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Salt supplies for the winter

We thank County Councillor Terry Douris for the following information.

Get your salt in now in time for winter

Resident and community groups can get free salt to grit their streets from Hertfordshire County Council, as the council starts to gear up for the winter.

The county council is also offering salt to schools for use on the highway, to help them stay open during icy weather, as well as to parish and town councils, who can use their local knowledge to identify exactly where best to use the salt during severe weather.

District and borough councils that help with clearing high priority pavements can apply for up to 30 tonnes of salt to assist with highway treatments at no cost.

Resident and community groups can apply for up to 680kg of salt, and schools can ask for up to 1 tonne. Last year some 200 local groups took advantage of the offer.

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It may seem quite early to be thinking about snow and ice, but it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared. We’ve already ordered thousands of tonnes of salt for the county’s main roads but we will need to order more and, as in previous years, we’re happy to order extra salt for organisations who want to help keep their local roads and pavements clear. Our gritters can’t get everywhere, so it’s a real help when local groups are willing to do their bit too.”

The salt will be provided for use on the public highway, not on private property, and the county council can only make one delivery of salt at the beginning of the winter.

Application forms can be found at and must be received by the county council by 31 October.

Special Freighter Hicks Road – Saturday 3 October

The Dacorum Borough Council workforce at Cupid Green is continuing to carry out the regular bin collections. We have now been informed that they are also at this moment in time able to provide the special skip freighters, which is good news, however due to Covid-19 there are certain  conditions which are to ensure the safety of staff and the public, which we list below. Please be aware due to Covid-19 this could be cancelled at any time.

*Vehicle to be positioned and parked to allow sufficient room at the rear to ensure the paramount safety of all resident’s and staff.

*All residents and staff to maintain social distancing where practicable.

*Residents to dispose of the waste directly into the freighter, driver will not be able to assist.

*Driver to stand back from the freighter ensuring that they are able to monitor the safe loading of the hopper at all times.

*Driver to monitor and insure hazardous waste is not taken.

*Resident to move away from the hopper (2m) before the driver operates the packing controls.

*Only one resident at a time (unless family member assisting to dispose of the waste) at the back of the hopper.                        

 The refuse Freighter will be coming to Markyate on Saturday 3th October, location Hicks Road to dispose of bulky items

at no cost. The exceptions are as follows.

*Paint/Chemicals – Petrol/Oil – Metal Cleaning Agents.

*Batteries/Tyres – Engine Parts – Car Parts.

*Asbestos – Logs (over 6 inch in diameter).

*Gas Cylinders/Fire Extinguishers.

*Concrete/Bricks or other aggregate – soil.

*White Goods (Tumble Driers – Washing Machines Cookers.

*Lawn Mowers (Electric/Petrol).

TVs – Monitors/Stereos Florescent Tubes.

If you have any clothes or small electric items you wish to dispose of there are containers located near the Village Hall.                                          

Fly Tipping

Just a brief update on fly tipping in our area, five Fly tipping incidents due to Directed Surveillance have been identified, the first incident has resulted in the offender receiving a large fine. The other four incidents are currently under investigation.


The Hertfordshire (Temporary Closing of the footbridge situated above A5183 Dunstable Road, Markyate) order 2020

Hertfordshire County Council

The Hertfordshire (Temporary Closing of the footbridge situated above A5183 Dunstable Road, Markyate) order 2020

NOTICE is given that Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all pedestrians from using the footbridge situated above A5183 Dunstable Road, Markyate from its junction with Harps Hill south eastwards, south westwards, south eastwards and north westwards to its junction with Hicks Road (“the Footbridge”), a distance of approximately 90 metres.

An alternative route will be via the footway situated on the north side of A5183 Dunstable Road and the footway situated on the south side of A5183 Dunstable Road.

The Order is needed because waterproofing and painting the footbridge is proposed to be executed on the Footbridge.

If the Order is made, it shall come into force on 5 October 2020 for a period of up to 6 months. However, the restrictions specified shall only take effect at the times indicated by signs on or near the Footbridge.

A copy of the proposed Order may be inspected free of charge at County Hall, Hertford between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm (excluding weekends, bank and public holidays).

If you have any queries about the proposed Order, please contact Stacey Greaves tel. 07393 148 395 at Osborne or Deanna Braggs tel. 0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council.

County Councillor Terry Douris at The Swan Saturday 12 September 10.45 to 11.45

Hi after what seems like an age I will be back at The Swan outside the The Barn for my councillor ‘surgery’ this Saturday from 10.45 to 11.45.

