West Herts Hospital NHS Trust put in special measures


After its inspection, West Herts Hospital Trust has been put into special measures. The Trust has been ordered to make big improvements after the watchdog the Care Quality Commission rated its services as "inadequate". Chris White, county group spokesperson on Health, said: 'We had suspected for a while that the report would be bad but this is even worse than was feared.

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"No obvious legal basis for intu doors" say County Council

key_intupetition_central_team.jpgCounty Councils Highways Panel on Tuesday considered a 1612 signature strong petition opposing the erection of doors across  Queens Road as proposed by intu two months ago.

Although intu have since withdrawn their planning application, they are still thought likely to be putting in plans for some form of doors either end of the into complex where it covers Queens Road.


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County Council call flooding a "low priority"

key_flooding_corner_wilcot_ave.jpgLiberal Democrats are incensed by the way Herts County Council are downplaying the need to take action on road flooding. Malcolm Cowan, deputy leader of the county council's Lib Dem group says: "I was told by the highways contractors Ringway that road flooding is a low priority and I was unlikely to see any action from a long list of local flooding sites I had painstakingly compiled"

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Conservatives admit no consultation over HomeStart cuts


Service users, Staff, Volunteers and Councillors alike were stunned to learn on Monday that a Conservative Councillor made the decision to cancel the £395,000 annual grant to HomeStart without any consultation with either HomeStart, the Health Visitor Service or the Children’s Services.

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Intu Withdraw Door Plans

key_intupetition_central_team.jpgAfter a petition organised by councillors with more than 1500 signatures, from both Queen's Road traders and residents, the controversial proposals by intu to block off a public highway have been withdrawn.

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Where next with Housing?

key_house.jpgAt the moment, we face pressures with housing from just about every direction. Young professionals can’t afford to buy, families can’t afford rent rises, social housing can’t keep up with demand, and there’s even a shortage of emergency accommodation for homeless people.

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School's out for Summer!


There are lots of free and cheap children's activities to do in Watford this summer holiday. From Big Events like outdoor cinema and bringing the beach to Watford, to nature and craft activities and plenty of sports sessions, there'll be something for everyone.

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Key projects update from Dorothy


On the 13th July my cabinet discussed key projects we are working on to make Watford a better place. Many of these will be familiar to you, but I just wanted to update you on progress.

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intu petition reaches over 1500 signatures

key_intupetition_central_team.jpgOver 1,500 residents have signed the petition against intu plans to install two sets of lobbies with doors either end of the intu tunnel on Queens Road, Watford.

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Condition of Herts Schools amongst worse in the country


When Liberal Democrat councillors at County Hall initiated a scrutiny into the scope and efficiency of the Hertfordshire schools repair and maintenance programme, little did they expect to learn the shocking revelation that the county's schools are in such bad condition relative to other education authorities.

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