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OCTOBER 2019, ISSUE 163 news ...bringing you news,views and opinions every month FREE a U-TURN GOOD RIDDANCE PARKING BAYS SET TO BE REMOVED Three Rivers District…
OCTOBER 2019, ISSUE 163 news ...bringing you news,views and opinions every month FREE a U-TURN GOOD RIDDANCE PARKING BAYS SET TO BE REMOVED Three Rivers District Council have confirmed parking bays along Station Road in Abbots Langley are suspended pending legal action to remove them completely. The 14 parking bays were implemented in August but after widespread disruption, council chiefs had to rethink their strategy. Stephen Giles-Medhurst, lead member for transport and economic development, who chaired a meeting on September 24, told ABBOTSnews... CONTINUED ON PAGE 4... 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In 2019, we don’t consume news, rather it is thrust into our faces via computers, phones and print media. The pressure to be heard is constant and it has Creative Admin Assistant steered us to produce content that is perhaps punchier and harder-hitting than it Sarah Ellicott would have been 10 or 20 years ago. 01442 220187 Do I regret this changing tide of reporting? I can answer that with an unequivocal ‘no’. Indeed, I believe the drive and determination with which we go about our jobs Sub-editor as journalists is entirely to the benefit of the 16 communities we serve, even if that Tim Green 01442 220184 means treading a fine line on editorial decisions – in reporting the good and the bad – where it’s very easy to topple over the edge. Reporter In the last month, I admit, I did lose my footing and made an error of judgement Jake Levison with a story we ran. It was a poor call on my part and I am sorry. Thankfully we have 01442 220190 a very strong cross-section of readers who were quick to remind me to reconnect to the core values that have taken us to the heights we’ve achieved. Junior Reporter Ultimately, I want to have a strong voice, and I love delivering good news; but I also Alex Pearson 01442 220191 know our readers are smart, intelligent and want honesty and integrity. Hopefully those same readers will agree, it’s how you react to a mistake that really counts. Junior Reporter So as I said, it’s a fine line to walk, but bear with me please, I’m regaining my balance. Charlie Reynolds And don’t forget to check out our new look website for breaking local news, views 01442 220189 and video reports. Until next time, be nice to each other and especially yourself. 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He said: “We’ve agreed to rescind the scheme but there’s a legal process before we can remove the bays. “At the moment we’ve agreed to suspend the use of the bays so parking enforcement officers can issue tickets to people who park there. They will first give a written warning to users and then tickets for persistent parking. “It was signed off by the county council and Herts Highways as it looked good on paper, but the reality was that there was a problem. TRDC are speaking with relevant parties to why this wasn’t picked up HOSS and they will be consulting with county officers.” photography The report discussed by councillors stated that two “traffic specialist” firms looked at the road The parking bays are suspended pending their removal safety and traffic flow alongside the Police Traffic Management Unit. The district council approved traffic calming features and as such was leading to the scheme based on the “expert advice” and additional congestion and possibly reduce safety. implemented the parking spaces. “The report was unanimously agreed. The use of A TRDC spokeswoman commented: “A report the parking bays has been revoked immediately was presented to a council committee seeking the and a three week consultation on their permanent revocation of a Traffic Regulation Order for the removal will be carried out, as required by law.” recently installed long stay parking bays in Station Councillor Sara Bedford added: “These parking Road. bays were agreed by Herts County Council and the “This was an urgent report, brought forward as a police. Although they met all the required criteria result of concerns that the parking scheme in Kings on paper, as soon as they were installed it became Langley had not fully taken into account the physical clear they did not work in practice. I instigated an dynamics of the local road conditions and existing immediate review and swift action has been taken.” NEED A TAXI RIDE? All We welcome BASED IN ABBOTS LANGLEY Abbots Cars offers a comprehensive range of taxi services, London Personal & Business covering all local areas Airport Transfers* Accounts *Luton from £28 • Heathrow from £30 Stansted from £55 • Gatwick from £70 AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK CALL US TODAY ON 01923 677613 TO GET A QUOTE 4 l October 2019 l To advertise with mylocalNEWS call 01923 866065 | Community advocates nominated for awards Written by Alex Pearson T he scheme manager of a family support charity from Abbots Langley has been nominated for a community award. Emma Power, who has been at the helm of Home- Start for seven years, has been nominated for Charity Worker of the Year at Watford Borough Council’s Audentior Awards. Supporting families in a time of crisis, Emma said she is proud of the work she does. She said: “It’s a real honour as I lead the charity but it’s the volunteers who make a difference so I’m accepting it on behalf of the charity. “I am really driven to provide children with the same opportunities as other children. I