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THURSDAY 29th JULY 2009
Antiviral Collection Point
A collection point for antiviral drugs has opened in The River Room at Castle Hall.
The collection facility is the third in the County and is staffed by Primary Care Trust personnel and District Council employees.
The centre is dispensing prescriptions for anti-swine flu drugs between the hours of 10am and 4pm.
WEDNESDAY 29th JULY 2009
Rail Strike Starts Midnight
A 48-hour strike on all National Express East Anglia services starts at 00:01 tonight.
There will be no services in or out of Hertford East until Saturday morning.
Travellers are advised to use Hertford North, which operates services into London every 20 minutes.
A further three strikes are scheduled for next week and beyond. Rail Unions are asking for a minimum 2.5% pay increase, a four-day working week and a 4% increase in the number of train drivers employed by NXEA.
TUESDAY 28th JULY 2009
Corn Exchange Roof Repaired
Contractors have finished repairing the roof of the Corn Exchange.
Operator Chris Addison is now looking forward to modernising the interior, including a fresh lick of paint.
The first floor hall is currently used as a community venue, hosting live music, comedy and wrestling.
FRIDAY 24th JULY 2009
Free Parking On Saturdays
Both Hartham Lane and Hartham Common car parks offer free parking on Saturdays.
The car parks are just five minutes walk from the town centre and have 204 short and long stay spaces.
Both are covered by CCTV and are accessed via Cowbridge and Hartham Lane.
WEDNESDAY 22nd JULY 2009
Angela Emsley (Independent) and Matthew McCormick (Conservative) have been elected to Hertford Town Council following yesterday's by-election.
Cllr Emsley won convincingly in Sele Ward against the Tories' Darren Ypey, polling 334 votes against Mr.Ypes' 257.
In Castle Ward, Cllr.McCormick beat off challenges from two independents, gaining 471 votes. James Morris polled 22 votes whilst Stephen Froud received 190 votes.
FRIDAY 17th JULY 2009
Elderly Woman Burgled
Two men have been arrested after an 80 year-old woman was the victim of a distraction burglary on Tuesday.
The woman was approached by two men as she was walking from Tesco in Hertford. They showed her a map and asked for directions. The women went home and shortly after, the two men knocked on her door and asked for a glass of water. Whilst she was in the kitchen, the two men took her purse which contained a quantity of cash and made off.
The men arrested are aged 32 and 39 and both from Hertford.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
THURSDAY 16th JULY 2009
The Riverside Garden Centre has submitted a planning application to rebuild the centre following devastating floods in February.
New buildings for retail and a restaurant are included in the plans for Lower Hatfield Road site.
The Centre lost most of its' stock in the floods and had to lay off seven staff. The shop and restaurant were submerged in the deluge.
The business closed for several weeks whilst the business worked with insurers to establish temporary buildings on site to allow the bubiness to reopen.
WEDNESDAY 15th JULY 2009
Tesco Plans On Show
Plans for an extended Tesco in Ware Road are on show in the store entrance.
Following the withdrawl of Tesco's planning appeal, they are now proposing to entend the sales area further at the back of the store.
The extension will see the store's size increase by 6500ft, around a quarter larger than the current store. This will allow a greater range to be offered and more reliable stocks to be held.
TUESDAY 7th JULY 2009
Empty Shop Art Scheme
Hertford Town Council is setting up a scheme to improve the appearance of empty shops in the town.
Both Hertford Art Society and Courtyard Arts have expressed an interest in the scheme that would see works of art hung in empty shop windows. Boarded up shops could also get an artistic lick of paint to improve their appearance.
First to benefit will be the former MacDonalds in Maidenhead Street.
SUNDAY 5th JULY 2009
Firearms Incident On Sele Farm
An Armed Response Unit arrested a 57 year-old man in Windsor Drive yesterday evening.
The arrest followed reports of a man with a firearm. Police tried to negotiate with the man following which a baton round was fired.
The man was taken to the QEII hospital in Welwyn Garden City before being released into police custody for questioning.
SATURDAY 4th JULY 2009
Focus Groups Proposed
Hertford Town Council are to set up a number of focus groups to identify ways to improve the town.
The groups will cover areas such as retail, transport, tourism and community development.
The consultations will help the council formulate a plan for the future of the town.
THURSDAY 2nd JULY 2009
Film Unit At Police Station
A film unit has set up at the old Police Station in Ware Road.
A number of fluorescent signs featuring the letters "ML" show directions to the site. The practice is common with film units and such signs featuring abbreviations can frequently be seen on the way to Balls Park, which has been used for filming on a number of occasions over the years.
The production being filmed is rumoured to be Murderland, an ITV crime drama featuring Robbie Coltrane.
THURSDAY 2nd JULY 2009
New Beautician Planned
A planning application has been submitted to convert two floors of 25 Old Cross into a hairdressers and beautician.
The application for the building next to The Classic Barbers has been submitted by Keithug Ltd of Welwyn.
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