The Harpenden Town Council Mission Statement - To promote the area as a place to live, a place to work, a place to invest and a place to visit
A- A A+
Its all Happening - events calendar

Please use the calendar to view the latest events, you can refine between Mayor's Diary and Town Events

Town Events Mayor's Diary

MoTuWeThFrSaSu
 
89101112
20
27
 

Community Ideas

Harpenden Town Council logo

The below information can be downloaded as a PDF here. Additional information can also be viewed in our social media statement, which can also be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here

Capital Receipt Allocations

Update following Harpenden Town Council Meeting on 18 May 2020

All Town Councillors met on 18 May 2020 to consider the next stage of the Town Council process of allocating our Capital Reserve.

Council agreed in principle that several projects will be taken forward subject to the Council’s usual Governance and due diligence processes.

Projects that have been allocated funding

The projects that have been allocated in principle funding are set out below. Where possible, we have included the funding allocated to the project. However, in some cases the amount allocated to the project is subject to legal/commercial implications and will remain confidential at this stage. For example, they impact on negotiations with landowners or prospective external funders.

As soon as the legal/commercial implications are no longer relevant, the figures will be announced.

Delivery plans will be worked up for each of these projects and these will be considered by Council in September 2020. The delivery of these projects will be phased over 24months.

Theme

Project

Funding

Commons & Greens

Invest in new play equipment at Rothamsted Park (subject to confirming match funding and taking ownership of the asset from SADC)

£150,000

Commons & Greens

Invest in new play equipment for Roundwood Lane Open Space (subject to taking ownership of the asset from SADC)

£80,000

Commons & Greens

Invest in new play equipment for Wood End Open Space (subject to taking ownership of the asset from SADC)

£80,000

Commons & Greens

Install Boardwalk at Batford Springs Nature Reserve

£100,000

Commons & Greens

Improve/resurface vehicular access onto the Common from Baa Lambs Car Park

£50,000

Community Building

New Community Clubhouse/pavilion in Rothamsted Park (subject to confirming external funding and taking ownership of the asset from SADC)

TBA

Community Building

Improve insulation of Council buildings

£20,000

Other

Festive lighting displays

TBA

Other

Installation of defibrillators across public areas

£3,000

Other

Funds to replace Town Council maintenance vehicles

£70,000

Other

Purchase of additional HTC maintenance equipment

£20,000

Other

Upgrade events team equipment such as gazebos

£5,000

Public Realm

Provide funding for the HTC public realm improvement plan

£150,000

Public Realm

Install friendship benches in town where people can sit on the understanding that they wish to have a chat with someone as and when someone takes a seat.

£2,000

Sports Facilities

New 3G pitch in Rothamsted Park (subject to confirming external funding and taking ownership of the asset from SADC)

TBA

Sports Facilities

Improved Grass pitches in Rothamsted Park

TBA

Sports Facilities

Improvement works to Cricket square in Rothamsted Park (subject to taking ownership of the asset from SADC)

TBA

Sustainability

Tree planting across open spaces

£50,000

Sustainability

Install water refill stations in public spaces as part of Plastic Free Harpenden

£20,000

Transport & Movement

Increase depth of parking area on Leyton Road (opposite British Legion)

£30,000

Transport & Movement

Improve existing footpaths and adding new ones around Harpenden

£100,000

Transport & Movement

Provide more secure cycle parking in the town centre.

£15,000

Transport & Movement

New pedestrian/cyclist entrance to the station on South side from Southdown

TBA

 

Projects that will be scoped further

There are several project ideas that have not been allocated funding yet, but Council have requested further scoping and analysis. These will be considered by Council in September. They include:

Theme

Item

Commons & Greens

Lay "all weather" material/surface in car park at end of Orchard Avenue into Rothamsted park to eliminate current "mud bath”

Commons & Greens

Play area improvement behind Highfield Avenue

Commons & Greens

Outdoor gym in key parks

Commons & Greens

Introduce a sports pitch or play area at Derwent Road Park

Community Building

Public toilet at the top of town

Other

Install free little libraries around town

Other

Purchase HTC branded electric vehicle for use of staff to travel to meetings, around the town and on event days

Public Realm

Resurface the Concourse and add power supply to North side

Public Realm

Replace bollards on Lower High Street

Public Realm

New gateway signs in Harpenden making more attractive to visitors

Sustainability

Install PV solar panels on public buildings

Sustainability

Install City Trees to address levels of pollution on key roads in Harpenden

Transport & Movement

Install electric car charging points at various locations in Amenbury Lane and Lydekker Car Parks and in Southdown

Transport & Movement

Introduce smart parking in road sensors with an App

 

Projects that will not be taken forward

There is a further set of project ideas that Council have so far indicated that they will not be taking forward. However, some of these may be scoped and analysed further and Council will take a decision on the next steps for these at the July Council meeting.

Carl Cheevers - Town Clerk, Harpenden Town Council

5 June 2020

---------------------------------

Harpenden Town Council has recently received a Capital Receipt of £2.65m from the sale of land that will be used to build Social and Affordable dwellings in Harpenden.

The Town Council delivers many projects and initiatives across the Town that play a key role in making Harpenden a great place to live, work and visit. This Capital Receipt provides us with a unique opportunity to further enhance parts of the Town over the coming years.

The Town Council ran a community engagement exercise with residents where residents were asked to share their ideas on how the Council should spend its Capital Receipt. The survey was available online and in hard copy.

Any ideas submitted had to fit the following criteria:

  • Must be for capital expenditure (acquiring or making improvements to assets such as land, buildings, equipment etc)
  • Must relate to public land/assets
  • Should not involve significant ongoing running costs

The full list of responses to the survey can be downloaded here

All ideas were orignally going to be considered by the Council in March 2020, but this has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Ideas will now be considered by the Council in June 2020. 

Last updated about 1 month ago