Children's services (including child protection, care for vulnerable children, early years and education)
Environment (including highways, transport, waste and planning for growth pressures)
Environment, planning and transport
- Key pressures and challenges arise from the geography of Hertfordshire, the pressure for growth and development, population change and the high expectations of our communities.
- Over 95% of Hertfordshire is covered by some form of planning constraint, for example Green Belt, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and high grade agricultural Land, making planning for growth a major challenge.
- There is a significant risk of a shortfall in funding available for future infrastructure to cope with the proposed scale of growth.
- There are likely to be growth pressures from our surrounding areas as well as from the two adjacent airports at Luton and Stansted.
- Levels of growth proposed in the county by 2031 in emerging local plans are proving to be extremely challenging in terms of the transport infrastructure required.
- We adopted a new Local Transport Plan for Hertfordshire.
- We continue to work with the Local Enterprise Partnership to support the creation of a strong economy.
- We secure funding and investment for Hertfordshire and delivery of key growth projects.
- We support the delivery of sustainable development underpinned by the right infrastructure.
- We safeguard the interests of Hertfordshire in relation to growth pressures from London, surrounding areas and airport expansion.
- We provide sustainable transport choices to communities, improve transport, information, and encourage walking and cycling.
- The key priorities of the Highways Service are to ensure a safe and efficient highway system to deliver safe, reliable journeys, sustainably.
- Traffic on our roads is 35% higher than the national average and our population is expected to increase to 1.4 million by 2037, an increase of 24%.
- We develop and implement transport strategies in support of the Local Transport Plan and support the economic and housing growth agenda.
- We minimise the draw on County Council resources for delivering maintenance services and infrastructure improvements (to support the growth agenda) by securing alternative funding sources and optimising income.
- We continue development of a collaborative approach to reduce collisions, casualties, costs and community concerns through the Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership.
- We work to increase active travel by delivering cycle training to adults and children, developing travel plans, encouraging children to walk to school and by promoting increased use of cycling and walking infrastructure.
- We work to meet the demand for travel without adversely changing the character of the county.
- Key pressures and challenges arise from the pressure for growth and development, population change, maintaining value for money and the high expectations of our communities.
- The County Council continues to work closely with Waste Collection.
- Authorities to ensure the continued effective management of the county’s waste, in conjunction with the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership and by working with residents to reduce residual waste and increase recycling.
- We continue to seek a long term solution for residual waste disposal in Hertfordshire.
Resources (includes libraries, registration offices, the website and Customer Service Centre)
Community protection (includes fire and rescue, trading standards and emergency resilience planning)
We face pressures and challenges to maintain appropriate provision of:
Fire and Rescue emergency response and Trading Standards and fire protection and prevention activities given reducing budgets and increased growth of the economy and development of housing and commercial premises.
- Ensure that there are effective means to respond to emergencies and that resources are allocated to maximise efficiency and effectiveness.
- Actively seek to reduce fires, road traffic collisions and other emergencies and to reduce deaths and injuries.
- Work to achieve a safe and fair trading environment, supporting the Hertfordshire economy and helping to reduce crime.
- The growth in the number of elderly people living independently in their own homes will continue to be the greatest focus of risk for Community Protection and trading standards. This group represents a disproportionately high number of fire deaths and injuries from fires in their own homes, and is also a significant target group for rogue traders and scams.
- There is still significant uncertainty as to how the EU referendum result and ‘Brexit’ will impact on Trading Standards and consumer protection, given that a large percentage of its roles and duties emanate from EU legislation.
- The development in both the commercial and residential sectors is placing increased demands on the Fire Protection Team who have a vital role to play in ensuring that the appropriate fire safety measures are built in to the design and delivery of the building.
- Recommendations generated as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire may place additional responsibilities on the Fire & Rescue Service.
- Provide an emergency response to fires, road traffic collisions and other incidents.
- Respond to rogue trading incidents, product safety concerns and scams.
- Provide targeted safe and well, home safety, trading standards and fire prevention activities to elderly and vulnerable people given reducing budgets and the increase in the number of older people in the county.
- Provide targeted fire protection activities to ensure the fire safety of commercial building and residential premises.
- Through the County Community Safety Unit continue to work in partnership with and support the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships in the County in reducing crime committed by those who misuse drugs and/or alcohol, and co-ordinate delivery of a more joined-up response to reducing the incidents and impact of Hate Crime.
- Plan for, and ensure arrangements are in place for major incidents within Hertfordshire.