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  • St Albans Council acts to tackle empty private homes

    By cgillies at 21:44 on 28/07/12
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    St Albans City and District Council is taking action to bring long-term empty private homes back into use, in response to an urgent need for housing locally.   An Empty Homes Officer has been appointed to encourage owners of vacant homes to make them suitable and available for occupation.   It is estimated that there are 400 empty private homes in the district, although the real number may be much higher.   ...
  • Petition- Turn our Street Lights Back on!!!

    By cgillies at 19:38 on 23/07/12
    Has turning off the street lights led to increased crime?
    So, the implementation of part night lighting is near completion; but many Harpenden residents feel that it was a bad decision.   Daniel Graham has set up an online petition to 'Turn our Street Lights Back On.'  He believes that the lack of lighting at night affects all residents; the key arguments cited are:   1. Increased Crime 2. Fear of Crime 3. Road Accidents - parked cars can't be seen 4. Problems for shift workers...
  • High quality Harpenden Common wins Green Flag Award

    By cgillies at 19:35 on 17/07/12
    Harpenden Common
    Today, Harpenden Common will receive the Green Flag Award, a sign to local residents and visitors alike that the common is one of the country's best green open spaces. A record number (1424) of UK sites have received a Green Flag Award this year ensuring that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces so important for health and leisure activities. Councillor Bert Pawle commented, "I am pleased...
  • Town Mayor's Harpenden Quiz Night raises over £900 for charities

    By cgillies at 19:25 on 17/07/12
    Town Mayor's Quiz Night
    The Harpenden Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs Nicola Linacre, held a Quiz Night in Park Hall last Friday in aid of Harpenden Friends of Cancer Research UK and The Daylight Club (Harpenden). The Quiz Night was well supported and it was great fun.   The Quizmaster, Ginny, is very popular in Harpenden and is herself a dedicated charity fundraiser.   It was a lovely community event.   Councillor Mrs Linacre said 'I...
  • Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue work experience scheme launched in Harpenden

    By cgillies at 13:42 on 06/07/12
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    Students from a Harpenden school are being giving the chance to learn about Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) first-hand as part of a new work experience scheme. Six pupils from the Sir John Lawes School are taking part in a pilot work experience scheme at Harpenden Fire Station this week. Organised by HFRS's Youth Engagement team, the scheme will help them understand HFRS's day-to-day work. The week is being run with the...

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