Gallery: Mary Portas visits Watford to launch town's Big Events programme

Gallery: Mary Portas visits Watford to launch town's Big Events programme

Gallery: Mary Portas visits Watford to launch town's Big Events programme

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The Queen of Shops was in Watford today to open the town’s new programme of cultural events.

Retail expert Mary Portas, who grew up in Rickmansworth, was "back in the old homeland" to launch Watford Big Events - a year-long series of entertainment events to bring the town’s new high street to life.

Speaking at the newly filled pond on The Parade, she praised the town centre’s redevelopment and the drive to bring back footfall to the top end of the high street.

Ms Portas, who completed a government review of high streets across the UK, said Watford was in with a "kicking chance" of reviving local businesses and bringing people back into the centre.

She said: "The truth of this is high streets and our towns are the heartbeats of our community.

"The fact that you’re here today means people want to meet, want to get together, want to commune."

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She said Watford compared favourably to the nation’s other high streets.

She said: "I think Watford is still in there with a kicking chance.

"It feels really vibrant, now we just have to continue pushing it forward.

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"It’s understanding that in the future high streets are not just about retailing.

"We could have crèches on the high street for places mothers and children to come and meet.

"In Watford we’ve got the theatres, history, heritage and the opportunity to make it really great."

Ms Portas credited Watford department store Clements with sparking her interest, and subsequent career, in retail.

Elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill said the regeneration has changed the space at the top end of The Parade and would increase footfall to businesses that side of town.

She addressed the crowds: "Doing nothing, and risking our high street falling into decline wasn’t an option for me.  I wanted Watford to not just survive the recession, but thrive once again.  So we invested £4.3 million into major improvements to the public realm and are completely redeveloping our ailing shopping centre.  We have also begun the construction of a 21st century covered market and developed the biggest arts and cultural events programme in the county."

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5:43pm Fri 20 Jun 14

#luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts says...

Quality....... Mad Dotty, not wanting Watford to suffer in the recession, revive the High Street and all the other clap trap, and what does she do........ have her customary photo taken in front of a shop 'To Let' board.
Quality....... Mad Dotty, not wanting Watford to suffer in the recession, revive the High Street and all the other clap trap, and what does she do........ have her customary photo taken in front of a shop 'To Let' board. #luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts
  • Score: 20

5:54pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Plangston says...

Shame I can't upload the photo I just took half an hour before the first evening Big Watford event. Big empty space and lots of embarrassed stewards. A perfect sunny evening for the throngs to come and spend in our newly invigorated high street. Oh no, they are 1/4 mile away shopping at the viable end of the high street. We already had a perfect open space for public events, the beautiful Cassiobury Park. But the council moved the band stand so it could sit outside their offices unused...and then pay to move it back - because nobody comes to that end of the High Street any more!
Shame I can't upload the photo I just took half an hour before the first evening Big Watford event. Big empty space and lots of embarrassed stewards. A perfect sunny evening for the throngs to come and spend in our newly invigorated high street. Oh no, they are 1/4 mile away shopping at the viable end of the high street. We already had a perfect open space for public events, the beautiful Cassiobury Park. But the council moved the band stand so it could sit outside their offices unused...and then pay to move it back - because nobody comes to that end of the High Street any more! Plangston
  • Score: 14

7:09pm Fri 20 Jun 14

The Rover says...

She addressed the crowds: "Doing nothing, and risking our high street falling into decline wasn’t an option for me. I wanted Watford to not just survive the recession, but thrive once again. So we invested £4.3 million into major improvements to the public realm and are completely redeveloping our ailing shopping centre. We have also begun the construction of a 21st century covered market and developed the biggest arts and cultural events programme in the county."

