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					                                      The
                                      Lifestyle
                                                                                                                                                                                             dacorum
                                      Centre
                                                                                         Berkhamsted’s best kept secret                              The magazine of Dacorum Borough Council
                                                                                                                                                                                               digest
       Feel great in 2008
       Fitness isn’t just for the New Year
       Visit The Lifestyle Centre and
       make that change!

                                                                                                                                                     Be a tree champion
   Services                                                                 Facilities                                                               Find out how you could become a
     • step, tness, pilates and                                             • 16 piece cardio                                                        Tree Warden.
       yoga classes                                                             tness suite
     • personal exercise                                                    • multi station
       programme                                                              conditioning suite
                                                                                                                                                     Meet the Dacorums
     • ‘back2work’ programme                                                                                                                         Find out what this family is doing to
                                                                            • mind, body and spirit
     • rehabilitation training                                                                                                                       keep Dacorum a safe place.

                                                                                                                10%
                                                                              suite
     • tness re-assessment
     • tness coaching                                                       • indoor swimming pool
     • lifestyle and tness                                                  • sauna, steam room             discount on annual                       Fairtrade Dacorum
       assessment                                                             and spa                             membership                         You could help make Dacorum
     • sports speci c training                                              • squash and tennis courts   To bene t from this offer, please present   a Fairtrade Borough.
                                                                                                            this voucher to a member of staff




                            Interested? Please call 01442 841450
                                  to arrange an appointment
After your appointment enjoy a free workout, swim or relaxing walk around the grounds.

Email: tlc@ashridge.org.uk
www.ashridge.org.uk www.nealtraining.com
The Lifestyle Centre, Ashridge, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1NS
Registered as Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust. Charity number 311096.
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                                                                                                                                                         News                Your Dacorum        What’s On   www.dacorum.gov.uk/digest
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WILL KIMBERLEY                                              Work we undertake:                                      Contents
GARDEN SERVICES                                                 Grass cutting regular or one off
We are a small local company offering a professional            Overgrown gardens cleared
service for helping you with your garden; we can                Lawns re-laid
offer a wide range of services in fact any job in the           Shed bases & sheds erected
garden. If you require a price for a job we will book           Leaf clearing
an appointment to discuss any work that needs
                                                                Fences erected or repaired
carrying out, we will then send you a written
estimate, of course this is without charge or
                                                                Hedge/shrub cutting & trimming
obligation. Also all our estimates include all labour,          General garden tidy ups
materials and removal of waste relating to the job.             Shingle laid                       13                                                                     15                                                      Special pullout
                                                                Fruit tree pruning/tree lopping
                                                                Gutters cleared                         This publication contains news and information about Dacorum Borough                                                      4-5
                                                                High hedges a speciality                Council's services. If you would like this information, or you would like to                                              News
                                                                                                        contact the Council in any language not listed, please call 01442 867213.                                                 • Easter refuse collections
                                                                Patio/deck cleaning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Council budget for 2008
                                                                                                        If you would like this information in another format, such as large
                                                                                                        print or audio tape, please call 01442 228125. To contact the                                                             6-7
                                                                                                        Council via the Minicom service, please call 01442 228656.                                                                Community
             Tel/Fax: (01442) 255784 E-Mail: fiona@wkgardenservices.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Easter playschemes
                          Website: www.wkgardenservices.co.uk                                                                                                                                                                     • A vision for the community
                          Licensed Waste Carrier - Registration Number EAN/930571
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clean, safe and green
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Become a Tree Warden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Easy as 1, 2, 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Your green pledges

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Special pullout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please read and keep this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  crime reduction leaflet

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your Dacorum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How do you pay yours?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Planning news

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus on Fraud
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Youth News
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Keep it safe, keep it hidden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What's up in Kings Langley

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What's on
                                                                                                         Dacorum Digest is the magazine for residents of the Borough of Dacorum and is published by                               • A guide to arts, entertainment
                                                                                                         Dacorum Borough Council, Civic Centre, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1HH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and events across Dacorum
                                                                                                         Main Reception     Tel: 01442 228000                               Digest Editor Tel: 01442 228127
                                                                                                         Digest Advertising Tel: 01442 228184                               E-mail:       digest@dacorum.gov.uk                   When you have finished with
                                                                                                         Design and Print: Mousetrap Design & Print
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  this magazine, please recycle it.
                                                                                                         Nothing in this magazine may be reproduced in whole or part without written permission. Dacorum Borough Council
                                                                                                         does not accept responsibility for any goods or services offered by advertisers. Printed on forestry maintained stock.
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            Council’s budget                                                                                                      Parking
    Cabinet Councillors have recommended an increase of 4.5% in the Borough
    Council element of the Council Tax, lower than many other Hertfordshire Councils.
                                                                                                                                  changes
    A Council Tax increase of 4.5% for
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    Dacorum residents is expected. The                                                                                            Car park charges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Housing repairs
    final Council Tax for Dacorum was due
    to be approved by full Council as
                                                       include the following:                                                     New parking charges will be                                                          move to MITIE
                                                                                                                                  introduced across the Council’s car       taxi rank, in loading bays, at or near a
    Dacorum Digest went to print.                                                                                                                                                                                      Housing repairs to Council-owned
                                                 L                                                                                parks from the end of March               pedestrian crossing or bus stop will be
                                                       Stopping free dog scoops and introducing a minimal charge for mouse                                                                                             properties in Dacorum have been
                                                                                                                                                                            liable for the higher penalty charge.
    This marks the end of a tough budget               treatments. Rat treatments to remain free. Saving £11,000                                                                                                       transferred to an external
                                                                                                                                  Increases have been set at a level that The lower level fine will be issued for
    setting process in which the Council                                                                                                                                                                               contractor, MITIE, in a move to
                                                                                                                                  means the cost of parking in Dacorum parking offences both in streets and
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    has had to find £1.6million of savings.            Amalgamating three play schemes (Longdean Sports, Leverstock Green                                                                                              ensure best possible value for
                                                                                                                                  is still one of the lowest in the County. car parks such as continued parking
                                                       and Tudor School) into a single play scheme at Tudor School.                                                                                                    money for tenants and
                                                                                                                                                                            after a ticket has expired or not
    Leader of the Council, Cllr Andrew                 Saving £22,000                                                                                                                                                  leaseholders.
                                                                                                                                  The new charges will apply in Council parking fully within the marked bays.
    Williams says “Our savings proposals                                                                                          car parks from 8am – 6pm, Monday to                                                  The £20million contract lasts for
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    have focused on areas that will have               A 50p increase in Meals on Wheels prices, making the price of a            Saturday. Parking on Sunday and Bank The Traffic Management Act also                 five years and will see MITIE take
    least impact on the public and that                standard meal £2.75 (still below the Hertfordshire average of £3 and       holidays will remain free of charge.      renames our Parking Attendants as          on the repairs of the Council’s
    improve value for money for our                    below the production cost of £5.65 per meal). 25 per cent discount for                                               Civil Enforcement Officers. These          11,000 homes in Hemel
    residents. Non-essential or under-used             Dacorum Card holders. Saving £30,000                                       Penalty Charges                           Officers will have powers to issue         Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring
    services that are inefficient to run have                                                                                     From 31 March we will be adopting a Penalty Charge Notices for additional            and the surrounding villages.
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    been the target for cutbacks.                      Stopping the under-used Gadebridge Park and Ride Scheme.                   new two tier parking fine system          offences such as parking on zigzags at
    Protecting essential services will                 Saving £72,000                                                             across the Borough in line with the       pedestrian crossings.                      Tenants who have requested a
    always be our priority.                                                                                                       Traffic Management Act (TMA) 2004.                                                   repair can expect to be visited by
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                                                       Review of grants to the voluntary sector. Saving 60,000                                                              For full details of the new car park       tradesmen wearing MITIE uniform
    “Savings are never welcome but our                                                                                            This means there will be two levels of charges and the new penalty                   and driving vehicles that display
    hand has been forced by a funding                  Closure of The Bridge Business and Training Centre and relocation of       charges for parking offences. A high      charge system visit                        a MITIE logo. As usual, before
    settlement from the government that is             services. Saving £199,000                                                  level fine of £70, and a low level fine   www.dacorum.gov.uk/parking or              allowing anyone into your home,
    well below inflation and the removal of                                                                                       of £50. Both fines will be discounted     find them in our Parking Guide             tenants should also ask to see an
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    key income streams such as proceeds                Efficiency savings through cutting jobs and support services and           by half if paid within 14 days.           available from the Council’s parking       ID card, which now displays
    from council house sales.”                         reviewing supplier contracts. Saving £931,000                                                                        centre, PO BOX 921, 81 Marlowes,           MITIE and Dacorum Borough
                                                                                                                                  Drivers found parking improperly on       Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 1ZP.           Council logos.
                                                                                                                                  double yellow lines, in a disabled bay, Tel: 01442 263935.
    Council secures vital safeguards in Buncefield proposals                                                                                                                                                           Tenants should continue to report
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       any repairs or requests in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       normal way by calling the 24-hour
    Dacorum Borough Council has                 agreement specifies 55 controls,         subject to the Council being satisfied   Easter refuse collection dates                                                       freephone housing repairs number
    secured a legal agreement with BP,          reflecting expert recommendations        that the necessary safeguards are in                                                                                          on 0800 018 6050.
                                                                                                                                  Revised refuse and recycling dates for the Easter
    putting stringent controls on fuel          including those from the Buncefield      place.”
                                                                                                                                  bank holidays are as follows:
    storage proposals at Buncefield.            Investigation Board.”




