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Following our list of uniquely Watford problems, more suggestions have been pouring in from readers. Here is our top ten:

1. “Explaining that Watford gap isn't anywhere near Watford.” (@VitalWatford @BeachHut81 @AndrewCarberry) - it's in Northampton.

Watford Observer:

Unless you count the one in intu Watford.

2. Adrian Evans emailed in about how “chuggers” had turned the High Street into the gauntlet challenge from the television series Gladiators.

 

3. “No Cinema, a health campus with no health. Watford Junction drop-off designed in the pub.” (@Hornet7127) 

Watford Observer:

Hopefully the first two will be rectified in the coming years. As for the third, we have been unable to verify exactly where it was designed.

4.  “Has ANYONE ever driven around Bushey Arches without having to stop?” (John Norfolk, formerly of Oxhey Village, now residing in Devon)

Watford Observer:

5. “Parking anywhere near your house in north Watford.” (@greebstreebling)

Watford Observer:

6. “Oxhey Railway Station is actually Bushey Station, but there is no railway station in Bushey.” (Andrew1963, via comments)

Watford Observer:

7.  “Getting around the ring road just before Christmas.” (@FatsargeEvans)

Watford Observer:

8. “Going abroad and always meeting someone from Watford, or worse meeting someone from Luton and lying about where you live.” (Rhian Williams, via email)

Watford Observer:

You 'orrrrrnnnnnns!

9.  “It's probably cheaper to spend the night at Travelodge than get a cab to Bushey.” (@Billyboy62)

Watford Observer:

10. “Hearing ‘they call it Water Lane for a reason’ countless times during heavy rain." (@BertytheSnowman and @Markysaurus_Rex)

Watford Observer:

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6:24pm Fri 21 Feb 14

abbotshornet says...

Why not be proud you come from Watford and not L*t*n?
Why not be proud you come from Watford and not L*t*n? abbotshornet
  • Score: 6

7:18pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Anunemus says...

abbotshornet wrote:
Why not be proud you come from Watford and not L*t*n?
You're from Abbots, not Watford so stop moaning.
[quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: Why not be proud you come from Watford and not L*t*n?[/p][/quote]You're from Abbots, not Watford so stop moaning. Anunemus
  • Score: 6

7:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Retlas says...

@Andrew1963

I have lived in Watford all my life and Bushey Station was Bushey and Oxhey.

Not just Oxhey.

Why the name was changed I have never understood.
@Andrew1963 I have lived in Watford all my life and Bushey Station was Bushey and Oxhey. Not just Oxhey. Why the name was changed I have never understood. Retlas
  • Score: 2

8:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Keefer says...

abbotshornet wrote:
Why not be proud you come from Watford and not L*t*n?
because L*t*n sc*m might find an excuse to visit & our s*x industry is already full to bursting with them.
[quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: Why not be proud you come from Watford and not L*t*n?[/p][/quote]because L*t*n sc*m might find an excuse to visit & our s*x industry is already full to bursting with them. Keefer
  • Score: -1

1:09am Sat 22 Feb 14

poulan says...

Chavs are the worst thing about Watford
Chavs are the worst thing about Watford poulan
  • Score: -1

1:49am Sat 22 Feb 14

LSC says...

Retlas wrote:
@Andrew1963

I have lived in Watford all my life and Bushey Station was Bushey and Oxhey.

Not just Oxhey.

Why the name was changed I have never understood.
That is historical. The station was for Bushey, but the railway building and the arches took so long to build and needed so many workers nearby, that Oxhey was born and built upon with housing. When the railway was finished, many were able to use it to change trades and continue living there. But they had their own identity, so hence the double name.
Why it changed back to just Bushey I do not know. Perhaps 100 years ago no-one filled in the paperwork correctly to add Oxhey.
Of course for a time, it was known simply as '&' during the war.
[quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: @Andrew1963 I have lived in Watford all my life and Bushey Station was Bushey and Oxhey. Not just Oxhey. Why the name was changed I have never understood.[/p][/quote]That is historical. The station was for Bushey, but the railway building and the arches took so long to build and needed so many workers nearby, that Oxhey was born and built upon with housing. When the railway was finished, many were able to use it to change trades and continue living there. But they had their own identity, so hence the double name. Why it changed back to just Bushey I do not know. Perhaps 100 years ago no-one filled in the paperwork correctly to add Oxhey. Of course for a time, it was known simply as '&' during the war. LSC
  • Score: 3

5:14am Sat 22 Feb 14

charlesryder says...

