Three Rivers District Council: Free sandbags, more grammar schools and better bus services promised by candidates

Free sandbags, more grammar schools and better bus services promised by district council candidates

Free sandbags, more grammar schools and better bus services promised by district council candidates

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Free sandbags, more grammar schools and better bus services are just some of the pledges from Three Rivers candidates battling to gain control of the council.

Changes in the ward boundaries mean not only are all council seats up for grabs, but the number of places will be reduced from 48 to 39.

Three Rivers oversees a number of the district's services, such as refuse collection and parks. The council also manages major projects like the South Oxhey Initiative.

The Liberal Democrats currently control the council with an eight-seat majority. Following the re-drawing of the ward boundaries, their control could decrease, if not diminish completely after this election.

Ann Shaw, leader of the ruling party, cited secondary school places in Rickmansworth and improving the district’s roads by putting pressure on Hertfordshire County Council among their priorities.

Other pledges include maintaining the free short-term parking in the district and keeping the "excellent" refuse and recycling service.

The Liberal Democrats also promise to protect the environment from "inappropriate development" and maintain the council’s finances by "increasing efficiency and cutting costs while protecting services".

The second largest party on the council are the Conservatives, who assure residents they will provide free sandbags during times of erratic weather, install new play equipment at Rickmansworth Aquadrome and protect the district's historic buildings, such as Long Island Exchange hotel.

Other policies in the Conservatives manifesto include "better financial control" of the council's budget.

Ralph Sangster, Conservative group leader, said: "It's all about money. That's what it boils down to. We all know that the money we're going to get from central government is going to come down, so we've got to look at becoming more self-sufficient."

The Conservatives also pledge to change the election system in Three Rivers and hold elections every four years instead of every one in an effort to cut costs.

Three Rivers' Labour group said they would improve youth facilties in the district and ensure that, through their ‘Better Buses’ initiative, services will be increased and on time.

A top priority of the group is maintaining a "flexible refuse system", making collection times and recycling schedules less rigid.

Stephen Cox, leader of the district's group, said Labour is "totally committed" to supporting the South Oxhey Initiative and making it a success, adding: "We have never wavered in our support of the scheme."

The group also pledged to keep council tax at a "reasonable level", but were unable to specify whether they would increase it over time.

Currently, there are no UK Independence Party (UKIP) representatives sitting on the council. 

Unlike the three larger political parties in the district, who have released local manifestos, UKIP is using the same document for all local authority elections across the country.

Among them include the introduction of local planning referendums on major decisions, such as major redevelopments and transport schemes, such as HS2.

Creating more grammar schools and supporting home schooling are also cited in the document.

Vesper Hunter, who will be standing for the party in Chorelywood North and Sarratt Ward, said she wants to make councils more transparent by improving the way local authorities communicate through technology.

This year sees one representative from the Trade Unionists and Socialist Coalition Against Cuts standing in Leavesden.

Richard Shattock was unavailable to discuss his local manifesto for Three Rivers.

The party’s websites states that it opposes all cuts to council jobs, services, pay and conditions.

The party also pledges to reject increases in council tax and vote against the privatisation of council jobs and services.

The count for the Three Rivers elections will begin at 9.30am on Friday, May 23 at Watersmeet.

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5:38pm Thu 15 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article.

UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.
UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article. UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -10

7:16pm Thu 15 May 14

Sara says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article.

UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.
Sorry Phil, UKIP are not unique. The Lib Dems in Three Rivers do not have a a Group Whip.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article. UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.[/p][/quote]Sorry Phil, UKIP are not unique. The Lib Dems in Three Rivers do not have a a Group Whip. Sara
  • Score: 2

3:08am Fri 16 May 14

petesaigon says...

Should not have to supply free sandbags the council shoud address the flood problem at grouns level , get the drain sorted , yours Pete former Croxley Green the flooded corner of Barton Way and New Road .x,
Should not have to supply free sandbags the council shoud address the flood problem at grouns level , get the drain sorted , yours Pete former Croxley Green the flooded corner of Barton Way and New Road .x, petesaigon
  • Score: 3

7:34am Fri 16 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

Should have NONE OF THE ABOVE on all ballot papers, as in my ward I know some of those standing as they are also parish cllrs and have failed to support and ensure estimates are obtained for works carried out, couldn't vote for any of them, three candidates don't even live in Croxley Green.

I believe everyone should vote, but the choice!

Before trolls come on, haven't the time at the moment to stand as an independent candidate, also why didn't heads roll at TRDC over the William Penn fiasco.

Latest debacle at CGPC supprted by some of those standing, without full disclosure in a part one, Cllr Mitchell wouldn't provide any information provided to give residents monies in the form of 6x £75 vouchers to alleged volunteers!
Should have NONE OF THE ABOVE on all ballot papers, as in my ward I know some of those standing as they are also parish cllrs and have failed to support and ensure estimates are obtained for works carried out, couldn't vote for any of them, three candidates don't even live in Croxley Green. I believe everyone should vote, but the choice! Before trolls come on, haven't the time at the moment to stand as an independent candidate, also why didn't heads roll at TRDC over the William Penn fiasco. Latest debacle at CGPC supprted by some of those standing, without full disclosure in a part one, Cllr Mitchell wouldn't provide any information provided to give residents monies in the form of 6x £75 vouchers to alleged volunteers! cgpc Rob
  • Score: 2

7:37am Fri 16 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Sara wrote:
Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article.

UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.
Sorry Phil, UKIP are not unique. The Lib Dems in Three Rivers do not have a a Group Whip.
Interesting, thank you for that Sara.

Does that mean you were not ordered to suppress information about the William Penn refurbishment debacle?

If you were allowed a free vote, were you one of those that chose to hide the truth from the people of Three Rivers, the residents who ended up paying millions more than they should have, the people who pay your wages?
[quote][p][bold]Sara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article. UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.[/p][/quote]Sorry Phil, UKIP are not unique. The Lib Dems in Three Rivers do not have a a Group Whip.[/p][/quote]Interesting, thank you for that Sara. Does that mean you were not ordered to suppress information about the William Penn refurbishment debacle? If you were allowed a free vote, were you one of those that chose to hide the truth from the people of Three Rivers, the residents who ended up paying millions more than they should have, the people who pay your wages? Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 1

8:13am Fri 16 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

Also in another thread, when I stated that any one elected should declare any prejudicial interest of organisations that or their families belong to, who might receive public monies by grants etc via councils, Sara was against that. Why!

No wonder people are turned off voting, no transparencey.

If any party made that part of their manifesto, then!
Also in another thread, when I stated that any one elected should declare any prejudicial interest of organisations that or their families belong to, who might receive public monies by grants etc via councils, Sara was against that. Why! No wonder people are turned off voting, no transparencey. If any party made that part of their manifesto, then! cgpc Rob
  • Score: 1

8:24am Fri 16 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

UKIP in Watford are offering total transparency.

We are the only party that are offering this. We believe it is necessary.

Both Watford and Three Rivers LibDems have tried to cover up information that should be in the public domain. The Labour Party and Conservatives have not said anything on the matter and so must be assumed to support the current level of secrecy in Council.
UKIP in Watford are offering total transparency. We are the only party that are offering this. We believe it is necessary. Both Watford and Three Rivers LibDems have tried to cover up information that should be in the public domain. The Labour Party and Conservatives have not said anything on the matter and so must be assumed to support the current level of secrecy in Council. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -2

12:21pm Fri 16 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article.

UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.
Thank you for the -6 score.

There are six readers (or one reader who has voted six times) who do not like the idea of better independent councillors standing on their own manifesto reflecting the needs of the local population.

Now, why would anybody be against that?
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article. UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.[/p][/quote]Thank you for the -6 score. There are six readers (or one reader who has voted six times) who do not like the idea of better independent councillors standing on their own manifesto reflecting the needs of the local population. Now, why would anybody be against that? Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -1

9:18am Thu 22 May 14

WanderingDynamo says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article.

UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.
Thank you for the -6 score.

There are six readers (or one reader who has voted six times) who do not like the idea of better independent councillors standing on their own manifesto reflecting the needs of the local population.

Now, why would anybody be against that?
I'd like to think anyone with an ounce of common sense would want what you suggest Mr Cox, your comments on here speak of all the right things.

Sadly, for you, belonging to UKIP does you no favours whatsoever because of the often ridiculous and sometimes prejudicial viewpoints spoken of by national party members and leaders.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: UKIP in Watford wrote and stands on its own manifesto. It is therefore not all the same everywhere as stated in the article. UKIP is unique in not having a local party whip, which means that local councillors are free to act in the sole interests of their constituents and not the party. This makes for better councillors.[/p][/quote]Thank you for the -6 score. There are six readers (or one reader who has voted six times) who do not like the idea of better independent councillors standing on their own manifesto reflecting the needs of the local population. Now, why would anybody be against that?[/p][/quote]I'd like to think anyone with an ounce of common sense would want what you suggest Mr Cox, your comments on here speak of all the right things. Sadly, for you, belonging to UKIP does you no favours whatsoever because of the often ridiculous and sometimes prejudicial viewpoints spoken of by national party members and leaders. WanderingDynamo
  • Score: 0

9:34am Thu 22 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

The overwhelming mix of the party is solid decent people attracted to a new and better way of politics. Come and meet us.

We are already good at just 20 years old. We will just get better and better, but now is our time. UKIP will do very well this year. It is a breakthrough year for UKIP.

Thank you for your vote of confidence, please consider voting UKIP. The alternatives really are much worse, particularly in Watford.
The overwhelming mix of the party is solid decent people attracted to a new and better way of politics. Come and meet us. We are already good at just 20 years old. We will just get better and better, but now is our time. UKIP will do very well this year. It is a breakthrough year for UKIP. Thank you for your vote of confidence, please consider voting UKIP. The alternatives really are much worse, particularly in Watford. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 1

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