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Mayor’s news

Here is the latest news from the Mayor’s office!  Read on to find out more about our Big Events, London Midland’s station closure plans, Queens Road summer market and more on the County Council’s proposals to change the waste recycling centres.  Let’s start with some really positive news…


We have secured £4.5 million of lottery money for restoring Cassiobury Park. Council officers worked really hard, together with local residents, ‘friends of’ groups and councillors who helped shape the proposals, to prepare our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  With this money we can now restore much of the history to the park, as well as improving the facilities we offer our residents.

Improvements include creating a new sustainable park hub building with café, community and exhibition room, education facilities, toilets and changing facilities.  We’ll also be extending and improving the Cha Cha Cha tea pavilion and revamping and improving the pools. We’ll see the historic bandstand returned to its rightful place in the park and the restoration of the historic 18th century Lime Avenue. We’ll also be improving the entrances to the park and the management of Whippendell Woods and the Local Nature Reserve. The money also goes to providing an on site park manager, community park ranger and education officer.


I’m really looking forward to the next of our Big Events, which is taking place this Saturday on The Parade.  80 community dancers will retell two traditional fairytales in a dance extravaganza.  The music for the event has been created by young composers from The Purcell School, while the set design has been created by two local art organisations – DRUM (Disability Recreation Unity Movement) and Pumpkins Crafts.  Visit Watfordbigevents.co.uk for more details.


I hope you were able to catch some of the performances at the recent Imagine Watford Festival.  We’ve had some really excellent feedback.  Hundreds of people have commented about how ‘magical’ Watford felt, how proud they feel of our town and just how much they enjoyed it. This is really reassuring as it’s exactly why, together with the Palace Theatre, we have put it on for the past four years.  The visitor survey data shows that this year’s festival reached an audience of 92,811 people, compared with 88,532 last year and 49,902 audience members the year before. So it’s an upward trend, that I hope will keep on rising as the word gets out that this really is a great event that it is worth putting in the diary.


London Midland has confirmed the details of their August closures, which will see Watford Junction closed and no service running between Hemel Hempstead and Euston.  As a reminder, this is London Midland’s Watford Area Renewals programme, during which time they are renewing all signalling between Kings Langley and Bushey, as well as laying 15km of new track. The idea being that there will be less breakdowns, so less disruptions to service as a result. The weekend closures are:
Sat 9 until Mon 11 Aug
Sat 16 until Mon 18 Aug
Sat 23 until Tues 26 Aug
The Abbey Line will be closed entirely from Saturday 9 until Tuesday 26 August.


The first Queens Road Summer Market of 2014 will take place this Saturday, so do pop along and enjoy the entertainment and see what’s offer.  There will be stalls selling everything from hand crafted goods and jewellery to soft toys, cupcakes and antiques.  It’s just 1 minute from the Intu Centre, through the subway.    If you are interested in taking out a stall you should email queensroadsummermarket@hotmail.com or visit their facebook page: www.facebook.com/queensroadmarket.


Just a reminder that there is still time to have your say on the proposals Hertfordshire County Council has put forward for their waste recycling centres.  These include the complete closure of the Elstree site, the closure of Waterdale (on the A405) on a Thursday and Friday, with reduced opening hours on the rest of the week, closing at 4pm instead of 6pm. While I recognise the need for the County must cut their costs,  I am concerned that these proposals may lead to increased fly-tipping, and I’m all too aware we already lost our other site at Wiggenhall Road.   The formal county council consultation on waste site closures, which ends on 3rd August, can be found: at: www.hertsdirect.org/wastechanges.  There is also a petition you may wish to sign opposing the changes: https://consult.hertsdirect.org/petitions/petition?petition_id=196681

2 comments on “Mayor’s news

  1. Amanda-Marie Newman
    11 July 2014

    Quote: We’ll also be improving the entrances to the park and the management of Whippendell Woods and the Local Nature Reserve.

    It is interesting to read OVEG news but disconcerting to find out about a local nature reserve I did not know existed so please could you tell me a little more about it! Amanda-Marie Newman


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