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                                                                                                                                  Normal Collection day          Revised collection day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Park and ride
                                                                                         Three other planning applications from
    BP can now use its existing tanks at        Councillor Richard Roberts, Chairman     United Kingdom Oil Pipeline (UKOP)       Friday 21 March                Saturday 22 March                                     The under-used Park and Ride
    the depot for aviation fuel. However, it    of the Development Control               have also been granted with              Monday 24 March                Tuesday 25 March                                      service in Hemel Hempstead will
    would have to meet strict safety            Committee, said: “Community safety       associated legal agreements. These       Tuesday 25 March               Wednesday 26 March                                    cease operation. The last of the
    criteria before storing ground fuel like    and business confidence are              are for repairs to three buildings at    Wednesday 26 March             Thursday 27 March                                     service will be Friday 28 March
    petrol or diesel.                           paramount. However, in recognition of    Buncefield, with a limited storage of    Thursday 27 March              Friday 28 March                                       2008. In a review of the service,
                                                the national importance of fuel          ground fuel for operational purposes     Friday 28 March                Saturday 29 March                                     the Council considered it offered
    Mike Peters, Director of Environment        supplies to Heathrow, we have agreed     only, to enable them to resume their                                                                                          poor value for money in view of
    and Regeneration, said: “The legal          BP can go ahead with certain plans,      operations at the site.                  For further information please call 01442 867858.                                    the low passenger levels.
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    Come out to play!                                                                                                         A vision for the                                                                      Free or discounted

    Playschemes                          Leverstock Green Village Hall              Where are they?
                                                                                                                              community’s future                                                                    insulation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Although Spring is in the air and
    Dacorum playschemes offer            5 to 11 year olds                          Adeyfield, Turners Hill                                                                                                         we all hope that the weather will
    exceptional all-day or part-day care Time: 9am–12.30pm                          01442 242852                                                                        The strategy was launched after             be getting warmer, it’s never too
    facilities for children aged from    Cost                                       Bennetts End, Rant Meadow                                                           extensive consultation with people          early to ensure your home is
    rising 5s* to 13 years old. Fully    First child     £7.25,                     01442 242301                                                                        across the Borough, combined                insulated and ready for the colder
    trained staff ensure day long fun.   siblings        £6.75                      Chaulden, Long Chaulden                                                             with careful analysis of data and           months to come later in the year.
    Book your place for the Easter       Bookings:       call 01442 268723          01442 213864                                                                        social trends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    100% grant funded loft and cavity
    holidays. Playschemes run Tuesday                                               Grovehill/Woodhall Farm,
                                         40% discount for Dacorum Card                                                                                                  There are ten main aims included in         wall insulation is now available to
    25 March until Friday 4 April.                                                  Redbourn Road
                                         holders without Working                    01442 215872                                                                        the strategy, one of which focuses on       all residents aged 70 years and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    above, as well as those who
    Dacorum Borough Council’s all Families Tax Credit. To book                                                                                                          how we can help tackle climate
                                                                                    Opening hours                                                                                                                   receive some income and
    day care in Hemel Hempstead please call 01442 228723.                                                                                                               change locally, providing goals which
                                                                                      Term Time                                                                         individuals as well as organisations        disability related benefits.
    Tudor School, Redwood Drive              * Rising 5s are children who are in full Monday to Friday 3.30pm–6.30pm                                                    can adopt, such as reducing waste           All other homeowners and private
    Rising 5s* to 13 year olds               time school reception class and not yet Saturday and Sunday 1pm–5pm                                                        and recycling. Another section sets         tenants qualify for discounted
    Time: 8.30am–5.30pm (or half day         5 years old.                                                                                                               out how we can build on a safer
                                                                                      School Holidays                                                                                                               loft and cavity wall insulation.
    sessions 8.30am–1pm /                                                                                                                                               community, with targets focusing on
                                             Adventure playgrounds                    Monday to Friday (except Bank                                                                                                 Fully insulating your home could
    1pm–5.30pm)                                                                                                                                                         cutting the number of people who see
                                             The greatest adventure you’ll have in Holidays) 9.30am–5.30pm                                                                                                          easily reduce your fuel bills by
    Cost           All-day     Half-day                                                                                                                                 vandalism, graffiti and drunkenness
                                             the Borough! There are four              The adventure playgrounds are closed                                                                                          £100 a year.
    First child    £19         £10                                                                                                                                      as problems in the Borough.
    Siblings       £17         £9            adventure playgrounds across Hemel at weekends during the school                 From our health, housing and                                                          For most households, insulating
                                             Hempstead that offer free, open          holidays, and will also be closed the   community safety to culture,              To read ‘Towards 2021’ or for more          has never made better financial
    To book please call the Children’s       access play facilities all year round    weekend before and the weekend after    business and the environment –                                                        sense. Following autumn’s record
                                                                                                                                                                        information about the Dacorum
    Services unit on 01442 228632.           for 6 to 12 year olds.                   the holidays.                                                                                                                 oil prices and surging wholesale
                                                                                                                              an ambitious action plan has              Partnership visit
                                                                                                                              been launched, setting out the            www.dacorumpartnershipnews.org,             gas and electricity prices,
                                                                                                                              future vision for our community           call 01442 228505 or e-mail                 insulation could be our best
                                                                                                                                                                        pauline.challis@dacorum.gov.uk              defence against rising energy bills
    Dacorum’s support for Fairtrade                                                                                           here in Dacorum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in 2008.
                                                                                                                              ‘Towards 2021’, the Dacorum                                                           Dacorum Borough Council has
                                                                                                                              Sustainable Community Strategy,                                                       teamed up with the Energy
    Are you interested in helping Dacorum    followed by the achievement of
                                                                                                                              has been produced by the Dacorum                                                      Efficiency Advice Centre to bring
    become a Fairtrade Borough? You          Fairtrade Borough status.
                                                                                                                              Partnership, an alliance between                                                      you Warmer Homes Greener Herts
    could be a resident, a business or a                                                                                      Dacorum Borough Council,
                                           Fairtrade Steering Groups are currently                                                                                                                                  – a free price comparison service
    community organisation. Dacorum                                                                                           Hertfordshire County Council,
                                           being set up, with members from the                                                                                                                                      which helps you find the best deal
    Borough Council and its Fairtrade                                                                                         Hertfordshire Constabulary, Community
                                           voluntary and commercial sectors.                                                                                                                                        on home insulation. Warmer
    partners are encouraging organisations                                                                                    Action Dacorum, West Hertfordshire
                                           Fairtrade events will be organised                                                                                                                                       Homes Greener Herts will help you
    and businesses in Hemel Hempstead                                              More information on Fairtrade              Primary Care Trust and other statutory
                                           throughout the year. See                                                                                                                                                 find the best insulation deal along
    to work towards achieving Fairtrade                                            can be found at The Fairtrade              and voluntary organisations.
                                           www.dacorum.gov.uk for details.                                                                                                                                          with details of any grants for
    status for the town in 2008.                                                   Foundation’s website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    which you may be eligible.
                                                                                   www.fairtrade.org.uk
    Following the achievement of Fairtrade If you are a local business or                                                     Correction                                                                            Call 0800 8048 777 for the best
    town status for Tring and Berkhamsted organisation and would like to find out Fairtrade products aim to get a             The Winter issue of Dacorum Digest included an article on the proposed new arts       deals from a database of
    last year, we aim to achieve the same more about Fairtrade or get involved, better deal for disadvantaged                 venue in Hemel Hempstead. The article incorrectly stated that Allies and Morrison     possible options, or visit
    award for Hemel Hempstead by the       please call 01442 867805 or e-mail      farmers and workers in the                 were architects of the Royal Festival Hall when they were in fact architects of the   www.warmerhomesgreenerherts
    end of this year. This would be        chris.taylor@dacorum.gov.uk             developing world.                          refurbishment in 2005.                                                                .co.uk
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    L        Clean, Safe and Green

