Watford Borough Council

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2021 Liberal Democrat hold, from 2019

Counting complete. After 13 of 13 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 9
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 24
  2. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 10
  3. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 2
  1. Mayor confident shopping centre will survive INTU

    The elected mayor of Watford says the future's bright for the town's shopping centre despite Intu going into administration last week.

    shopping centre

    The firm runs the former Harlequin Centre, as well as the former Midsummer Place in Milton Keynes and 15 other retail sites in the UK.

    Peter Taylor says he's confident the centre will remain open because the Watford Borough Council owns the freehold.

    "The main thing to reiterate to everyone is that the shopping centre is staying open. It's very profitable," he said.

    "The team have done a brilliant job as its reopened... but we're confident that Intu Watford, or whatever its called in the future, has got a successful future."

  2. Infection control and risk assessment training for taxi drivers

    Confidence mark

    A new confidence mark showing that taxi drivers have gained anti-coronavirus safety accreditation is to be rolled out in Watford.

    The borough council scheme will see drivers complete a tailored programme of support specifically designed to get the trade back to work as lockdown eases.

    Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: "The council wants to make sure people can feel confident when taking a taxi and minicab that as much as possible has been done by the driver to keep them safe and reduce the spread of the virus."

    Chairman of Watford Hackney Carriage Association, Shafiq Ahmed, called the programme "a real boost".

  3. Parks at risk of being turned into 'rubbish dumps'

    Alex Pope

    BBC News Online

    Litter in park

    Parks are at risk of becoming "rubbish dumps", a council has said.

    A barrier has been installed at Cassiobury car park, and will operate from 07:45 to 22:00, Watford Council said.

    The council is also working with the police to "tackle ASB (anti-social behaviour)" and is looking to increase the number of bins and carry out litter picks.

    barrier by a park
  4. Put rubbish in the bin or take home, says council

    Alex Pope

    BBC News Online

    Volunteers clearing up rubbish

    A big thank you has been given to a number of volunteers who have taken part in a litter pick.

    Watford Borough Council praised the hard work of the Friends Of Cassiobury Park group but said: "Please don't rely on good, willing volunteers or hard-working park rangers!

    "When visiting Watford's parks put your rubbish in the bins provided or take your rubbish home."

    Rubbish bags
  5. Watford Council announces parking changes from 15 June

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    Watford will see changes to parking in the light of non-essential shops reopening from the 15 June.

    Watford Town Centre

    From that date:

    • Parking controls will be reintroduced in local streets to make sure parking spaces are prioritised for local residents. For areas that normally have restrictions until 22:00, these will finish at 18:30 due to late night restaurants and bars still being closed
    • Residents will get a three-month extension on their permits to compensate for having reduced parking controls for the last 12 weeks
    • Enforcement in council car parks near the town centre (Avenue and Town Hall carparks) will be reintroduced
    • Third party-owned car parks (Intu and CitiPark) will also begin enforcement again
    • NHS and other key workers will still be able to park for free in pay and display car parks and permit bays free of charge, provided they display a national parking pass issued by their employer

    Full details can be found on Watford Borough Council's website.

  6. Road closure marks start of plans to reopen Watford

    Access to the High Street in Watford is being closed from Water Lane - by the blue pyramid - in order to prepare for a "safe, phased reopening" of the town centre, the borough council has said.

    Watford High Street

    The authority said Hertfordshire County Council was closing the road from tomorrow with no access to the lower part of the High Street through to Kings Street for vehicles except for buses, delivery vehicles, taxis and blue badge holders.

    It's to allow visitors, and those who work in the town centre, to move around safely, queue if needed and maintain social distancing.

    The town's elected mayor, Peter Taylor, said: "Watford town centre is such an important part of our town and we know people will be looking forward to seeing it come to life again.

    "However, it is critical we put everyone’s safety first and making sure people have enough shared space is vital... but we must remember staying at home is still the best way to stay safe and stop the spread of the virus."

  7. Watford Council makes 'small' changes after government announcements

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    Watford Borough Council has said it is making some "small" changes from today in the light of the recent government announcements on Covid-19 restrictions.

    Cassiobury Park

    Public car parks will reopen including those at Cassiobury Park, Cheslyn Gardens, King George V Playing Fields and Radlett Road Playing Fields.