Translated to non bull***t:

She addressed the crowds: "Doing nothing, and risking our high street falling into decline wasn't an option for me. I wanted Watford to not just survive the recession, but thrive once again. So we invested £4.3 million into a pond, pointless paving slabs and a bridge. We have also begun the destruction of our market to replace it with a load of shipping containers, and are now wasting even MORE money on the biggest arts and cultural events programme in the county to try and justify what we have done"
She addressed the crowds: "Doing nothing, and risking our high street falling into decline wasn’t an option for me. I wanted Watford to not just survive the recession, but thrive once again. So we invested £4.3 million into major improvements to the public realm and are completely redeveloping our ailing shopping centre. We have also begun the construction of a 21st century covered market and developed the biggest arts and cultural events programme in the county." Translated to non bull***t: She addressed the crowds: "Doing nothing, and risking our high street falling into decline wasn't an option for me. I wanted Watford to not just survive the recession, but thrive once again. So we invested £4.3 million into a pond, pointless paving slabs and a bridge. We have also begun the destruction of our market to replace it with a load of shipping containers, and are now wasting even MORE money on the biggest arts and cultural events programme in the county to try and justify what we have done" The Rover
  • Score: 7

8:50pm Fri 20 Jun 14

rosierodent says...

I was extremely disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised at the new pond. I can not understand why something that cost so much money manages to look so cheap. The water already looks a funny colour, the few plants have already given up and fallen apart, the bridge is just a decked walkway with a metal railing. It is a funny design. Also, the bottom end of the town is still an absolute disgrace. There has to be a reason to go down to that end of town and sadly this will not encourage anybody.
I was extremely disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised at the new pond. I can not understand why something that cost so much money manages to look so cheap. The water already looks a funny colour, the few plants have already given up and fallen apart, the bridge is just a decked walkway with a metal railing. It is a funny design. Also, the bottom end of the town is still an absolute disgrace. There has to be a reason to go down to that end of town and sadly this will not encourage anybody. rosierodent
  • Score: 5

9:13pm Fri 20 Jun 14

-Nightingale- says...

Get a life and stop moaning! Negative people are so borrrring. The pond area looks great. Negative people like you offer nothing, like a ball and chain to humanity.

I don't know how anyone can criticise improving the public space and bringing arts and cultural events to the town.
Get a life and stop moaning! Negative people are so borrrring. The pond area looks great. Negative people like you offer nothing, like a ball and chain to humanity. I don't know how anyone can criticise improving the public space and bringing arts and cultural events to the town. -Nightingale-
  • Score: -3

9:20pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Wacko Jacko says...

-Nightingale- wrote:
Get a life and stop moaning! Negative people are so borrrring. The pond area looks great. Negative people like you offer nothing, like a ball and chain to humanity.

I don't know how anyone can criticise improving the public space and bringing arts and cultural events to the town.
Too right! but most of the commentators here never switch off their computers and get out into the sunshine. They need to get a life.
[quote][p][bold]-Nightingale-[/bold] wrote: Get a life and stop moaning! Negative people are so borrrring. The pond area looks great. Negative people like you offer nothing, like a ball and chain to humanity. I don't know how anyone can criticise improving the public space and bringing arts and cultural events to the town.[/p][/quote]Too right! but most of the commentators here never switch off their computers and get out into the sunshine. They need to get a life. Wacko Jacko
  • Score: -6

11:04pm Fri 20 Jun 14

LSC says...

Perhaps Watford is lovely after all.
Oh wait, one story down from this:
"Man brandished iron bar and assaulted staff during attempted robbery in Watford Costcutter"

Violence, Costcutter shops, robbery, weapons... Still, it's a NICE bridge, so smile everyone.
Perhaps Watford is lovely after all. Oh wait, one story down from this: "Man brandished iron bar and assaulted staff during attempted robbery in Watford Costcutter" Violence, Costcutter shops, robbery, weapons... Still, it's a NICE bridge, so smile everyone. LSC
  • Score: 2

7:21am Sat 21 Jun 14

E.Coli says...

