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
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. Sign Labour's petition here. Read Matt's blog
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.”
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".
To view dumped items in Vicarage click here.
NHS condition critical at Watford Hospital
Figures just released show that the number of people not seen within 4 hours of visiting Watford Accident & Emergency Department has doubled within the past 12 months. The government target is that 95% of people should be seen within 4 hours but for the last quarter of 2014, just 84.9% were seen. Matt Turmaine said, "Our hospital is missing it's targets and this is unacceptable.These are people in urgent need of treatment. The blame must be laid firmly at the door of the coalition government who are allowing the NHS to drift into crisis".
Figures from the Electoral Commission web site reveal that Watford Conservatives have spent over half a million pounds in the last five years, using their vast wealth to try and 'buy' a general election victory in Watford. Mike Jackson said, "They may have millionaire supporters but they don't have volunteers on the doorsteps talking to voters as we do." Read the full letter to the Watford observer here.
MIchael Dugher MP, Shadow Transport Minister joined Matt Turmaine and the Watford Labour team to protest against the Coalition government's inflation busting fare increases.
Pictured here, they leafleted commuters who expressed their anger at a 22% increase in fares since 2010 from Watford Junction to Euston.
Interviewed on BBC radio, the local millionaire Tory MP dismissed anger over the increased saying a season ticket was "just £70 per week" Read Matts blog
Matt Turmaine has called on the government to make an immediate financial injection to Watford's cash starved hospital. The West Herts Hospital's NHS Trust is facing a £24 million shortfall in the current year which is already leading to increased waiting times for patients.
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When Dorothy Thornhill stood for re-election as Mayor in May 2014 she promised to do a full four year term.
Yet within a matter of months she went back on that promise by putting herself forward as her party's parliamentary candidate for the May 2015 election.
Why did she break her promise?
Labour County Councillors for Watford Nigel Bell and Anne Joynes are opposing the proposal to reduce the opening hours of household waste transfer stations at Rickmansworth and Waterdale. The changes proposed by the Tory council would close the facilities at 4pm and on two days a week. Nigel Bell said, "This is a false economy and will lead to increased fly tipping". You can write and oppose the county plans here.
Said 91 year old war veteran Harry Smith who brought tears to Labour 's Conference, Watch the video above.
Labour's 5 point plan for jobs
This is a really worrying time for families, struggling with higher food prices and gas bills and worried about their jobs and their children’s futures. That’s why Labour has set out a clear five-point plan for jobs, to help struggling families and support small businesses.
Watch the video by clicking here
The Lib Dem Watford Council is sending more not less refuse to landfill. Read more
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