2018 Christmas Party Invite Tuesday 11th December 7.30pm
In October 2018 WFRA sent a complaint letter to Herts County Council re; recent Highway schemes that have neglected to prioritise pedestrians, namely Wiggenhall Road and Lower High Street.
See the letter below and the reply.
Remembrance Day 2018
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, residents of Watford Fields came out in the sunshine for a moving ceremony which this year marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice in 1918.
Elfrida Rd resident John Parsons laid a wreath on behalf of WFRA and invited guest Council Chairman, Councillor Rabi Martins, laid a wreath on behalf of Watford Borough Council.
Chris from our committee conducted the service and read the poem “In Flanders Fields” over music; Elgar’s Nimrod.
Thank you to the shop for kindly giving us a box of biscuits to enjoy afterwards.
Autumn Litter Pick 10th November 2018
We were so lucky as the heavy rain stopped for Saturday morning and the sun was shining.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and collected so much rubbish even through everywhere is covered in leaves.
Thanks to Sarah, Luke and the team at Watford Museum who welcomed us for a warming cup of tea and biscuits after litter pick.
A Weekend of events 10th-11th November 2018
Join us on Saturday 10th Nov for an “Autumn Litter Pick” and on Sunday 11th Nov as we come together for remembrance Day, this year marking 100 years sine the end of WW1.
AGM October 2018
It was lovely to see lots of new faces at the WFRA residents meeting on Monday evening. We would like to thank:Guest speaker Vicki Costello from Intu Watford, for updating us on the new stores and facilities in the Centre. Its fair to say that most people are very impressed by what has been achieved, building the new extension.County Councillor Stephen Giles Medhurst for updating us on progress of current issues.Wellspring Church for providing the venue and facilities once again, without charge.Please give us feedback on the evening and what you would like to see at future general meetings.
New Community Notice Board for Watford Fields!
We are proud to announce the arrival of WFRA’s new notice board.
It will be used to promote WFRA events / information, local community events and open to Watford Fields residents for non business posts.Please email WFRA if you would like to suggest a post. WFRA would like to thank Councillor Rabi Martins for supporting this venture.
AGM 2018 Coming Up
Click on the leaflets above for full details. Print and complete the membership form or you should received one through your door.
Vicki Costello has kindly agreed to come and speak to us about current plans and future of the Intu centre in Watford.
Usual refreshments will be provided free of charge.
Thank you to Wellspring for providing the venue once again, without charge.
We would like to thank Rita who has been an energetic and valued committee member who is leaving Watford Fields this means we have a vacancy!
Planned Closure for Watford High Street Station Ticket Office
Please share your views with London TravelWatch by 11th Octoberhttp://www.londontravelwatch.org.uk/news/view?id=715&x%5b0%5d=news/listMore information here
Fun on the Fields
WFRA will be running a stall at the “Fun on the Fields” event
this year, which is organised by Wellspring Church. We shall
be raising money for future Watford Fields community projects,
so why not come along and
Its a free event and everyone is welcome.
General Meeting held at Wellspring Church
Jags chaired the meeting and presented a powerpoint display of WFRA’s activities over the past few months.
Thank you to Stephen Giles Medhurst our Herts County Councillor and Sarah Priestly from Watford Museum for giving their time for our residents meeting.
Sarah Thomas our Police Community Support officer also answered questions towards the end of the meeting and we had a special moment when a resident of Pump House Crescent spoke to raise awareness of her husband, Andy who has Frontotemporal dementia.
Summery of what was disscussed;
Chris from our committee spoke about a planned theatre trip for residents.
Please see details below and let us know by email if you want to attend.
Sarah Priestly gave us an insight to the plans for the renovation of the museum and presented us a slide show and display boards of the architects vision. Much feedback has been received after several forums and work is planned to start in 2019.
Updates from councillor Medhurst:
Thomas Sawyer Way update;
Traffic counts on Watford Field Rd were undertaken before Thomas Sawyer Way was opened, after concerns from WF residents that WF could be used as a cut through.
A further count was recently carried out, which shows a surprising reduction, so much so that Stephen has asked for a re- count which has been agreed to.
Wiggenhall Footpath Things have progressed with 3 individual sections;
Land formally owned by WBC – Andy Smith has agreed to relocate the fence
(and lamp column). Andy and I have agreed to meet on site with Murrill
Construction during the summer to establish what needs to be done, with a
view for the work to be undertaken after the nesting season
Land owned by Network Rail – NR have recently contacted HCC and informed
us that they are ready to proceed and will provide us with a draft
Agreement for the dedication of land
Land at the Petrol Station – Conditional planning permission has been
granted for the re-development of the site. The applicant is required to
enter into a s38 Agreement for HCC to adopt a 1.5m strip along the
We are still aiming to start construction of the foot way in April 2019
Lower High St / Dalton Way recent roadworks in front of B&Q
The pedestrian and cycle access is being reviewed after several concerns have been raised and hopefully improvements will follow.
A tree on the corner of Lammas Road with Watford Field road Is to be removed as the roots are causing problems to neighbouring properties. A new more suitable tree will be planted in the next planting season in a nearby location.
Much needed work is underway to resurface Deacons Hill
Watford High street Station
Committee members raised the poor state of the area around the station. There are five 1970’s planters opposite in very poor condition, which set a bad first impression as you arrive in Watford.
Stephen has already put wheels in motion, and has had support from the newly elected Mayor so hopefully this area will be improved..
We are working towards getting new signage for Watford Fields to help improve the area’s special identity. We have the support of councillors,the Mayor and a museum team are involved. We are working to progress this WFRA initiative.
Community Notice Board Councillor
Rabi Martins has agreed to fund this and we will be placing the order for it within the next few weeks. It will be located by the children’s playground.
Social Outing – Theatre Night
We thought we’d see if there was any interest in WFRA members doing something socially.
So for starters, we’ve opted for a choice of two poss theatre shows;
St Albans Arena ‘Sinatra, Sequins & Swing’
Thur 20th Sept – 7.30pm
Radlett Centre: John Culshaw & Bill Dare ‘The Great British Take Off’
Fri 5th Oct – 7.30pm
You are welcome to invite guests.
We could hire a small coach or people carrier for transport. They would provide a driver who would collect us at Watford Fields and return us after the show.
The coach cost is around £10. pp but if there aren’t enough people to justify a coach, we could perhaps use taxis or Uber cabs. If preferred, people are obviously welcome to make their own way there.
If you would like to attend, please pay for your ticket within two weeks by:
Monday June 11th
Payment by cash, or cheque payable to; Watford Fields Residents Association.
