Petition: Oct 26, 2021
MPs recently voted on whether to ban water companies from dumping raw sewage into our rivers and coastlines. Local Three Rivers Conservative MPs Gagan Mohindra and Dean Russell voted to keep allowing water companies to pollute our rivers and coastlines with raw sewage!
The only MP covering Three Rivers that voted to stop sewage dumping was Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper. Newly elected Liberal Democrat MP for neighbouring Chesham & Amersham, Sarah Green, also voted to ban it. Since being elected she has been working hard with community groups to force the Government to change, joining forces with Lib Dem-run Three Rivers Council.
Article: Oct 21, 2021
The Housing Minister has refused to better protect Green Belt following requests by Lib Dem MP Daisy Cooper, who represents parts of Three Rivers and St Albans Councils, and the leaders of the two Lib Dem-run Councils.
The Conservative Housing Minster confirmed they will continue to use outdated 2014 population data, even though recent data would result in a lower housing target. The Minister also refused to stop including a Council's progress towards the housing target when considering planning appeals - including on Green Belt or even on sites in land protected as an Area of Outstanding of Natural Beauty (AONB).
Article: Oct 21, 2021
At the Council meeting on Tuesday, Three Rivers Council backed a motion from the ruling Liberal Democrat group calling on the government to change national planning rules which force the council to build homes in the Green Belt.
Cllr Matthew Bedford, Three Rivers Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said "Government housing targets are calculated using out-of-date forecasts from 2014, and enforced through the Planning Inspectorate which is an unelected quango. Elsewhere in Hertfordshire, the Planning Inspectorate has given permission for large new housing estates in the Green Belt, despite the harm caused. We want the government to change the rules and we have asked our local Conservative MPs to back us."
Article: Oct 19, 2021
Herts County Council have unanimously accepted a Lib Dem motion to produce a detailed report into closing Little Green Lane to motorised traffic. This will allow the petition to progress to the next stage, with costings and the type of barrier to be assessed.
The campaign has had overwhelming resident support and continues to grow. Over 1,300 residents have signed the Lib Dem petition calling for the unpaved parts of Little Green Lane to be protected by having it closed to general motorised traffic.
Article: Oct 3, 2021
Over 1,200 residents have so far signed a petition calling for Little Green Lane in Croxley to be protected by having the unpaved part of the road closed to motorised traffic.
Local campaigners say this will help stop the fly-tipping that occurs there and preserve the rural nature of the road and surrounding area for future generations.
Campaign organiser Liberal Democrat Croxley Cllr Dominic Sokalski said, "We promised during the election to work hard to protect Little Green Lane. I am delighted the petition has now surpassed a thousand signatures and it will have to be considered by Herts County Council at its next meeting on October 19th. We hope the county council will agree our request."
Fellow Lib Dem Croxley Cllr Margaret Hofman said, "We would like to a say a big thank you to all the residents who signed our petition to get us well over the needed thousand signatures to secure debate at Herts County Hall. The reaction on the doorstep was very positive. Almost everyone we asked, without exception, could see closing the unpaved part of the road to traffic would enhance and protect our environment and green space."
The campaigners are still collecting signatures and you can sign the petition via the link here.
Article: May 28, 2021
KILLINGDOWN FARM APPLICATION REFUSED - RESIDENTS SHOULD BE PROUD
Three Rivers District Council refused the application to build 160 dwellings at Killingdown Farm in Croxley Green at the Planning Committee on 27 May. Residents should be proud - their huge response and engagement delivered a very clear message. The Lib Dems will work hard to ensure residents concerns continue to be heard and that any development of the site takes better account of its surroundings.
Article: May 24, 2021
Three Rivers District Council committed to retaining a community hall on the Red Cross site
The Red Cross site was closed to community groups in 2019 when the Red Cross decided it no longer needed it for its own purposes and recognised it needs a significant sum spending to bring it up to modern standards. The Red Cross have over 40 years remaining on the lease.
Article: May 19, 2021
Government plans to develop fields around communities across Three Rivers have been slammed by the Lib Dems in Three Rivers. The Lib Dem Council Group is refusing to propose some sites for consultation suggested by owners for new housing development.
Government regulations prioritise land on the edge of existing settlements for new building. However Liberal Democrats, who last week retained control of Three Rivers Council with an increased majority, say the pandemic has increased the need for outdoor recreation and leisure easily accessible from people's homes.
Petition: Apr 12, 2021
The Croxley Lib Dem team are calling for Little Green Lane to be closed to motor traffic, similar to how the local Lib Dems successfully had Rousebarn Lane closed to motor traffic back in the 1990s. This would tackle the rise in fly-tipping there and preserve its rural nature for future generations.
Petition: Mar 25, 2021
Three Rivers Liberal Democrats have once again called on Hertfordshire County Council to end its policy of turning off residential street lighting at a fixed time.
Lib Dem Campaigner Paul Rainbow said "We've all been appalled by the abduction and murder of a woman walking alone at night in London. Thankfully such events are extremely rare, but people have a right to be out at night without the added fear of walking in the dark. This is particularly important for women who are made to feel more vulnerable because of the County Council's policy of turning off the lights when people may still be out and about."