    Easy as 1, 2, 3                                                                                                      Be a tree champion
                                                                                                                         Do you value your local trees and woodlands? Would you like to help
    1,505 tonnes, that’s how much plastic from bottles Dacorum
                                                                                                                         keep the Borough a green and leafy place? Dacorum Borough Council
    residents recycled last year. To help you improve on this figure
                                                                                                                         is looking for volunteers to become Tree Wardens. The Dacorum Tree
    during 2008 here’s an easy reminder of the different types of                                                        Warden Network will be part of the Tree Council's national Tree
    plastics you can put out for recycling. Remember, it’s as easy                                                       Warden Scheme.




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    as 1, 2, 3.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Schools talk trash
                                                                                                                                                                     You need not be a tree expert –
    Plastic bottles marked with the following symbols, 1, 2 and 3                                                                                                    enthusiasm is the only requirement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             JFK, Bridgewater, Tring and
    can be recycled in your green box.                                                                                                                               A series of training courses will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Thomas Coram Middle schools are
                                                                                                                                                                     run, free of charge, to increase your
                                                                                                                                                                                                             all battling for the chance to win
                                                                                                                                                                     knowledge of tree related issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                             £1,000 prize money and runners
                                                                                                                                                                     including: an introduction to tree
                Polyethylene terepthalate (PET)                                                                                                                                                              up prize money of £500 and £250,
                                                                                                                                                                     wardening, trees and the law, tree
                These tend to be transparent bottles that can be easily squashed, such as fizzy drink bottles.                                                                                               as they create projects to promote
                                                                                                                                                                     identification and tree pests and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             reducing, reusing and recycling
                                                                                                                                                                     diseases. In addition, each Tree
                                                                                                                                                                                                             waste in their school and the
                High density polyethylene (HDPE)                                                                                                                     Warden will receive a handbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                             community.
                These tend to be opaque and coloured bottles, such as washing up liquid bottles.                                                                     and regular newsletter from the
                                                                                                                                                                     Tree Council.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The projects follow the schools
                Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)                                                                                                                                                                     seeing ‘Talking Trash’, a play which
                                                                                                                                                                     Come along and find out more about
                These tend to be transparent bottles, which are more difficult to squash, such as shampoo bottles.                                                                                           takes the issues of waste and
                                                                                                                                                                     being a Tree Warden at a special
                                                                                                                                                                                                             climate change and brings them
                                                                                                                                                                     presentation on Thursday 17 April,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             alive in a fictional school setting.
    If it is a plastic bottle please put it in your recycling box. At the moment we don’t have the facility to recycle                                               7.30pm at what Hemel Hempstead
    any other plastics. We’re always looking at ways we can improve our recycling options, and we will let you                                                       Civic Centre.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The winning school of the
    know if you can start to recycle more. Remember it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. If you do leave out other plastics                                                                                              competition will be announced in
    these will go to landfill.                                                                                                                                       Book your place or get further
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Autumn term.
                                                                                                                         Dacorum Tree Wardens will not only          information by calling
                                                                                                                         be the eyes and ears of their               Vanessa Johnson or Ruth Chapman
    For more information about recycling in Dacorum please visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/recycling                                                                                                                For more information,
                                                                                                                         communities on tree issues, but will        on 01442 228529 or e-mail
    or call 01442 867858.                                                                                                                                                                                    please call 01442 867858.
                                                                                                                         also have an important part to play in      vanessa.johnson@dacorum.gov.uk
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                                                                                                                         local trees, whether in our town            www.treecouncil.org.uk                   Residents branch

    Hundreds recycle IT                                                                                                  centres or villages.

                                                                                                                         As a Tree Warden you can get involved
                                                                                                                                                                                                             out to tree recycling

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hundreds of residents drove,
                                                                                                                         with a range of activities. These could                                             cycled, and walked their Christmas
    Hundreds of residents have dug out their old mobile phones and                                                       include recording information about                                                 trees to be recycled as the Council
    dusted off their out of date PC’s from the attic in a bid to offer                                                   your local special trees, leading guided                                            ran its annual shredding service.
    them a better home.                                                                                                  walks, practical projects such as                                                   The pine chippings were given
                                                                                                                         planting and caring for trees in your                                               back to residents or used to
    A staggering total of 2,000 pieces of    All of the 20 tonnes of IT equipment                                        community and encouraging others to                                                 prevent weeds in the Borough’s
    redundant IT equipment was collected,    that was collected will be                                                  value trees and woods.                                                              flowerbeds.
    which so far holds the record for the    professionally refurbished and given to
    most IT collected in five hours in the   children’s charity, NCH, or resold to UK Cllr Holmes, Mike Penning MP,      Being a Tree Warden is a way for you                                                Nearly 2,000 Christmas trees were
    whole of Europe for a Recycle IT Day.    based organisations that are unable to Cllr Chapman and Cllr Anderson       to play an active role in caring for your                                           shredded, equivalent to 20 times
                                             afford brand new equipment.              help recycle                       local trees.                                                                        the height of Canary Wharf!

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    Easy as 1, 2, 3                                                                                                      Be a tree champion
                                                                                                                         Do you value your local trees and woodlands? Would you like to help
    1,505 tonnes, that’s how much plastic from bottles Dacorum
                                                                                                                         keep the Borough a green and leafy place? Dacorum Borough Council
    residents recycled last year. To help you improve on this figure
                                                                                                                         is looking for volunteers to become Tree Wardens. The Dacorum Tree
    during 2008 here’s an easy reminder of the different types of                                                        Warden Network will be part of the Tree Council's national Tree
    plastics you can put out for recycling. Remember, it’s as easy                                                       Warden Scheme.




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    as 1, 2, 3.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Schools talk trash
                                                                                                                                                                     You need not be a tree expert –
    Plastic bottles marked with the following symbols, 1, 2 and 3                                                                                                    enthusiasm is the only requirement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             JFK, Bridgewater, Tring and
    can be recycled in your green box.                                                                                                                               A series of training courses will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Thomas Coram Middle schools are
                                                                                                                                                                     run, free of charge, to increase your
                                                                                                                                                                                                             all battling for the chance to win
                                                                                                                                                                     knowledge of tree related issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                             £1,000 prize money and runners
                                                                                                                                                                     including: an introduction to tree
                Polyethylene terepthalate (PET)                                                                                                                                                              up prize money of £500 and £250,
                                                                                                                                                                     wardening, trees and the law, tree
                These tend to be transparent bottles that can be easily squashed, such as fizzy drink bottles.                                                                                               as they create projects to promote
                                                                                                                                                                     identification and tree pests and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             reducing, reusing and recycling
                                                                                                                                                                     diseases. In addition, each Tree
                                                                                                                                                                                                             waste in their school and the
                High density polyethylene (HDPE)                                                                                                                     Warden will receive a handbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                             community.
                These tend to be opaque and coloured bottles, such as washing up liquid bottles.                                                                     and regular newsletter from the
                                                                                                                                                                     Tree Council.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The projects follow the schools
                Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)                                                                                                                                                                     seeing ‘Talking Trash’, a play which
                                                                                                                                                                     Come along and find out more about
                These tend to be transparent bottles, which are more difficult to squash, such as shampoo bottles.                                                                                           takes the issues of waste and
                                                                                                                                                                     being a Tree Warden at a special
                                                                                                                                                                                                             climate change and brings them
                                                                                                                                                                     presentation on Thursday 17 April,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             alive in a fictional school setting.
    If it is a plastic bottle please put it in your recycling box. At the moment we don’t have the facility to recycle                                               7.30pm at what Hemel Hempstead
    any other plastics. We’re always looking at ways we can improve our recycling options, and we will let you                                                       Civic Centre.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The winning school of the
    know if you can start to recycle more. Remember it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. If you do leave out other plastics                                                                                              competition will be announced in
    these will go to landfill.                                                                                                                                       Book your place or get further
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Autumn term.
                                                                                                                         Dacorum Tree Wardens will not only          information by calling
                                                                                                                         be the eyes and ears of their               Vanessa Johnson or Ruth Chapman
    For more information about recycling in Dacorum please visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/recycling                                                                                                                For more information,
                                                                                                                         communities on tree issues, but will        on 01442 228529 or e-mail
    or call 01442 867858.                                                                                                                                                                                    please call 01442 867858.
                                                                                                                         also have an important part to play in      vanessa.johnson@dacorum.gov.uk
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    Hundreds recycle IT                                                                                                  centres or villages.

