St Stephen’s Parish Council 2014 Festival

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St Stephen Parish Council has lined up a series of events for the 2014 Parish Festival:

Friday 16 May 2014 – 7.30pm to late
The 2014 Parish Festival kicks off with an Opening Night at Greenwood Park Community Centre with two live bands: The Cam River Band, supported by The Jumping Fleas.

Tickets are £5 and available from Gill Marie at the Parish Centre (01923 681443) or email gill@ststephenparishcouncil.gov.uk).

Saturday 17 May 2014: 10.45 to 5pm – Greenwood Park
The 2014 Festival Arts & Crafts Fair will feature displays and demonstrations from local artists, craftspersons and special interest groups.

There will also be Arena performances and displays from local signers, dancers and musicians.

Contact Gill Marie at The Parish Centre (01923 681443) or email gill@ststephenparishcouncil.gov.uk).

Sunday 18 May 2014: 10.45 to 5pm – Greenwood Park Community Centre
Traditional Fete with stalls, arena performances, dog show, falconry display, food arena and much more.

There will also be an Arts & Crafts Fair with displays and demonstrations from local artists, craftspersons and special interest groups.

The Funfair  will also be in the Park for the whole weekend.

Contact Gill Marie at The Parish Centre (01923 681443) or email
gill@ststephenparishcouncil.gov.uk).

Chiswell Green Residents Association Celebrates 50 Years

Chiswell Green Clock 1 277x300 Chiswell Green Residents Association Celebrates 50 YearsCelebrating their Golden Jubilee in 2013, Chiswell Green Residents Association has an afternoon an evening of activities lined up at Greenwood Park to mark the occasion on July 06.

The celebrations start with a Bring Your Own Picnic from 2.30 to 5.00 pm, where Elvis Schmelvis will be on hand to rock you through the afternoon. There will also be a Children’s Entertainer and an exhibition of Chiswell Green Memorabilia.

The “rocking” will continue in the evening session, starting at 8.00pm, when The Brickets will take you through ’til 11pm.

Tickets for the evening cost £5.00 and are available from George Old at 9 Cherry Hill or Raj at the Post Office.

CGRA is asking residents to let them borrow old photos, or you can bring them along on the day.

Image: © Iain Lamond, used with permission

Park Street Roundabout

Petition to Instal Traffic Lights at Park Street Roundabout

park street roundabout 300x213 Petition to Instal Traffic Lights at Park Street RoundaboutLocal resident Pete Whitehead has set up a petition to try to persuade Herts County Council to instal traffic lights on the very busy Park Street Roundabout.

Pete says:
“Even if the proposed freight terminal at Park Street does not get the go-ahead (which naturally one hopes it will not), the problems with congestion at the Park Street roundabout during peak times are at an unacceptable level.

Because of the near constant flow of traffic entering the roundabout from both directions of the A414, drivers entering from the A405 and from Watling Street may wait an inordinately long time.Because the window for entering the roundabout is so short, many drivers are forced to take risks by doing so, especially so as the traffic on the roundabout is fast moving.  This of course leads to accidents which needless to say cause even more congestion and delays.

I believe that traffic lights operating during peak hours only (i.e. the morning and evening rush hours) would ease these problems considerably.  They would naturally reduce the number of accidents which is an unambiguously good thing but they would also create a fairer situation for motorists approaching this junction from the directions of Park Street and Chiswell Green and from St Albans who must now queue for such a long time.

I have started a petition on the Hertfordshire County Council website in support of this measure.

This can be found at https://consult.hertsdirect.org/petitions/petition?petition_id=113442

Image of Park Street Roundabout: copyright Sebastian Ballard and licensed for use under CC 2.0

Local Residents Urged to Rally Against Proposed Rail Freight Terminal

The protests against the proposed Rail Freight Terminal are gathering momentum and local residents are urged to sign a petition to Hertfordshire County Council that makes it clear we are against the use of publicly owned land.

At the time of publishing 6,566 signatures had been added to the Petition. 10,000 are needed.

Click on this link to be taken straight to the Petition:

Hertfordshire County Council must not sell or lease land to HelioSlough
The petition closes on March 31, 2013