As North Hertforshire baked in the UK’s hottest weather since 1976, Comet photographer Danny Loo cooled off by visiting some of our splash parks and swimming pools to see how families were coping in the heat.
In 2016 Bragbury End Residents’ Association approached Stevenage Borough Council and said there was a strip of land which they would like to take over to create a community garden. The council had no other plans for the strip and were pleased to have the residents offer to take care of it.
The council is investing to improve play areas for children and young people in Stevenage. Earlier this year it opened six new play areas designed with the help of local children. Work starts on two more in Pin Green in July.
The Friends of Hampson Park group have been working with Stevenage Borough Council to help improve their popular local park. They have applied for funding to help buy new play equipment in partnership with the council, such as the outdoor gym and skate park.
Tucked away in a corner of Hitchin, there is a team hard at work developing innovative products for the food and drink and pharmaceutical industries, carrying on the work started by their founder more than 170 years ago.
The Comet has been tracking Stevenage’s inspirational Twin Towns cyclists as they rode across five countries in their bid to raise as much money as possible for Lister Hospital – and the message after more than 1,000 kilometeres is: ‘We did it!’
Increased support for the wellbeing and mental health of our region’s ambulance service staff has been pledged, with employees working “under huge pressure and often in unpleasant or dangerous conditions”.