The Mayor has praised work in disability access as new improvement works are planned.

Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill has praised High Street improvement works which will create new walkways, a pedestrianised high street, with the exception of buses, and a multi-million pound shopping centre extension.

She has also commended the changes to provide new and increased disabled parking spaces in Church Street, in addition to those already in existence, which will be open for longer than other bays.

Mrs Thornhill said: "We will always make sure that our High Street is accessible to all residents and visitors regardless of disability.

"These planned works will create a much better experience for everyone. The High Street will be more pedestrian friendly and will be largely car free, making it better for the environment.

"I know that some residents will have a bit of disruption because of the works, but I promise them that it will be worth it once they can see the end result."

Before the improvement works were found disabled parking bays outside the Moon Under Water pub, which has been relocated to Church Street, along with two new bays, and a further two more bays in the Wellstones area.

There are also 150 further bays in the intu shopping centre.