Recent News

  • Busy week, again

    A full week: Monday, working late; Tuesday, Croxley Green Local Area Forum (about which I wrote elsewhere); Wednesday, Leisure, Environment and Community Committee; Thursday, community safety briefing; Friday, trying to remind my family who I am. The Leisure etc etc  Committee received a report analysing the options for the William Penn Leisure Centre. Since then,…

  • Parking consultation extended – again – to 10 December 2018

    That was a lively meeting on Tuesday last week.  Robust opinions were heard, as they had to be, and this will shape the outcome of the current Croxley Green Parking review.  Many thanks to the Croxley Green Residents Association for organising and publicising the meeting. I have a dedicated  page about the review here. The…

  • Armistice Day service 100 years on

    After so much has been said, my words can add no more, but were I to try, still nothing speaks more eloquently that the sight that greeted all who gathered at All Saints’ Church yesterday. The church was so packed that many were left standing, pressed together, even with extra seating brought in. Yet it…

  • Policy and Resources Committee

    Policy and Resources Committee tonight. One political controversy but otherwise it is practical.  There are ongoing issues such as the level of fines for littering, licence fees for dog boarding etc, which are uncontroversial. It also gives a valuable opportunity to question the officers about practical issues, which has been non-partisan. This is a committee…

  • Building on the Green Belt – Potential Sites Consultation to 7 December 2018

    The District Council’s “Potential Sites Consultation” runs to 7 December 2018.  This is to look at sites where development might be invited to take place.  It does not mean that it will; it identifies potential sites. The papers and consultation can be found at: https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/new-local-plan The biggest potential site shown around Croxley Green is just…

  • Council meeting, Tuesday

    It was a full council meeting on Tuesday.  I and the rest of the Conservative Group tried to steer it into practical things for residents instead of the usual politicking; we were only partially successful. As promised, I pressed on  practical parking problems, and as a result we may see some amelioratory measures, in the…

  • Skate park – the diggers move in

    The refurbishment of Croxley Skate Park starts tomorrow. Planning permission was given last week, and as autumn rains threaten, work has to start immediately.  It does mean it knocks the skate park out for the half term, though if it is a rainy week that should not be too hard on the vigorous youth of…

  • Planning decisions 18 October 2018

    I was not on the Planning Committee on 18 October 2018, but it was a packed room with a great deal of interest on some items. There were a few Croxley applications being heard: an extension on The Green approved with amendments, a retrospective application at 1 Parrotts Close was approved (after amendments before the…

  • Dedication of the commemorative doors at All Saints’ Church

    On Sunday afternoon I attended the service at All Saints’ Church for the dedication of the new commemorative doors.  We were honoured for the service to be attended by the Bishop of St Albans, who led the service of dedication, and by Her Majesty’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire (resplendent in his uniform). The service…

  • Leisure Committee: William Penn and playgrounds

    Leisure etc committee on Wednesday, looking at the raw statistics on usage of the William Penn Leisure Centre – but behind each of those statistics are the real people using the Centre, who are not just statistics. Then the refurbishment of playgrounds, especially Cassiobridge at the bottom of the hill at Two Bridges, which was…