Success for Watford Liberal Democrats in the local elections!

On 5th May 2022, Watford's voters took to the polls to elect their Mayor for the next four years, as well as one third of local councillors. In a successful election for the Liberal Democrats, we retained the Mayoralty with Peter Taylor securing 55% of the vote in the first round, and had a fantastic 10 local councillors elected!

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Lib Dems secure extra parking patrols at ‘unsafe’ local junction

Liberal Democrat Councillors for Meriden have secured extra parking attendant patrols to help tackle the traffic problems on York Way, Meriden Way and The Gossamers, outside Meriden shops.

After pressure from local Councillors Jenny Pattinson, Amanda Grimston, Pete Hannon and Steve Cavinder, Watford Borough Council have agreed that York Way will be patrolled at least once a day, every day, for the next four months.

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Dramatic fall in number of Special Constables in Watford

Following a freedom of information request submitted to Hertfordshire Constabulary, it has come to light that the number of special constables has fallen from 40 in March 2019 to just 26 in March 2021.

The number of special constables in Hertfordshire is the lowest it has been for over 5 years with only 166 special constables in the whole of the county in March 2021, compared to 224 special constables in March 2019.

 

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Watford council commits to tackling violence against women and girls

Liberal Democrat-run Watford Council has made a commitment to tackling violence against women and girls through a motion at Monday night’s Full Council.

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Watford backs policy to encourage more diverse councillors

Liberal Democrat-run Watford Council have agreed a ground-breaking policy granting councillors maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption, bereavement, compassionate and long-term sick leave.

Under current UK legislation, there is no legal basis on which elected officials are permitted to take a leave of absence from conducting their duties. This is applicable to councillors and MPs alike, with the exception of members of the national government’s Cabinet.

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Liberal Democrat councillors support step-free access at Watford Met

Transport for London (TfL) are currently consulting on which stations should be given step-free access to support accessibility to transport services.

Park ward Councillors Jess Stiff and Peter Kloss believe Watford Metropolitan Line station should have step-free access. They have been joined by Watford Cabinet member for Transport and Sustainability, Ian Stotesbury, in encouraging residents to support their campaign by filling out the TfL survey here: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/tube-step-free-access

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Councillors walk to all 17 of Watford’s Green Flag Parks for local charity

Watford’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor took to the streets over the weekend to walk around all 17 of Watford’s Green Flag Parks to fundraise for local charity Home Start Watford and Three Rivers.

Mayor Peter Taylor and Deputy Mayor, Aga Dychton, were joined along the 21.2km walk by various councillors all in support of the fantastic work that Home Start do to support vulnerable local families.

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Nascot Councillors spread Christmas cheer

A community group and Watford councillors have organised and delivered hundreds of festive gifts for local elderly and vulnerable people.

Courtlands Residents Association and Nascot's Liberal Democrat councillors, Mark Hofman and Tom Osborn, handed out two hundred and fifty Christmas treat boxes to local care homes and other vulnerable residents last week.

Residents and staff at Tremona Rest Home, Hollytree House, Greenbanks Care Home, Courtlands Lodge and Victoria House were given wrapped and labelled boxes of chocolates. The parcels were paid for with donations from the Courtlands Residents Association community group and local councillors.

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Stop tinkering with the Woodmere Avenue width restrictions

The announcement from Conservative-run Herts County Council (HCC) about the possibility of introducing ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras to replace the Woodmere Avenue width restriction, should have been good news for the residents of Woodmere Avenue. Sadly, it wasn’t. The likelihood of enforcement cameras being operational is at least 18 months away. It relies on legislation being passed and an application from HCC, to use new powers, being approved. There will be a lengthy consultation period and trial. Funding will also need to be found.

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Watford Lib Dems back call for climate action now!

Local Lib Dems have backed a letter sent to the COP26 climate change summit signed by hundreds of local councillors across the country calling on more power for local government to tackle climate change.

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