An ambitious fresh start for our town
When you were growing up in the town or when you moved to Watford, did you ever imagine you would find yourself living in another over-developed suburb of London?
After decades of virtually one-party rule by the Lib Dems in both Watford Borough and Three Rivers District Councils, that is where we are now headed.
Watford needs a change of direction - an ambitious fresh start.
We set out in our PLAN FOR WATFORD some of our key priorities for the town and surrounding districts. It outlines our constructive ideas to make Watford a better place to live.
The character of Watford as a pleasant county market town must be preserved. The over-development mistakes by the Lib Dem Councils - such as more and more high-rises and the plans for a mini-Manhattan in the centre of the town - must not be repeated. We need to plan better so we are able to ensure that infrastructure keeps pace with development. Transport must be improved. Watford is fortunate to have many parks and green spaces. We will nurture them and make sure they are never used for construction.
We want to support the efforts of our local MP, Dean Russell, with his plans for the town and specifically to make it a centre of health excellence. The massive investment that will flow to Watford General through the local health trust is a major boost for our area.
We will support our local businesses, ending the war on car-owners for example so customers can get close to local shops. We will take action to rescue our historic Watford Market. We will help our shopping centre.
Watford needs sound administration and a sensible budget, focused on core services. We will end the stealth taxes and will axe the gardening tax, which are just tricks to get more money out of local residents to fund vanity projects for photo opportunities. We will run a prudent budget that means we do not have to sell our soul to developers to gain the income generated by new constructions to fund pet projects of the Mayor. Watford has one of the highest council taxes in the County: we will put that right.
Safety is a top concern and will work with our excellent Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, to develop the future of our police station and local police force. recruiting more police officers is a positive step forward.
We take pride in our wonderfully diverse local community. We support our local traditions and architecture. We would ensure the Town Hall remains the heart of our civic life. Despite desperately trying to play catch up now, we will end the years of indifference by the Lib Dems and will work closely with our football club to ensure the hornets stay in town.
By working in cooperation with Dean Russell MP, the County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner, we can get great results for our town and surrounding areas. We hope you'll agree and will support our work.
The full plan can be found in the attachment below.