Post through door of Haresh the treasurer;
(remember to include your details, name, phone number or email address)
Alternatively you can do a bank transfer:
Watford Fields Residents Association
Account No: 20460451
Sort Code: 20-44-91
(remember to let us know if you pay by Bank Transfer by email)
Elfrida Road Royal Wedding Street Party
Wow what a fantastic day! Thanks again to the Elfrida Road organisers; Ann-Marie, Stella and Katherine, pictured below. The weather couldn’t have been better, not just for the happy couple in Windsor, but for the residents of Watford Fields who enjoyed a great day. We are lucky to have such a special community that can make things like this happen.
Royal Wedding Street Party Elfrida Road Saturday 19th May
Elfrida Road residents are holding a street party toady.
All Watford Fields residents are invited.
The sun is shining, have a lovely day!
WFRA are pleased to announce our next General Meeting.
Date; Tuesday 29th May 2018
Location; The Living Room, Wellspring Church, 1 Wellspring Way, WD17 2AH
Sarah Priestly from Watford Museum will be presenting their exciting, Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment plans to us.
Stephen Giles Medhurst our Herts County Councillor, will update us on progress with the Wiggenhall Road Footpath, New Road, road works by B&Q and other local issues.
Sarah Thomas our police community support officer, will be available to speak to residents from 8-9pm.
Tea coffee and biscuits will be available at the beginning and the end of the meeting
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
New members welcome to attend and join on the night, only £1 per household per year. Print off and complete the form on the home page, if possible to save time on the night.
For those new to the area see below for details of the Wiggenhall Rd footpath mentioned above.
“New Road” leads from Lower High St to Waterfields Shopping Park (Argos, Next, Boots etc)
The committee are very grateful to Wellspring Church for allowing us to use their lovely space.
Spring Clean Success
Despite the rain and cold there was a good turnout of volunteers on Saturday morning for our annual Spring Clean.
This time of year, the vegetation has come to life, so we couldn’t get as deep into the bushes as usual, but it’s still surprising how much litter was collected….18 bags in total!
It was very satisfying to see everywhere look so pristine when we had finished.
Thanks to Veolia for lending us the equipment and collecting the full bags so promptly.
A big thank you to Watford Museum too! They welcomed us in and warmed us up with a nice cup of tea afterwards.
Spring Clean 2018
For the 3rd year running we are having a Spring Clean in Watford Fields.
It’s a chance to get deep into the bushes and all the nooks & crannies around our streets, that the regular street cleaners don’t reach.
Volunteers needed of all ages.Thanks to Veolia, we will provide everything including; litter pickers, gloves and bags.The event in association with Keep Britain Tidy was cancelled earlier in the year, due to the extreme weather.Refreshments provided at the museum afterwards.
Daffodils – April 2018 – Spring has sprung in Watford Fields
The weather may not have been very Spring-like the last few weeks, but residents of Watford Fields have been enjoying a beautiful show of new daffodils on the Fields.
A lovely sight, even in the rain!
An important part of the Watford Fields Residents’ Association’s mission is to look for ways to improve and enhance the area – the planting of bulbs around the trees on the Fields is just one of several initiatives the Committee has been working on. The bulbs were planted last autumn by Watford Borough Council and a WFRA working party; everyone is delighted at how many bulbs have come up and how cheerful they look.
The Watford Fields Residents’ Association Chair, Jags Shah said, “We were very grateful to our Councillors and Veolia for providing the funding for these bulbs and to residents for their donations. Now the daffodils are in bloom they really enhance our environment. The bulbs planted are naturalising and we are looking forward to an even better showing next year.
Dumping – March 2018
WFRA have reported the regular dumping of rubbish bags around the litter bin by the underpass.
Veolia have responded and asked residents to report it directly to them.
They will take it up with Environmental health at the council who will investigate.
Please call Veolia on 0203 567 6900 when you spot dumped bags in any location.
The location is “the underpass, Pumphouse Crescent, Watford Fields”
Extra Street Light by the Playground – March 2018
After our request to Herts County Councillor, Stephen Giles Medhurst, Herts County have acknowledged the need for extra lighting at the beginning of the path by the children’s playground (post box end)The back plates of the existing lights were removed as a trial, which has made a slight difference.The good news is that they have agreed a new lamp post is needed and it will be funded from the councillor’s locality budget. It will hopefully be installed later this year.County also did a survey of the street lights throughout Watford Fields and identified in some places the light columns are now in the wrong place – noticeable at the corner of York and Hamilton, especially when compared with the corner of Cannon and Hamilton.County are drawing up a list of these issues.WFRA have also asked that since the street lights have now mostly been changed to LED using less energy, can they be left switched on for longer, at least until 1am. Currently most lights throughout Hertfordshire are switched off at 12 midnight to save money.
Here is some useful information from Veolia about rubbish!
How to get rid of bulky rubbish or unwanted household items and advice on keeping our area tidy as well as who to contact about fly-tipping and dumping.
WFRA have reported the regular dumping of rubbish bags around the litter bin by the underpass and urge anyone who sees people doing it to get in touch with us or Veolia, thank you.
Veolia; all enquiries rubbish related please call 020 3567 6900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTPONED POSTPONED POSTPONED POSTPONED POSTPONED POSTPONED POSTPONED
Sorry but due to the bad weather we are postponing the Spring clean this Saturday until further notice.
Cancelled Date Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 10am Cancelled
For the 3rd year we will have a Spring Clean event to coincide with this year’s Great British Spring Clean in association with Keep Britain Tidy.
It’s a chance to get deep into the bushes and all the nooks & crannies, that the regular street cleaners don’t reach.
Volunteers needed of all ages,
In association with Veolia we will provide everything including; litter pickers, gloves and bags. Refreshments provided afterwards.
Updates February 2018
Thank you everyone that came to the party and to all at Watford Museum for being great hosts and making it extra special by providing some wonderful gifts for our raffle. Lots of people left very happy after a fun night.
We have written to Network Rail asking that they clear the litter that is building up again, either side of the Lamas Rd bridge. Our previous contact, that we had built a good relationship with for the “Clean for the Queen” event in 2016, has unfortunately left, and its proving harder this time to establish contact with the person responsible for maintaining their land. We will keep persevering.
Lighting on path
We have written asking for improvements to be made to the lighting on the path next to the children’s playground, at the post-box end. We had a positive response and its possible that by adjusting the existing lamps to make the light spread further, it could improve the situation. We will update you.
Wiggenhall Rd Footpath update
It’s been a very frustrating wait and still we don’t have a date for this much needed footpath to be reinstated. (See news items in 2016 if you are unfamiliar with this ongoing issue) Our County councillor has updated us on the lack of progress and is equally frustrated.
There are still legal wrangling between the three land owners involved namely North Fermanagh, Network Rail and the BP Fuel Station. If you would like more information, please email us and we can forward copies of the correspondence we’ve received.
WFRA attended Hertfordshire County Council’s Highways Cabinet Panel meeting on 10th March 2016, to present a petition and Jags gave a presentation. The council agreed a footpath should be re-instated but 2 years on we still don’t have a date.
