Links and numbers for any of the Key Organisations, Amenities and Facilities in the Village and Parish can be found by following the links in the main menu above. Other useful links have been grouped together below – click on any panel heading to view the contents:

Solving Problems

Dog Fouling

There are several dog bins in the village for cleaning up after our canine companions. Dog owners may also take the bags home and put them in their own purple bin.

If you have a persistent problem and know of any dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs it can be reported to NHDC via the Dog Fouling information page, by calling  01462 474000 or  email:


If you witness any fly-tipping contact North Herts Police on the non emergency number 101 or  01707 354000.

For removal of fly-tipping which has already occurred, call Veolia 0800 328 6023.

NHDC have a Fly-Tipping page giving advice on preventing fly-tipping and what to do if witnessing fly-tipping. You can also report fly-tipping to them using their form.

The Environment Agency has a statutory responsibility to investigate the larger scale fly-tipping incidences where the waste may pose a serious risk to the environment and where the activity is linked to organised crime. Contact the Environment Agency incident hotline on tel: 0800 80 70 60

Neighbourhood Watch

The number to contact at North Herts Police for all non-emergencies (including witnessing of fly-tipping) is 101 or  01707 354000.

PC Matt Jenkins and PCSO Heather Burrows can be contacted regarding local community issues –  01438 757604.

In the event of an emergency or if you witness a crime taking place please call 999.

Pot Holes and Other Highways Issues

Pot holes and other highways issues should be reported to Hertfordshire Highways at: or  03001234047.


Electricity Supply: UK Power Networks

Own and maintain the electricity cables in our area. Visit their website for information on: new connections,disconnecting or altering connections; overhead power lines and equipment on your land; problems with meter boards, meters and fuses.

Note: UK Power Networks do not sell electricity.

Power Cuts & Line Faults

If you have a power cut, issues with the power lines in your area or a potentially dangerous problem with your meter, call UK Power Networks on 105 or 0800 31 63 105 — or visit Power Cuts & Line Faults.

Gas Supply

Please see your gas bill or other correspondence from your gas supplier for contact details.

Gas Emergency Services

If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, or are worried that fumes containing carbon monoxide are escaping from a gas appliance, please call the free Gas Emergency Services emergency line immediately 0800 111 999

Waste Water: Anglian Water

Anglian Water process our waste water. For a waste water emergency call  03457 145 145

Water Supply: Affinity Water

Affinity Water supply our clean water, they do not process our waste water. For a Water supply emergency call  0345 357 2407

Shops and Post Offices

St Ippolyts Stores

1 Waterdell Lane, St Ippolyts, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 7RB

01462 450776

Whitwell Stores

62 High St, Whitwell, Hitchin SG4 8AG

01438 871235


Broadband, Internet and Phone


IDNet were part of the team of parishioners that worked with BT to bring fast broadband to Preston. Recommended by a number of parishioners, they are based in Hitchin, with social links as well as business connections to Preston. We have moved this website to IDNet. For more information visit their website or look at their entry further down this page under our Local Business Directory.

Milk Delivery

N A Marlow Dairy Produce

delivers Monday, Wednesday and Friday very early. Tel. 01462-455466 or

Dairy Crest (Milk and more)

will deliver on Mons, Weds, and Fridays. Tel. 0845-6063606 or

Newspaper Delivery

Meja Mija Stores

Mr Rajah from Meja Mija Stores, 50 Stevenage Road, Hitchin. Tel. 437758. Will deliver every day.

Our Neighbours

Kings Walden – Parish Council

Including Breachwood Green and the hamlets of King’s Walden, Ley Green, Darleyhall, Lye Hill, Wandon End, Wandon Green and Winch Hill.

St Ippolyts – Parish Council

Including the villages of Gosmore and St Ippolyts, the hamlets of Ashbrook, Little Almshoe, St Ibbs and former New England.

Local Government

Luton Borough Council

The local authority of Luton in Bedfordshire. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.

Local Business Directory

This directory is free to businesses that are, in some sense, resident in the parish.

IDNet – Fast Local Broadband

30a Bridge Street, Hitchin. Herts SG5 2DF

Tel: 01462 659 350

IDNet are one of the UK’s leading broadband providers. They consistently beat all the big suppliers for speed, reliability and customer service.

  • Free Hitchin-based technical support
  • Maximum throughput that your line can support at all times
  • No contention on our network, no throttling, no traffic shaping, no port blocking
  • Phone packages also available for home and business

Check what’s available at your Preston address by clicking here


Amherst House, Church Lane , Preston , Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7TP

01462 450099


Wally Steele Limited

St. Martin ‘s Place, Church Lane , Preston , Hitchin, Hertfordshire , SG4 7TP

 01462 434 022

Improving, Troubleshooting and Fixing How Management & IT Interoperate.

Provides Management and IT Consultancy, enabling executives and senior managers to improve or fix how their business and IT functions work. Working both directly and through various well known consulting organisations, our clients cover all sectors including:

  • IT Service Providers, Technology and Software Developers
  • Financial Services, Insurance, Banking
  • Retail, Wholesale
  • Energy, Mineral Exploration and Exploitation
  • Travel, Aviation, Automotive
  • Telecoms, Broadband, Media, News
  • Pharmaceutical, Medical Information Systems
  • Higher Education and Research
  • Government Agencies, Central and Local Government.

Technical Authoring, Publishing, Web and Graphic Design

Set up as SteeleRule Limited, a spin off to produce the marketing and documentation needed to support our consultancy. We now produce: high end technical documents, write and publish non-fiction books, develop brand images, produce marketing materials and design web sites.

Trader Recommendations

Occasionally we get told about a tradesperson that somebody would like to recommend or asked if we could host a recommendation scheme. The Trust Committee have looked at running such a scheme and decided that there are other “Trader Recommendation” sites that are better suited than we could be.

For example: Which? Trusted Traders – who have teamed up with Hertfordshire Trading Standards read more. This site allows customers to make recommendations that a trader be included and to review listed traders.
(Note Which? Local closed in March 2018 and visitors are redirected to Which? Trusted Traders)

If you want to suggest or request an addition to our local directory please contact the Preston Trust.

This directory is maintained on a best efforts basis by the Preston Trust. We accept no responsibility for the content and views expressed by the listed organisations. If you find that any of the links and phone numbers have stopped working, they contain incorrect or inappropriate content — please let us know as soon as possible so we can fix or remove the listing.