Citizens Advice is here to help at Christmas

We know Christmas can be a tricky time for many, especially this year. Whether it’s advice on employment, benefits, money, housing, relationships or access to foodbank or fuel vouchers – we’re here to help with free and confidential advice.

Please see the attached poster for Christmas opening hours and contact details.

Sunday Act of Remembrance

“Live Stream” of Remembrance Service, 8th November 2020

Following the statement regarding the National Lockdown in England that comes into effect from midnight on Wednesday 4thNovember, Buntingford Town Council has received advice from Government that the Remembrance Service due to be held on Sunday 8th November 2020 can go ahead, albeit with restrictions.

A full risk assessment has been carried out of the service which will be led by the Reverend Ian Hill of St Peter’s Church.

In order to keep members of the public safe and to ensure Safe Distancing, the service will be short with only 3 Wreaths being laid at the War Memorial by representatives of Buntingford Town Council, the Royal British Legion and Serving Service Men and Women.

The area around the War Memorial will be cordoned off and only those taking part in the service will be allowed into the area during the service. Attendees are restricted to ensure Safe Distancing and members of the public are requested not to attend.

You are very welcome to attend the service online which will be “live streamed” to the Buntingford Town Council Website, www.buntingford-tc.gov.uk and the Buntingford Town Council Facebook page www.facebook.com/buntingfordtc. Live streaming will start at 10.45am and the service will commence at 10.50am.

The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to show their respect by holding a two minute silence at their doorstep.

Any other organisations that may wish to lay a wreath are requested to do so at any other time.

Temporary closing of Warren Lane/Spring Lane, Cottered.

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 vehicular traffic from using that length of Warren Lane/Spring Lane, Cottered from a point in line with the western boundary of ‘Warren Farmhouse’ south eastwards and north eastwards for a distance of approximately 200 metres (“the length of Roads”), except for access.

The Order is needed because utility service works are proposed to be executed on or near the length of Roads.

If the Order is made, it shall come into force on 2 November 2020 for a period of up to 18 months. However, the restrictions specified shall only take effect at the times indicated by signs on or near the length of Roads.

Citizens Advice East Herts Scam Advice

Citizens Advice East Herts can help if you are worried about scams. Citizens Advice offers free, confidential, independent and impartial advice to anyone. We work in your local area and are mainly staffed by volunteers.
We give information and advice to people to help solve their problems. We also work to make life better by campaigning locally and nationally on the issues that keep causing problems.

Citizen’s Advice East Herts – Here to help

Since 23 March, we have helped 2,396 clients – 36% more than the same time period last year – with advice on a range of issues. Employment continues to be the top issue for clients, with advice needed on furlough and redundancy etc. We are also continuing to help with practical support such as Foodbank referrals and local community links and are working with East Herts Police and other local Citizens Advice to raise awareness of Covid-related scams.

Whilst some restrictions have lifted, we have decided to continue to give advice from home for the time being– many of our volunteers are vulnerable/have caring responsibilities and most of our offices do not easily allow for social distancing. We are exploring how we can add in some element of a physical advice service, with the necessary protections in place. In the meantime, we would take this opportunity to remind you of our access options, as set out in the attached flyer. Our website and social media are also useful reference points for latest information.

We are working closely with partners to look at how we can best meet client need post Covid. As government support starts to reduce, we are expecting an increased need for help with debt, money advice, employment and housing and trying raise funds to resource more specialist support in these areas (as well as cover the costs of home working). Further details are on our website at www.citizensadviceeastherts.org.uk.

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Speed Management Strategy 2020

The Local Transport Plan sets out how the County Council intends to provide for safe and efficient travel, catering for all forms of transport. The Speed Management Strategy is a supporting document to this and sets out a consistent approach to setting speed limits along with guidance for implementing traffic calming measures and speed cameras.

The strategy includes further guidance on the implementation of 20mph speed limits. This is a key measure to encourage walking and cycling and improve local environments.

Other changes include information on how measured speeds are used to guide speed limits, information on design and other measures to change driver behaviour and the process for changing speed limits.

Have your say on the Speed Management Strategy consultation. The public engagement is open from 1 July 2020 – 16 September 2020

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/consultations/transport-and-highways/speed-strategy-2020.aspx

Pedestrian Crossing Feasibility Study Report

A copy of the report investigating the feasibility of placing a pedestrian crossing on the A507 in Cottered is attached.

Guide To Safer And Successful Events – New Way To Notify

East Herts Safety Advisory Group (SAG) would like to know if you are organising an event as they can provide a one stop shop providing advice on running a safe and successful event. Click on the link for further information.

New Homes Bonus

An update on the New Homes Bonus is available via this link.

Buntingford Community Bus Service (BCAT)

Coming to Cottered and Throcking EVERY MONDAY Starting on 1st October 2018.
Please click on the links for a guide to times and pick up points.

Details of the full service can be found on the Buntingford Town Council website https://www.buntingford-tc.gov.uk/bcat.html