Be aware shoots are coming up around the trees so try not to tread on them!
A few of the early bulbs have flowered, but in the first year the bulbs are establishing, and won’t really have much impact until next year, and get better each year.
There were some shoddy pot hole repairs carried out last year in Tucker Street which failed very quickly. After several complaints to Herts County they have been repaired yet again and inspected by an auditor so hopefully they should last longer.
You can report potholes directly and other defects online at Herts County website here. Alternatively, send us a message and we will do it on your behalf.
Spring Clean 2017
For the 3rd year we will have a Spring Clean event to coincide with this year’s Great British Spring Clean in association with Keep Britain Tidy. It’s a chance to get deep into the bushes and all the nooks & crannies that the regular street cleaners don’t reach
Volunteers needed of all ages, we will provide everything including refreshments afterwards.
Date to follow.
Part of the railing, on the path next to the playground has gone missing and we reported it last year. It will be replaced soon.
Keep an eye on facebook for regular postings
Merry Christmas from everyone on the WFRA committee.
We look forward to working together in 2018 to help make Watford Fields a lovely place to live
Thank you to everyone that came along and enjoyed the festivities at the Christmas party. Once again a special thanks to Watford Museum and the team for hosting us. We are already looking forward to next year!
SPRING BULB PLANTING EVENTHere are some lovely pictures of our Spring Bulb planting event on the Fields. Veolia planted the majority of the bulbs on the 9th/10th November, and WAFRA committee and volunteers came out early on Saturday 11th ready to plant the remainder.
Over 3 hours approx 40-45 adults and children joined in this great cause.As the event coincided with Armistice Day we thought it appropriate to lay a wreath at the war memorial and hold a short service at 11 am. It was very moving, and John a WFRA supporter of Elfrida Road, was honored to lay the wreath, as his father served in Passchendaele. Stephen Giles Medhurst, County Councillor laid a wreath on behalf of the council.Returning to the fields all the Snowdrops, Crocus and Narcissus were planted and the turf re-laid. We were then made welcome at the Wellspring Church living room and rewarded with tea, coffee and biscuits.We can now all look forward to the early signs of Spring with a colourful display of flowers. The flowers should come back stronger every year.Thank you again for the generous donations that made it possible with particular thanks to County Councilor Stephen Giles Medhurst, Borough Councillors Rabi Martins, Stephen Bolton and Veolia.
Oxhey Park North (former Irish sports ground Wiggenhall Rd)
Feedback welcomed on plans submitted for the new wheeled sport and community facility in Oxhey Park. The plans can be viewed on W.B.Council’s website and commented on before 6th Nov 17.Follow the link here to see the plans
Police Beat Surgery
Your local Police Community Support Officer, PCSO 6318Sarah Thomas, will be holding a ‘Beat Surgery’ on the evening of Thurs 16th of November.
It will be your chance to raise any crime or anti-social behaviour issues.Location: Watford Fire Station, Lower High StreetTime: 19:00hrs -20:30There is no parking at the Fire Station at all.
Thank you to everyone that helped us to reach our target!
The council’s contractor Veolia are planting the majority of the bulbs on Thursday 9th and Friday the 10th of November and we will be planting the remaining, small section nearest the playground, on Saturday 11th.
Please arrive for 10.30am.
At 11.00 am we will mark Remembrance Day by laying a wreath on the war memorial outside the shop and holding a 2 minutes silence.
We will then return to the fields. The turf will already be lifted for us so all we have to do is lightly fork the soil and plant the bulbs. We will then re-lay the turf.
Wellspring Church have kindly offered us the sitting room, so afterwards we will head over there where hot drinks and refreshments will be served.
Please tell all your neighbours and print off the poster to put it in your window. Click the picture to open a PDF.
All ages welcome and hope its a sunny day.
In April this year WFRA committee proposed the idea of planting an avenue of spring flowers through the middle of the fields along either side of Watford Field Road. After what can seem like a long winter, nothing marks the beginning of spring like the spectacle of flowers such as Snowdrops, Daffodils and Crocus
The idea has been warmly received and supported by our Borough & County councillors and after much thought, the plan is to plant the bulbs around all the trees either side of the road, a grand total of 92 square meters.
Although the original plan was for a day of volunteers to do the planting, we realised the project would be far too big for us on our own, so our councillors suggested the council contractors do the majority of the work, with help from WFRA volunteers.
Everything is now costed and to proceed with the order and have bulbs planted by the end of October, we need to raise some extra funds.
The order will be for;
2,300 Narcissus (Daffodils)
2,300 Crocus bulbs
Naturalising species have been chosen as they produce early nectar/pollen for flying insect.
This is a breakdown of the costs from the councils contractors, Veolia;
2,300 Narcissus = £228.00 approx based on 2016 prices
2,300 Snowdrops = £304.00 approx based on 2016 prices
2,300 Crocus bulbs = £152.00 approx based on 2016 prices
Plant 80m2 of bulbs by lifting turf, cultivating, planting bulbs and relaying turf = £1080.00
GRAND TOTAL = £1764.00Borough & County councillors have now committed £1500 to the project.
(£1000 from Stephen Giles-Medhurst and £500 from Rabi Martins)
Donations already received £50, thank you!
leaving us a shortfall of £214.
We will be trying hard over the next week or so to raise the extra funds, but we also need your help.
Please check the facebook page and look out for our email and give anything you can.
WFRA will be holding a ‘Spring Bulb Planting Day’ to plant the remaining 12 square meters of bulbs and calling for volunteer. Shovels and gardening boots ready, date to follow.
This is a great example of the community coming together to enhance the local environment that will bring pleasure for many years to come.
WFRA would like to thank the councilors for their funding.
Steve, on behalf of the WFRA committee
Latest Updates from WFRA 3rd Oct 2017 am:
Planned road works:
We have been informed that the planned improvement works to the junction of Lower High St and Dalton Way are delayed for a second time. They are now due to start in the New Year with some night closures and narrow lanes expected during the work. This work, once completed, will greatly improve the junction at Dalton Way (by B&Q) and so hopefully improve the traffic on Lower High St towards Bushey Arches.
Wiggenhall Road Footpath:
Hertfordshire County Officers are now in the process of re-measuring the boundary lines for the land that they require for a 1.8m footpath along the eastern side of Wiggenhall Road. Currently enough land for a 1.4m footpath as well as all the funding for the project is in place. We await further updates on this from Stephen Giles-Medurst.
Chalk Hill Development:
WFRA Committee members attended a public exhibition for a new development on chalk Hill (just on the other side of Bushey Arches) The proposed plan is for a 10 story 229 unit apartment block with approximately 80 parking spaces. We understand that the developers have yet to put in a planning application so we will monitor the situation for now.
