News

We try and keep ourselves abreast of what is going on in and around Chorleywood by using a number of online resources, as well as numerous contacts that we have with local organisations. If you have some news that you think we've not picked up on, please let us know by e-mailing 
enquiries@chorleywoodresidents.co.uk - we'd be happy to hear from you!

This page contains recent news items, regardless of subject or category. To see older material, see our Archived News page.

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HCC ask residents NOT to use FixMyStreet for reporting highway faults (including potholes)

posted 8 Feb 2018, 11:29 by Phil Ellis   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 11:37 ]

Residents are being asked to report any highway faults through the Hertfordshire County Council website - Highways Fault Reporting (https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/faultreporting/mapsearch.php) and not to use the 'FixMyStreet' website. Highway fault information reported through 'FixMyStreet' ties up HCC's resources but more importantly, it is not compatible with their system and as a result prevents them from providing the level of response they want to. HCC have said, for this reason, they are seriously considering rejecting further faults reported through this service. HCC are launching an upgrade to their own reporting system in April.

Speeding and inconsiderate parking in Shire Lane

posted 8 Feb 2018, 01:01 by Phil Ellis   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 01:02 ]

We have asked our PCSOs to monitor inconsiderate parking near the brow of the hill (on the left hand side when travelling up Shire Lane) as this, combined with motorists' speeding, has already resulted in a few near-misses. A few years ago, a local resident had a serious crash as a result, in which one of the cars was a write-off.

Carousel cancel the 336 bus service to Cedars Village

posted 8 Feb 2018, 00:53 by Phil Ellis   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 00:54 ]

Carousel Buses Ltd operate the 336 bus route which passes through Chorleywood, stopping at the station as well as various stops on the A404 and until very recently, Cedars Village.  Carousel, without any notice, removed this vital stop for the many residents of Cedars Village who don't have a car. Carousel initially told us that they had removed the stop because road closures in central Watford had increased the length of the route and it had to be reduced somewhere else to compensate. However, they later admitted that the real reason was commercial. CRA is supporting residents in their fight to have this vital service reinstated.

January 100 Club Draw

posted 3 Feb 2018, 04:03 by Phil Ellis

We are delighted to announce the winners of our very first CRA 100 Club draw. They are Liz Waddington, Rajan Kantaria, Brian Willet (£10 each) with the main prize of £50 going to Beatrice Webster. All the winners have been notified directly. Congratulations and good luck to everyone in next month's draw. 

The date of the next draw is 19th February. If you've not yet joined, now would be a good time as the chances of winning are quite high.

Proposed Play Area

posted 27 Oct 2017, 08:50 by Phil Ellis   [ updated 27 Oct 2017, 08:56 ]

It is common knowledge that there are strongly held views on the location of an additional Children’s Play Area in Chorleywood. Therefore, as Chorleywood Residents' Association represents all residents in the Parish, we have adopted a neutral stance on the matter.

In our September e-newsletter we included a report on the decision made by the Three Rivers Leisure and Well Being Committee to agree to seek planning permission, and Section 38 permission from the Planning Inspectorate for the installation of rustic play equipment on an area of the Common known as Site 15A. The minutes of this meeting, which took place on 6th September, can be seen on the Three Rivers DC (TRDC) website.

More recently, we have been asked to publish a document sent to us by local resident Ellie Kirkman which puts forward arguments against using Site 15A as a children's play area. Because, as already stated,  the CRA Committee is impartial on matters such as this, preferring instead to publish the facts and let you decide, we approached TRDC with a request for more details of what is being proposed with a view to putting to rest any inaccurate reporting and to allay any areas of concern. This they have now done, written in the form of FAQs (frequently asked questions) with answers. We are indebted to TRDC for providing this document and for having it checked and approved by the Clerk of Chorleywood Parish Council before sending it to us.

So, in the interest of fairness, you can see Ellie's document here and TRDC's webpage devoted to the proposed play area here which contains the list of FAQs (and answers) and supporting documents.

As already stated, we do not wish to take sides so if you have any concerns, please take them up directly with TRDC (charlotte.gomes@threerivers.gov.uk) or Chorleywood Parish Council (clerk@chorleywood-pc.gov.uk).

Children’s Play Area

posted 11 Sep 2017, 06:35 by Phil Ellis

CRA have been informed by Three Rivers District and Chorleywood Parish Councillor Martin Trevett, that the long discussed new play space for Chorleywood’s children has moved a step closer.  Martin Trevett writes that this is following the unanimous vote at Three Rivers Leisure and Well Being Committee on 6th September to agree to seek planning permission, and section 38 permission from the Planning Inspectorate for the installation of rustic play equipment at an area of the Common known as site 15a.  The equipment would be the same or similar to the equipment recently installed by the Parish Council on another part of the common.

