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  • People Power

    Someone once told me there are two types of people in this world: radiators and drains. Radiators radiate a can-do attitude and drains will sap your energy. I think there are more than two types of people in the world but even if there weren’t there’s a place for both radiators and drains. Personally though,…

  • 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…

  • Bodge it & Patch it

    I’ve always quite liked patchwork quilts and I had a go at making one as a youngster. I didn’t get far though because I’m not good at sitting still achieving very little in a long space of time. Today whilst on my way post dog walk to buy some of Johnny’s divine flour-free chocolate cake…

  • 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…

  • No Flies on Me

    The Local Services Scrutiny Committee meetings are one of my personal highlights of┬ábeing a councillor, not least because they are so well chaired by Cllr Anthony Rowlands. At our first meeting the committee members discussed what should go on the work programme and last night we had a report on fly-tipping (I was delighted to…

  • Living The Dream

    Whoah, what a Saturday night the 8th of August was. At the Alban Arena around 100 local youngsters aged 5-18 showed off their hard work as part of “Living The Dream” performing arts school’s bi-annual showcase. Along with my six year old, I was blown away watching the creativity, the energy and the love of…

  • Litter is criminal

    The desire to stamp out litter isn’t just my cause in our house. My husband is as ‘on it’ as me and whilst walking the dog at ridiculous o’clock this morning he came across two youths sitting around a campfire (illegal) in Verulamium Park and surrounded by litter. Although technically it wasn’t litter whilst they…

  • I don’t like cricket, I love it

    What a great end to the week, playing cricket with fellow councillors, family members and residents. It’s a match that has taken place the last 11 years (I believe it was started by Alderman Leech, previously a councillor for Batchwood ward) between councillors and The Friends of Victoria Playing Fields & The Civic Society. I…

  • Whose litter is it anyway?

    The sun shone, the people came, the music played and the spoils got left behind at Glastonbury. This picture sums up what many people seem to think about litter: someone else’s responsibility. It’s not. It’s a criminal offence to litter and fly-tip in the UK and I can only think the couple pictured are smiling…

  • 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…