Council leader: ‘We will emerge from this crisis to face a new world’

A post-pandemic St Albans will inevitably see huge amounts of change. But by voting Lib Dem on 6 May, says Chris White, leader of St Albans City & District Council, you can make sure that it’s a positive change that focuses on community, the environment, and sustainable infrastructure.

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Have you voted for us? Tell us about it!

With postal votes now landing across the district, there’s never been a better time than today to complete your ballot, pop it in the post with plenty of time to spare and let us know that you’ve voted.

If we know who’s voted, it means that we get a better understanding of where to concentrate our campaigning efforts, making Lib Dem wins more likely.

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Your questions answered about the plans for St Albans' charter market

What’s the thinking behind ambitious plans to modernise St Albans’ historic charter market?

Mandy McNeil, the prime mover and shaker behind the initiative, gives us a personal, insider view of the district council’s moves to bring the buzz back to the retail heart of the city.

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St Albans’ grants strategy supports 'bounce-back' on high street

More than £40 million in grants channelled by St Albans council to businesses across the district will help keep our high streets vibrant and the local economy to bounce back more quickly, according to Mandy McNeil, Lib Dem councillor and portfolio holder for business, culture and tourism.

Mandy is urging businesses to apply to St Albans council for the latest non-repayable restart grants to help them re-open their doors after lockdown, including those in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure and personal care sectors.

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Your questions answered about a new charge for garden waste collection

We appreciate that many residents value this service and will be disappointed that a collection charge is being introduced. We'd like to explain further why this has become necessary:


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Q&A: How Harpenden will benefit with ownership of Rothamsted Park

Ownership of Rothamsted Park is being transferred to the Harpenden Town Council at no cost.

St Albans City and District Council, which has owned and managed the community asset until now, has agreed to hand over ownership. Here's how and why...

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Daisy Cooper praises 'amazing work' of Batchwood vax centre team

Daisy Cooper MP, the MP for St Albans, has joined Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary, in thanking and congratulating ‘Club Batchwood’ for being one of the best-performing vaccination centres in Britain.

The centre was set up by a group of eight St Albans GP surgeries at the Batchwood Hall nightclub venue, one of the ‘first wave’ of inoculation hubs in the country and among the first to vaccinate all over-80s.

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County takes steps to deal with flooding after pressure from Lib Dems

Liberal Democrats at Herts County Council are delighted that at last a new root and branch review of how flooding issues are dealt with has been agreed.

They had been pressing for urgent action on the growing flooding issues. 

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Have your say on colourful new look for historic Charter Market

City centre shoppers and other fans of St Albans’ historic Charter Market are being asked to give their views on plans to change the look of the market stalls.

The main proposal is to introduce gazebos – decked in the distinctive blue and yellow colours of St Albans – as part of the permanent replacement of the old-style market stalls.

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MP and Mayor call for action to save Tier 2 pubs

St Albans MP Daisy Cooper and Watford’s Elected Mayor Peter Taylor are calling for urgent changes to the Tier 2 rules governing the sale of alcohol to prevent a devastating number of pubs going out of business over the Christmas period.

The pair, both leading Liberal Democrats, warn that the hospitality industry in Watford and St Albans is facing an existential crisis if no action is taken, with massive job losses to follow and the disappearance of a huge part of our cultural heritage.

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