Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Peter Taylor, Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and the Watford Liberal Democrats launched their manifesto today, promising to maintain a thriving local economy, provide high quality council services and protect the most vulnerable in the town.
Key pledges in the manifesto include:
- Multi-million pound investment at Woodside Playing Fields, regenerating facilities and creating a mixed use family orientated play centre
- A new wheeled sports facility and café at Oxhey Park North as well as investment to parks across our town
- Major refurbishments to Watford Cycle Hub
- The creation of a ‘hop on hop off’ bus to take residents round the town centre
- A new bike hire scheme, like the one currently being used in London and other major UK cities
- Working with West Herts Hospitals Trust to create a new visitors car park at Watford General Hospital by the end of 2019.
Cllr Peter Taylor, Deputy Mayor and Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate said: ‘I want to continue the work of Dorothy Thornhill, helping the town to keep moving forwards. That means ensuring that we have a council that supports local businesses as well as one that cares about the most vulnerable in our town. I’ll work to improve our bus services, invest in our leisure facilities and make Watford a ‘Dementia Friendly’ town.’
‘The job of the Mayor is to speak up for Watford, whether it be dealing with the government, county council or health authorities. I will always put Watford’s interests first and be a strong voice for our town’.
Dorothy Thornhill, Liberal Democrat Elected Mayor of Watford said: ‘It has been an honour to have been your Elected Mayor for the past 16 years. In that time we’ve taken Watford Borough Council from one of ‘the worst performing councils’ in the country under Labour according to a government inspector, to one of the best run. We’ve invested in our parks, our leisure centres, created a range of free community events and increased investment in the town, with the new Intu centre due to open later this year.’
‘We’ve got a record to be proud of in Watford. This manifesto doesn’t only just recognise our achievements, but also looks to the future challenges in terms of housing pressures and the London Mayor’s decision to pull the plug on the Met Line Extension.’
‘As my Deputy Mayor, Peter has shown he has the head, heart and guts for the job. He would make a first-class Mayor and would be a champion for our town.’
You can find a full link to the manifesto here