CDA Herts Rural Affordable Housing Project set to continue.
We are proud to confirm that we have renewed our Affordable Housing Partnerships with Dacorum Borough Council, North Herts District Council, Hastoe Housing, North Hertfordshire Homes and Hightown Housing Association. This means that for another 3 years we shall be working together to support the development of affordable housing in Hertfordshire's rural communities for Hertfordshire's rural families.
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Grants for rural businesses
£1m of business development grants are available to SMEs in rural Hertfordshire from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The funding must be used for capital investment that will lead to business growth and the creation of new jobs. Hertfordshire LEP’s allocation under EAFRD is open to grant applications from micro and small businesses in Hertfordshire’s rural areas.
Click Here for further information on eligibility and how to apply by the deadline 31 May 2018.
Unlocking the digital potential of the UK's rural areas
Rural England CIC has published the final report from the research project on digital potential. The report explores how rural based businesses currently use digital technologies. It then examines what benefits they derive from this, what constraints they face to digital take-up and what economic potential could be released if those constraints were addressed. It includes some recommendations which aim to address the identified constraints.
If digital constraints are removed and the digital potential is realised in rural areas, an estimated £15bn+ could be generated in additional business turnover.
Click Here to download the Report which was launched on the 12 March.
New permitted development rights for farms
Farmers are to be allowed to create up to 1,000sqm of new agricultural building floor space under updated permitted development rights due to come into force from 6 April. This is a significant increase from the currently permitted 465sqm of floor space and represents a big win for NFU lobbying efforts to boost farm productivity and innovation. The new permitted development rights will also allow agricultural buildings to be converted into up to five dwellings, up from the current limit of three.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund has appointed Professor Sarah Skerratt of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to conduct vital research into what can make rural communities in the UK sustainable, in spite of the adversities they face. You can read the full announcement here. We want to find out the different ways in which the challenges of ‘remote rural’ are being experienced by people and communities across the UK. Participants are encouraged to fill in the survey regardless of their location in the countryside – whether they live and work somewhere traditionally seen as geographically remote, or places considered ‘within easy reach’ of towns and cities but that feel remote owing to a lack of connections, such as transport, broadband, or social links.
As we go into April you’ll start to hear lots more birdsong and see more colour as plants spring into life. This is the time when one of our best loved spring spectacles takes place – bluebells carpet our woodland floors in a dazzling display. Bluebells spend most of the year as bulbs underground, only emerging to flower and leaf from April onwards. This early spring flowering allows them to make the most of the sunlight that is still able to make it to the forest floor and attracts the attention of plenty of pollinating insects. Millions of bulbs may exist in one bluebell wood and new plants are sometimes able to split off from these bulbs and grow as clones. Bluebells are perhaps one of our most famous and unmistakeable woodland flowers - look for long and narrow, drooping leaf fronds and bending flower stems heavy with the nodding, blue bells that give this flower its name.
To see bluebells Hertfordshire this April, visit one of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s woodland reserves such as Gobions Wood in Potters Bar, Balls Wood in Hertford, and Hawkins Wood in Royston.
Hertfordshire Health Walks have teamed up with the mental health charity MIND to provide weekly walks in Welwyn Garden City, Hertford and Royston. These walks are open to all and are particularly welcoming to those with mental health problems – offering them a chance to get active with friendly and supportive staff and volunteers. We all know that being physically active is good for our bodies but it can be very beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing too. It can reduce feelings of stress, promote clearer thinking, reduce anxiety and lift your mood. Find a walk to suit you at
NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking at how people access urgent care services in west Hertfordshire and specifically walk-in services at Hemel Hempstead Hospital including the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) and West Herts Medical Centre (WHMC). To help us make decisions about these services we are seeking your views.
Click Here for all of the information for the consultation, including a short survey
Time to get Everyone Active
From April, Everyone Active will be managing Berkhamsted Leisure Centre, Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre, Hemel Hempstead School Courts, Jarman Park Athletics Track and Longdean Sports Centre. Everyone Active will also be investing more than £2.3 million into our flagship leisure facilities at Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted. This will provide quality leisure services for the community and an affordable and diverse range of sports facilities for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their age or ability.
Working in partnership with Herts Sports Partnership and East Herts Council, this initial two year service started in September 2017. The service is designed to promote existing opportunities throughout the District, as well as introduce new opportunities to participate through a detailed needs assessment which identified gaps in provision. Some of the activities on offer this year include beginner level triathlons, school development days, back to netball session, and developing a cycle hub for Hertford.
There's lots of work we've been doing developing our Youth Offer and we have got some exciting youth opportunities launching in the Enews including a YAMA Young Person's Photography Competition. We also have a report on the recent safeguarding conference hosted by Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board in February and updates regarding the Ambition Quality programme. All our upcoming course dates are listed, although the L1 Safeguarding in Hitchin looks to be fully booked, our next date for this is Tuesday 15 May in Stevenage, book here. Our next L2 Safeguarding is in Hatfield on Saturday 24 March in Hatfield, book here.
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Share, Debate, Celebrate - 18 June to 2 July
What does it mean to you to have the same democratic rights as everyone else? Throw a Tea Party and join together with people from all over the country to celebrate 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928, which gave all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote. Invite your community to share, debate, and celebrate what equality means to you.
Click here to download a resource pack and find out more
E.ON Free Home Insulation
Homes across Hertfordshire are set to benefit from free cavity wall and loft insulation thanks to E.ON's nationwide offer. Potential combined savings of more than £1,000 from free insulation and savings on heating bills. For a limited time, households across Britain can have cavity wall and loft insulation installed for free by E.ON, regardless of whether E.ON is their energy supplier The insulation, which would usually cost around £775, is being offered for free to all homeowners, landlords and private tenants who have their landlord’s permission. A typical family home could save up to £285 a year on their heating bills by installing both cavity wall and loft insulation, meaning people who take up the offer could save a total of more than £1,000.
Click Here for more information or call or 0330 400 1083
What is HertsYOPA18?
HertsYOPA18 aims to make Hertfordshire the most active county, by:
increasing physical activity
shifting stubborn inactivity levels
celebrating what's already happening
encouraging new programmes and events.
HertsYOPA18 is being led by the Hertfordshire Sports and Physical Activity Partnership, Hertfordshire County Council, and Hertfordshire Association of Cultural Officers. It is supported by the 10 district councils and many other organisations.
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