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Colchester park voted one of UK's best

Wivenhoe Park
University of Essex

Parks in Essex and Hertfordshire has been voted among the Top 10 in the UK.

Wivenhoe Park in Colchester, which is maintained by the University of Essex, was one of the 10 winners from a field of more than 1,800 parks and green spaces across the country in the Green Flag Award People’s Choice vote.

Marcus Clayton, the university's grounds manager, said it was a "huge honour" to be custodian of the historic park, which spans more than 200 acres, and it was the culmination of a five-year enhancement programme.

Other winners included Victoria Park in east London and Cassiobury Park in Watford.

Peter Taylor, Watford's Elected Mayor, called Cassiobury "the jewel in Watford's crown" and highlighted its "splash pool, booming bandstand and packed programme of activities all year round" as reasons for its top 10 placing.

Watford Borough Council results are in

The final Hertfordshire results we were waiting for were for Watford Borough Council and they have now all come in.

There is no change, as the Liberal Democrats have kept their control.

The party won nine seats, Labour got three, but lost one seat to the Lib Dems. The Conservatives have no seats.

The council make-up is now:

  • Lib Dems: 26
  • Labour: 10
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New mayor pays tribute to 'phenomenal' old mayor

The new Liberal Democrat mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, has praised the outgoing mayor, his party colleague Dorothy Thonrhill, who stood down after serving for 16 years.

After winning he said Ms Thornhill was a "phenomenal mayor for this town" and he was "very grateful for her support".

On winning, he said: "It's been a really important campaign for me, I have given it everything that I have got.

"I know now that I have got to work really hard to repay those people that have put their faith in me", he said.

Peter Taylor

Watford mayor vote in numbers

The Watford mayoral election had to go to a second round of counting, before Peter Taylor, the Liberal Democrat won.

The election has been carried out using the supplementary voting system, where voters pick their first preference candidate, and a second preference.

After the first preference votes were counted up, the results were:

  • Lib Dems: 13,274
  • Labour: 9,223
  • Conservative: 4,787

So, while despite having the largest number of votes, Mr Taylor did not quite have the 50%+ majority he needed to win.

The third placed candidate, Conservative George Jabbour, was therefore eliminated, and the second preference votes of those electors who voted for him were counted.

Those second preference results were:

  • Lib Dems: 2,656
  • Labour: 727

Which gave Mr Taylor his clear majority.

Supplementary voting system card
Watford Borough Council
How an unspoilt voting card should look

BreakingWatford has a new mayor

The results are in and Watford has a new elected mayor in the shape of the Liberal Democrat candidate, Peter Taylor.

He replaces Dorothy Thornhill who stood down after serving the town for 16 years.

The count went to the second round.

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Voter ID trial at Watford election 'successful'

A voter ID pilot scheme has taken place during the Watford local elections.

The town was one of five areas taking part in the scheme, run by the government's Cabinet Office, to get voters to show ID before they could vote.

In total it's been announced that 64 people were not able to vote as they didn't have the correct ID.

Ballot box
Watford Borough Council

Manny Lewis, Watford's returning officer told me the trial had been "quite successful" and they will now do a "full evaluation".

"We believe people's right to vote has been absolutely maintained throughout this ID pilot," he said.

"We need to capture the learning - 64 is a number we would like to get down to 0."

Hertfordshire elections: Mayoral election goes to second round

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

The race to become the new mayor of Watford is now between the Liberal Democrat and Labour candidates.

The Conservative choice, George Jabbour, has been eliminated in the first round, and the vote will now go to the second round.

It means it could be either Jagtar Dhinda for Labour or Peter Taylor for the Lib Dems.

We will bring you the result as soon as we have it.

Watford election count
Watford Borough Council