A unanimous vote followed the presentation of a petition with in excess of 650 signatures supporting the recommendation, presented to the committee by Simone Tyson of Chorleywood Mums. The recommendation to seek planning permission, which was supported by the Parish Council, was moved by Cllr Martin Trevett who has been campaigning for improved play facilities for the children and families of Chorleywood for over 20 years.

Speaking at the meeting Cllr Trevett said “Three Rivers had commissioned ecological reports, a tree survey, and asked for the police’s view on site 15a. Their finding was that site 15a was of low ecological value, many of the trees on the site were either dead or dying, and the police view was that there were no insurmountable safe-guarding issues.  There is now a real chance that another generation of Chorleywood children would not grow up with inadequate play facilities”.

So what happens now?  Council officers in consultation with the Parish Council, the local schools, local children and parents groups will draw up detailed plans for submission to the Council's Planning Committee and the Planning Inspectorate, with installation expected by Autumn next year.  There is still the outside chance that a public enquiry might be held.  There has been some discussion on the number of objectors required to trigger a public enquiry and whether that number is 6, 60 or 600.  Any objection must give details of how the proposals would be detrimental to the Common.

Given the expert reports it is difficult to see how any objection could be relevant, and in fact with the Parish Council now having set a precedent, that argument recedes further. Note that site 15a is an area of unmaintained woodland and brambles almost adjacent to the entrance to the station car park bounded by the station car park fence, the railway fence and the service road into the station car park.

Greenspace Action Plan

posted 5 Jul 2017, 11:52 by Phil Ellis

Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) is working with the Countryside Management Service (CMS) to create a new five year management plan for Chorleywood House Estate.

You have the opportunity to provide feedback on the initial briefing document which outlines the aims and aspirations for the management of the site. The feedback received will be used to develop the five year management plan.

You can view the Chorleywood House Estate – Greenspace Action Plan 2018 – 2023 Briefing Document

You can let TRDC and CMS know what you think of initial plans by either downloading and completing the Chorleywood House Estate – Greenspace Action Plan 2018 – 2023 Briefing Document Feedback Form and / or emailing your comments directly to Charlotte.carter@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Alternatively, send your comments on the feedback form by post to:

FAO Charlotte Carter
Countryside Management Service
Environment Department
County Hall
Hertford
Herts, SG13 8DN

Please return your comments by 28th July 2017.

CRA Priorities for 2017-18

posted 24 Jun 2017, 10:44 by Phil Ellis   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 00:05 ]

Here's our list of priorities for the next 12 months as described by our chairman at the 2017 AGM

  • Work more closely with our Resident Representatives
  • Engage with and monitor progress with the updating of the Local TRDC Plan
  • Key involvement with CW Neighbourhood Plan led by CPC
  • Keep a watching brief  supporting the new central hospital proposals
  • Increase influence with local authorities
  • Increase e-newsletter circulation to residents
  • Work with Chorleywood Magazine regarding increasing the footfall in our village
  • Make greater use of the green boxes for resident feedback not on-line
  • Continue our donation stream
  • Implement sponsorship opportunities from residents and local businesses
  • Establish a new Memorial Garden in the Village
  • Continue to add value and make a difference for the community

CRA Achievements for 2016-17

posted 24 Jun 2017, 10:35 by Phil Ellis   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 00:04 ]

Here's a list of our achievements over the past year, as described by our chairman at the 2017 AGM

  • Fully Implemented ‘all inclusive resident’ model
  • 90% of Parish Roads covered by Resident Representatives
  • Supported local residents to prevent inappropriate Green Belt development (Hill Farm)
  • Developed residents feedback boxes
  • Instrumental in resurfacing of ramps to the Memorial Hall car park
  • Supported potential new central West Herts hospital proposal
  • Key contributor to Chorleywood in Bloom
  • Communicated NPR system to all residents operating in the station car park
  • Worked closely with Chris Haywood/HCC to get key roads & potholes repaired 
  • Created a “How do I?”  section on our website 
  • Increase CRA database for our monthly e-newsletter
  • Help publicize local events through  e-newsletter and Facebook/Twitter
  • Regularly updated notice boards in Village and station underpass
  • Influential in getting Railway Signal Box refurbished
  • Conducted residents’ village parking survey

Community Meeting and AGM

posted 17 Jun 2017, 08:25 by Phil Ellis

The Executive Committee would like to invite you to the Community and Annual General Meeting of the Chorleywood Residents’ Association at the Chorleywood War Memorial Hall on Common Road, WD3 5LN. The date is Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 7.45pm for an 8.15pm start.

We have two guest speakers for the evening – Cllr Ralph Sangster from Herts CC to speak about how the road repair programmes operate and Luke Nipen from HS2 providing an update on the traffic management required in our area during  the construction period of HS2.

We will also be able to tell you, over a glass of wine, what your Association has been doing on behalf of Chorleywood Residents throughout the year.

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