We are pleased to announce that progress continues with the Croxley Rail Link. Hertfordshire County Council are now in discussions with London Underground - an experienced rail provider - about the next steps for this important project. This is a project that Dorothy Thornhill has backed because it will bring jobs and investment to Watford.
Residents and Councillors in Nascot are demanding action for safety measures at the dangerous Courtlands Drive/Hempstead Road junction. We are backing their campaign.
We can report that Barclays Bank in South Oxhey is set to close.
Following on from a meeting with the Divisional Manager of Barclays, councillor Andrew Scarth said "Residents, especially the elderly, are very upset at losing what they consider as their family friendly bank. A point of irritation is that Three Rivers District Council was not informed of the closure and assumed that Barclay’s bank would remain in South Oxhey. So this site was not incorporated into the regeneration plans. It is now hoped that a bank will be part of the new build, but that is 2022 at the earliest."
He went on to say "Fortunately, South Oxhey staff have all been relocated. So there will be no redundancies."
Early this year Cllr Chris Whately-Smith put Abbots Langley Parish Council in touch with Three Rivers District Council, enabling them to get a grant towards repainting this heritage telephone box in Hunton Bridge.
“I have been asking Parish to bring forward painting it as it was beginning to look rather weather-beaten” said Chris.
“This led me to thinking what use it could be put to. I had thought about a library of some sort and asked for ideas from the community. The replies I got were for just this, so I asked permission from the Parish, had an old bookcase donated and set up this self-perpetuating library. It has a map of the area, a small roll of remembrance for those fallen in the first world war, some history of Hunton bridge and the conservation area. Most importantly it has a selection of books for all ages which have been donated and added to. The idea being that you just bring in one you have read and take another. It’s great to see it in use and being kept tidy”.
As we reported yesterday, the Conservatives have unveiled plans to introduce even more biting bus cuts in Herts, totalling £1.5m.
As was widely reported, earlier in the year the Conservatives had proposed to cut all county supported bus services after 6.30pm in the evening and all services on a Sunday - affecting 58 routes and cutting 809,000 passenger trips. On Tuesday they massively increased the amount of cuts planned.
We are shocked by the news that the Tories have announced plans for even deeper bus cuts than were initially announced, now totaling £1.5m. Our fight against them will continue with the support of local people - over 4000 signed our petition. This is not over yet, sign the petition here.
We have upsetting news that there are plans to close the branch of Barclays Bank at 51 Prestwick Road in South Oxhey on the 23rd January 2015.
This is a popular branch, and the only bank in the South Oxhey area, therefore we are keen to understand Barclays reasons for deciding it should close. It would be approximately a 2 mile journey for residents wishing to use the next nearest branch, which of course is not easy for those who are vulnerable or elderly.
We recognise that banks are reducing their numbers of high street branches as more and more people move to online banking, however it is the choice of this specific branch that we are concerned about, it's always busy every time one of our team go in and singly serves an entire area.
The Conservative run County Council has decided to cut £500,000 per annum in the funding of vital public transport for young people, including those with special educational needs.
Yesterday Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst today met with the Managing Director of London Midland to nail a solution for all those residents who night after night are stuck waiting anywhere up to 40 minutes to try and exit from Watford Junction station.
We are happy to announce that Queens’ School has received £178,213 this year through the Pupil Premium, a flag ship Lib Dem education policy.