Recent News

  • In the meantime…

    There are still local issues going on as before, even if the council staff have thinned on the ground. This odd time must not be one where people get left out as if they were a lesser priority.  The parking consultation is still going on. Planning applications are still going in  – both the everyday…

  • COVID-19 adjustments

    I am told that the world has not actually stopped rotating, but it seems that way sometimes. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help in the community over this period: I have seen how much the work is appreciated. Remember our shopkeepers who cannot just work online from home (as I have been…

  • Apologies to all for not updating

    It has been some months since the material on this website was updated: I stopped when I ceased to be a councillor, but this website was left on, and much of the content is now out of date.  I know from comments received at the Local Area Forum that this site has provided valuable information. In…

  • Got Brexit Done: now to move ahead

    Loud celebrations a month ago: we got Brexit done. Now the country, the whole country, can move ahead, and is moving ahead. National politics has tended to overwhelm everything for many months, but in the meantime planning applications are coming in  and have to be examined, some looking to devour the Green Belt, the parking…

  • Vote tomorrow to make it count

    Tomorrow, Thursday 2 May 2019,  is a key local election.  Tomorrow thirteen wards across Three Rivers District elect,  or re-elect, their councillors, and on those choices the council turns.  For the last four years  Conservative councillors have not had a majority but we have been effective often to keep the council in check.  If we…

  • The Red Cross Centre – latest

    A meeting was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Red Cross Centre; it was a closed meeting for the centre’s volunteers only, but it is of interest to the community, so the Residents’ Association carried out an expert infiltration. Michael Lascelles of the Red Cross led the meeting, and I spoke to him…

  • Council Meeting and Budget setting

    Tonight, a full council meeting. The budget for the year is being set.  Council tax is going up again.  Hmm…

  • Planning Committee tonight, on Valentine’s Day?

    It’s Planning Committee tonight; duty triumphs over romance, again. There were no applications to be heard affecting Croxley Green.  Uniquely in my experience, every single application was passed, and unanimously.  It was, it must be set a set of applications with some real issues, diligently considered, but ultimately, all was acceptable. Now I get to go…

  • Weekend, and the work continues

    Even at the weekend the work does not stop;  site visit on a planning application.  The planning committee makes decisions which can be dramatic for the householder and his neighbours and sometimes it is necessary to visit the site to see in person what flat paper plans cannot show.  It all ensures that the committee…

  • Policy and Resources Committee

    Policy and Resources Committee tonight.  We read shocking detail about the state of the Batchworth Depot. Rats, ineffective heating and air-conditioning, dilapidated buildings. It is long overdue to knock it down and rebuild, and tonight we decided on that unanimously. Financial plans were examined, which is not fascinating but of vital importance to keep some…