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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Watford Council forced to agree action plan to deliver more housing

In January 2021 the results of the government’s Housing Delivery Test (HDT) were published, revealing that Watford Borough Council had only met 48% of its housing delivery target for the period (2017-2020).

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Lib Dems call for Vicarage Road to be resurfaced

West Watford resident, John Munro has launched a campaign for Vicarage Road to be resurfaced, branding the current condition "an embarrassment’" 
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River Colne project approved by Watford Council Cabinet

Lib Dem-run Watford Borough Council has approved plans to restore the local River Colne. The ‘Rediscovering the River Colne’ project, which has been jointly developed in partnership with environmental organisation Groundwork, will now move into its first phase of delivery between 2021 and 2024.

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Councillors raise over £2,600 for MS Society

Two local Lib Dem councillors in Watford have raised more than £2,600 as part of a team for the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society, after taking part in the charity’s 20 kilometre MS Walk challenge.

Mother & son duo Councillors Glen Saffery and Ann Saffery, who represent the Woodside Ward in Garston, chose the charity in aid of Glen’s partner Natasha who has lived with MS for 8 years. Natasha was only diagnosed after losing her eyesight and ability to walk.

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Dementia Friendly Watford shortlisted for Diversity and Inclusion Award

Mayor Peter Taylor’s manifesto commitment to make Watford a Dementia Friendly Town has been nationally recognised and shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle Awards.

Since becoming Mayor in 2018, making Watford more inclusive of those living with dementia has been a key priority for Peter Taylor. The Council has undertaken a variety of activities, with the support of key partners in the town. This has included:

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Councillor meets officers regarding Woodmere Avenue width restrictions

Ever since the Woodmere Avenue width restrictions were installed by the Conservative led Herts County Council, it has been the single most talked about issue on the Tudor estate and beyond. Residents and Councillors alike continue to recall accounts of  some motorists trying to negotiate these width restrictions without success and others who abuse the use of the Bus Lane.

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Unemployment falls in Watford

Unemployment figures in Watford have dropped by over 1,100 since February 2021 according to latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number of people receiving unemployment benefit reached a peak of 4,400 in February this year but has fallen every month since and now stands at 3275.

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