Review of the year 2017: October
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The aftermath of Storm Ophelia caused a ‘red-sky phenomenon’ to cast over Hertfordshire in October.
As Saharan dust swept across the country, many speculated whether the apocalypse was upon us.
The west was the most affected by the storm itself, with west Wales and Ireland being among the worst.
For us in Hertfordshire, many photographers took the opportunity to get some snaps of the sepia skies.
However, for many, the end of the world took the form of the so-called ‘brown bin tax’, which NHDC cabinet members voted for in October.
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Starting in May next year residents will be asked to pay a £40 annual charge for the discretionary service of emptying garden waste bins despite 85 per cent of respondents to the public consultation disagreeing with the decision.
Since then residents and opposing councillors have spoken out via our letters page, as well as calling in the decision to overview and scrutiny.
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As it stands, the charge will be going ahead in conjunction with Urbaser starting a new contract with NHDC and East Herts Council – who voted against the charge.
Also in October, four-year-old Erica Buckingham was inspired by an episode of Apple Tree House on CBeebies – which focused on children living in an inner city council estate collecting clothes for refugees – to take on a triathlon to raise money for Save the Children.
Erica ran 3km in Stevenage’s Hampson Park, scooted 3km at Fairlands Valley Park and swam 100 metres.
Inspirational Erica raised more than £1,600 for her chosen cause.
Boys from Brandles School in Baldock also inspired us when chief reporter Martin Elvery joined them at the neo-natal ward at Lister Hospital, where they took part in a charity cycle challenge to raise money for the ward.
The school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties also used this trip to highlight their new scheme – in partnership with Education Learning Skills & Achievement – which involves a series of projects to get the boys out and about talking to people, as well as getting involved with good causes.