Latest from Central Ward Councillors;
The latest is that the summons have been served on the travellers informing them of the court hearing on Monday, and the bailiffs booked for that afternoon. The Council will attempt to gain an Order for any open WBC land, to enable quick eviction if they move elsewhere, but this will be up to the court. A few more vans have pulled on to the site today and these will be dealt with under the existing legal process there is no need for any additional process or delays. The Police will attempt to stop any further vans entering the site if they can get there should any others arrive over the weekend.
The Police are ensuring regular patrols in the area now and over the weekend, and the site is also being checked by Veolia. Any ASB or other incidents should be reported to the Police on 101.
We are aware of the concerns of residents, and appreciate that there may be certain tensions as this situation continues. The Council has been following the due legal process, and whilst the situation will continue over the weekend, it should be resolved on Monday.
If you do need to reach us, then please contact Cllrs Steve Bolton, Aga Dychton or Rabi Martins.
Stephen, Aga, Steve & Rabi
Travellers Update Fri 8th am
WFRA have reported the anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance, dog mess and damage to the fields to the council and police on a daily basis. We have also asked for the Caravans to be moved away from Pumphouse Crescent as the noise from their generators is causing a big issue for the residents.
We have also asked for an update for the issuing of the Court Order for eviction and are awaiting a reply on this.
We have been assured that daily cleaning of the fields is taking place and that Veolia will complete a thorough clean once the travellers leave.
It is vital that all anti-social behaviour is reported to 101 as this will lead to increase police patrols.
We’ll keep you updated as soon as we get more information.
Travellers Update Thurs 7th September 2017
The council have been asked to move the travellers away from Pumphouse Crescent as the noise from their generators is causing nuisance to the immediate neighbours to the fields. The council have also been informed of the broken gate to the other fields and for dog feces found in the children’s playground. We have been in touch with the Councillors every day and will continue to update our residents as soon as we get further news. Below is the latest statement from the Council.
“We have served a Direction for the illegal encampment of travellers to leave Watford Fields, but we must follow the legal process. The law states we must take decisions based on welfare need as well as the impact of the encampment on the community. With this case, there is a genuine welfare need, and it’s unlikely that an application to evict immediately would be successful. We understand that some residents find this concerning, and we want to reassure you we are doing everything we can and are continually monitoring the site. We intend to take further action as soon as possible if the terms of the Direction are not followed.”
Travellers update Weds PM
On Thursday council officers are going to ask the group of travellers to move further down the field, away from Pumphouse Crescent, due to the disturbance from the noisy generators. WFRA have given their support.
Monday Sept 4th, Travellers on the fields:
As you will be aware travellers have set up on Watford Fields..
WFRA committee were made aware of Travellers arriving at about 10am on Monday the 4th September in Watford Fields. The Police and local Councillors were immediately informed and have been on site today to inspect.
These are the same Travellers that were moved on from Radlett Road Fields and entered the Watford Fields by ‘unlocking’ the access gate. At last count there are 7 caravans and 4 vehicles with noisy generators and washing lines encamped on the fields.
One resident reported that a stranger knocked on their door this afternoon and asked the teenager that answered if any adults were home. They are safe but please keep an eye on any vulnerable friends and neighbours and ensure all anti-social behaviour or nuisance is reported to the Police by ringing 101.
Councillor Steve Bolton attended a WFRA Committee meeting this evening to update us that a Watford Borough Council Notice to leave will be issued on Tuesday 5th September followed by a Court Order to evict them with the aid of the Police. He will keep us informed as to the progress with this. We have also asked for extra police patrols around the fields especially at school times as this is such a busy route for the infant, primary and secondary school children in this area.
WFRA will continue to monitor the situation and report any news as soon as we get it.
This is the latest update from WBC as of Monday 4th Sept pm:
“The Council and Police are aware and monitoring Watford Fields where
travellers have set up camp. An assessment of the situation is currently
underway and decisions as to how to respond will be taken tomorrow
(Tuesday). We have to follow the proper legal process. The travellers are
the same people who were evicted from Radlett Road playing fields this
afternoon. Unfortunately, this morning the Court refused to issue a Court
Order that made it illegal for them to reoccupy any council land, and
just issued an Order that required them to leave Radlett Road. This means
any process of eviction must be commenced from the beginning again, this
starts with a welfare assessment and then if appropriate service of a
Direction to Leave, then an application to the Court for an Order. The
Council will keep residents updated via it’s website.”
Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.
As part of the Heritage Open Day festival 2017, one of our members has asked us to share this unique event taking place in Watford with you, on Saturday 9th september.
Click on the poster for details or follow the link here
Watford Fields residents and friends are invited to get together for a Summer Picnic on the fields.
Bring your own picnic and a blanket from 2pm onwards for an enjoyable afternoon.
We will be meeting close to the children’s playground
There will be children’s games and races later in the afternoon, adults free to join in!
…..fingers crossed for a sunny day!
Looking forward to meeting everybody
Last year Watford Borough Council shared their plans for Oxhey Park North. These set out how they could transform the area, which includes the former Irish Centre and car park adjacent to Wiggenhall Road.
2 committee members from WFRA are attending a forum set up to get local opinion of the plans.
See the latest proposals here
Please email us If you would like your views to be represented at the forum.
Great general meeting on Monday evening, well attended with plenty to catch up on hosted by Jags, who did a great job as always.
Thank you to Maria Manion the Chief Executive of Watford BID (business improvement district) who spoke about the exciting town centre developments, including the Intu extension, High St integration and other topics including new crime and antisocial behavior initiatives.
And a big thank you also to Red Watch from Watford Fire Station for their fire safety talk and advice for our residents. if you have any concerns regarding fire safety in your home, do not hesitate to contact them as they are only to willing to help and offer advice. More information here
£50 was generously donated by residents towards the spring bulbs to be planted in October (announced at the last general meeting). WFRA proposed the idea to plant some spring flowers around the trees either side of Watford Field Rd to our councilors and they have said they will generously support the initiative. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of the bulbs, however small, please email us (a receipt will be given). More details of the planting event to follow and we will need volunteers to help!!
We are grateful to Siobhan at Wellspring Community Church for hosting us and allowing us to use all the facilities and thanks to everyone who helped moving tables and chairs.
We are holding the next general meeting on the evening of Monday 17th July at 7pm.
There will be 2 guest speakers at the meeting:
- Maria Manion from BID who will talk about the Town Center development progress
- Red Watch will be parking their fire engine outside giving a fire safety talk for residents.
There will also be some time after the meeting to have a chat with fellow members over a cup of tea or coffee.
Please keep this date free.
