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A roundup of local news via Oxhey Opinion…
Thank you to everyone who has given such positive feedback on the work that has been done, which is really looking nice now that spring and better weather are here.
The conker sculpture has gone down very well, but some have expressed concern about people climbing on it. The artist was contacted who confirmed it isn’t really meant to be climbed on, so the intention is to install a clear but tasteful notice making this clear.
At their recent AGM the Friends of Oxhey Park agreed to make their £2 annual membership fee optional. They are keen to welcome new members and their next monthly clear up will be on Saturday 14th June (meet at 10.30am at the Wiggenhall Road entrance next to the river). Any enquires to Celia Smith – email@example.com
WATFORD HEATH ENHANCEMENT
The next project is Watford Heath, which is not due for an Oxhey Park style makeover, but where there is an opportunity to improve things like the poor quality post and chain surround. This has been delayed a little, but the aim is now to produce plans for consultation in June/July, with a view to implementation in the autumn.
HOSPITAL ACCESS ROAD
I was concerned to see the item in the Watford Observer in which Watford’s MP has called for the new hospital access road to be turned into a general road for through traffic. We have worked closely with local community groups to minimise the impact of this road on Oxhey Park.
If it became a through road linking to the M1, this would lead to extra rat-running on roads such as Woodwaye, Blackwell Drive and Riverside Road, and generally more traffic through Oxhey. It would also mean a bigger road, more environmental damage, delays because a fresh planning permission would be needed, and significantly increase costs. My feeling is that people have tolerated the road because it is for hospital traffic and opposition would have been much greater if it had been proposed as an M1 Link extension. I would welcome your thoughts on this – firstname.lastname@example.org
OXHEY VILLAGE CONSERVATION AREA
At a well-attended meeting at the end of March, Justin Webber (a senior planner responsible for conservation at Watford Council) spoke about the new Oxhey Village conservation area. His presentation can be viewed here https://oxheyvillage.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/oxhey-conservation-area-presentation.pdf. Residents in this area should note that you need to check with the Planning Department before removing or cutting down any trees.
07.59 TRAIN TO EUSTON
Many local residents regularly use the 07.59 train from Bushey station to Euston. It was recently brought to our attention that the new timetable states that this will be a 4 coach service in the future. Given how busy the existing 8 coach service is, Cllr Shirena Counter has contacted London Midland to try and stop this from happening.
The issues of Lucketts Coaches using Bucks Avenue and Sherwoods Road to turn round as they cannot get out of their yard in Pinner Road may be nearing an end. The county council has been reluctant to act although county councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst has commissioned traffic surveys and is pressing for a heavy lorry ban order for the roads. This would take the best part of the year to get in place even if funding were available. However the good news is that Lucketts have now got planning permission to use a yard in Three Rivers in Little Oxhey Lane. This should mean that they no longer need or will use Sherwoods Road or Bucks Avenue.
LOWER HIGH STREET FLOODING
Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst reports that following a flooding summit called by Mayor with officers and the emergencies services the county council has put in a bid to the Thames Regional Flood and Regional Costal Committee for a funding allocation to deal with flooding in key areas of Herts.
The top priority on the bid is Lower High Street and Water Lane where a bid firstly for £100,000 for a feasibility study and modelling of the problems and further £500,00o plus for actual works if the feasible study shows it can be done. Whilst we don’t know if this will be successful it is clear that action is needed here.
SMALL GRANTS FUND
Do you have an initiative or project need which could benefit from a small injection of funding of up to £2,000? Or does your community need to purchase a vital piece of equipment to make that difference? Well the council’s Small Grants Fund for 2014/15 could provide a quick and easy answer! To find out more, please follow this link http://www.watford.gov.uk/ccm/content/leisure-and-community/grants.en