drury, said, "It's not a perfect solution because the site is less than ideal. However, the contractor anf the Highways Authority have listened to local opinion and come up with an improved access design. This has saved some of the parking spaces and eliminated the right turn lane by the shops. Well done Tony Walker (Croxley Hardware) who led the campaign for this on behalf of local residents and traders."

    Details of safe cycle routes and on-street parking are not yet finalised, but the Planning Committee rejected Conservative moves to sacrifice parking spaces to make a short stretch of cycle path. Dickinsons Ward councillor, Phil Brading said, "The proposal made little sense; it was not part of a thought-through cycle plan and would have reduced the number of parking spaces available to shoppers. The Conservatives clearly don't care about these small shopping parades which are vital assets for our local community."

    Councillor Drury added, "We'll be holding further discussions with HCC highways officers about safe access routes for cyclists and pedestrians and about the planning implications - especially the impact that the school will have on traffic flows down Baldwins Lane in the morning rush-hour as well as rat-running through nearby residential roads."

    The picture is an impression taken from the planning application.

  • Chemical Industry
    Article: Mar 25, 2018

    It is not just engineering which benefits from the free transit of products, parts and components along, often complex, international manufacturing and supply chains. The UK chemicals industry also relies on intermediate products and components being made in a succession of different countries. The import of goods for additional processing and subsequent re-export is common. Trade barriers of any kind - tariffs, duties, quotas, delays, bureaucracy - would be disastrous.

    In particular the UK chemicals sector imports about two thirds of its intermediates from the EU and also feedstocks from the sophisticated chemicals infrastructure of mainland Europe. The tariffs on chemicals could be as high as 6.5% and in a tight industrial market this would be a significant competitive disadvantage.

    Non-tariff barriers, however, may be even more damaging. With the UK becoming a third-country, companies could lose their right to self-certificate quality, quantity and specification for goods crossing the Channel. To have to do this on a shipment by shipment basis, possibly at the time and port of entry is certain to lead to delays and these might be lengthy and unpredictable. This is unacceptable in modern manufacturing businesses used to JIT deliveries and reliable supply chains.

    Then there is the prospect of delays caused by even the slightest disruption to the transit of the 4.5 million lorries per year using the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel.

  • EMA Building London (Chemical World)
    Article: Mar 24, 2018

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which approves and registers medicines and medical appliances for use and sale within the EU was originally located in London in recognition of the UK's strong position and world-wide reputation in the testing, approval, assessment and regulation of medicines. The EMA is somewhat different in structure and accountability to most other regulators. It functions as a decentralised scientific agency of the EU with its main responsibility as the protection and promotion of public and animal health within the EU, EFTA and the EEA, through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use. Its operation is overseen by a management board consisting of a representative from each member state, two each from the European Commission, the Parliament and patients organisations, and one each representating doctors' and veterinarians' organisations.

    However, once the Article 50 letter had been delivered by the the Conservative minority government, it was necessary to take immediate steps to protect the availability of new medicines and medical appliances within the EU. In order to ensure continuity the EMA will have to leave London before March 30th, 2019. It needs to move into temporary accommodation in the Sparkgebouw located in Sloterdijk just to the north west of Amsterdam city centre by the same date.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Mar 23, 2018

    The star result is of course the gain from the Tories in Aylesbury Vale. Well done to Waheed Raja and the Aylesbury Lib Dem Team.

    Central & Walton Ward (Aylesbury Vale) result:
    LIB DEM: 40.9% (+18.1)
    CON: 31.5% (-1.1)
    LAB: 19.8% (+0.9)
    GRN: 4.5% (-4.0)
    IND: 3.3% (+3.3)
    No UKIP (-17.2) as prev.
    Liberal Democrat GAIN from Conservative.

    Other results from around the country were:
    Cheshire East Borough Council (Bunbury Ward). A Conservative hold but we note the Libweeral democrats, who had not stood in the last election, bounced back with a respectable 28% vote share. Well done LD candidate Mark Ireland-Jones.
    Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (Leek West Ward) showed a Labour gain from Conservatives. This time the Greens did not stand and the votes seemed be evenly split between Lib Dems and Labour. This gave the Lib Dems a 6% vote share increase and helped Labour beat the Tories and win the seat.
    Chiltern District Council (Ridgeway Ward) This appears to have been a Conservative gain from an Independent. At the last election there was no Labour candidate. This time they stood and got a 33% vote share from a standing start. Although the Lib Dem vote share increased by 12% the Labour intervention ensured that the Conservative won.

  • Croxley Station
    Article: Mar 21, 2018
    Transport for London (TfL) recently announced the names of 13 more London Underground stations to be made step-free. But when it came to South West Hertfordshire the list included Rickmansworth - but not Croxley.

    TfL claimed that Rickmansworth is a cheaper and less complex scheme than Croxley. Nick Hollinghurst, Lib Dem County Councillor for Tring, who is a member of the HCC Cabinet Panel dealing with transport, said, "That may be true but both stations need step-free access - and anyway, if one station needs a complex scheme it clearly indicates that there is a greater need there. So actually, what TfL thought was an excuse for failing to make Croxley step-free, was really an admission that they'd got it wrong twice. In fact Croxley is the station they should be doing first!"