Wacko Jacko wrote:
-Nightingale- wrote:
Get a life and stop moaning! Negative people are so borrrring. The pond area looks great. Negative people like you offer nothing, like a ball and chain to humanity.

I don't know how anyone can criticise improving the public space and bringing arts and cultural events to the town.
Too right! but most of the commentators here never switch off their computers and get out into the sunshine. They need to get a life.
But why does the pond look like it has been filled with stagnant water it's only been opened for 3 days.At a cost of £4.3 million pound one would expect some sort of water filters to be installed.
[quote][p][bold]Wacko Jacko[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-Nightingale-[/bold] wrote: Get a life and stop moaning! Negative people are so borrrring. The pond area looks great. Negative people like you offer nothing, like a ball and chain to humanity. I don't know how anyone can criticise improving the public space and bringing arts and cultural events to the town.[/p][/quote]Too right! but most of the commentators here never switch off their computers and get out into the sunshine. They need to get a life.[/p][/quote]But why does the pond look like it has been filled with stagnant water it's only been opened for 3 days.At a cost of £4.3 million pound one would expect some sort of water filters to be installed. E.Coli
  • Score: 18

7:25am Sat 21 Jun 14

E.Coli says...

rosierodent wrote:
I was extremely disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised at the new pond. I can not understand why something that cost so much money manages to look so cheap. The water already looks a funny colour, the few plants have already given up and fallen apart, the bridge is just a decked walkway with a metal railing. It is a funny design. Also, the bottom end of the town is still an absolute disgrace. There has to be a reason to go down to that end of town and sadly this will not encourage anybody.
Beware you be called a Watford hater and told to move by the worshipers of the Holy pond.
[quote][p][bold]rosierodent[/bold] wrote: I was extremely disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised at the new pond. I can not understand why something that cost so much money manages to look so cheap. The water already looks a funny colour, the few plants have already given up and fallen apart, the bridge is just a decked walkway with a metal railing. It is a funny design. Also, the bottom end of the town is still an absolute disgrace. There has to be a reason to go down to that end of town and sadly this will not encourage anybody.[/p][/quote]Beware you be called a Watford hater and told to move by the worshipers of the Holy pond. E.Coli
  • Score: 10

8:25pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Burts Chips says...

I took my family to see the new pond and sample a bit of the Imagine festival earlier today. Personally I think the pond is a vast improvement, the whole area was buzzing, and the children enjoyed themselves.

For me, these capital projects are what is going to keep the town up to date, and that in turn will keep shoppers, businesses and families coming to town. Granted some are hit-and-miss, but the regeneration of the area around the pond looks great to me, as does the lower high street area where the skanky Robert Peel used to be. The Harlequin (Intu) when it was built, was a massive boost, as, I hope, will be the new charter place.
I took my family to see the new pond and sample a bit of the Imagine festival earlier today. Personally I think the pond is a vast improvement, the whole area was buzzing, and the children enjoyed themselves. For me, these capital projects are what is going to keep the town up to date, and that in turn will keep shoppers, businesses and families coming to town. Granted some are hit-and-miss, but the regeneration of the area around the pond looks great to me, as does the lower high street area where the skanky Robert Peel used to be. The Harlequin (Intu) when it was built, was a massive boost, as, I hope, will be the new charter place. Burts Chips
  • Score: -3

9:05pm Sat 21 Jun 14

watfordrick says...

I do like the trees in the background. I've never noticed them before and they are a plus for any high street breaking up all that concrete. Well done to Dotty on that one. They should introduce some more green space to the lower end "cafe quarter". Would be a nice place to sit in the summer!
I do like the trees in the background. I've never noticed them before and they are a plus for any high street breaking up all that concrete. Well done to Dotty on that one. They should introduce some more green space to the lower end "cafe quarter". Would be a nice place to sit in the summer! watfordrick
  • Score: 5

9:30pm Sat 21 Jun 14

TRT says...