    Public tennis courts and West Herts Golf Club will open but outdoor gyms and playgrounds will remain shut and parking enforcement will be reintroduced on St Albans Road and Whippendell Road.

    Elected mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: "We are making these changes in our town following the new advice but we still have a long way to go in tackling this virus.

    "It is important that people continue to stay at home as much as they can, that we keep two metres away from other people when we are out and wash our hands when we return home."

  8. Bushey bakes for binmen and women

    A collection of sweet treats, cakes and biscuits have been handed to the recycling and waste collections team at Watford Borough Council.

    The kind donation came from Bushey Community Bake Off.

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  9. District councils get more of government share of money

    Andy Holmes

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Councils across Beds, Herts and Bucks have received details of their latest round of emergency funding from the government to help deal with the pandemic.

    In the second £1.6bn handout, Luton Council, which has said the shutdown at Luton Airport will leave them with a £45m shortfall, will get a further £5.8m, which is a slight increase.

    Hertfordshire County Council is getting less this time around and the government has said this payment is not ring-fenced for adult social care like the first round of funding, so the council could spend it on whatever it wants.

    After the first allocation, there were concerns from district councils that they had missed out, having arguably lost more since the start of the pandemic because they get a lot of funds from car park charges and revenue from leisure centres that are currently closed.

    This time, the districts have got a much larger share, some having gone from thousands to more than £1m.

    • Bedford Borough: £4.7m - up £600,000
    • Broxbourne Borough: £958,000 - up £917,000
    • Bucks Unitary Authority*: £14.9m - up £4.5m
    • Central Beds: £7.9m - up £2.4m
    • Dacorum District: £1.5m - up £1,447,000
    • East Herts District: £1.4m - up £1,353,000
    • Herts County Council: £21.7m - down £4.4m
    • Hertsmere Borough: £1m - up £953,000
    • Luton Borough: £5.8m - up £400,000
    • Milton Keynes Borough: £7.4m - up £1.4m
    • North Herts District: £1.3m - up £1,252,000
    • St Albans City and District: £1.4m - up £1,356,000
    • Stevenage Borough: £871,000 - up £826,000
    • Three Rivers District: £920,000 - up £885,000
    • Watford Borough: £959,000 - up £909,000
    • Welwyn Hatfield Borough: £1.2m - £1,149,000

    * the Bucks Unitary Authority replaced Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Vale DC, Chiltern DC, South Bucks DC and Wycombe DC on 1 April.

  10. Hundreds of toiletries donated to hospitals

    Praise has been heaped upon Yovi and Ellis, the founders of Chippefield Covid-19 Outreach team, who have donated hundreds of toiletries so hospitals in Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.

    Watford Borough Council thanked them in this tweet.

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  11. Watford family decorate pavement to say 'thank you' to NHS

    Pete Cooper

    BBC News

    This chalk art work has appeared on the pavement of Watford's Kingswood Estate

    Watford Borough Council tweeted pictures of the drawings, created by the Lee family.

    street art
    street art
    street art
  12. Watford police met with 'negative attitudes'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    Police officers in Watford said they had been very busy over the weekend and "fines have been issued now for persons in blatant disregard" of social distancing.

    It said they were "still being met with negative attitudes and responses" from people they were trying to move on.

    They said these included:

    • "I don’t care if I get sick or spread it, that’s not my problem"
    • "We don’t live in the same house but we’re standing 6ft apart when we kick the football"
    • "I'm driving because I need to use the car wash, I've got bird poo on my car, and this car costs 90 grand"
    • "But I'm bored at home"
    • "I've traveled from London to get some paint"

    "These are difficult times for us all but please help us by respecting the government guidance and don’t take it personally when officers move you on, we’re all in the same boat. We want to keep you safe," a statement said.

    On Saturday, Watford Borough Council, in conjunction with police, had to close Cassiobury Park car park as it was full and making social distancing in the park "very difficult".

  13. No change at Watford as Lib Dems retain control

    Watford Borough Council remains in the hands of the Liberal Democrats.

    The party held its 13 seats, while Labour held three, leaving the Lib Dems in control, with 26 wards to Labour's 10.

    No other parties hold seats.

    Watford Borough Council