Broxbourne in top eight of the UK for illegal air pollution.

Broxbourne suffers with some of the highest levels of illegal air pollution in the country. A government air pollution plan, ordered by the High Court earlier this year, revealed air pollution in Broxbourne to be much worse than previously feared, in fact it is amongst the eight worst areas in the country outside of London.

The main pollutant in the air is nitrogen dioxide and the main cause of that is traffic.

Amongst the worst air in the borough is along the A10 in Cheshunt but there are several others in the borough including Waltham Cross and Wormley that well exceed the minimum accepted levels.

The area has been above the legal limit for some time but originally it was expected to be able to get down to the legal limit by 2019. After reviewing just how bad the problem is, Broxbourne Council revised that date to 2028.

The most likely way the Council will address this problem is by implementation of a charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ) ie vehicles entering the area that do not comply with the specifications required will be charged a fee. They are hopeful this would enable the area to get to minimum compliance by 2023. This still leave us all breathing dangerous levels for another four years.

A final plan on how they intend to address the issues must be with Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by October 2019.

Broxbourne council currently ask residents in the area not to make short car journeys – I would suggest better, and more frequent bus routes should be implemented so short car journeys are less necessary.

In addition, Broxbourne District council are in direct opposition to Hertfordshire County council. Herts instigated the proposal for a 350,000-tonne incinerator that will pump further nitrogen dioxide into the Broxbourne Lea Valley and generate another c98,000 lorry movements – so huge potential for even higher levels in the north of the borough.

A Piece by Elaine Thatcher – Chair of the Broxbourne Liberal Democrats

Upcoming Dates for your Diary

Hoddesdon Incinerator Public Inquiry Tuesday, June 19th

The Public Inquiry re the proposed Hoddesdon Incinerator begins at High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street Hoddesdon EN11 8SG on Tuesday 19th June at 10 am. There will be a brief protest by individuals and groups opposed to the development outside at 9.20 am Please come along to represent the Lib Dems at the protest as it is most important for people to attend in large numbers to send a clear message to the inspector.

Lib Dem Pint

There will be a special Lib Dem Pint on Monday 25th June at 8.00pm in The Red Lion 1 High St, Stanstead Abbotts SG 12 8AA. Kate Beajeux who works in the pharmaceutical industry will be coming along to talk about Brexit as it affects the industry. As the talk is likely to prove popular please let me know if you plan to come along.

EU Final Say March

A lot of us will be going to the march for a peoples vote in London on Saturday 23rd June. It is very important this gets a high turnout and is reported widely. If you are going please don’t forget to RSVP to the party event so they can update you when the meeting point is known

We also hope to meet up locally and travel down together so if you are planning to go, please email andrewporrer@ntlworld.com with which station you will be going from and he will try to coordinate times.

Your Candidates for the May 2017 Local Elections

We are pleased to announce that the Liberal Democrats will be fielding nine candidates in the Broxbourne Borough Council elections on 3 May – the greatest number in over a decade.

The current Conservative domination of politics in Broxbourne isn’t good for anyone, and we have heard disheartening stories of your concerns being ignored when raised with your councillors.

We are proud to play our part in democracy, by offering another choice for voters across the borough, aiming to bring balance to Broxbourne’s political scene. If elected, Liberal Democrat councillors would take time to listen to your concerns and incorporate ideas into plans for the area.

From left to right: Lisa Naylor, David Payne, Gianluca Perotti, Fabio Bonfante

The full list of Liberal Democrat candidates is as follows:
Hoddesdon North: Ruth Everness
Hoddesdon Town and Rye Park: Gianluca Perotti
Broxbourne and Hoddesdon South: Kirstie de Rivaz
Wormley and Turnford: Lisa Naylor
Goffs Oak: David Payne
Flamstead End: Kypros Savopoulos
Cheshunt North: Kostas Inchenko
Cheshunt South and Theobalds: Deborah Highfield
Waltham Cross: Fabio Bonfante

Introducing David Payne, Your Liberal Democrat Candidate for the Goffs Oak and Bury Green By-Election on the 22nd of February

I have been fortunate to live in Broxbourne for over forty years, sending my 3 children to excellent local schools and enjoying the Lee Valley’s green spaces. Together with my wife Val I have been actively involved in local school and church activities.

The Conservatives who have run Hertfordshire County Council since 1999 have become ever more remote from the needs of local people and without an effective opposition ill thought out changes and cuts to local services will continue to be bulldozed through.

If elected I intend to be a hard working councillor and any voter with a problem or an improvement they would like to see locally can get in touch with me on libdemdavep@yahoo.com.

A message from Jan Metcalfe from Hoddesdon Against Incineration

Dear Campaigners,

Herts CC’s planning officer’s report on the proposed incinerator is now available. A copy is attached. Surprise, surprise it recommends that the incinerator goes ahead.  County Councillors on The Development and Control Committee will be meeting on 20th Dec to vote on this.

 

Now we must concentrate on getting it called in by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, to ensure we get a fair hearing.  Our MP Charles Walker has been working to ensure this happens, but needs your support.

PLEASE WRITE NOW to Sajid Javid  [details below]

Ask for it to be called in for some of the following reasons (Clarity and brevity are key.  We are asking for an independent judgement).

  • The proposal disregards National Planning Guidance, Herts CC, Local Waste Plan and Broxbourne Council’s Local Plan. [no need to explain this]
  • There is a conflict of interest because Herts CC has a contract with Veolia and are also determining Veolia’s planning application.
  • A biased and misleading report from Herts CC officers confirms fears about Herts. CC having vested interests.
  • The entire region across two counties are united in objecting to the proposal. This includes Broxbourne Borough Council, Epping District Council, the Lee Valley Park Authority, The Canal and River Trust, Amwell Magna Fisheries, The Lee Valley Growers, and 6 Parish Councils   [ No need to list:t Nazeing, Roydon, Stanstead St Margarets, Stanstead Abbotts, Hunsdon, Hertford Heath].
  • Will damage long-term economic growth in the area of SE Herts and SW Essex. 
  • Will have a huge impact on our environment including Green Belt and our well being so merits an independent judgement.

