Recent News

  • 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…

  • Leisure, Environment etc etc Committee

    Leisure, Environment etc etc Committee tonight, ongoing.  Thank you to the 1,576 users of the William Penn Leisure Centre who signed the petition presented tonight, and all those who have supported the effort too..  There was no debate – you have already won!  It is the diligent campaign by those for whom the William Penn…

  • Back to work

    New year is over and it is back to work.  Council meetings begin again very shortly, and so there is work to be done preparing. I am also improving the material include here, as I keep being asked for information that should be more easily available.

  • The last civic week of the year – no rest though

    That was the last week of the year with council meetings for me.  Policy & Resources Committee on Monday, full Council meeting on Tuesday and dinner at the House of Lords on Thursday – although that was nothing to do with council work – petty councillors have no luxury nor privilege. Apologies to all –…

  • Full Council meeting tonight

    Another busy week:  Policy & Resources Committee last night; full Council tonight (still wading through the speeches….)  The full council is meant to bring together all the committees’ work.  There is too much policking though.  Tonight we have a daft motion intended to get a headline but which is of no effect whatsoever.  (Brexit, obviously…