                                                                                                                         As a Tree Warden you can get involved
                                                                                                                                                                                                             out to tree recycling

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hundreds of residents drove,
                                                                                                                         with a range of activities. These could                                             cycled, and walked their Christmas
    Hundreds of residents have dug out their old mobile phones and                                                       include recording information about                                                 trees to be recycled as the Council
    dusted off their out of date PC’s from the attic in a bid to offer                                                   your local special trees, leading guided                                            ran its annual shredding service.
    them a better home.                                                                                                  walks, practical projects such as                                                   The pine chippings were given
                                                                                                                         planting and caring for trees in your                                               back to residents or used to
    A staggering total of 2,000 pieces of    All of the 20 tonnes of IT equipment                                        community and encouraging others to                                                 prevent weeds in the Borough’s
    redundant IT equipment was collected,    that was collected will be                                                  value trees and woods.                                                              flowerbeds.
    which so far holds the record for the    professionally refurbished and given to
    most IT collected in five hours in the   children’s charity, NCH, or resold to UK Cllr Holmes, Mike Penning MP,      Being a Tree Warden is a way for you                                                Nearly 2,000 Christmas trees were
    whole of Europe for a Recycle IT Day.    based organisations that are unable to Cllr Chapman and Cllr Anderson       to play an active role in caring for your                                           shredded, equivalent to 20 times
                                             afford brand new equipment.              help recycle                       local trees.                                                                        the height of Canary Wharf!

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               Clean, Safe and Green                                                                                                 Your Dacorum

     Picnicking in Gadebridge Park                                                                                           Planning annual report
                                                                                                                             Our planning annual report shows our planning teams have made good
     In the Autumn issue of Dacorum              You also gave us really useful feedback
                                                                                                                             progress on the performance of policies within the existing Local Plan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Planning gets easier
     Digest we asked you to help us              on how you would like to see the park
                                                 improved, such as the management of                                         These include key housing, employment and other targets, and progress               Confusion over which planning
     improve Gadebridge Park by
                                                 the River Gade. Thank you to everyone                                       made on developing the new Local Development Framework.                             application form to use is a thing of
     answering a few questions.
                                                 who took part. See future issues of                                                                                                                             the past. The Council’s Planning
     Here are some of the results.                                                                                                Some interesting facts from the report:
                                                 Dacorum Digest for updates on how                                                                                                                               team has introduced a standard
     The most popular reasons for visiting       our plans are progressing.                                                                                                                                      form, known as 1APP, for nearly all




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                                                                                                                                  An additional 400 homes were built in the Borough during 2006/7.               types of planning application.
     Gadebridge Park were to take the
                                                 The winner of the hamper full of picnic                                          Of these, 137 were affordable. This is higher than achieved in previous
     family for an outing or to visit the play
                                                 goodies was Mr Tilley, from Hemel                                                years, however it falls below our target level.                                The new form can be used for a
     area and because it’s a great place
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     to relax.                                   Hempstead. The prize was presented by                                            99% of new homes were built on previously developed land. This
                                                 Councillor Herbert Chapman, Portfolio                                                                                                                           procedures, including householder
                                                                                                                                  exceeds the target set by central Government.
     In particular you enjoy the seasonal        Holder for Environmental Services.        For further information about                                                                                         applications, full planning




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     flower displays in the Walled Garden                                                  Gadebridge Park see                    No development was allowed that contradicted advice from the                   applications and conservation
     with nearly everyone rating them as     From 3 May you can enjoy, bowls,              www.dacorum.gov.uk/gadebridge,         Environment Agency in terms of water quality or flood protection.              area consents.
     good quality. Overall 83% of people are crazy golf, croquet and giant chess at        call 01442 228788 or e-mail            For a copy of the full report or further information visit                     1APP forms can be filled in online
     satisfied with Gadebridge Park.         Gadebridge park.                              claire.covington@dacorum.gov.uk        www.dacorum.go.uk/planning, e-mail                                             with only questions relevant to the
                                                                                                                                  development.plans@dacorum.gov.uk or call 01442 228660.                         applicant and application asked,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 making them quicker and easier to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 complete. Paper versions of the
      Haven on Earth for Green Pledge Winner                                                                                 Looking after Aldbury                                                               new 1APP form are also available.

                                                                                                                                                                        commitment to Conservation Areas         For further information visit
     Congratulations to the winner of the Make a Green Pledge competition featured in the Winter issue                                                                  and to support the preservation of the   www.dacorum.gov.uk/planning,
     of Dacorum Digest. David Eggerton and his family have pledged to recycle more newspaper and                                                                        village’s identity and character.        e-mail planning@dacorum.gov.uk
     cardboard. David and his family will soon be enjoying their prize of a Haven holiday.                                                                                                                       or call 01442 228339 / 228671.
                                                                                                                                                                        The draft document can be viewed at
     Many others of you also pledged to be more green in 2008, here's a selection......                                                                                 www.dacorum.gov.uk/planning. You         Regional plans
                                                                                                                                                                        can have your say on the appraisal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 affecting you...
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           Carol from Grovehill pledges to reuse unwanted junkmail CDs by                                                                                               from 31 March to 25 April.
           hanging them in a row in her garden to keep the birds off the
                                                                                                                             Aldbury, with its village green, stocks,   For further information on this          The East of England Regional
           young plants.
                                                                                                                             medieval buildings, pubs and shop, all     consultation contact Dr James Moir       Assembly has published
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 recommendations that Dacorum,
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           May from Berkhamsted will kick start the New Year by reusing her                                                  set against the imposing backdrop of       on 01442 228163 or e-mail
           old shopping bags when shopping.                                                                                  Ashridge woods, is one of Dacorum’s        james.moir@dacorum.gov.uk.               and every other local authority in
                                                                                                                             most beautiful places and rightly          For information on building              the region, should provide a
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           Donna from Tring will buy foods that are not packaged.                                                                                                                                                minimum of 15 extra pitches for
                                                                                                                             deserves its characterisation as a         conservation issues in general,
           Melanie from Wigginton will buy food with less packaging in                                                       ‘quintessential English village’.          contact 01442 228509.                    caravans for gypsies and travellers
           supermarkets and will encourage friends and family to do the same.                                                                                                                                    by 2011, and more after that. The
                                                                                                                             This makes Aldbury the ideal candidate                                              Borough currently has 36 pitches.
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           Gary from Tring will raise awareness amongst his neighbours to                                                    to launch a series of Character                                                     The Council will have to find sites
           reduce, reuse and recycle.                                                                                        Appraisals that will be produced by the                                             to meet whatever level of provision
                                                                                                                             Council’s Conservation and Design                                                   that the Government eventually
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           Edward from Tring has promised to buy a composter.                                                                                                                                                    decides upon.
                                                                                                                             team for each of the District’s twenty-
     Thank you to everyone that made a pledge.                                                                               three conservation areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 See www.goeast.gov.uk for
     If you would like to know more about recycling, please call                                                             The Aldbury Appraisal confirms and                                                  details on the proposals and
     01442 867858 or go to www.dacorum.gov.uk/recycling                                                                      explains the Borough Council’s                                                      how you can comment.
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Useful numbers                                                   Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
                                                                 To book a free home fire safety check call
                                                                                                                                 Meet The Dacorums
                                                                 0800 587 3347                                                    What is this family doing to help keep Dacorum a safe place?
and websites                                                     For fire safety advice call 01923 471399
                                                                 Hemel Hempstead Fire Station call 01442 265028
                                                                 Always dial 999 in an emergency
                                                                 www.hertsdirect.org/fire