Venue; Wellspring Church, 1 Wellspring Way, Watford WD17 2AH
Dead Tree June 2017
WFRA have been notified by the council’s tree officer the the large Horse Chestnut tree is dead and will be removed within the next few weeks.
it is sad as this is a landmark tree of substantial size and will be a loss to the landscape of the Fields but we have been assured its removal is the last resort. We will be pressing for a replacement close to its location, but not on the pavement.
General Meeting 20th April Update
Unfortunately Maria Manion from the Business Improvement District is unable to attend our meeting due to personal reasons.
The meeting will still be going ahead with a full agenda including a fascinating talk from Sarah Priestly from Watford, Museum about Cassiobury.
Watford Police Station Open DaySunday 18th June 10am-2pmShady Lane WD17 1DD
We are holding the next general meeting on the evening of 20th April at 7pm.
We are excited to announce there will be 2 guest speakers at the meeting:
- Sarah Priestly from Watford Museum who will talk about the history of Cassiobury
- Maria Manion from BID who will talk about the Town Center development progress.
Sarah Thomas our local police community support officer will be attending and will be available if you wish to speak to her about any local concerns.
There will also be some time after the meeting to have a chat with fellow members over a cup of tea or coffee.
Please keep this date free.
Venue; Wellspring Church, 1 Wellspring Way, Watford WD17 2AH
This Saturday 11th March Oxhey Park North plans at Wellspring Church. Details below~ We have written To Network Rail asking them to cooperate again and clear the accumulated litter and fly tipping on their land that is blighting our area. Still awaiting a reply.~ Defective street light at the entrance to the underpass. After months of emails we have met with HCC contractor and County Councilor Stephen Giles Medhurst at the site to get to the bottom of this ongoing problem. Stephen has been pressing for this to be rectified for a long time on our behalf yet County claimed they couldn’t find the faulty light Hopefully now it will get resolved..~ We also reminded Stephen about painting our guard rails on the path next to the playground which he said was meant to be done but it may have to wait until June for next budget round.~ Footpath – Good news…looks like we will definitely be getting a 1.3m wide path on Wiggenhall road, they are now allocating budget for the works and looking into the type of pedestrian crossings needed at TS Way. WBC are moving the planting on their bit of the land.
Thank you to everyone that turned out on Saturday morning and took part in the Spring Clean. The sun was shining and it really did feel like Spring. More than 15 of us, young and old collected 14 sacks of litter from deep in bushes and all around our area.
Next year we will borrow more equipment from Veolia and make it and even bigger event.
Last year Watford Borough Council shared their plans for Oxhey Park North. These set out how they could transform the area, which includes the former Irish Centre and car park adjacent to Wiggenhall Road.
With the feedback received they are holding another drop in session on Saturday 11 March 2017 from 10am – 12.30pm at Wellspring Centre, 1 Wellspring Way, Watford, WD17 2AH.
For more information contact: Kathryn Robson (01923) 278077 or email@example.com
After continued campaigning WFRA have had an official update from Herts County Council.
Read the full letter sent to our chair Jags here.
Its good news but it’s a very slow process, but hopefully soon we will get a vital footpath re-instated.
Watford Fields Spring CleanCalling all volunteers! WAFRA is taking part in the Great British Spring Clean to coincide with the national event on
Sat 4th March 10-12am to do a deep clean of the Watford Fields area.We are coordinating with WBC and Veolia who will provide all the equipment necessary and collect the bags when we have finished.Last year’s “Clean for the Queen” was very successfully and it’s a great way to feel proud of your area and meet people.Meet by the children’s playground at 10 am and once we are finished we will all head to the museum for tea, coffee
and biscuits.Please let us know if you can attend via email or the facebook page, so we have a rough idea of how much equipment we need to borrow from Veolia.Look forward to seeing you there and lets hope it stays dry.Read more about the event here greatbritishspringclean.org
Watford Fields identity – gateway signs at the 2 road entrances into Watford Fields, similar to Watford Heath and Oxhey Village. High quality, painted street furniture.Ask network Rail to paint their railings or at least use painted railings if replacing existing galvanised steel railings.
Greening – More street trees and more trees on the fields. Introduction of evergreens on the fields. Spring bulb planting and or flower beds.
Cycling strategy – Encourage safe cycling. Get in touch with the Herts Cycling group and other relevant bodies to see what plans they have and work with them to come up with a solution.
Planning – Keep up to date with local planning applications, Including Wellspring Church, Petrol Station, Oxhey Park, Wickes and Gas works Planning Applications currently in progress
Littering, anti-social behaviour, street lighting – Extend street light hours. More Spring Clean events. Litter on Network Rail Land. Continue dialogue with councilors and Viola re litter hotspots and police re anti-social behaviour. Contact the two school head teachers to remind parents to be considerate of Watford fields neighbours.
Fundraising for the future to assist with sustainability of WFRA and to promote WFRA within the local community. Social events. Newsletters to residents as appropriate.
The meeting will last approx 1 hour and will take place at Watford Fire Station on Lower High St, Monday 30th Jan, at 7pm.
They have asked for 10 people. Some members of the committee will attend but if you would like to contribute please email us here and we will add you name to the list.
Jags,Glenys,Karen,Stella,Terry,Haresh,Steve,Chris and Mark.
The church has submitted planning permission to extend its premises and is having a ‘drop in’ consultation for local residents on the evening of Thurs 22nd Dec 6.30pm-8.30pm.
We will post details of where to see the plans here in due course
The Christmas Party was a great success and the first of many more to come.
Thank you to everyone that came and committee members that gave up their time to organised it. A massive thank you to Sarah and Luke from the museum for their help on the night and giving us the perfect space for the party.
WFRA’s Christmas Party
We are having a Christmas party!
The date has been set for Thurs 15th December.
The venue; Watford Museum on Lower High St.
Everyone from Watford Fields is welcome. 7.30pm-10pm (including the kids!)
Drinks and nibbles provided so come along and celebrate the Festive Season..
Looking forward to seeing you there.
The Museum have allowed us to use their great space for free, so please show your appreciation by popping into the Museum gift shop to pick up some presents and stocking fillers.
WRFA’s 1st Birthday and Annual General Meeting was a great night.
Annual General Meeting
Just a reminder, this Monday, the 7th of November is the Annual General Meeting of the residents association.
Doors will open at 7pm, address; Watford Field Junior School Annex (the church building entered via Elfrida Road)
Come along and join us for our 1st Birthday and AGM.
Special guest speaker from Watford Football club will be joining us and there will be plenty of time to chat and meet your neighbors from Watford Fields.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Feel free to bring a bottle and nibbles, to help us celebrate our special evening. We will provide glasses and plates etc.
Open to all members and potential new members. Annual membership is only £1.
This is your association, please use it and let members of the committee know any ideas and thoughts you have.
In order to assess the impact of extra traffic and possible “rat running” through Watford Fields after the new link road, “Thomas Sawyer Way” opens this month, a vehicle count was done in Watford Field Road for a week in September.
