Steve Jarvis

Liberal Democrat District Councillor for Clothall, Rushden, Sandon, Wallington and Weston Learn more

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Spending on roads falls for the third year in a row

by stevejarvis on 17 February, 2017

Figures from Herts County Council show that spending on mending roads and pavements has fallen for each of the last three years. In 2013-14 they spent £39.2 million mending the roads and footways across Hertfordshire but this year the figure has fallen to £30.1 million – a cut of 23%. No wonder people complain that […]

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Council budget agreed

by stevejarvis on 10 February, 2017

North Herts Council has voted through a budget for the next financial year including a rise in parking charges and confirming both the proposals to reduce the number of play areas and to increase councillors’ pay. Steve Jarvis voted against the budget. All the Conservative councillors present (including our county councillor who is also a […]

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Councillors pay

by stevejarvis on 4 February, 2017

Despite the recommendations of an independent panel it was clearly wrong of North Herts Conservative Councillors to vote an 11% rise for all Councillors and a near 20% rise for the leader of the Council. Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors voted against the increase. The Conservatives should reconsider this decision and cancel the increases but […]

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The planning system is crazy

by stevejarvis on 16 December, 2016

Yesterday evening North Herts council refused a long standing local resident permission to build a house in Weston that they want to live in when they retire. The reason: the Green Belt. This is the same council proposing to move the Green Belt to build 40 houses on the other side of Weston, 900 between […]

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County Council Gritting Fiasco

by stevejarvis on 1 December, 2016

Herts County Council has abandoned a plan to reduce the number of roads gritted when bad weather is expected – at least for this year – after a petition against the changes run by the Lib Dems. The council had agreed new criteria for the roads gritted but then failed to select the roads correctly. […]

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Gritting confusion

by stevejarvis on 25 November, 2016

We are now being told that the maps that the County Council produced showing which roads will not be gritted when bad weather is forecast are inaccurate and that the road from Weston to Halls Green should not be shown as not to be gritted in future. What is not clear is what the extent […]

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Rushden footpath sign

by stevejarvis on 24 November, 2016

The County Council’s rights of way department tell me that they are aware of the fallen footpath sign at Mill End in Rushden and are arranging its replacement. This may take a while since they are done in batches. I have asked them to ensure that the remains of the old sign and removed in […]

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Objections to the North Herts Local Plan

by stevejarvis on 23 November, 2016

There is now just a week left to record comments or objections on the North Herts Local Plan. There are two levels at which you might wish to object to the local plan. The first is that the whole plan is “unsound” because it is fundamentally flawed in a number of ways: The supposedly objective […]

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Hertfordshire Highways Contractor’s Million Pound Fines

by stevejarvis on 22 November, 2016

Figures revealed following an investigation by the Liberal Democrats show that Herts County Council’s main highways contractor Ringway has been ‘fined’ or issued penalties that total £1,074,052 between October 2012 and April 2016. During that time Ringway has received £158m in council tax payers’ money to undertake road repairs, maintenance and road safety work. Steve […]

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Just 10 days to respond to the Local Plan

by stevejarvis on 20 November, 2016

The consultation period on the North Herts Local Plan ends in 10 days on 30th November. If you want to have your say on the plan, which includes proposals for 930 houses between Weston and Great Ashby, 3000 around Baldock and 40 in Weston, you must submit your comments before mid-night on the 30th. Comments […]

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