                                                                 Dacorum Borough Council
Police Stations
                                                                 Tel: 01442 228000
Berkhamsted
                                                                 www.dacorum.gov.uk
High Street, Berkhamsted
Public opening times:
                                                                 Handy Person Scheme
Tuesday to Friday 12 noon - 8pm,
                                                                 Age Concern Dacorum.
Saturday 8am - 4pm
                                                                 Small DIY jobs undertaken by volunteers to help
                                                                 older people.
Hemel Hempstead
                                                                 Tel: 01442 259049
Combe Street, Hemel Hempstead
Public opening times:
                                                                 Drugs and Alcohol
Monday to Sunday, 8am -12 midnight
                                                                 Hertsreach Dacorum
                                                                 provides a range of free and confidential non-medical
Tring
                                                                 substance misuse services. This innovative approach to
High Street, Tring
                                                                 treatment benefits individuals and communities affected
Public opening times:
                                                                 by drug and alcohol problems.
Monday to Friday 9am - 11.30am
                                                                 Tel: 01442 240579
Saturday 9am - 12 noon.
                                                                 E-mail: hertsreachdacorum@turning-point.co.uk

Police non emergency number: 0845 3300 222                       FRANK
www.herts.police.uk                                              Tel: 0800 77 66 00
If you see a crime in progress always call 999                   www.talktofrank.co.uk

Neighbourhood Watch                                              Mediation Hertfordshire
Tel: 01442 271020                                                provide mediation to neighbours in dispute with one
www.owl.co.uk                                                    another.
                                                                 Tel: 01442 268044
Crime Prevention Panels                                          E-mail: help@mediationherts.org.uk
operate in Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead and Tring
Tel: 01442 271045                                                Youth Support
                                                                 Connexions Direct
Secured by Design                                                Tel: 0808 001 3219
provides advice on household and business security               www.connexions-direct.com
www.securedbydesign.com

West Herts Against Crime
provide help and advice to the victims of crime, in particular   www.saferdacorum.info
burglary, racial incidents and domestic violence and provide     Dacorum's Community Safety Partnership - including
                                                                                                                                                 a nd
a home security service which fits door chains, spy holes,
door and window locks to victims.
                                                                 Dacorum Borough Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, the
                                                                 Primary Healthcare Trust, Herts County Council, and the Fire   Ple a s e rea d e
                                                                                                                                              cri m
                                                                                                                                k e e p t hi s af let.
Tel: 01923 801138                                                and Rescue Service - aims to make Dacorum even safer and
E-mail: whacoffice@btconnect.com                                 more pleasant and to provide a background where people,
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                                                                 communities and businesses can flourish.
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What is this family doing to help keep Dacorum a safe place?                                                                                                          Visit www.saferdacorum.info
                                               Burglary                                                         Motor vehicle crime
                                               Mr and Mrs Dacorum take simple precautions to reduce the         Whenever Mum parks her car, she makes sure that she
                                               risk of getting burgled.                                         follows a few simple rules.

                                               Mum says “My local Police Officer told me a third of all         “I know it sound obvious, but I always check to make sure
                                               household burglaries happen when a house, flat, shed or          that the windows are closed and I’ve locked the doors.
                                               garage has been left unsecured. So I always lock my doors
                                               and windows when I go out and when I go to bed.                  “I never leave anything on display that could attract a
                                                                                                                thief, like loose change, my mobile phone, my coat or
                                               “I always deadlock our UPVC doors too, otherwise they are        shopping bags.
                                               vulnerable. The officer told us not to leave our keys near the
                                               letterbox, where thieves can reach them and then break in.”      “I’ve recently had my number plates fixed with security
                                                                                                                screws, because my best friend had hers stolen. They
                                               Dad’s careful too, “My shed has all my tools, my lawnmower       were then used by a thief to commit crime.”
                                               and my children’s bikes in it. I’ve secured them by chaining
                                               them all together and padlocking them to a bolt in the floor.     “I always remove my ‘sat nav’ and its holder from the
Play your part in creating a safer Dacorum,    At least they can’t be stolen if someone manages to get into     car and wipe away the sucker marks from the
contact your Safer Dacorum Neighbourhood       the shed. It just makes good common sense really.                windscreen, because I’ve heard thieves target cars with
Watch manager on 01442 271020 to join.                                                                          visible sucker marks.”
                                               “We’ve just joined Safer Dacorum Neighbourhood Watch. It’s
                                               about bringing neighbours closer together and looking out        Don’t be a sat nav sucker!
                                               for each other. It was easy to start, you only need five
                                               households to take part and for one of the residents to
                                               volunteer as the contact point.”




                                               Distraction burglary                                             Pickpocketing and handbag theft
                                               Grandad knows he needs to be alert to suspicious callers         Gran does all her shopping in either the local supermarket
                                               when he goes to his front door.                                  or town centre.

                                               “Most callers are genuine, but some aren’t and some              “I once had my purse stolen from my handbag so now I’m
                                               burglars won’t bother breaking in if they can knock and con      really careful. I try to be aware of who is around me when
                                               their way in.                                                    I’m out shopping, especially when I’m withdrawing money
                                                                                                                from the bank or the Post Office.
                                               “I’m always on my guard and look out of the front room
                                               window before I go to the door.                                  “I know that thieves often operate in pairs – one tries to
                                                                                                                distract you whilst the other steals from your bag or pocket.
                                               “I use a door chain because it acts as a barrier and I quite     I always put my bag strap across my body, so that the flap
                                               often ask callers to come back at a time when one of my          opens towards me, and in the winter I wear it under my coat
                                               family can be here.                                              to hide it.

                                               “I’ve registered a password with all my utility companies,       “If I stop for a coffee, I keep my bag where I can feel or see it
                                               which is really easy to do. It helps me to check that meter      at all times. I make sure that it’s on my lap or touching my
                                               readers and callers are genuine, because you can’t rely on       feet, not hung on the back of my chair or on the floor, where
                                               identity cards alone.”                                           it could be stolen.”

                                               If in doubt keep them out.                                       Who’s looking after your handbag?




What is this family doing to help keep Dacorum a safe place?                                                                                                                        Visit www.saferdacorum.info
                                               Drugs and alcohol
                                               Becks wanted to find out more about drugs and alcohol.

                                               “I might have a drink when I go out, but I don't want to get
                                               so trashed that I don't have any control of myself. Some of
                                               my friends get so drunk they can’t even remember what
                                               they’ve done. I don’t think they realise how stupid they look,
                                               and it always seems like accidents, arguments and fights
                                               happen when there’s drinking or drug use.”

                                               “People think it’s cool to take drugs but I know that they can
                                               damage my health. I checked out ‘FRANK’ the national drugs
                                               helpline to find out more about drugs and alcohol.
Talk to Frank for free confidential drugs
information and advice 24 hours a day          “You may think drugs and alcohol will make you feel good
www.talktofrank.com. Or check out the young    but I’ve discovered they can cause mental health problems
people’s service at www.drinksense.org.        like depression.”




                                               Arson                                                              Criminal damage and graffiti
                                               CJ goes to school with a boy who was charged with arson            Jon’s missed out because of vandals.                        In Dacorum, Mr Impact warns people of the consequences
                                               after setting fire to some bins.                                                                                               of this type of crime and that everyone has a part to play in
                                                                                                                  “My dad promised to buy me some cool trainers but           reducing incidents of anti-social behaviour, criminal
                                               “He started a fire in our bin store at school but it spread        someone sprayed graffiti on the walls and shutters of his   damage or graffiti.
                                               quickly to a wall and caused a lot of damage to our gym so         shop, it cost him a lot of money to have it removed and
                                               we can’t play basketball at the moment.                            now I can’t have the trainers.                              Mr Impact says, “Remember, vandalism is a serious crime,
                                                                                                                                                                              you could get arrested, get a criminal record and go to
                                               “He thought he was really cool when he saw all the fire            “Graffiti makes the neighbourhood look awful and it         prison. Having a criminal record can affect the rest of your
                                               engines at the school but when the police arrived he started       makes people think there must be a lot of crime, which      life - it may stop you from getting a job, going to college or
                                               crying. He was suspended from school and had to go to the          isn’t necessarily the case.”                                even travelling abroad.”
                                               police station.
                                                                                                                  Report graffiti by calling 01442 867858.                    Help clean up crime – make the right impact.
                                               “Since the fire a police officer and firefighter have been in to
                                               talk to us about arson. Apparently you could end up with a
                                               criminal record if you start a fire on purpose.”