Well I was up there today. And what a pointless waste of money.
Firstly, where have all the twin town coats of arms gone from the bridge?
Secondly, massive grey edging kerbs against a WW1 dazzle pattern background just ripe for tripping over. And they were sitting next to cable ducts in... High contrast yellow and black which is done so that people can see them and not trip over them, and that precaution taken over a trip hazard half the height of those kerbs.
Third, pea soup in the pond again despite the high tech state of the art filtration system.
Fourth, those high level lights? Half of them were on in the middle of the sunniest day of the year. What kind of state of the art ecological energy saving system controls those? We can't have streetlights after midnight but we can afford that?
Fifth, all those pavement cafe tables plus the three Suesses scootering about doing chipmunk impressions, plus a few hundred people made the way through for cyclists just impassible. There's no cycle lane marked anywhere and I know that's deliberate. Maybe they simply moved it to Watford Business Park and forgot to move it back. Went there last night and just WTF have they done?
Sixth, that checkerboard flagging is horrible.

People go to a place because there's a destination and no amount of paving lighting or pond will make parade a destination. A few big name shops or a cinema would, but bars and clubs just work as a destination at night. The biggest contributor to footfall at that end of town is Sainsburys.
Well I was up there today. And what a pointless waste of money. Firstly, where have all the twin town coats of arms gone from the bridge? Secondly, massive grey edging kerbs against a WW1 dazzle pattern background just ripe for tripping over. And they were sitting next to cable ducts in... High contrast yellow and black which is done so that people can see them and not trip over them, and that precaution taken over a trip hazard half the height of those kerbs. Third, pea soup in the pond again despite the high tech state of the art filtration system. Fourth, those high level lights? Half of them were on in the middle of the sunniest day of the year. What kind of state of the art ecological energy saving system controls those? We can't have streetlights after midnight but we can afford that? Fifth, all those pavement cafe tables plus the three Suesses scootering about doing chipmunk impressions, plus a few hundred people made the way through for cyclists just impassible. There's no cycle lane marked anywhere and I know that's deliberate. Maybe they simply moved it to Watford Business Park and forgot to move it back. Went there last night and just WTF have they done? Sixth, that checkerboard flagging is horrible. People go to a place because there's a destination and no amount of paving lighting or pond will make parade a destination. A few big name shops or a cinema would, but bars and clubs just work as a destination at night. The biggest contributor to footfall at that end of town is Sainsburys. TRT
  • Score: 3

10:24pm Sat 21 Jun 14

watfordrick says...

A cinema at the top end of the town would work. Maybe in TJ Hughes carpark!
A cinema at the top end of the town would work. Maybe in TJ Hughes carpark! watfordrick
  • Score: 6

3:38am Sun 22 Jun 14

bishopofwatford says...

watfordrick wrote:
A cinema at the top end of the town would work. Maybe in TJ Hughes carpark!
Hmmm..how about Trading places as the first film?hmmm........
[quote][p][bold]watfordrick[/bold] wrote: A cinema at the top end of the town would work. Maybe in TJ Hughes carpark![/p][/quote]Hmmm..how about Trading places as the first film?hmmm........ bishopofwatford
  • Score: 6

4:00am Sun 22 Jun 14

bishopofwatford says...

People go to a place because there's a destination and no amount of paving lighting or pond will make parade a destination. A few big name shops or a cinema would, but bars and clubs just work as a destination at night. The biggest contributor to footfall at that end of town is Sainsburys

Well said i was there together with many of my congregation and, i must say the event .........left quite an impression!

A few points made ,in passing by some of my flock:


A) i am all for a car free high street but why a runway ?
B) the pond ...where are the fish? Why would the herons want to visit it now?
C) the ducks used to raise their young in the pond....how will they do this
without a source of nest building material?

I am very disappointed the whole idea of a rejuvenation was promising , but
will someone please explain to a simple man of the cloth how that amount of money could be allowed to produce such a concrete wilderness?

