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The Return of the Noticeboards

After some much needed TLC, the wooden noticeboards were finally ready to return to their homes on Friday 27 November. 

They are now, once again, ready to stand proud and serve the people of Wheathampstead, displaying community notices and posters (no business advertisements please!).

When using the noticeboards please only use drawing pins and make sure the doors are closed properly.

A wooden village noticeboard
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A wooden village noticeboard
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Tackling bad parking

WPC is working closely with the parking enforcement team at St Albans District Council to tackle the issue of parking in the village.

Report illegal parking to illegalparking@stalbans.gov.uk or 01727 845283.

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Closure of the ATP & tennis courts

In line with Government and FA guidelines, from Thursday 5 November the ATP and tennis courts will be closed once again until further notice. They will be reopened as soon as it is safe and legal to do so.

Please do not attempt to access these facilities for any reason. If you see anyone (other than the maintenance team) trying to get onto the pitch after is has been locked, please call 101. Maintenance will continue to take place and this will be done during the day.

Need some ideas for Halloween?

Despite this year being a little different, you can still enjoy Halloween as a family and as a community!

The Playing Out project from Sustainable St Albans brings us 10 top tips for enjoying this Halloween which is unlike any other – click here to view. Find out how you can create a community atmosphere in your part of St Albans District and satisfy your kids’ cravings for fun and treats while celebrating the Spooky Season in a sustainable way.

Have you noticed our new bins? They take dog poo too!

Several new bins have been installed across the village. These new style bins are closed at the top to make it more difficult for animals such as foxes and squirrels to get at the rubbish, which was often found strewn across the grass in the mornings.

Did you know that regular bins are also suitable for dog waste? As dog waste no longer needs to be disposed of by a specialist company, all dedicated dog poo bins are to be gradually being removed and replaced with these wonderful new green and gold mixed waste bins.

New style mixed waste bin

NHS QR Codes for Parish Council buildings

As per Government guidelines, facilities such as The Memorial Hall and the Marford Football Pavilion will now have QR code posters located by entrances. Users of these facilities will be required to scan this QR code prior to entering the building. This can be done using the new NHS COVID-19 app which is available for both Android and Apple phones. This app will only work nationally from Thursday 24 September.

According to Gov.uk:

“When someone enters a venue and scans an official NHS QR code poster, the venue information will be logged on the user’s phone. The device will check if users have been at that location at the relevant time and if the app finds a match, users will get an alert anonymously with advice on what to do based on the level of risk.”

Remediation Works and River Water Quality

Message from Sanctus Ltd

In order to make excavations safe for the remediation, we are permitted to abstract groundwater for discharge to the River Lea. These operations are permitted by the Environment Agency.

Prior to discharge, the groundwater goes through our bespoke onsite water treatment system which ensures the water quality meets the criteria set by the Environment Agency. This system comprises a Siltbuster, oil/water separator and granular activated carbon pods.

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Plants stolen from the Crinkle Crankle Community Garden

Plants have been stolen from the Crinkle Crankle Community Garden, which is located between St Helens Church and King Edward Place.

Four clumps of agapanthus were crudely taken, leaving that area of the garden to look patchy. The team responsible for maintenance will do what they can to improve the area now and thereafter replace the bulbs in the Autumn; however, it will take time for these flowers to return to their former glory.

The Parish Council and all those involved in the garden are incredibly disappointed and hope that this remains an isolated incident.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please report it to the Police by calling 101 or online.

Reopening the ATP – New rules

Following the reopening of the ATP on 24 July, it has been noticed that many young people using it have been taking both food and bikes onto the pitch, which is clearly stated in the rules as not being allowed.

In addition, social distancing doesn’t appear to be taking place. Whilst the Parish Council understands this is difficult, it is extremely important to ensure the safety of all.

Parents – please ensure your budding footballers are aware of the rules before using the pitch. The pitch will be locked again if the rules are not followed.

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