What is this family doing to help keep Dacorum a safe place?                                                                                                                       Visit www.saferdacorum.info
                                               Fire safety                                                     Anti social behaviour
                                               Dad knows how important it is to keep his home safe             Jon saw a group of teenagers throwing eggs and
                                               from fire.                                                      shouting at passers by near the local shops and
                                                                                                               people were crossing the road to go past them.
                                               “I always make sure I follow the same night time routine,
                                               where I make sure I have put my cigarettes out properly         Jon said “Sometimes young people are very rude to
                                               and I close all the doors before going to bed.                  the customers in my dad’s shop and it makes them
                                                                                                               worry about going out in the evening, even when they
                                               “My local firefighters came to see me recently and carried      need something”.
                                               out a free home safety check for me. They fitted a
                                               working smoke alarm free of charge in the hallway and on        “Me and my friends like to hang out in a group but I’d
                                               the landing.                                                    hate to think that we made people feel worried or
                                                                                                               stopped them from going out. It’s not fair because the
                                               “All I have to do is check the alarms regularly to make         ones that behave badly give all us young people a
                                               sure they’re working properly. The firefighter told me a        bad name.
                                               smoke alarm isn’t just an early warning it can be your
                                               only warning.”                                                  “Anti social behaviour can come from anyone of any age,
                                                                                                               adult, child or teenager, and it can happen anywhere and
                                               Make sure you have working smoke alarms in                      at any time but I don’t think many people report it. If it’s
                                               your house. Book your free home safety check                    not reported how do the Police and Council know it is
                                               on 0800 587 3347.                                               happening to do something about it?

                                                                                                               Anti social behaviour – tackle it, don’t tolerate it - report it.
                                                                                                               Call 01442 867865.




                                               Road safety                                                     Neighbour disputes
                                               Gran knows that nearly half the pedestrians killed on           Grandad was having problems with his neighbours.
                                               Hertfordshire’s roads are over 60 years old.
                                                                                                               “I had tried speaking to them but felt that it just made it
                                               “My friend Elsie got knocked down not long ago in the high      worse. My landlord suggested I contact Mediation
                                               street. Because she already had a bad hip it took her a long    Hertfordshire, an independent organisation that worked
                                               time to recover.                                                with me and my neighbours to agree a way forward.

                                               “Now I always go to the crossing down the road and I make       “It has helped so much that although we will never be best
                                               sure the cars have stopped before I step out. Drivers these     friends I can now pass the time of day with my neighbours
                                               days are in such a hurry that they often can’t stop in time.    and life is so much better!”
                                               They are also distracted by so many things, like mobile
                                               phones, loud music and other passengers in the car that         Don’t get mad, get mediation!
                                               they often don’t even notice the lights have changed.
                                                                                                               Mediation Hertfordshire
                                               “Elsie did recover eventually but I don’t want to miss out on   Telephone: 01442 243402
                                               any time with my grandchildren so I’m determined it’s not       E-mail: help@mediationherts.org.uk
                                               going to happen to me.”

                                               Relying on the cars to stop for you could be a
                                               fatal mistake.




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     Housing benefit for
     private sector tenants
                                                   If you’re 60 or                                                               How do you pay yours?
     Local Housing Allowance is the new            over, or eligible                                                             There are many easy ways to pay your Council Tax on time and
     way of working out Housing Benefit
     claims for tenants renting from a             disabled, your bus                                                            avoid court orders or bailiffs being appointed.
     private landlord. It affects new
     claimants and tenants already getting
     Housing Benefit who move into
                                                   pass is changing.                                                             In recent months, the Council has had
                                                                                                                                 to obtain over 500 court orders for
                                                                                                                                                                           need to pay. You can get benefit advice
                                                                                                                                                                           from the Council’s Customer Service
     private rented accommodation.                                                                                               residents who together owed more          Centres in Hemel Hempstead,
     Local Housing Allowance is being              From April 2008 you can enjoy                                                 than £400,000 in council tax. The         Berkhamsted and Tring.
     introduced on 7 April 2008.                   free off-peak travel on local buses                                           orders were obtained following late
                                                                                                                                 or non-payment of Council Tax.            How can you pay?
     With Local Housing Allowance, your            anywhere in England.
     benefit will still be based on:                                                                                             The court orders allow the Council to       Paying by Direct Debit is the easiest
     • who lives with you                    If you have already sent in your passport                                                                                                                                        You can get your Direct Debit
                                                                                                                                 send in bailiffs or take cash directly      and quickest way to pay your Council             form from Council offices,
     • which area you live in                photograph you will automatically receive                                           from people's wages if the arrears are      Tax. Direct Debits are also the most
     • how much money you have coming in your new bus pass in mid March.                                                                                                                                                      www.dacorum.gov.uk/payments
                                                                                                                                 not paid.                                   cost effective payment method as bank            or by calling 01442 867864.
     • what savings you have.                                                                                                                                                charges are very low for each
                                             Residents with an eligible disability who
     Published allowance rates for each size cannot travel by bus can continue to receive                                        Council Tax Benefit is available to         transaction. The benefit to both                 You can also call our 24 hour
     of property in Dacorum will set the     travel vouchers instead of the bus pass.                                            households that have a low income.          residents and the Council is that                payment line on 01442 706070
     maximum benefit that can be paid.                                                                                           If you are entitled to claim benefit, it is savings on bank charges help keep the            or pay online at
     Benefit will be paid into your bank or                                                                                      important that you do so, as                level of Council Tax as low as possible.         www.dacorum.gov.uk/payments
     building society account, or by cheque.                                                                                     this will reduce the amount that you
                                             Please contact the Council’s concessionary
     For further information call            fares helpline on 01442 867870 or e-mail
     01442 867867.                           travel.concessions@dacorum.gov.
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     The latest findings of a survey with residents have given the Council
     an insight into what people feel about living in Dacorum, and will
                                                                                                                                           Monthly by Direct Debit
     lead to improvements in services.
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     reality comparatively low. In fact crime      various Council-run arts programmes      01442 228619, e-mail                                                                                           01442 234428
     has fallen in Dacorum by over 10% in          and the quality of the venues and        consultation@dacorum.gov.uk or                                                                                 07815 806160
     the last three years.”                        performances on offer.                   visit www.dacorum.gov.uk

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             Focus on Fraud                                                                                                                Youth