All data will be recorded and future counts will be carried out at various stages of The Health Campus development at the same location.
Results will be analysed and acted upon if necessary. WRFA requested monitoring and access to the data.
See the results of Septembers count here
Your local Herts County Councilor is asking residents of Watford Fields to suggest sites where they would like to see new trees planted.
New trees are planted in the winter and as funds are limited, if you would like a tree planted near your house, please contact the councilor Stephen Giles Medhurst here. Please cc WFRA so we can help if necessary.
WFRA would like to see more street trees to “green our area”
Trees that were removed in Roberts Rd and Tucker Street earlier this year will also be replaced.
Lizzie who was a founder member and a great participant of the committee is sadly moving away and leaving Watford Fields. We wish her well and thank her for her dedication and time.
Lizzie’s departure creates an opportunity for you to come and join WFRA’s committee and help make a difference to Watford Fields.
Volunteer your time to protect and promote your local community, with the added bonus of getting to know your neighbors. Be involved in decision making, organising and lobbying for our local area.
If you are interested and can spare a few hours each month please email WFRA here before the AGM on 7th of Nov so your name can be put onto the ballot.
Monday 7th November 2016
Come along and join us for our 1st Birthday and AGM
Where: Watford Field Junior School Annex (the church building entered via Elfrida Road).
Doors open at 7pm.
- Special guest speaker from Watford Football club will be joining us
- Tea and coffee will be available
- Feel free to bring a bottle and nibbles to help us celebrate our special eve
- Open to all members and potential new members
Friday 30 Sept 16- Something for the weekend
The first Watford WeekenderGasworks Site and Frogmore House
As many of you will know the site of the old gas works on Lower High Street (opposite B&Q) is being re developed.The proposals being brought forward by St William are for a large residential building of 75 flats and a supermarket, probably a Lidl.As part of the deal they will restore the grade 2 listed building Frogmore House on Lower High Street which will be given over for office space.The only vehicular access will be on Lower High Street just after Frogmore House opposite B and Q.The scheme is at an early stage and detailed plans are being drawn up, informed by public feedback, and there will be more consultation later in the year.Please go to the developers website and give your opinion www.watfordgasworks.co.ukPlease also email wfra so we can gauge local opinions to the plans and its impact on the area.WFRA’s Picnic on 14thAugust, a prefect day
“The sun shone down on Watford Fields for our first ever WFRA picnic on 14 August. With glorious weather and enthusiastic residents, those who attended had a lovely day. Children and adults alike displayed their sporting talents by taking part in our egg & spoon and three – legged races. The day was such a success that we are pleased to announce we will be having another picnic next year. We would like you, the residents to have a say in the games we will play so please send your suggestions to us by using the email link. Once we have received your suggestions we will draw up a shortlist for you to vote on the games you would like to be part of our picnic day. We look forward to hearing your ideas.”
Glenys.PICNIC VIDEO courtesy of Patrick Gordon
Watford Fields residents and friends are invited to get together for a Summer Picnic on the fields on 14th August 2016…..fingers crossed for a sunny day!
Bring a picnic and a blanket from 12 ‘o’ clock onwards for an enjoyable afternoon.
We will be meeting close to the children’s playground.
If you are on Facebook please like the event here so we can gauge how many people will be attending.
Looking forward to meeting everybody.
Invitation to Watford Gasworks consultation
This is something Watford Fields residents would have a view on as it is very close to our patch.
As many of you will know the site of the old gas works on Lower High Street (opposite B&Q) is being re developed. The old gasometer has been removed and works to clear the site of any contamination has been completed.
The proposals are being brought forward by St William, a joint venture between National Grid and the Berkeley Group set up specifically to deliver residential-led mixed-use developments on surplus brownfield land.
Invitation from the developers:
We will be holding the preview of our exhibition from 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday 20 July at Wellspring Church (behind Watford Museum), 1 Wellspring Way, Watford WD17 2AH. If you would like to attend, please do let us know by calling 020 7323 3544 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please be aware that parking at the Church is very limited.)
If you are unable to make the preview, you are of course welcome to visit the public exhibition itself, which is being held at the same venue from 3pm – 8pm on Wednesday 20 July and Thursday 21 July.
WFRA Question Time held on Monday 23 May – Update
It was a lively evening in Watford Fields on Monday. The Watford Fields Residents’ Association had organised a ‘Question Time’ event, inviting representatives of local government, police and other institutions and organisations to join a panel to answer questions put to them by residents. The questions, submitted by residents in advance, were wide ranging covering topics including the lack of independent retailers and restaurants in the town centre; fixed penalty fines for cyclists ignoring ‘No cycling’ signs; planning policy and the danger of over-development; and how to make the town centre feel safer.All of these questions, and many more, were posed eloquently by Vice Chair Glenys Isaacs, and were addressed and discussed by the panelists – Maria Manion, CEO, Business Improvement District; Rabi Martins, WBC Councilor; Inspector Nick Lillitou, Hertfordshire Police; Sarah Flynn, Labour Party representative. Jags Shah, WFRA Chair, said, “We were extremely grateful to our four panelists for giving up their time to be with us and for responding to the questions in such a candid, detailed and informative manner. Our residents enjoyed the evening and are much encouraged that many of the concerns raised will be followed up and appropriate action taken.”Despite a tremendous thunderstorm at the start of the meeting, it was well attended by residents who braved the downpour. Following the formal discussions panelists stayed on for tea and biscuits and a chat with residents.Jags Shah commented, “Watford Fields is a great place to live, WFRA is working hard to keep it that way and make it even better. We are holding our first social event – Picnic on the Fields – on Sunday 14th August. This will be a fun day out and we will be letting residents have more details nearer the date.”
WFRA is to hold a local Question Time style meeting giving local residents the opportunity to put questions to a panel of special guests who have influence in our town.
On the panel we are delighted to welcome;
Maria Manion (Town Center manager)
Inspector Nick Lillitou (Hertfordshire Constabulary)
Rabi Martins (Central Lib Deem Councilor)
Sarah Flynn (Central Labour Party Candidate)
Thank you to everyone who emailed their questions, we now have enough.
Please email your questions in advance to WFRA
It will follow the format of the popular BBC Question Time program and you can ask the questions yourself or if you prefer a member of the committee can ask on your behalf. We will select the best questions and the panel will know the questions in advance so they can prepare and research if necessary.
The panelists have kindly given up their time for free and we would like to keep the event positive and upbeat about Watford and its future.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. We look forward to your questions.
If you are on Facebook please like the event here so we can gauge how many people will be attending.
Watford Fields is a great place to live. Residents love it and are keen to enhance and improve the appearance of the area and through the residents’ association, WFRA, are working hard on various projects to achieve this. Imagine, then, the excitement over the Easter weekend to see workmen putting in new railings alongside the path adjacent to the playground in the fields. The railings will protect the grass which had been turned into an ugly, muddy mess by people swerving off the path to avoid the safety barriers at the playground entrance – and don’t they look great?