Well i must away ,my pews need polishing and someone has to sample the communion wine and prepare my sermon.COYH.
People go to a place because there's a destination and no amount of paving lighting or pond will make parade a destination. A few big name shops or a cinema would, but bars and clubs just work as a destination at night. The biggest contributor to footfall at that end of town is Sainsburys Well said i was there together with many of my congregation and, i must say the event .........left quite an impression! A few points made ,in passing by some of my flock: A) i am all for a car free high street but why a runway ? B) the pond ...where are the fish? Why would the herons want to visit it now? C) the ducks used to raise their young in the pond....how will they do this without a source of nest building material? I am very disappointed the whole idea of a rejuvenation was promising , but will someone please explain to a simple man of the cloth how that amount of money could be allowed to produce such a concrete wilderness? Well i must away ,my pews need polishing and someone has to sample the communion wine and prepare my sermon.COYH. bishopofwatford
  • Score: 6

7:58am Sun 22 Jun 14

hessayon says...

Yes, was thinking the same,not much thought gone into the wildlife habitat.
A lot taken for granted by the politicians in that regard.
Yes, was thinking the same,not much thought gone into the wildlife habitat. A lot taken for granted by the politicians in that regard. hessayon
  • Score: 11

10:20pm Sun 22 Jun 14

inside-watford says...

E.Coli wrote:
Wacko Jacko wrote:
-Nightingale- wrote:
Get a life and stop moaning! Negative people are so borrrring. The pond area looks great. Negative people like you offer nothing, like a ball and chain to humanity.

I don't know how anyone can criticise improving the public space and bringing arts and cultural events to the town.
Too right! but most of the commentators here never switch off their computers and get out into the sunshine. They need to get a life.
But why does the pond look like it has been filled with stagnant water it's only been opened for 3 days.At a cost of £4.3 million pound one would expect some sort of water filters to be installed.
Pretty sure £4.3 million was for the whole project, all the paving etc. I could be wrong but I think the pond itself was around 250k. The pond does have filters, they were detailed in another article. Maybe they are not running yet as the fountains were not on either, not sure if the two are related.

Personally I think the pond looks great and I was one of the many that thought it should be left alone. I sat on the steps with the kids the day before the launch and whilst there wasn't much to look at, (no ducks or fish), I think the whole area is a vast improvement.

Sure the lower end of town looks shabby in comparison but maybe in time it will also be de-cluttered.

My biggest issue was the 100k 4yr contract hawk. Yes pigeons poo but the rain washes most of that off. It's the chewing gum which is the issue, the paving slabs are already covered.
[quote][p][bold]E.Coli[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wacko Jacko[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-Nightingale-[/bold] wrote: Get a life and stop moaning! Negative people are so borrrring. The pond area looks great. Negative people like you offer nothing, like a ball and chain to humanity. I don't know how anyone can criticise improving the public space and bringing arts and cultural events to the town.[/p][/quote]Too right! but most of the commentators here never switch off their computers and get out into the sunshine. They need to get a life.[/p][/quote]But why does the pond look like it has been filled with stagnant water it's only been opened for 3 days.At a cost of £4.3 million pound one would expect some sort of water filters to be installed.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure £4.3 million was for the whole project, all the paving etc. I could be wrong but I think the pond itself was around 250k. The pond does have filters, they were detailed in another article. Maybe they are not running yet as the fountains were not on either, not sure if the two are related. Personally I think the pond looks great and I was one of the many that thought it should be left alone. I sat on the steps with the kids the day before the launch and whilst there wasn't much to look at, (no ducks or fish), I think the whole area is a vast improvement. Sure the lower end of town looks shabby in comparison but maybe in time it will also be de-cluttered. My biggest issue was the 100k 4yr contract hawk. Yes pigeons poo but the rain washes most of that off. It's the chewing gum which is the issue, the paving slabs are already covered. inside-watford
  • Score: 7

11:41am Mon 23 Jun 14

TRT says...