     Don’t be a benefit fraudster.                                                                                               Nicking…                                                                                                                            What’s up in
     If you claim benefits you must tell us, in writing, when you start work, a partner
     moves in with you or your financial situation changes. If you don't tell us then you
                                                                                                                                 Georgia’s                                                                                                                           Kings Langley
     leave yourself liable to being prosecuted. It’s not enough to tell another Government
     department – we deal with your claim, and we must have full and accurate information
     about your circumstances to make sure that you are entitled to those benefits.
                                                                                                                                 ideas!                                                                                                                              Young people from Kings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Langley school have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     busy having their say on what’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     good, bad and ugly in their
                                                                                                                                 In Autumn’s Dacorum Digest we                                   initial designs because it is                                       area and what activities they
     In the last financial year (06/07)        Working hours                            Councillor Andrew Faiburn Portfolio      challenged you to come up with a                                eye-catching and it tells you to be                                 would like to do in their area.
     benefit thieves in Dacorum stole over     Amanda Bowen, of Flamstead, was          Holder for Resources said                poster design to encourage your                                 careful about your items. My design
     £185,000 from public funds. These         working between 40 and 50 hours a        “Benefits are intended for people        friends to keep their valuable stuff                            has a little phrase, Don’t be an easy                               We now hope that improvements
     cases are examples of local people on     week and only declaring 30 hours a       in genuine need and we will not          safe. We had about 200 entries to                               target, which, though it is short, will                             can be made in the area with the
     benefits failing to give us full          week on her claim form. She claimed      tolerate people who abuse the            the competition with some great                                 stick in your mind for a very long                                  help of local young people.
     information. They are real life cases     £846.76 of benefits she wasn’t           system and commit fraud.”                ideas and straplines.                                           time... It has in mine!
     from Dacorum residents that we            entitled to. She was ordered to pay                                                                                                                                                                                   Ideas included:
     prosecuted and were convicted of          £150 towards prosecution costs.        If you are convicted of a fraud offence    Georgia Warwick, 11 years old, from                             “When I designed this poster, I wanted                              The Good
     criminal fraud offences last year. They                                          it can have implications on any            Bridgewater School in Berkhamsted                               to get the message around to be                                     • Primary School/Secondary
     were ordered to repay the benefit and     Living arrangements                    insurance applications you make, your      had the winning design that will be                             careful where you’re putting your                                     School
     also received penalties from the Court.   Lorna McKenzie, of Hemel Hempstead, future job prospects and your                 displayed in schools and youth groups                           valuables. I think the final poster is                              • The environment
                                               was claiming benefits as a lone parent reputation. The Council publicises         across Dacorum this Spring. As part of                          very cool because the designers didn’t                              • Football club
                                               while living with her working partner. people that have been convicted of         her prize she visited a local graphic                           change everything, so it was still what
                                               She claimed £3,530.42 unlawfully and fraud - so your friends, family,             designer to see her poster being                                I had done.”                                                        The Bad
                                               was given a Community Punishment       employer and neighbours will know.
                                                                                                                                 professionally produced, and also won                                                                                               • Not a lot of youth clubs
                                               Order plus £50 prosecution costs.
                                                                                                                                 an iPod nano thanks to Dacorum’s                                                                                                    • How young people get treated
                                                                                      If you suspect someone is committing
                                                                                                                                 Community Safety Partnership. (Keep it                                                                                                at local shops
                                               Savings                                a fraud or other illegal act against the
                                                                                                                                 safe Georgia!)                                                                                                                      • Acceptable Behaviour
                                               Muriel Kempster from Tring didn’t      Council it is important that you let us
                                               declare bank accounts containing       know about it. Our Fraud Hotline is a                                                                                                                                            Contracts (ABCs)
                                                                                                                                 Georgia explains
                                               more than £56,000 which would have confidential way for you to pass your          “My picture is of someone trying to
                                               meant she was not eligible to receive suspicions to us.                                                                                                                                                               The Ugly
                                                                                                                                 grab valuable goods from someone’s
                                               Housing and Council Tax Benefit. She                                                                                                                                                                                  • Graffiti
                                                                                                                                 pocket. I chose this design out of my
                                               unlawfully claimed benefits of more    Call 01442 228685, e-mail                                                                                                                                                      • Teenagers
                                               than £5,400. She was fined £2,400      hotline@dacorum.gov.uk or visit                                                                                                                                                • The litter on the common
                                               and ordered to pay £1,500 costs.       www.dacorum.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     What they would like to see?


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WEDNESDAY                                    • A skate park
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           Engaging with you                                                                                                                                                                                            26 MARCH 08                                  • Astroturf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Teenage restaurant (no adults
                                                                                                                                                                                                               at
     When it comes to getting everyone involved in a community project or               Engage has been funded by                                                                    for all 13 – 17 year olds                                                         allowed!)
                                                                                                                                                            with non-stop partying
                                                                                                                                   UK Club Culture returns                                                     7pm - 11pm
     study, just where do you start? A new guide has just been launched                 Building Capacity East and                                                                Park, Hemel Hempstead
                                                                                                                                                           Leisure World, Jarman
                                                                                                                                   Lava/Ignite Nightclub,
     to help community groups – from councillors and residents association              Dacorum Borough Council. Visit                                    with great prizes and  giveaways
                                                                                                                                   Loads of competitions                                                                                                             The students are also being
                                                                                                                                                                                     , Garage, Hip-Hop, Pop
     members, to religious leaders and voluntary group organisers.                      www.hertslink.org/engage to                All the best in House, Dance, Funky House, RnB
                                                                                                                                                                                   ry all night long                                                                 encouraged to form a Kings
                                                                                                                                                             'Dutty Mix' B. £5 Ent
                                                                                        find out more and to download               and Indie with Dj Danny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Langley Youth Council, if
     Engage draws on the skills and experiences of a number of groups and                                                                                    w.ukclubculture.com
                                                                                        the guide.                                  Tickets available at: ww                                                                                                         you’d like to join them please
     organisations across the county. Starting with why it is important to get the                                                  No smoking, no hats, hoo
                                                                                                                                                              dies or baseball caps.                  someone to pick you up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do: let someone
                                                                                                                                                                           r friends. Do: arrange for
                                                                                                                                                               e Do: go home with you                                    have any worries or
                                                                                                                                                                                                              member of staff if you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     call Nicole on 01442 228741
     community involved, the guide investigates the various techniques available to                                                 Be safe on your way hom home & what route you are taking. Do: tell a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                , stay on well lit streets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don’t: accept lifts
                                                                                                                                    know you are on your way ed from your friends. Don’t: take short cuts                                                            or e-mail
     boost involvement, including newsletters, media campaigns and focus groups.                                                    concerns. Don  ’t : be separat
                                                                                                                                                                w.                                                                    r this event. By attendin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          rnet for you to enjoy afte d. Please tell our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     nicole.connors@dacorum.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                    From time to time    we may take photograph which may include group shots can be uplo                    included in the shot.
                                                                                                                                                                 g that these photos,                              e sure that you are not
                                                                                                                                     the event you are agreein want to be photographed and he will try to mak
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                                                                                                                                         DAVE TORDOFF IN                            SUMMER SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                         'LIVING THE DREAM'                                                                    BIKINI BEACH BAND
                                                                                                                                                                                    AUDITIONS
     The Old Town Hall                                                                                                                   Friday 9 May, 8pm
                                                                                                                                         Tickets £10, concessions £8,
                                                                                                                                         Dacorum Card £6
                                                                                                                                                                                    Aged 8 to 18?                              Dacorum Live
                                                                                                                                                                                    Dacorum Summer Theatre School runs
                                                                                                                                         Suited for ages 16+                        from 4 - 23 August.                        MABON
                                                                                                                                         From the creator of John Shuttleworth,     No previous acting experience              Berkhamsted Civic Centre
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           High Street, Hemel Hempstead                                                                               NATALIE HAYNES     comes another hilarious creation:                                                     High Street, Berkhamsted
                                                                                                                                                                                    necessary! Come and audition for the
                                                                                                                                         Dave Tordoff. Join us for this mind-
                                                                                                                                                                                    programme on Tuesday 25 March,             HP4 3HB
                                                                                                                                         blowing caricature of a Goole-based
                                                                                                                                                                                    1-4pm or Saturday 10 May, 1-4pm at         Friday 18 April, 8pm
      DRUTHERS                                    HOUDINI'S SUITCASE                          THE LAST SOUTH: PURSUIT                    millionaire who struck it rich in the
                                                  Friday 11 April, 8pm                        OF THE POLE                                                                           Berkhamsted Civic Centre.                  Tickets £12, concessions £10,
                                                                                                                                         concrete industry.
                                                  Tickets £12, concessions £10,               Tuesday 22 April, 8pm                                                                                                            Dacorum Card £7.50
                                                  Dacorum Card £7.50                          Tickets £12, concessions £10,              HOW THE GIRAFFE GOT                        INTERARTS                                  Mabon have been playing
                                                  Suited for ages 12+                         Dacorum Card £7.50                         HIS NECK                                   InterArts is an exciting fusion of arts    gorgeous, Celtic-influenced music
                                                  He is Joshka Malouth, one-time              Two invincible explorers. One final        Saturday 17 May, 2.30pm                                                               since 1999. A unique and
                                                                                                                                                                                    activities for disabled and
                                                  apprentice to the great Houdini. The        conquest.                                  Tickets £5, Dacorum Card £3.75                                                        invigorating take on Celtic music
                                                                                                                                                                                    non-disabled young people aged 8 to
                                                  battered suitcases contain fragments                                                   Suited for ages 4+                                                                    that has the ability to both raise
                                                                                                                                                                                    13. Activities range from composing a
                                                  of his extraordinary past. A tale of love   Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon           Have you ever wondered how the                                                        the dance hall roof and keep the
                                                                                                                                                                                    song to creating and exploring a new
                                                  and loss, nights at the circus and the      Scott were heroes from a time when the     giraffe got his long neck, how the                                                    crowd glued to their seats.
                                                                                                                                                                                    world. InterArts is dedicated to
                                                  mud-soaked trenches of the First            world had just one remaining corner to     leopard got her spots or how the
                                                                                                                                                                                    providing integrated arts activities for   THE CHARLESTON
                                                  World War, Houdini's Suitcase is a          be conquered – the South Pole. Based       elephant got his trunk? Find out in
                                                                                                                                                                                    young people.
                                                  stunning piece of visual theatre that       on their actual expedition diaries, this   this brand new show from the                                                          CHASERS
                                                  fuses live performance, puppetry, and       show interweaves the two journeys into     company that brought you The               Thursday 24 April                          Boxmoor Playhouse
                                                  a haunting soundtrack.                      a thrilling story of adventure and         Gruffalo and The Snow Dragon               Thursday 15 May                            72 St John’s Road,
     DRUTHERS                                                                                 extreme human endeavour.                                                              Thursday 26 June
     Tuesday 8 April, 8pm                                                                                                                EMILY DRUCE & STEVE                                                                   Hemel Hempstead HP1 1NP
     Tickets £12, concessions £10,                                                            NATALIE HAYNES                             JONES                                      Cost: £3.75 per session, or book all       Saturday 19 April, 8pm
     Dacorum Card £7.50                                                                       Saturday 26 April, 8pm                     Saturday 31 May, 8pm                       three for just £9.99!                      Tickets £14, concessions £12,
     Better a moment as a lion, than a                                                        Tickets £12, concessions £10,              Tickets £12, concessions £10,                                                         Dacorum Card £10
     lifetime as a lamb.                                                                      Dacorum Card £7.50                         Dacorum Card £7.50                         CALLING ALL ACTRESSES                      The Charleston Chasers continue
                                                                                              Suited for ages 16+                        Emily Druce grew up in a musical           AND ACTORS!                                to delight audiences everywhere
     In Druthers, a reclusive everyman                                                        Join Perrier Award nominee                 household and began playing the                                                       with their vibrant show “The
                                                   HOUDINI”S SUITCASE