Nice to see a picture of my favourite pillbox "Underneath the Arches". Love Watford - don't knock it!
Nice to see a picture of my favourite pillbox "Underneath the Arches". Love Watford - don't knock it! charlesryder
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

5. “Parking anywhere near your house in north Watford.” (@greebstreebling)

Liked this one because Watford Planning gold plated planning policies is determined to lower the quality of life for people in the most congested areas of this town with so called car free blocks of flats and allowing family homes to be turned into HMOs (houses of multiple occupancy) in heavily congested terraced streets whilst their unscrupulous landlords live elsewhere on the misery of others.
5. “Parking anywhere near your house in north Watford.” (@greebstreebling) Liked this one because Watford Planning gold plated planning policies is determined to lower the quality of life for people in the most congested areas of this town with so called car free blocks of flats and allowing family homes to be turned into HMOs (houses of multiple occupancy) in heavily congested terraced streets whilst their unscrupulous landlords live elsewhere on the misery of others. Cuetip
  • Score: 7

2:15am Sun 23 Feb 14

Honest Rog says...

Can't see that not being able to park outside one's front door is a negative. North Watford is well served by public transport and is a short walk from Watford Junction and half-decent shopping facilities.
It's time that people realised that to own a car is the opposite to freedom. I haven't owned a private car since 1978 and the money saved (10s of thousands) has enabled me to travel worldwide extensively. Now approaching my 70s and reasonably fit, I see car owners sacrificing health and hard-earned money solely to perpetuate the Clarksonesque "car culture" in their illusory embrace of "freedom".
Can't see that not being able to park outside one's front door is a negative. North Watford is well served by public transport and is a short walk from Watford Junction and half-decent shopping facilities. It's time that people realised that to own a car is the opposite to freedom. I haven't owned a private car since 1978 and the money saved (10s of thousands) has enabled me to travel worldwide extensively. Now approaching my 70s and reasonably fit, I see car owners sacrificing health and hard-earned money solely to perpetuate the Clarksonesque "car culture" in their illusory embrace of "freedom". Honest Rog
  • Score: -6

5:14am Sun 23 Feb 14

Keefer says...

Honest Rog wrote:
Can't see that not being able to park outside one's front door is a negative. North Watford is well served by public transport and is a short walk from Watford Junction and half-decent shopping facilities.
It's time that people realised that to own a car is the opposite to freedom. I haven't owned a private car since 1978 and the money saved (10s of thousands) has enabled me to travel worldwide extensively. Now approaching my 70s and reasonably fit, I see car owners sacrificing health and hard-earned money solely to perpetuate the Clarksonesque "car culture" in their illusory embrace of "freedom".
if you commute to London, public transport is fine, but what if you commute to somewhere further afield, i.e: Chipping Norton? not so convenient without a car then & owning or use of a car can be the only way to afford that "worldwide extensive" travel.

You're 70 & used a car until you no longer relied on one! allow the rest of us the same grace & stop being so selfish.

you old git. ;)
[quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: Can't see that not being able to park outside one's front door is a negative. North Watford is well served by public transport and is a short walk from Watford Junction and half-decent shopping facilities. It's time that people realised that to own a car is the opposite to freedom. I haven't owned a private car since 1978 and the money saved (10s of thousands) has enabled me to travel worldwide extensively. Now approaching my 70s and reasonably fit, I see car owners sacrificing health and hard-earned money solely to perpetuate the Clarksonesque "car culture" in their illusory embrace of "freedom".[/p][/quote]if you commute to London, public transport is fine, but what if you commute to somewhere further afield, i.e: Chipping Norton? not so convenient without a car then & owning or use of a car can be the only way to afford that "worldwide extensive" travel. You're 70 & used a car until you no longer relied on one! allow the rest of us the same grace & stop being so selfish. you old git. ;) Keefer
  • Score: 2