Jags Shah, Chair of WFRA commented, “Bad weather has meant we have waited many months for these railings to be installed but now they are here we are delighted. They have really improved the appearance of the fields and the area in general. It will be even better when the grass has grown back. We would like to thank Stephen Giles Medhurst for providing funding for the railings from his Locality Budget. We are encouraging residents to come forward with their ideas to improve our area – this is only the start!.”
Following on from the display at the Town hall on Monday 16th March here is a link to the ideas that have been proposed. At this point in time they are only proposals to gauge public opinion.
These are the plans for the redevelopment of Oxhey Park. What do you think? Any comments, in support of or objecting to these plans need to be sent to Kathryn Robson, Partnerships and Performance Sector Head. Her email address is Kathryn.email@example.com
Comments need to be in ASAP. There is no closing date but a letter will be drafted by April 11th to the cabinet Councilors which will take all comments receiv…ed into account. So far, comments received have been mixed with more in favor than not.
The plans include a graffiti free skateboard park, a BMX track and cycle hub which will include a repair, maintenance and sustainable transport section. There will be a 1 km track for cyclists, roller etc but this will be managed and won’t be a free for all. There will also be a cafe and the whole project will be in a landscaped setting.
View the plans here
Thanks to WFRA’s intervention Network Rail have today cleaned one of the areas of their land by the railway bridge on Lamas Road. Volunteers from WFRA had offered to clean this area as part of Watford Spring Clean but asbestos was found so Network Rail said they would get it done.
We hope that the adjoining areas will be taken care of soon.
We have also asked for the cleaning of further Network rail land all the way into the High Street station on our patch.
Below is the letter that has been sent out to all the local councilors, the local police, Viola the cleaning contractors and other relevant parties.
It highlights many of the issues that were raised by residents at the last WFRA general meeting. There have been some favorable responses so far.
We, the executive committee at WFRA would like to bring to your attention some areas of concern,that were raised by residents at our last general meeting.
There are three main areas of concern, which we have summarized below. The residents also came up with some solutions, and we hope that with your help we can resolve these issues together.
The residents of Watford Fields were especially concerned that the street lighting is turned off at midnight. However the majority feel that this is too early and makes walking home late at night dangerous. Currently the last trains from London arrive into Watford after midnight, or residents often have to park their cars in available spots away from their homes. This means they are walking home in the dark! In particular, at street corners or near the fields, the lack of lighting can feel very intimidating. Residents have therefore asked if the street lighting can be left on longer and particularly dark spots should stay lit up all night. Even one hour longer until 1am would make a big difference to the residents.
The underpass between Pump house Crescent and The Crescent was highlighted as a particular hot spot where residents felt unsafe. The underpass was described as ‘dark’ ’shabby’ ‘intimidating’ with ‘no police presence’ This area seems to attract unsavory characters day or night. Residents also reported drug deals taking place or innocent pedestrians being harassed. We did reiterate with all our residents that they should ring 999 in an emergency or 101 to report any incidents that they were concerned about. Another solution that was proposed was a CCTV camera linked to the Police which would act as a deterrent, or record the incident if anything unthinkable happened.
Although WFRA organised a highly successful ‘Spring Clean’ on Saturday 5th March, with over 20 volunteers collecting 21 bags of rubbish, litter in Watford Fields is an ongoing concern. The Fields themselves, especially in the summer, always seems covered in litter. There are also many areas of Watford Fields, like under hedgerows and behind railings that do not appear to be cleared by Veolia at all. We understand that some land is not Council owned and we are currently working with Network Rail to clear up some of their areas. However we would appreciate help in contacting other companies or agencies urging them to keep their land tidy. Some residents also noted that litter bins get filled quickly, like the bin in the alleyway, and we ask Veolia to increase their schedule for emptying bins, along with increased and thorough litter picking especially at weekends in the summer.
These three areas of concern are highlighted to us by our residents and neighbors. We hope that you will be able to help us in tackling these issues raised and we look forward to your response.
Oxhey Park North: Monday 14 March 2016 anytime between 6.30 -8.30pm at Watford Town Hall to share your views on its future
This event is being organised by the council and it is something fields residents may be interested in.Taken from the Lib Deem newsletter:An area at the north end of Oxhey Park (the old Irish Club) is currently being used as the compound for the contractors building the Watford Health Campus road. The contractors are due to leave the site in early 2017 and this offers a great opportunity to consider the future use of this part of the Park.
Some thoughts on what people would like to see have already been shared with the council but the Council want to find out more about the community’s views and to share some early thoughts on what could be achieved on the site.The session on 14 March is a ‘drop in’ so that as many people as possible are able to come along. There is no need to book – just turn up. There is parking at the Town Hall – and the Council will reimburse the cost as it is pay and display – but make sure you get a ticket! .
WFRA’s Chair Jags and committee members Lizzie and Chris along with County Councilor Stephen Giles-Medhurst and Borough Councilor Rabi Martins outside County Hall, Hertford
Spring Clean Success Saturday 5th March 2016
Freezing temperatures did not deter an enthusiastic group of Watford Fields residents from tackling the litter problem in their area. On Saturday morning, at 10 am, a team of volunteers led by Jags Shah, Chair of the Watford Fields Residents’ Association (WFRA) took part in Watford’s Spring Clean…..
Meet by the children’s playground 10am on Saturday 5th March.
Wear suitable clothing and please bring work gloves.
We will clear various areas around the fields and if there is time head over to the path to Tosco starting opposite Watford Field Rd, Lower High Street.
CANCELLED Network Rail, who own the land either side of the Lamas Road bridge, have agreed to help us clean up the rubbish, but they do not have the staff available on Sat 5th March, as they will all be doing essential safety work. They have offered to work with us on weekdays if possible, and will do all they can to help with access and safety equipment etc. CANCELLED
CANCELLED We have permission to go onto Network Rail land next to the Railway bridge (see below) with the assistance of their staff, but it can only be done on Fri 4th March. PLEASE if you can help, email your name and address as we have to fill out a heath and safety form. This is not part of the Watford Spring Clean, it is a WFRA initiative to clear this neglected area. Please pass on the message as we need as many people as possible. Time to be confirmed. Thank you. CANCELLED
Can we please request that you maybe discuss with your residents the instances of dog mess being found around the school, particularly in the alleyway where our children and parents enter and leave the school grounds. We have had a few incidents of children walking in dog dirt to the school. We have contacted the Environmental Health who advise us that they require details of times and places, description of dog and owner. They rely on the public getting in touch 01923 278503. We have publicized this problem in our newsletter.