go over and above to make sure we carry on providing support for families in crisis.” Emma Power tackled the Swim Serpentine last month The charity provides support to disadvantaged families in Watford and Three Rivers who are struggling to get by. These families are often using Colosseum on Friday, October 11 where the winners food banks and living in poor quality homes. will be announced. Emma has put people first by showing qualities of Another Abbots resident Peter Gilbert has also empathy and friendship. She and that applies to been nominated for an award. The long-serving employees, volunteers and clients. She has a firm 318 bus driver is in the Public Service category for grip on what’s possible, and what’s unrealistic and is his attentiveness, kindness, jokes and more. His passionate about the support she gives. regulars “admire and respect him” so much they Last year Home-Start supported families in 96 buy him cards and presents at Christmas. homes and 247 more through its group works. They Emma also tackled the Swim Serpentine in Hyde have been based in Watford for 25 years and self- Park last month to raise funds for the charity. Read fund the £250,000 they need to run each year. next month’s issue to find out how she got on. Watford Borough Council’s Audentior Awards are Donations can be made at https:// a glittering celebration that takes place at Watford Darren & Keiran Brown, Branch Directors Your Local Award-Winning Estate Agents he Book your FREE valuation appointment. Select a date and time online at: Or Call 24/7: 01923 375 800 To advertise with mylocalNEWS call 01923 866065 | l October 2019 l 5 Girl takes part in walk in memory of great-grandmother Written by Alex Pearson A seven-year-old girl from Abbots Langley took part in a memory walk last month in memory of her great-grandmother, who she only met once. Ruby Goddard tackled the 9km memory walk for the Alzheimer’s Society on September 15 for Sylvia who she met at a very young age before she passed away. Ruby did the walk with her grandmother who was impressed with her achievements. Ruby's mum Kirsty Goddard expressed her delight at her daughter's efforts. She said: “Ruby's daddy and I are so proud of her for taking on this challenge and raising awareness Ruby walked 9km in memory of her great grandmother for this great charity. “Leading up to the walk Ruby was nervous but on what to expect. the day she took the whole thing in her stride and “I only met my great nanny once but me and my I’m told smiled the whole way through. nanny who I did the walk with talk about her all the “There were not many children doing the walk and time and all the things she used to say and do. We the ones that did took the option to do the short know when great nanny is near as butterflies appear walk but Ruby chose to do the 9k and we couldn't and we say 'hello great nanny'. be prouder, she really is an inspiration and her great “On the walk a butterfly was with us some of the nanny would be very proud of her for doing it in her way so I know great nanny was with me keeping me memory.” going, I was very proud of myself for doing it and Ruby added: “I was very nervous about the walk as raising money for this cause, I want to do it again I haven't walked that far before and I didn't know next year.” BACK PAIN? Re He pan w co ith m gi alt ies st hc er a ed re Hip and leg pain • Poor posture • Shoulder and arm pain Arthritic pain • Muscle and ligament strains Visit Osteo 360 for all your aches and pains and their causes! 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Crumbling church held up by generous community Written by Jake Levison A n Abbots Langley church founded in 1150 has been boosted by the community’s donations after damage to the walls cost over £100,000 to repair. St Lawrence Church, on the High Street, let the community know that there was a problem in the walls because “The Victorians used the wrong technique to protect them”. They had already raised £77,000 from donations at that point, but they needed the community to chip in with a further £25,000. Just over a month later, their JustGiving page reached the full amount and the church’s repairs The church needed the funds for urgent repairs are currently underway. The church said in a statement: “Six weeks ago, soon. St Lawrence's will still be there for many we set ourselves the target of raising £25,000 to generations to come. Thank you everyone. What a repair the stonework of St. Lawrence Church by great community.” St. Lawrence Day. 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Karen Ashworth was living unhappily after she started the menopause and said if she didn’t have work to get up for, she would have stayed in bed all day. She said: “I’ve got great family and friends around The UK average age for a woman to reach the menopause me, I have my mother, my husband and my teenage is 51. Photo credit: Diana Rozevskis daughter, but I still felt so alone and sad. I wasn’t prepared for what I was going through. Karen said: “With my daughter’s help, we set “I managed to seek counselling through my local up a closed Facebook group called ‘Surviving the GP and after five sessions, it definitely changed me, Menopause’ for women to join and discuss any and inspired me to want to help others. worries they have, or if they just want to chat to “A friend of mine, who goes to the same doctors women experiencing the same symptoms as them I do, saw a different GP and received different as everyone is different.” information to what I received. 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