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  • Article: Jun 29, 2022

    Lib Dem Cllr Paul Zukowskyj today succeeded in getting the planners at County Hall to be more demanding and challenging to Boroughs and Districts around Hertfordshire on Biodiversity and the Climate Emergency.

    At today's meeting of the Growth, Infrastructure and Planning Cabinet Panel, councillors were presented with a revised Strategic Planning Engagement Document, which outlines what County are expecting Boroughs and Districts to 'sign up to' when developing their Local Plans.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2022

    Questioning by Lib Dem County Councillors has revealed that Herts County Council has a policy to dispose of any listed buildings that it owns to avoid dealing with the problems they pose for reducing the council's carbon emissions. This was admitted at a meeting of the council's resources and performance cabinet panel this week during a discussion about future library provision in Ware.

  • Article: May 30, 2022
    Liberal Democrat councillors have expressed disappointment that Herts County Council has reduced, by over 50 percent, the number of highway verges where it will apply a wildflower biodiversity cut. It will, instead, revert to full grass cutting.

    In 2020 the County Council started a trial looking at 40 sites. This was reduced to 22 during 2021. Now 12 of these sites are being reverted to full grass cutting rather than a conservation cut and collect regime that would have encouraged wild flowers.

    Nigel Taylor, Lib Dem councillor for Berkhampsted said," The County Council says it is committed to a Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy but it is moving far too slowly and in the wrong direction. We should be increasing the areas that have a conservation cut and lift, not reducing them. It is clear from the reports where this has been done that we have encouraged new wild flowers, including orchids and unusual grassland species."
  • Article: May 20, 2022

    Following a motion from Liberal Democrat councillors, Herts County Council has revealed that it will cost somewhere between £275 million and £500 million to make the county's schools carbon neutral. This figure only includes schools that are the responsibility of the council. Costs for schools which are academies will be on top of this as will any carbon offsetting that may be required.