Network Rail, who own the land either side of the Lamas Road bridge, have agreed to help us clean up the rubbish, but they do not have the staff available on Sat 5th March, as they will all be doing essential safety work. They have offered to work with us on weekdays if possible, and will do all they can to help with access and safety equipment etc. We will discuss this at next weeks general meeting.
Re the Tosco path, it seems that the “Friends of Oxhey Park” have also offered to do this area. We could either work with them or find other areas to clean up in our patch.
Please email your thoughts to us.
Clean for The Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.
Read more about the event here www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk
WFRA have sited two problem areas we would like to clean up:
firstly the disgraceful piles of cans and litter behind the railings on railway land, by the bridge on Lamas Road/Wiggenhall Road. We have asked for permission to go onto this land but we have not had a reply yet. This litter is a blight on the western gateway into Watford Fields and despite a resident brining it to the attention of the local councilors and county councilor back in April and May 2015 it remains as bad as ever. See epics;
If we cannot get permission to go on the railway land we have sighted the raised plant beds on the path to Tosco from Lower High Street. This cut through is used by many Watford Fields residents and we would like to get it cleaned up to make it better for everyone.
Veolia the councils waste management contractors, will be supplying us with a set of litter pickers, gloves, hi Avis jackets and bags. We will supply the music and chocolates!! Email here if you think you might attend
Our chair, Jags, will be attending Hertfordshire County Council’s Highways Cabinet Panel meeting on 10th March, to present the petition and give a 3 minute presentation, making the case to re-instate a footpath, on behalf of Watford Fields residents. Once again, can everyone please sign the petition as the more signatures we have the stronger our case. Please see the leaflet for more information here.
Good news, the closure of the north bound carriageway of Wiggenhall Road is to be lifted, 5am Monday, 15th Feb. This will be a great relief to all those people that have been affected over the last few weeks, including drivers and residents of Watford Fields. The impact of closing one vital road have been enormous and the knock on effects have been felt across Watford. Many people are concerned that this could be a taste of things to come with the opening of the new Link Rd in its current design.
Feb. 8th 2016
Letter to the Herts County Council Highways Chairman, Terry Dour is, further expressing the residents of Watford Fields concerns, about the new Link Road design. Read it in full here.Feb. 8th 2016
Please don’t forget to sign the online petition to show your support to re-instate a footpath on Wiggenhall Road (see below) from the petrol station to Oxhey Park;
Neil Farnsworth Project Manager of Watford Health Campus has replied to WRFRA’s letter. Read it in full here.
Wiggenhall Road Closure – Update The closure of Wiggenhall Road has caused complete traffic chaos for local residents. WFRA’s committee is working closely with all agencies to try and minimize the effect to local residents. The residential roads through Watford Fields are narrow with on street parking reducing the width considerably.
It is unsafe to have the volume of traffic we have seen over the last couple of weeks.
Immediate contact was made with the council and local Councilors and several suggestion were put forward to help alleviate the traffic through Watford Fields. It was quickly realized that the Pay & Display bays alongside Watford Fields needed to be suspended as there wasn’t enough room for the bus to get past a long queue of grid locked traffic.
The signs for diverting traffic were also having no impact. So a large digital sign has now been installed by the Hornets roundabout to warn drivers of the road closure ahead.
Although Traffic is still bad during peak times we have seen an improvement in the queues during the day and later in the evening.
Should you have any suggestions, please let us know or email the Councilors direct.WFRA would like to thank County Councilor, Stephen Giles Medhurst for working hard to do everything possible to alleviate congestion and communicating with us.
The traffic chaos in Watford Fields and the surrounding road network, that we have endured over the last few days, only goes to increase our concern about the new junction proposed for Wiggenhall Road.
WFRA members strongly believe that Wiggenhall Road, a major arterial route through Watford, needs to be kept as free flowing as possible. We hope that the council will learn from this experience for the future.
Wiggenhall Road Footpath Campaign
Road widening to incorporate turning lanes onto the new Health Campus on Wiggenhall Rd will mean that we will lose the eastern footpath (petrol station side) between Watford Fields and Oxhey Park (see diagram). Pedestrians will have to cross at 6 separate sections of the new road layout in order to continue with their journey.
This is unacceptable and WFRA are campaigning to ask all parties to look at this again.
We were told by the County Council, Watford Borough Council and the developers, that this was approved at the planning stage some years ago, and that nothing could be done.
The campaign is gaining momentum and, thanks to WFRA’s intervention, the local Linden Councilors and county Councilors, are now supporting the call for a footpath to be re-instated.
Please sign the online petition to show your support;
A letter has been sent on behalf of WFRA members concerning the Link Road junction to all relevant parties. Read it in full HERE
WFRA’s first general meeting took place on Monday 30th November at Fields Junior School Annexe, which is located on Elfrida Road.
Thank you to everyone who attended and in particular the guest speakers.
Read the summary from our chair Jags here.
This was the first time we had been to the School Annex and we are aware that the acoustics were quite difficult, making it hard for people to hear at the back. Therefore we are looking into purchasing a small personal address system, with 2 wireless microphones, that will amplify the sound and make it a better experience for everyone next time.
We will also try to provide refreshments and may request some volunteers to help with this nearer the time.
Agenda for the meeting
New Railings by the Children’s Playground – Finalize the plan of the new railings to stop pedestrians and cyclists causing damage to the grass and improving the aesthetics.
Stephen Giles Medhurst your local Herts County Councilor, talked about the planned closure of Wiggenhall Road, Southbound in January for gas pipeline works.
Concerns about anti-social behavior – Many residents have raised concerns about littering on the Fields and a perceived rise in anti-social behavior over the summer. We invited a representatives from our local police service to give a presentation and answer any questions.
Watford Health Campus Link Road – To facilitate widening of the road at the junction, the pavement is to be removed on the East side of Wiggenhall Rd, between the petrol station and the River Cole Bridge. Pedestrians coming from Watford Fields wishing to get to Oxhey Park or Bus hey station will be expected to cross Wiggenhall Road, cross 4 carriageways of the new Access Road and then back across Wiggenhall, a total of 6 crossings.
What impact will the extra traffic expected on Wiggenhall road have on our area. Residence have expressed concerns that Lamas Road and Watford Field Road will be used as a ‘rat run’ See the link below to the proposed layout of the junction
WFRA would like to thank Mrs Julie Henley, Head teacher at Field Junior School, for allowing the association to use the annexe for this and future meetings.
Advance Notice of Wiggenhall Road Closure in Jan 2015
Read the Advanced Warning Letter Road Closure FAQ’s
Just to let you know over the next couple of weeks as of today there will be extra patrols, this is to cover Halloween and Firework night. If there is any anti-social behavior during this period please report it on 101, please encourage others to report in this way too. Thanks. Kind Regards PCSO Sarah Thomas 6318