Recent News

  • Prosecutions for fly-tipping on Bedmond Lane

    My husband and I used to run a lot around Bedmond on the weekends and it was the swathes of the fly-tipping we saw that tipped me from thinking about becoming a councillor, to standing for election in 2015. After our 10Ks we’d re-trace our steps in the car with the kids in tow and…

  • 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…

  • Comedy Night for Verulamium at Play

    It’s St Valentine’s Day and I’m expressing love and gratitude for the people who have come forward to be part of Verulamium at Play, the charity I have co-founded to raise money for a new play area in Verulamium Park. We have a huge fundraising challenge (get the background on the Council website) and Ye…

  • Women in politics

    I pushed for a ‘women in politics’ event at last year’s European Local Democracy Week and was thwarted when the two other main parties couldn’t/wouldn’t field a councillor. Determined not to let another party put the kybosh on it again, I made it happen and around eight local women came along to the Beech House…

  • 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…

  • Verulamium At Play

    I’ve been working to get a solid group of residents together to drive fundraising to upgrade the play area in Verulamium Park (click here for the back story on the Council website). The group has settled on a name and is setting up as a charity (‘Verulamium At Play’) and local dad and designer, Daniel…

  • 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…

  • Love Where You Live

    On my runs and dog walks around our beautiful City I pick up a LOT of McDonalds litter. Unlike much of the other pieces of litter I collect, McDonalds’ wrappers are often to be found in the road. They’ve been thrown out of car windows. I really don’t get it. It’s completely moronic. Perhaps these…