Hertfordshire County Council’s Annual Report (2022-23)

Hertfordshire County Council’s Annual Report (2022-23) for this year was recently published and can be found via the link below.

The Annual Report provides an opportunity to look back on the achievements over the year just gone, as well as the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead. It also allows the council to show residents and local partners how it is progressing its vision in the Corporate Plan to create a Cleaner, Greener and Healthier Hertfordshire.

Temporary Closure of Bulls Lane, North Mymms

Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicular traffic from using that length of Bulls Lane, Hatfield from its junction with Foxes Lane south westwards for a distance of approximately 202m (“the Road”), except for access.

An alternative route will be via Bulls Lane, Bell Lane, A1000 Great North Road, Dixons Hill Road, Station Road and Bulls Lane.

The Order is needed because utility service works are proposed to be executed on or near the Road.

If the Order is made, it shall come into force on 27 November 2023 for a period of up to 18 months. However, the restrictions specified shall only take effect at the times indicated by signs on or near the Road.

Public Rights of Way Parish Update

Please find the latest Public Rights of Way Parish update.

All Public Rights of Way mowing and stimming works as per the contract, are now complete.  However, winter scrub cutting back works North Mymms footpaths 31 and 49 will be taking place shortly.

Temporary Closure of Warrengate Road, North Mymms

Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicular traffic from using that length of Warrengate Road, North Mymms from its junction with Swanland Road south eastwards and south westwards to its junction with Hawkshead Lane, a distance of approximately 1210m (“the Road”), except for access.

An alternative route will be via Swanland Road, Dixons Hill Road, Station Road, Bluebridge Road and Hawkshead Lane or via Swanland Road and Hawkshead Lane.

The Order is needed because works are proposed to be executed on or near the Road.

If the Order is made, it shall come into force on 20 November 2023 for a period of up to 18 months. However, the restrictions specified shall only take effect at the times indicated by signs on or near the Road.

 

Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub Newsletter

Attached is the latest edition of the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council “Healthy Hub” Newsletter.

Articles of interest include:

  • The Dementia Friendly Cafe in Digswell
  • Details of how to quit smoking during “Stoptober”
  • A Job Fair on 5 October aimed at people with learning and physical disabilities.

Public Rights of Way (PROW) Update Sept 2023

Ash Dieback Disease in Gobions Wood

What is Ash dieback disease?

Most parts of the country are now experiencing the impacts of ash dieback disease. The disease is causing widespread decline of ash trees in some areas, and this is expected to continue.  It is likely that the majority of our native ash trees will exhibit symptoms of ash dieback, but not all that do will die. A small percentage of ash trees will have a degree of tolerance to the disease and others will exist in locations where they escape the worst impacts.

It is important that the effects of ash dieback are planned for and managed, especially in safety-critical locations.

 

Going Forward

We are assessing the health of ash trees at Gobions wood and our response to the disease will require a significant investment in time and resources.

Affected trees near footpaths or along the site boundaries may pose a risk to public safety because of the risk of falling branches or collapsing trees.  To keep our visitors and property safe, we will be undertaking a targeted programme of works within the wood.

Some trees may need to be felled immediately because they are already dead or dying and public paths may have to be temporarily closed to enable the works to be carried out safely. The loss of any trees will result in unavoidable changes to the wood, but the work is being carefully timed to minimise the impact on wildlife such as nesting birds.

 

Replanting

Where replanting is necessary, a component of natural regeneration from species other than ash may contribute to the species diversity of the wood, and to the maintenance of genetic diversity within the wood.  The success of natural regeneration will depend on the presence of suitable parent trees and their pattern of mast years (heavy seeding), light levels, deer browsing, ground conditions/preparation, and the presence of seed predators.

Where the felling of dead or dying ash results in canopy gaps that will not close within ten years through growth of retained trees, these will be restocked with other species using natural regeneration or planting.

 

Further information

Managing ash dieback in England – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Money Advice Unit – latest newsletter

The latest issue of “Herts Adviser” from Hertfordshire County Council Money Advice Unit, is attached.

Hertfordshire Health Walks

Walking can be enjoyed all-year round and you can continue to walk with us as we move towards the latter part of this year.

 

Hertfordshire Health Walks has released the autumn timetables for walks starting from September through to December.  There are some new walks to look out for and many continuing on from the summer so have a look to see where you might go for a walk with our volunteers next.

 

You can  view the timetables on our website and also sign up for a Health Walks online account to book your place for a walk near you.

 

Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks for more information.

 

Attached is the Welwyn Hatfield programme for September-December 2023.

 

HCC Temporary Closure of Bullens Green Lane, Colney Heath

Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicular traffic from using that length of Bullens Green Lane, Hatfield from a point in line with the northern boundary of No.61 Bullens Green Lane south westwards for a distance of approximately 30m (“the Road”).

An alternative route will be via Bullens Green Lane, Roestock Lane, Tollgate Road and Bullens Green Lane.

The Order is needed because electrical works are proposed to be executed near the Road.

If the Order is made, it shall come into force on 21 September 2023 for a period of up to 18 months. However, the restrictions specified shall only take effect at the times indicated by signs on or near the Road.