hertfordshire county council 

Temporary Waiting Restrictions on High Street, Markyate  

NOTICE is given that the Hertfordshire County Council intend to make an Order under Section 14[1] Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicles from waiting at any time on both sides of High Street, Markyate from a point in line with the south eastern boundary of No. 91 High Street south eastwards for a distance of approximately 46 metres. 

The purpose of the Order is to enable utility improvement works to take place. 

The temporary waiting restrictions will be in place for up to 5 days, sometime during the period 22 February 2016 and 26 February 2016, when signs are in place. 

If you have any queries about the utility improvement works or the temporary waiting restrictions, please contact Phil Hawkins tel. 0870 444 7225 at Herts Traffic Management or Joanne Robinson tel. 0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council.


Parish Council Office is situated in the Y2K building, Cavendish Road

Parish Council office opening hours:-

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:  9.30am to 3pm

Friday:  8.30 to 2.00

Please telephone the Parish Office on 01582 840110 before visiting to ensure the office is open because we are called out for various reasons from time to time, thank you.


Parish Council Vacancies

We have two vacancies on the Parish Council.

If you are interested in what goes on in Markyate and are interesting in being a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Office for further information  or come along to our next meeting and see how business is transacted.

Go On Get Involved!



We have a vacancy for a weekend Caretaker.  If you would like further details please call the Parish office on 01582 840110 for further details.


Parish Council Meeting

The date for the next scheduled Parish Council Meeting is Tuesday 2 February 2016 at 7:30pm in the Y2K Hall, Cavendish Road.

A Halls Committee Meeting is being held on 15 March 2016 and not the 19 January as scheduled, in the Jones Room at the Village Hall.

A full schedule of Meetings of the Parish Council and Committees can be found at

Procedures & Policies.

Special Refuse Freighter Hicks Road

The refuse freighter will be in Hicks Road from 9:00am to 1:00pm on the following dates:

Saturday 13 February 2016   /   Saturday 11 June 2016   /  Saturday 8 October 2016.

Please see our notice boards for a list of items which can not be disposed of in this manned refuse freighter.


Road Safety

Last year we requested to have school signs and lines painted on the road near the school which should by this time have been completed, but we still await confirmation of an installation date for the flashing school sign on Buckwood Road.


Baby Clinic in the Y2K Hall

Baby Clinic for February 2016 will be held on the following dates:-

Tuesday 2 and 16 February 2016


5 year olds eat and drink their body weight in sugar every year


Currently 19% of four to five-year-olds and 28% of 10 to 11-year-olds are overweight or obese in Hertfordshire, so Hertfordshire County Council is encouraging parents to get “Sugar Smart” and take control of their children’s sugar intake.

The Change4Life campaign follows revelations that four-to-10 year olds consume the equivalent of an estimated 5,500 sugar cubes a year (22kg), weighing the same as an average five-year-old.

If children are overweight or obese it means they are more likely to become obese adults who are more prone to a range of serious health problems, such as heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Nationally, there are now 2.5 million people suffering from Type 2 diabetes, 90% of which are overweight or obese. Being overweight can also affect a child’s emotional wellbeing and their ability to achieve at school.

Change4Life has created an eye-opening short film, which warns parents about the health harms of eating and drinking too much sugar, including tooth decay and becoming overweight. The film brings to life the excessive amount of sugar consumed by the average child per year; currently three times more than the new maximum recommended daily amount.

The campaign reveals the sugar content of everyday food and drink; a 43g chocolate bar contains six cubes of sugar, a 200ml juice drink contains over five cubes and there are nine sugar cubes in a can of cola, instantly taking children up to or over their recommended maximum for the day.

Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, said: “The latest child obesity figures for Hertfordshire highlight the importance for families to cut back on sugar in their diet. Sugar is lurking in everyday food and drink, taking children well over the maximum recommended amount. We’re encouraging parents across Hertfordshire to download the new Sugar Smart app and take control of the amount of sugar their family consumes, to protect them from the health risks of having too much sugar.”

Five million Sugar Smart packs will be given away to primary school children and their families via schools, local authorities and retailers. There will be 25 Change4Life Sugar Smart roadshows, taking place across the country from January to March. Five major supermarkets have also pledged to support the campaign through educating and helping customers to make healthier food choices when shopping.

Download the Change4Life Sugar Smart app to find out how much sugar is in the food and drink your family consumes every day and search ‘Change4Life’ for lots of free support, tips, ideas and recipes.

Want information about maintaining a healthy weight and encouraging an active lifestyle? Visit the Health in Herts portal at

If a parent is worried about their child’s weigh they can speak to their GP, school nurse or contact Beezee Bodies who offer programmes to help the whole family make changes


Can you help protect older people from fire?

This winter Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to keep an eye out for older people by helping to spot fire risks in their home.

Although many over 65s are active and healthy, older people are at higher risk of death or injury in a fire, mostly due to age-related problems with mobility and absent mindedness.It’s important to us that we do everything we can to keep older people safe in their own homes, and the friends and families of older people have a key role to play in helping to keep them safe.

There are simple things to look out for

  • Not having smoke alarms, or smoke alarms that don’t beep when tested
  • Overflowing ashtrays, or burn marks on clothing, furniture or carpets
  • Smoking in bed
  • Hoarding and clutter
  • Unsafe use of fire sources open/portable fires
  • Frequently leaving cooking unattended
  • Unsafe use of candles and other flames
  • Overloaded plug sockets

If you see these signs, please contact the number below.  They can carry out free Home Fire Safety Visits where they check for potential fire risks, help residents develop an escape plan and can provide expert advice and discuss specialist equipment to help keep vulnerable older people safe, including You can request a visit for yourself or someone you know at www.hertsdirect.org/firesafety or by calling 0300 123 4046.


bag it and bin it!

Dog owners are asked to bag and bin their dogs' waste to keep the village clean.  Dog mess poses serious health risks. It can carry roundworm - containing the parasite Toxocara canis which can cause blindness, epilepsy, asthma and infections.  So it's vital to reduce dog fouling to protect others, particularly children.  Failing to clean up after your four legged friend when in a public space is an offence.

If your're walking your dog please take a doggy bag, pick up after your dog and use the dog waste bins provided around the village.

If you are aware of the address of any dog owner who does not clean up after their dog, please email dog.fouling@dacorum.gov.uk with the relevant details.