Local News

Conservative candidate George Jabbour selected for next Mayoral Election

Watford Conservatives last night voted to select engineering and investment specialist George Jabbour as their candidate for Mayor of Watford at next May’s local election. The vote was taken by the local party after three local candidates were shortlisted to go forward to the final round.

100% of Hertfordshire libraries and children's centres kept open

Conservative County Councillors in Hertfordshire have fought to keep all our 46 libraries open. It's essential that whilst we make back-office savings, we should strive to keep all our frontline services open, and Hertfordshire County Council has proven that tax cuts don't mean budget cuts.

Full redevelopment of Watford Junction Station

As Watford Junction passengers know, the station is outdated, overcrowded and the access arrangements are not fit for purpose. We want to see better drop off and pick up, better car and bicycle parking provision, a new forecourt, more food and retail outlets and another access point to the station.

We support the aims of Richard Harrington, Watford’s MP, who is working towards the full redevelopment of the station.

Watford Jobs Fair

Richard recently held his fifth Watford Jobs Fair in the town centre! The fair brought 60 local companies and training providers together with 3000 people looking for a new job

A Long Term Solution for Nascot Wood Rd

A review is to be held into the removal of chicanes on a road in Nascot after a petition was presented to the County Council on Tuesday (26th April) morning. The petition was signed by 150 local people.

U.S. President 'Swings' By

The Grove Golf Club has always been pretty special, it is in Watford after all, but Saturday 23rd April saw the Prime Minister and US President, Barack Obama, play a round at our local course.

Energy Secretary Opens New Bus Shelter

Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for the Environment officially re-opened the bus shelter on Hampermill Lane on Thursday 21st April. The restoration and conservation of the original, characterful wooden bus shelter was 20% of the price of a replacement modern synthetic shell, which would have cost over £6,500. 

Milestone as all Watford schools rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

With the news in November that Francis Combe Academy, Garston, received its first ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, the Schools Inspector, Richard Harrington MP has welcomed that all of Watford’s secondary schools are now rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.  In addition, 90% of local primary schools are rated ‘good’ or above in spite of a tougher inspection regime from Ofsted. 

Watford parents first to benefit from pilot of 30 hours free childcare

Working parents in Hertfordshire will be among the first in the country to benefit from a pilot of 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. In September 2016, some parents in Herts will see their entitlement to free childcare double from 15 to 30 hours. The County Council is working on eligibility requirements now. This is part of the Government pilot for the scheme before it is rolled out nationally in 2017.