Write to:

Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP

Secretary of State

Department of Communities and Local Government

Fry Building

2 Marsham Street  London SW1P 4DY

Email sajid.javid@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Got 5 mins to look at the report?

The summary is on p 2-3 [section2],  the conclusion is on p157 -161 [Section 23].   Some points which show bias are highlighted, you will be able to spot many more!

Please be at County Hall, Hertford 10.00am 20th December to demonstrate  opposition to the incinerator.

With thanks,

Jan and the campaign team

Don’t forget to join us for the march against the incinerator in Hoddesdon tomorrow!

We plan to congregate in Barclay Park Car Park (off Cock Lane) 10.30 to 10.45 the event will begin at 11.00. If possible, please wear Lib Dem colours gold/orange/yellow are all acceptable.

There will be entertainment in Barclay Park beforehand and at 11.00 there will be the opening address and the walk will begin.

Route: through the town centre down Burford Street (alongside Morrisons), across the Dinant Link Road at the pedestrian crossing to continue along Burford Street to Pound Close Recreation Ground. At Pound Close there will be further entertainment and closing speeches.

The March will take around 1 hour as it’s a whole community event with all ages welcome. We hope to see you there.

Conservative county council set to agree current highways contractors can carry on for another five years

Opposition councillors at County Hall have been shocked and angered to hear that Herts County Council are intending to extend the contracts of much-criticised highways contractors Ringway for a further five years.

Councillors were informed in a short email sent on Monday afternoon, with the news that the full decision would be made in November.

“This was a bolt out of the blue,” said Leader of the Opposition, Liberal Democrat Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst. “Over the past six years there has been considerable criticism and many justified complaints from residents and councillors about the poor state of our roads and pavements. Despite the poor performance of the highways contractor it seems that Conservative councillors and county council officers are prepared simply to grant Ringway a further five year contract.

“I was surprised to be sent a very short email giving the reasoning of ‘ongoing service evolution and service improvements’. Residents have not witnessed any of these improvements so far. There are no plans even to test the market, let alone a full tender, yet the Conservatives say they are in favour of using competition to drive down costs to the public.

“Being a leading critic of the poor performance of Ringway and the subcontractors week in week out has resulted in some improvements but things are still not right after six years – one has to question if this extension is the right choice. There still has to be a massive improvement in efficiency, communication and service delivery before the county council should be looking at simply handing a Ringway a new contract. It seems that the Conservatives are in denial about the failings of the highways contract.

“The Liberal Democrats are not convinced that this decision will deliver the best deal for Hertfordshire’s residents, nor that it is a wise way to spend over £30 million of council taxpayers’ money each year.”

Cheshunt Lakeside (Delamare Road) Development: Broxlibdems Making sure the development works for local people

For anyone who may not be aware, now that Tesco has relocated its headquarters from Delamare Road, the buildings along the road are effectively empty. A developer, Inland homes, has recently put forward proposals for the road’s redevelopment.

A public consultation was recently held and the Broxbourne Liberal Democrats visited it to listen to members of the public and the developers.

Ariel View of the Proposal

 

Whilst the Broxbourne Liberal Democrats broadly support the redevelopment of the site, we have several concerns about the current proposal, in broad terms these are:

Inadequate parking provision for residents of the new homes.
The developer is proposing one parking space for every home, in other parts of our borough where houses and flats have only one parking space roads are often clogged and residents are unable to park near their own homes.

Concerns surrounding congestion.
The new development would do very little to improve the traffic flow in the area, the borough is already struggling with traffic levels and low spending on roads and public transport.

How many properties will be on the site.
Inland Homes plans to build around 2000 flats on the site, which we feel is far too many for the size of land available. Relating to our previous points, the more properties are built on the site, the bigger the strain will be on everything else.

The Broxbourne Lib Dems do however welcome the Inland Home’s commitment to 20% social housing and 20% shared ownership properties within the scheme.

Broxlibdems contacted the developer to put our concerns to them, and Inland homes responded (to view this response click here). Whilst we are thankful for this, we do not feel the response we received goes anyway towards allaying our concerns and as such these still stand. We await further information, as well as the formal planning application to be submitted before taking further action.

 

What do you think? Please let us know your views on the development by contacting us at contact@broxlibdems.org.uk or on twitter or Facebook at @broxlibdems to see more pictures and for further information on the proposal click here.

Help us stop the Veolia Incinerator in Hoddesdon, Environmental Agency drop in

In order for the waste management plant in Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon to go ahead, Veolia must obtain both planning permission from Hertfordshire County Council and an operating permit from the Environmental Agency.

As such, the Environmental Agency is holding a drop in session for residents affected by the incinerator to voice their opinions on the environmental impact of the proposal. Please feel free to visit and make your voice heard, the more residents complain, the more likely the permit will be denied.

The Drop will be held on 27th July 13.00 – 17.00 the Baptist Church Hall, Burford Street Hoddesdon EN11 8HX

Parking is on site and close by on the opposite side of Burford Street there is a public CP by the Pound Close playing fields, or alternatively parking is available at Morrisons.

Please be aware that the environmental agency will not be interested in issues such as traffic, congestion or the visual impact of the building, but will be interested in hearing views surrounding air and water pollution, from both the incinerator and the vehicles going into and out of it.