3:00pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

Honest Rog wrote:
Can't see that not being able to park outside one's front door is a negative. North Watford is well served by public transport and is a short walk from Watford Junction and half-decent shopping facilities.
It's time that people realised that to own a car is the opposite to freedom. I haven't owned a private car since 1978 and the money saved (10s of thousands) has enabled me to travel worldwide extensively. Now approaching my 70s and reasonably fit, I see car owners sacrificing health and hard-earned money solely to perpetuate the Clarksonesque "car culture" in their illusory embrace of "freedom".
Cycling to work in the old days was relatively safe but today's enormous lorries on our narrow roads eg the Rickmansworth Rd would make most cyclists feel unsafe even if the lorries were traveling at 20MPH.

Were it that simple for ordinary folk to hop on a bus or a train. Check out train fares to Euston during the rush hours.

Employees are being forced to be available 24 - 7 as shown by traffic volumes at 6.30am at M1 Staples junction with mile long queues. In many areas of Watford, the bus service is non existent on the weekend when people need to do their shopping or dare I say go to work. Car free blocks effectively restricts the career prospects of certain groups of people whilst others have the freedom to do as they please. This limits their ability to move up the housing ladder to areas where parking is less of a problem.

Today's unemployment reality sees increasing demands on workers to be more mobile and flexible ie foot loose and fancy free with sessional hours contracts, out sourcing which pushes self employment as big contractors don't want permanent staff, zero contract hours, the changing consumer habits with internet shopping and home deliveries, etc, etc.

Some youngsters (age 17) are even driving early in the morning to some isolated business park in Luton to serve their apprenticeship.

There is now a fast growing market for commercial vans as can can be seen in most terraced streets and firms no longer wish to provide parking space for their commercial vehicles. A typical service engineer for British Gas or Potterton / Baxi is expected to cover huge distances in a day.
[quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: Can't see that not being able to park outside one's front door is a negative. North Watford is well served by public transport and is a short walk from Watford Junction and half-decent shopping facilities. It's time that people realised that to own a car is the opposite to freedom. I haven't owned a private car since 1978 and the money saved (10s of thousands) has enabled me to travel worldwide extensively. Now approaching my 70s and reasonably fit, I see car owners sacrificing health and hard-earned money solely to perpetuate the Clarksonesque "car culture" in their illusory embrace of "freedom".[/p][/quote]Cycling to work in the old days was relatively safe but today's enormous lorries on our narrow roads eg the Rickmansworth Rd would make most cyclists feel unsafe even if the lorries were traveling at 20MPH. Were it that simple for ordinary folk to hop on a bus or a train. Check out train fares to Euston during the rush hours. Employees are being forced to be available 24 - 7 as shown by traffic volumes at 6.30am at M1 Staples junction with mile long queues. In many areas of Watford, the bus service is non existent on the weekend when people need to do their shopping or dare I say go to work. Car free blocks effectively restricts the career prospects of certain groups of people whilst others have the freedom to do as they please. This limits their ability to move up the housing ladder to areas where parking is less of a problem. Today's unemployment reality sees increasing demands on workers to be more mobile and flexible ie foot loose and fancy free with sessional hours contracts, out sourcing which pushes self employment as big contractors don't want permanent staff, zero contract hours, the changing consumer habits with internet shopping and home deliveries, etc, etc. Some youngsters (age 17) are even driving early in the morning to some isolated business park in Luton to serve their apprenticeship. There is now a fast growing market for commercial vans as can can be seen in most terraced streets and firms no longer wish to provide parking space for their commercial vehicles. A typical service engineer for British Gas or Potterton / Baxi is expected to cover huge distances in a day. Cuetip
  • Score: 8

1:39pm Mon 24 Feb 14

HermanGoering says...

I know who's to blame for all of it. I'm just not allowed to say in this PC society.

Vote UKIP.
I know who's to blame for all of it. I'm just not allowed to say in this PC society. Vote UKIP. HermanGoering
  • Score: -2

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