Happy to meet and discuss any issues but strict social distancing of at least 2m and face covering must be observed. No more than 2 people at any one time and if the pub needs the space then I will have to stop. Terry.

Manned Freighter 6 June 2020

Unfortunately, we have been informed by Dacorum Borough Council that due to the current Covid 19 situation the manned freighter arranged for 6 June has been cancelled.

This is due to the Council having to consider the Health and Safety of their operatives and issues regarding disposing of the bulky item waste.

We will keep you updated with the situation and see if an alternative date could be offered later in the summer, before the October booking.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of the service.

Police guidance during Covid-19

Not reasonable exercise at this time A long drive for a short amount of exercise or a short walk to sit on a park bench for a long time or sunbathing in a park

Message from Hertfordshire Volunteering and People Assistance Cell

The following communication is from The Volunteer and People Assistance Cell, a countywide partnership to help manage and implement a coordinated effort to support those affected by coronavirus.

Operation Shield

Letters and texts from Government have been sent to 29,090 Hertfordshire residents, identified as needing ’shielding’ because of severe health conditions, telling them to avoid any close contact for 12 weeks. These ‘extremely vulnerable groups’ have been told to stay at home at all times and aim to remain 2 metres away from anyone they live with.

We are receiving daily updates from government as people register with the national helpline and indicate they need support.   Our process is for people to then be contacted by Herts Help to get more information on their specific requirements.  Typically, people are needing support with food collection and food parcels are being distributed to individuals that have responded to their letter asking for help. Deliveries of regular, weekly emergency food boxes are to be delivered by the Government’s food provider partners over the coming days and weeks; until the national food delivery arrangements are in place, we are organising delivery locally and this commenced in Hertfordshire on 30 March.  We will also organise food delivery for those with specific dietary requirements.

We have a central operation in place in Welwyn Garden City for storage and distribution and have arrangements in place at 10 local Shield Points in each of the Districts/Boroughs to use as required. As the national picture develops the role of Shield Points will become clearer but for now their potential role will be utilised for food and medicine storage, coordinating points for Foodbanks and volunteers/staff.

One of the key needs we have identified is for help to collect medication and this service is now ‘live’.

Operation Sustain

#TeamHerts Volunteering, which includes all of the local Community Voluntary Service (CVS) hubs, is being promoted as Hertfordshire’s official volunteering network and they have been tasked to coordinate the countywide effort on behalf of the Volunteering and People Assistance Cell. #THV have had a phenomenal response from residents, parish and town councils and the voluntary sector wanting to support anyone that has been affected by coronavirus, is self-isolating and/or vulnerable but is not within the ‘shielded’ community.

Following feedback the #TeamHerts website has been updated to ease navigation and ensure those that wish to volunteer, register their community group or register their business as wanting to support Hertfordshire residents can do so with ease.

Just a reminder that these are the main points of contact for those wishing to help and those in need of support from volunteers;

Anyone currently using a social care service should expect that to continue, however they should speak to their care provider first or call on 0300 123 4042 for other urgent care needs.

Frequently asked questions for people with care and support needs can be accessed online,

Kate Brierley
Senior Policy Officer | Corporate Policy team | Resources

Hertfordshire County Council
County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DE, Postal Point: CHO144
T: 01992 588321 (Internal: 28321)

Food Bank at Village Hall, Cavendish Road

The Parish Council has placed a plastic container outside the Village Hall entrance asking residents to kindly drop any food they would like to donate to the Food Bank.

The food will then be taken to St Johns Church.

The church is open 9am -4pm everyday for people to access the food bank which is well stocked at the moment.

We thank you in advance for any contributions, no matter how small, to help those in need during this difficult time.

Temporary pause in recruitment to NHS Volunteer Responders

To process the initial 750,000 applications.

NHS Volunteer Responders will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people who are highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) to stay safe and well at home.

Who can join?

You can only volunteer to carry out those tasks which involve leaving your home if you fulfil ALL of the conditions below:

You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and neither does anybody in your household

You are under 70

You are not pregnant

You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus

What are the tasks?

Simple but vital tasks including

Driving people to and from hospital,

Delivering food and medication.

Transporting equipment and supplies,

Making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

I need to stay at home – can I still help?

You can sign up as a telephone ‘check in and chat’ volunteer even if you are staying at home

Is this different from helping out my neighbours and local charities?

NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace any local provision. It will provide a service where informal support is not available or where health and social care professionals do not have a way to refer people into those systems.