Article: Mar 17, 2021
Comment by Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst:
I would like to echo the comments made by others on London's Labour Mayor suggestion of a £5.50 "London Boundary charge" on residents in Three Rivers and Herts driving into London. He can expect a serious and widespread campaign against it from Three Rivers Council.
Article: Feb 26, 2021
Lib Dem-run Three Rivers District Council has the highest recycling rate in England, under provisional figures published for the latest year. In fact, three of the top five recycling councils in the country are Lib Dem-run.
Figures show Three Rivers had a Recycling, Reuse and Composting rate of 64.1%, with a 1.1% increase from the previous year and leapfrogging two other councils to first place.
Article: Jan 16, 2021
Cllr Chris Lloyd successfully gets Ebury Way fallen tree cleared, allowing the important cycle and footway to be used.
Croxley District Cllr Chris Lloyd reported a tree down on the Ebury Way after having to slow down on a run. After work by Cllrs and officers on Watford Borough, Three Rivers District Council and Herts County Council, it was agreed that it was the responsibility of a team at Herts County Council and it was cleared.
Petition: Nov 17, 2020
Rickmansworth Lib Dems are calling on TfL to not delay installing step-free access at Rickmansworth Met Station.
The consequences of Covid-19 has hit TfL finances hard but the project is a key part of the London Mayor's drive to make the Tube more accessible for all. It was first approved long ago - in January 2018.
Local campaigner Tom Smith said, ''providing step-free access would make life much easier for those who struggle with their mobility.
It is really important that the impact of Covid-19 doesn't result in Rickmansworth station step-free access being shelved. It would be hugely unfair to the many residents who depend on step-free access through no fault of their own. Back our campaign by signing the petition below''.
Article: Oct 22, 2020By Cllr Sarah Nelmes
Joint statement by the Council leaders in Three Rivers, Hertsmere and Watford.
Cllr Sarah Nelmes, alongside Watford Mayor Peter Taylor and Hertsmere Leader Morris Bright MBE urge everyone in Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford to pull together to tackle the threat posed by rising Covid-19 cases and to do what is necessary to prevent further restrictions and possible lockdown.
Petition: Oct 17, 2020
Sign our petition for the UK Government to restart construction on the Croxley Rail Link
The UK Government has pledged a 'New Deal for Britain' to deliver vital infrastructure. In his speech on June 30th the Prime Minister set out plans to 'build back better' in the wake of coronavirus and has pledged £5bn to accelerate infrastructure projects.
Article: Sep 10, 2020
During lockdown, Three Rivers District Council's food hub provided over 47,000 meals and supported over 2000 people living or studying in Three Rivers.
This service was launched at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, to support residents affected by the restriction's challenges and hardships of the pandemic and it was closed at the end of July.
Article: Sep 10, 2020
Three Rivers Lib Dems are calling on South West Herts MP Gagan Mohindra to clarify his stance on adherence to international law. Following the Government's decision to introduce legislation which would undermine key aspects of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Three Rivers Liberal Democrat leader Sarah Nelmes said:
Article: Mar 3, 2020
Government tells Three Rivers to build more houses
The Conservative Government has told Three Rivers District Council that they have to build 620 new homes across the district every year until 2033. This adds up to around 9,000 homes during the plan period.
Article: Feb 15, 2020
Lib Dem-run Three Rivers is now the 3rd best recycling local authority in england
New figures show that Lib Dem-run Three Rivers District Council has improved from the 4th to 3rd best recycling local authority across England.
Commenting on the news, Croxley Durrants Councillor Chris Lloyd said, ''I would like to thank residents for helping us acheive this impressive result. This would not have been possible without the determination and commitment shown by local residents to make Three Rivers a clean, heatlhy, and great place to live''.
Article: Jan 13, 2020Responding to the publication last month (23/10/19) of the Education Select Committee's report on children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for South West Herts, Sally Symington, said:"Children with SEND have borne the brunt of the schools funding crisis. Teaching assistants and other support staff have been sacked. Meanwhile, parents struggle to get the support their child needs as schools, healthcare providers and local councils squabble over who should pay.
Article: Jan 13, 2020
County Council votes to oppose further expansion of Luton Airport
Hertfordshire County Council has voted to oppose further expansion of London Luton Airport. At a full council meeting on 26 November, the council voted unanimously to object to the proposed expansion plans on the grounds that expansion of London Luton Airport to 32 mppa would result in unacceptable harm to the environment.
Survey: Dec 22, 201922 questions
We want to hear your views on what you think the council should be doing to make Three Rivers an even better place to live.
Three Rivers has an amazing communtiy spirit amongst its towns and villages and we want ensure the council always remains community led.
What are your priorities? What do you think we can improve? Please let us know below.
Article: Dec 20, 2019
Congratulations to Daisy Cooper, the first ever Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans! She gained St Albans from Conservative Anne Main, winning over 50% of the vote with an 11% swing.
Three Rivers District Council covers parts of three constituencies - South West Herts, Watford, and St Albans meaning we now have our first Three Rivers Lib Dem MP!