"Sure the lower end of town looks shabby in comparison but maybe in time it will also be de-cluttered."

Really? Well, they didn't touch Lower High Street in 1999 when they knocked down the Snappy Snaps building in front of The One Bell, or in 2001 when they repaved the whole High Street and put in that alphabet fountain outside McDonalds, or in 1997 when they revamped the planters on Queen's Road (Harlequin) and widened the bridge between Phases Two and Three, or 1990 when they built The Harlequin and Watford Springs...
But what have they done down that end of town? Well, they've installed some extra underground pumps to try and alleviate flooding there, sold off a load of land to make the most pedestrian unfriendly retail park ever... that paid for the 2001 high street makeover, erm... they built Dalton Way I guess in must have been 1991, carefully airbrushed out of the diagram of Oxhey Park I noticed, depicted instead as a glittering azure branch of the Colne and a welcoming expanse of green. Ever since then that junction has been a derelict waste. Or is the metal crash barrier, broken glass and asphalt island a post-modernist sculpture depicting the futile maze of a life devoid of natural beauty? And that new road for the hospital... that could have gone in a straight line under the railway if they hadn't built a furniture warehouse in the way; avoided the playing fields altogether. Was it my imagination or was there a news article about the Watford hurling team needing to find a new pitch?

So in short, I don't hold out much hope for the Southern Sibling of the shopping Mukkah that is the High Street.
"Sure the lower end of town looks shabby in comparison but maybe in time it will also be de-cluttered." Really? Well, they didn't touch Lower High Street in 1999 when they knocked down the Snappy Snaps building in front of The One Bell, or in 2001 when they repaved the whole High Street and put in that alphabet fountain outside McDonalds, or in 1997 when they revamped the planters on Queen's Road (Harlequin) and widened the bridge between Phases Two and Three, or 1990 when they built The Harlequin and Watford Springs... But what have they done down that end of town? Well, they've installed some extra underground pumps to try and alleviate flooding there, sold off a load of land to make the most pedestrian unfriendly retail park ever... that paid for the 2001 high street makeover, erm... they built Dalton Way I guess in must have been 1991, carefully airbrushed out of the diagram of Oxhey Park I noticed, depicted instead as a glittering azure branch of the Colne and a welcoming expanse of green. Ever since then that junction has been a derelict waste. Or is the metal crash barrier, broken glass and asphalt island a post-modernist sculpture depicting the futile maze of a life devoid of natural beauty? And that new road for the hospital... that could have gone in a straight line under the railway if they hadn't built a furniture warehouse in the way; avoided the playing fields altogether. Was it my imagination or was there a news article about the Watford hurling team needing to find a new pitch? So in short, I don't hold out much hope for the Southern Sibling of the shopping Mukkah that is the High Street. TRT
  • Score: 0

11:43am Mon 23 Jun 14

TRT says...

' It's the chewing gum which is the issue, the paving slabs are already covered.'

Oh, and that was Dotty Downhill's first thing she did as mayor, spend >10K getting the gum pressure jetted off the high street. They hadn't even reached the two-thirds of the way along the high street before the bit they'd done was as bad as it had ever been.
' It's the chewing gum which is the issue, the paving slabs are already covered.' Oh, and that was Dotty Downhill's first thing she did as mayor, spend >10K getting the gum pressure jetted off the high street. They hadn't even reached the two-thirds of the way along the high street before the bit they'd done was as bad as it had ever been. TRT
  • Score: 11

12:17pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Andrew1963 says...

Burts Chips wrote:
I took my family to see the new pond and sample a bit of the Imagine festival earlier today. Personally I think the pond is a vast improvement, the whole area was buzzing, and the children enjoyed themselves.

