News from West Hertfordshire

Beech tree in Ashridge Woods

Ashridge Woods at Risk

The internationally important beech woods in Ashridge have been placed on a critical risk warning following a report. Wildlife, plants and trees are all suffering.

26 Apr 2022
Simy Dhyani traffic survey


Since April 2021 Boxmoor's councillors supported by 23 local volunteers have spent over 100 hours surveying and analysing traffic flows at notorious rat runs and busy roads across Boxmoor. "We needed to understand the scale and nuances of a problem before we can discuss solutions." says Adrian England, County Councillor for Boxmoor. Key findings so far are that: - traffic on Lockers Park Lane increases by 6.5 times on a school day - 89% of eastbound rush hour traffic on St Johns Rd is through traffic - at peak times pedestrians have to cope with a car every five seconds on Fishery Road This collected data and analysis is to help support lobbying and inform decision-making. As a result of the data collected, Boxmoor Councillors have found the funding for a pedestrian crossing on Fishery Road and Herts County Council are undertaking a feasibility study. Dacorum Borough Councillor William Allen explains "this is only a start - our surveying will continue to more areas and this will help us to chip away at the pr

31 Jan 2022
Stephen Giles-Medhurst and Road

"Herts' Roads are in Good Shape!" claim the Tories - "Oh no they're not!" say the Liberal Democrats.

Herts Lib Dems have hit out at Tory County Council claims that our roads are in "Good Shape". In March this year, the Lib Dems protested as over 60 road resurfacing reconstruction schemes were cut from works due by the County Council. The Conservative administration cut road improvement schemes (mainly on secondary side roads across the county) and reduced the budget for such schemes by £2m - next year and in each of the following three years. This cut £8m in total from the planned £37m spend up to 2025 - a cut of 22%. Now council officers have released figures showing that the number of side roads in Hertfordshire that need of repair has nearly doubled since last year - increasing from 7% to 12%.

30 Dec 2021
Offshore Hydrogen

With Battery Storage only a Partial Solution to the Efficient Use of Wind Power, Germany Plans to Exploit Helgoland as a Hydrogen Distribution Hub

Several European energy companies are currently exploring the feasibility of producing hydrogen out at sea. Although not particularly efficient, electroysis of water to produce hydrogen is a useful way to capture wind energy that might otherwise be in surplus. Batteries could of course be used shorterm energy storage and release, but future projections indicate hydrogen could handle greater quantities of energy over greater timescales and could also be an efficient way to transfer it to the mainland - with one hydrogen pipeline handling the same energy transmission as 5 DC interconnector cables.

7 Nov 2021

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