Category: Resident Issues

  • Silt removal from Verulamium Park lake

    St Albans City & District Council is removing more silt from Verulamium Park lake, at the opposite end to where silt was removed last year, today and over the next week or so. I imagine this comes as very welcome news to many residents and visitors. It’s a tricky situation though and silt removal isn’t…

  • Save St Albans Pubs

    This week I met with St Albans landlords and my fellow Conservative Cllr Mike Wakely to hear what the publicans wanted to do to save their pubs from destruction by horrific hikes in business rates. I spoke at Full Council last night on this and implored my Cllr colleagues across the political spectrum to spread…

  • St Michael’s ‘beach’ tidy

    There’s been an explosion of greenery on the ‘beach’ next to St Michael’s Street bridge over the river Ver. I, with the blessing of the Ver Valley Society, invited residents to join me in bringing it under control during the half term holiday. It’s amazing what a few people can do in 90 minutes and…

  • Helping George St residents and businesses

    The smashed wall (behind the Verulam Rd sign) outside Thai Square has finally been repaired after much chivvying! The land doesn’t belong to the Council so it wasn’t straightforward to get it fixed. After many e-mails and phone calls to Thai Square’s Head Office they put it to the top of their to-do list. It shows…

  • Herts Highways

    I received an e-mail inviting me to a meeting with Hertfordshire Highways in october. They asked what items Councillors would like to see on the agenda. I reflected on what residents have asked me over the last few months. Here’s my reply: Hi Steve, Thank you for requesting input. Please can I clarify whether this…

  • Keep Britain Tidy working with local councils

    Wanting to know about the Government’s litter strategy and how Keep Britain Tidy is playing a role in changing littering behaviour, I approached KBT’s CEO, Allison Ogden-Newton for a meeting. We had a call and I have done a video blog about how local councils are working with Keep Britain Tidy to create change. For example, working with Harrogate…

  • Don’t be a tosser

    Litter thrown from vehicles on our roads is a big problem. Keep Britain Tidy have been selling “Don’t be a tosser” stickers for supporters like me to display in our cars. I don’t know how much good it does in terms of reducing littering but it makes me feel a little less impotent knowing I’m…

  • My potholes and other problems

    **WARNING – this post has made something very easy look mighty complicated!** When residents contact me about highway issues I always feel a twinge of regret that I can’t do more to help. Potholes, faulty street lights, uneven footpaths, potholes, overhanging trees and did I say potholes? These are all managed by Hertfordshire County Council…

  • The plight of refugees

    The tragedy of the refugees fleeing Syria and other troubled countries such as Eritrea is one that is very much at the forefront of our minds at the moment. The sight of thousands of displaced persons invokes strong emotions and an understandable urge to open our borders and provide sanctuary. Three residents have written to…

  • Carrier Bag Recycling Bin on Mayne Avenue

    Given the content of my election ‘manifesto’ it feels fitting for my first post to be about a bin. A lovely, green wheelie bin with a rubber hole in the top that allows us to poke carrier bags in and have them stay safely inside (and not flying away into the trees and hedges on…