For me, these capital projects are what is going to keep the town up to date, and that in turn will keep shoppers, businesses and families coming to town. Granted some are hit-and-miss, but the regeneration of the area around the pond looks great to me, as does the lower high street area where the skanky Robert Peel used to be. The Harlequin (Intu) when it was built, was a massive boost, as, I hope, will be the new charter place.
I agree the Robert Peel/Kings road corner is a good development (pity the pavement is already falling apart and uneven). One issue with the Parade is the lack of destinations to draw people away from the main hub of the town centre around the Harlequin. Surely with only a limited number of events in the year, the large area would have been perfect for a street market, like St Albans? I am sure during events it could have been managed. The pond, frankly it is just the £250,000 spent on the bridge that seems such a waste. Also, could buses that currently go to the town centre via Watford Junction Clarendon road, instead go Watford Junction -> Station road -> St Albans Road (Town Hall stop to serve Parade/College/Colos
seum/Library/Swimmin
g Pool) - > Rosslyn Road -> Upton Road -> Beechen Grove -> Town centre. I know it is a longer route, but perhaps with priority the potential extra travel might be rewarded. At least try it out. Accessibility to this end of town is poor when you think of bus, train and car park facilities in the town centre south of Clarendon road.
[quote][p][bold]Burts Chips[/bold] wrote: I took my family to see the new pond and sample a bit of the Imagine festival earlier today. Personally I think the pond is a vast improvement, the whole area was buzzing, and the children enjoyed themselves. For me, these capital projects are what is going to keep the town up to date, and that in turn will keep shoppers, businesses and families coming to town. Granted some are hit-and-miss, but the regeneration of the area around the pond looks great to me, as does the lower high street area where the skanky Robert Peel used to be. The Harlequin (Intu) when it was built, was a massive boost, as, I hope, will be the new charter place.[/p][/quote]I agree the Robert Peel/Kings road corner is a good development (pity the pavement is already falling apart and uneven). One issue with the Parade is the lack of destinations to draw people away from the main hub of the town centre around the Harlequin. Surely with only a limited number of events in the year, the large area would have been perfect for a street market, like St Albans? I am sure during events it could have been managed. The pond, frankly it is just the £250,000 spent on the bridge that seems such a waste. Also, could buses that currently go to the town centre via Watford Junction Clarendon road, instead go Watford Junction -> Station road -> St Albans Road (Town Hall stop to serve Parade/College/Colos seum/Library/Swimmin g Pool) - > Rosslyn Road -> Upton Road -> Beechen Grove -> Town centre. I know it is a longer route, but perhaps with priority the potential extra travel might be rewarded. At least try it out. Accessibility to this end of town is poor when you think of bus, train and car park facilities in the town centre south of Clarendon road. Andrew1963
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Mon 23 Jun 14

TRT says...

"Also, could buses that currently go to the town centre via Watford Junction Clarendon road, instead go Watford Junction -> Station road -> St Albans Road (Town Hall stop to serve Parade/College/Colos

seum/Library/Swimmin
g Pool) - > Rosslyn Road -> Upton Road -> Beechen Grove -> Town centre. "

Certainly the fact that the 258 and 142 run over the same route until they reach Stanmore Common limits their usefulness. The 258 should run up Pinner Road.
"Also, could buses that currently go to the town centre via Watford Junction Clarendon road, instead go Watford Junction -> Station road -> St Albans Road (Town Hall stop to serve Parade/College/Colos seum/Library/Swimmin g Pool) - > Rosslyn Road -> Upton Road -> Beechen Grove -> Town centre. " Certainly the fact that the 258 and 142 run over the same route until they reach Stanmore Common limits their usefulness. The 258 should run up Pinner Road. TRT
  • Score: 1

8:30pm Mon 23 Jun 14

E.Coli says...

went passed pond this evening now has green scum on top of stagnant water.It look awful. Money well spend cheers Librlllys
went passed pond this evening now has green scum on top of stagnant water.It look awful. Money well spend cheers Librlllys E.Coli
  • Score: 10

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