Lib Dems kill off weekend burials by a single vote - Labour to fight on
A Labour motion that Watford should allow weekend burials was defeated by just one vote at Watford Council meeting on 24th June as Lib Dem councillors used the vote of the Mayor to block the proposal. Councillors Asif Khan (Leggatts ward) and Sohail Bashir (Callowland ward) proposed to the Council that they should ensure provision is made for burials to take place at weekends and on bank holidays in Watford cemeteries from this year. Councillor Khan said: "This will ensure that the service meets the needs of all of Watford’s residents and does not cause more distress to grieving families. The whole of the Watford community will benefit. The Liberal Democrats seem to be putting obstacles in the way of this happening. There needs to be a concerted effort to provide weekend burials for all."
Labour will continue to campaign for burials at weekends.
If you are a Labour supporter in Watford then you can vote in the elections for Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. To vote you need to register as a supporter here. Watford Labour Party will be holding its own hustings to help members and supporters decide how to vote. You can view web sites for the four leadership candidates by clicking on their names: Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn
Labour is celebrating its victory in winning six seats out of thirteen in the Watford Council elections on 7th May. The Tories won four and the Lib Dems just three. The Lib Dems now need the casting vote of the mayor to cling onto power. For full results read more
Mike Jackson, Chair and Local Election Agent for the Labour Party said “The thirteen year grip of the Liberal Democrats on Watford Council is now set to end. Dorothy Thornhill’s Teflon bubble which previously protected her from national swings is now gone and the Liberal Democrats are experiencing the cold wind of unpopularity locally as well as nationally. Their time is up." Read more
Watford's market traders are in revolt of the disastrous move from Charter Place which has caused them massive losses. One independent web site is asking the big question. 'Is Dorothy Thornhill going to go down in history as the Mayor that deprived Watford of its Market Town status?' Local resident Mike Haley said, "This is an unmitigated distaster for the town and the traders brought about by a dogmatic Lib Dem Mayor who doesn't listen to local people." Read Mike Haley's letter to the Watford Observer
Over 1,000 people signed a Labour petition in just 48 hours calling for weekend and Bank Holiday burials to be allowed in Watford. Leggatts Labour Councillor Asif Khan, and his Vicarage Ward colleague Councillor Nasreen Shah organised the petition after Liberal Democrat-run Watford council consistently refused request to be more flexible on burial times.
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Watford's embattled allotment holders have vowed to fight on despite the Lib Dem Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill's decision to apply for a third time for permission to concrete over their plots. Admitting that the mis-named 'Health Campus' scheme can go ahead without the allotments, the mayor wants to cash in on Watford's lucrative housing market by building even more on the site. The campaign to save Farm Terrace continues to get local and national coverage Read allotment holders blog
Reinstate free collections
Nasreen Shah has proposed that Watford Council return to free collections of bulky items to stop fly tipping. The Vicarage councillor proposed the change as part of Labour's alternative budget plans but it was rejected by the Mayor. Nasreen said,"We should prosecute known fly tippers but charging for collection is a false economy as the Council has to pay to clear dumped items".
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Labour is now the only party effectively fighting the Tory County Council bus cuts as Lib Dem Mayor Dorothy Thornhill stated, "Richard (Harrington Tory MP) and I are now comfortable with the proposals" Read Watford Observer story here.
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In 2014/15 the cost of the Mayor’s Office has risen by 40% from £158,000 (2013/14) to £220,190 (2014/15). Labour proposed a reduction to £150,000 at the Watford Council's budget meeting.
Nigel Bell said, “ It is intolerable that the cost of the Mayor’s office is escalating when hard-working people are suffering a cost of living crisis due to this coalition government.”
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We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff O'Connell who has died after an illness in Watford General Hospital on Saturday 1st November. Mike Jackson, Chair of Watford Labour Party said, "Geoff was the former Leader of Watford Council Labour Group and campaign co-ordinator for Claire Ward MP in her successful 2005 General Election victory. Geoff was also a very successful journalist and teacher and above all a loving family man. Our sympathy is with his family; we will miss him greatly."
The Lib Dem Watford Council is sending more not less refuse to landfill. Read more