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TAYLOR WIMPEY DONATION IS AT THE
HEART OF THE BOREHAMWOOD COMMUNITY
Taylor Wimpey North Thames has provided a generous donation to Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council to help fund the purchase of a brand new defibrillator that has been installed at the BECC Children’s Centre.
The leading local housebuilder, which is currently building high-quality homes across Hertfordshire, gave £1,000 to the Town Council to pay for one of 12 brand new defibrillators being provided across Borehamwood as part of the ‘Defibrillators Save Lives’ campaign.
Following a fire service demonstration in 2015, Lawrence Stack, a member of Elstree and Borehamwood Residents Association, approached the Town Council to help him bring more defibrillators to Borehamwood. Since then a team of five town councillors has been working with Lawrence to make it a reality.
Town Councillor Pat Strack, the defibrillator group coordinator, says: “Town Cllr Eric Silver approached Taylor Wimpey for their support, as they have been building new homes in Borehamwood, and they kindly agreed to donate towards our town initiative, which could help save someone’s life in the event of a heart attack.
“The team set about finding where defibrillators were already located in Borehamwood to identify the gaps. The 12 extra defibrillators being installed brings the total number to 36 across the town. These are located in various places of importance or areas with high footfall, such as local supermarkets.
“The type of defibrillator installed at the BECC Children’s Centre is a ZOLL model, which is better as we are able to buy replacement batteries for it over the counter. Also, the device that Taylor Wimpey’s donation has paid for is specially designed so that it can be used for children as well.”
Peter Gurr, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames says: “We’re delighted to offer this donation to Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, who are supporting a brilliant initiative that will help to save lives and really make a difference to the residents of Borehamwood.”
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, adds: “We feel it’s extremely important to invest in the communities in which we build our homes, and helping the council to install these defibrillators will be a tremendous benefit to local people.”
A number of the other defibrillators being installed in Borehamwood have been donated by other organisations, including the British Heart Foundation and pharmaceutical companies.
Town Councillor Sandra Parnell says: “When we took on this initiative we decided to raise money for defibrillators to set up in places where they are most needed – with all of them expected to be in place by the end of February 2016.”
Pat continues: “Even though the defibrillators talk through the instructions, many local residents are still concerned about using them, so we have set up training sessions for members of staff at key locations and residents so they can feel more comfortable using them.
“The council is trying to raise awareness of the defibrillators and we’ve received really good feedback from the community.
“Town Councillor Clive Butchins has produced a map in the Town Crier magazine that will be delivered to every home, to provide the location of the defibrillators. This map will also be displayed on all town notice boards and in community centres and GP surgeries.
“We’ve been amazed at the support we’ve had and we’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey very much for their generosity and for the fact they were willing to donate money for the benefit of other people.”
The new defibrillator at the BECC Children’s Centre was unveiled during a special event on Monday 1st February.
Peter Gurr, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames attended the launch event along with the Town Mayor Richard Butler, Claire Norris, the head of the children’s centre, Lawrence Stack of the Elstree and Borehamwood Residents Association and members of the defibrillator team and the local fire service.
Taylor Wimpey’s popular Gemini Park development in Borehamwood is now sold out.
Further information about new homes across the region is available by calling 0208 236 3800 or visiting the website at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk.
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Christmas Lights 2015 - 29th November 2015
CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES IN BOREHAMWOOD - update from Sullivan Buses
The only known bus service change is that the route and timetable of Sullivan Buses route 398 Potters Bar-Borehamwood-Radlett-Watford is being amended from the beginning of January 2016. The route is to be diverted to run directly along Brook Road between Leeming Road and Tesco. It will no longer serve Shenley Road, Theobald Street (between Shenley Road and Gateshead Road) and Gateshead Road. Timetable changes are to provide for extra running time. The same level of service applies except one poorly utilised return journey between Borehamwood and Potters Bar will no longer run.
The route was extended to Watford via Radlett on the 29
th May and now runs Potters Bar, South Mimms, Borehamwood, Radlett, Watford every hour Mondays to Fridays. The timetable was improved slightly at the end of August inter alia to allow extra running time in order to make the service more reliable. However, with the ending of the summer holidays traffic conditions have deteriorated again.
In Borehamwood progress through the town centre has slowed not just in school and peak hours, but also now for a longer period during Monday to Friday lunch times and on Saturdays. The only respite from the queues seems to be between 9.30 am and 11.30 am and after 19.30 on Mondays to Fridays. The 398 bus also currently serves Theobald Street but the queues to and from the Borehamwood Shopping Park are causing considerable delays to the buses.
As a result we were left with a choice of reducing the frequency to every 75 or 90 minutes or changing the route to reduce journey times. We have decided on the latter course. We know this will inconvenience a number of our passengers but we believe the medium to long term benefits of providing a reliable service outweigh the short term loss of revenue that this change is likely to incur. Route 398 will now link Borehamwood Tesco and Watford Town Centre in 30 minutes during Monday to Friday daytimes.
During November Sullivan Buses passengers will start to benefit from real time information. This means that electronic displays at bus stops will now show how many minutes away the bus is and this information will also be available on smart phones. We are also looking at the possibility of introducing mobile phone ticketing in the coming months.
With further development in Borehamwood and no significant changes to the road network we cannot see any prospect of the traffic situation improving. Given current funding by local and central government we consider that further reviews of bus services will be necessary over the next two years.
Welcome to …. Teddy’s Trails
Walking is an excellent form of exercise, which requires no special physical strength or expensive equipment – and can take you to all sorts of places which are inaccessible to vehicles.
Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council is sponsoring Teddy’s Trails, to encourage us all to pull on our hiking boots or walking shoes and get out and about on our feet.
What are Teddy’s Trails?
These trails are set of self-guided walking routes through the countryside around the town. They have been reconnoitred and are personally recommended by Teddy, a fox terrier who has been a resident of the town since his puppyhood and is an enthusiastic and experienced user of the local footpath network.
Where are Teddy’s Trails?
Although Borehamwood and Elstree are only twelve miles from Trafalgar Square, they are surrounded by open countryside which is easily accessible on foot. Each trail starts at a point which can be reached by bus from Elstree & Borehamwood station, and each trail leads back to the station.
The BBC Concert Band - Monday 7th December 2015
Town Crier - Issue 19
The latest issue of the Town Crier is now available to download.