     is searching for some sort of                                                            Natalie Haynes - arguably the finest       violin at a young age. Steve Jones         AET Drama workshops for                    Roaring 20s”. The Charleston
     existence. As his imagination                                                            British comedienne working today - for     has been making and playing guitars        5-16 year olds in the school               Chasers fun, nostalgic show is
     unfolds, extraordinary characters                                                        a non-stop, breathless and                 since his teens. Together they promise     holidays at The Old Town Hall.             performed with pizzazz and sung
     weave him through a surreal                                                              occasionally dark show, which takes in     to bring down the house.                                                              with sizzle.
     landscape littered with choices,                                                         the highlights from her five sell-out                                                 Working with a professional drama
     happenings and disturbances.                                                             Edinburgh Fringe runs.                     THE SECRET GARDEN                          artist, participants will explore drama    BIKINI BEACH BAND AND
                                                                                                                                         Satuday 7 June, 2.30pm                     through games, freeze-frames,
     TAKE ME WITH YOU                                                                         ART                                                                                                                              THE HULA HONEYS
                                                                                                                                         Tickets £5, Dacorum Card £3.75             storytelling, props, costumes and
     Wednesday 9 April, 8pm                       THE JEWEL IN THE LOTUS:                     Wednesday 7 May, 8pm                       Suited for ages 5+                         movement work. The workshops               Berkhamsted Civic Centre
     Tickets £12, concessions £10,                TALES FROM TIBET                            Tickets £12, concessions £10,              This magical story of hidden places,       result in a short performance for          High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3HB
     Dacorum Card £7.50                           Saturday 12 April, 2.30pm                   Dacorum Card £7.50                         personal secrets, revelations and          family and friends.                        Thursday 22 May, 8pm
     Suited for ages 16+                          Tickets £5, Dacorum Card £3.75              Suited for ages 14+                        transformations is one of the finest                                                  Tickets £12, concessions £10,
     In a deeply moving, yet highly               Suited for ages 5+                          This hugely successful play tells the      children's stories ever written.           March 31- April 3                          Dacorum Card £7.50
     entertaining piece of questioning, adult     Devised and performed by Rowan              story of three friends who fall out with                                              May 27 - 30                                The Bikini Beach Band will be
     theatre, Take Me With You looks at           Wylie, The Jewel In The Lotus brings        each other when one of them buys a         Image Musical Theatre offers a light-                                                 joined on-stage by the lovely Hula
     the loneliness in the heart of the           to life traditional Buddhist stories and    painting for a huge amount of money.       hearted half-hour rehearsal in which       For more information or a brochure,        Honeys. Don your Hawaiian shirt
     richest country on earth. It is, by turns,   Tibetan folk tales using vivid              The painting is entirely white. Will       the children are rehearsed into their      please contact the Arts Education          and aviator shades and come
     a journey steeped with humour, anger,        storytelling, characterisations, puppets,   this blank canvas break up their           parts before joining in the interactive,   Team on 01442 228098 or e-mail             along and get your groove on.
     heartache and poignancy.                     music, shadows and laughter.                friendship forever?                        hour-long performance.                     arts.education@dacorum.gov.uk
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           ASHRIDGE                        FRENCH MARKET
                                           Hemel Hempstead
     Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre
                                           Pedestrianised area of Marlowes
     Ashridge hold many other events
                                           Friday 28 March 9am – 5pm
     call 01442 851227 or e-mail
                                           Sunday 30 March 10am – 4pm
     ashridge@nationaltrust.org.uk
     for details.
                                           LUNCHTIME CONCERTS
                                           AT ST MARY’S                          DACORUM SYMPHONY
                                           High St, Hemel Hempstead              ORCHESTRA
                                           8 April at 12.30pm                    Centenary Hall, Berkhamsted
                                           Peter Stephenson and John Reader      Collegiate School, Kings Rd
                                           (piano duet)                          Saturday 17 May, 7.30pm
                                                                                 Tickets £14, concessions £12,
                                           13 May at 12.30pm
                                                                                 Dacorum Card £10
                                           Harmoniemusik
                                                                                 Programme includes Dvorak Cello
                                           Sarah Devonald (oboe/recorder)
                                                                                 Concerto Soloist: Oliver Coates
     WILDLIFE KITES                        Janna Huneke (flute/recorder)
                                                                                 Brahms Symphony No 1
     31 March - 04 April                   Alec Forshaw (bassoon/harpsichord)
     12 – 4pm, £1                          10 June at 12.30pm                    Tickets from Berkhamsted Arts and
     Create your own bat or butterfly      Suzannah Hart (clarinet)              Crafts, 29-31 Lower Kings Road,
     kite to take home.                    Anna LeHair (piano)                   Berkhamsted, or call 01442 863830
     No booking required                                                         www.dacorumso.org.uk
                                           Suggested donation £3.
     DOG SHOW AND                          Bring your lunch, to eat either       HERTS COUNTY SHOW
     SPONSORED DOG WALK                    during or after the concert,          The Showground, Dunstable Road,
     18 May 2008, £2                       tea/coffee available afterwards.      Redbourn, AL3 7PT
     Come along in the morning for the                                           Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May
     sponsored dog walk to raise money     Lunchtime concerts at St Mary's are a Gates open 9am until 5.30pm and
     for hearing dogs and Ashridge.        regular series on the second Tuesday parking is free. Adult £13, child £5,
     Then enjoy or join in the fun dog     of every month.                       family £31, senior £11.50.
     show, whilst learning about hearing
     dogs and the role they play in        TRING CANAL FESTIVAL                  For more information, call
     society, any dog can enter (no need   Icknield Way, Tring                   01582 792626, e-mail
     to be pedigree).                      Sunday 25 May – Monday 26 May         office@hertsshow.com or visit
                                           www.tringcanalfestival.org.uk         www.hertsshow.com
     Booking required for sponsored
     walk. Ring Ruth Dunkin on
     01844 348100 for information                                                VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY
     and booking. Sponsored walk                                                 Hemel Hempstead bus station
     10am, dog show 12-4pm.                                                      Sunday 22 June 2008
                                                                                 9.45am-5.30pm
     ROMAN CRAFTS WEEK                                                           Approx 30 vintage buses operating on
     26 May – 30 May                                                             many former London Transport routes
     12-4pm, £1.00                                                               to surrounding towns and villages.
     Help create a roman mosaic, and                                             www.amershammotorbussociety.co.uk
     then create your own roman pot to
     take home.

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