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  • Tories voting to let sewage dumping continue
    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.

  • Letter correspondence
    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    The Conservative Housing Minster confirmed they will continue to use outdated 2014 population data, even though recent data would result in a lower housing target.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).

  • Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst and Cllr Matthew Bedford at a threatened field
    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Matthew Bedford, Three Rivers Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said "Government housing targets are calculated using out-of-date forecasts from 2014, and enforced through the Planning Inspectorate which is an unelected quango.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."

  • Cllrs Margaret Hofman, Chris Lloyd and Dominic Sokalski at County Hall with the petition
    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.

  • Cllrs Dominic Sokalski, Margaret Hofman and Paul Rainbow
    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.

  • Cllr Margaret Hofman successfully campaigned for Killingdown application to be refused
    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.

  • Cllrs Chris Lloyd, Stephanie Singer and Dominic Sokalski at the BRC Centre
    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.

  • Cllr Margaret Hofman has been pushing for more Green Belt to be protected
    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.

  • Little Green Lane
    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.

  • Street lights in Croxley Green
    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."

  • Cllr Andrew Scarth and Cllr Keith Martin
    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.

  • Greenbelt under threat from the Tories
    Petition: Mar 2, 2021

    The Conservative Government are not listening to residents or to our council. It is clear that the government-imposed housing targets cannot be met without building on swathes of greenbelt.

    The facts

    In 2017-18 Three Rivers's target for building new homes was 180 per year.

    In 2018-19 this target was increased to 620 new homes per year by the Conservative government.

  • Cllr Phil Williams at the depot
    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.

  • Fallen tree blocking Ebury Way
    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''.

  • Cllr Sarah Nelmes following Covid-19 rules
    Article: Oct 22, 2020
    By 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.

  • Croxley Rail Link Plan
    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.

  • TRDC Food Hub
    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.

  • Cllr Sarah Nelmes
    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:

  • Cllr Sara Bedford
    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.

    During the last three years, an average of 41% per year, of the Government target, has been built. Unfortunately, this means the Council has been placed "on the naughty step" and is subject to 'presumption'. This means that the council May be unable to reject some plans that do not fit with its own Local Plan, but accord with the Government's policies.

  • Cllr Chris Lloyd
    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, 2020
    Responding 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.

  • Merry Christmas
    Article: Dec 25, 2019

    Wishing all those in Three Rivers and beyond a merry Christmas and a happy new year - from all of the Three Rivers Lib Dem team. The best of happiness & health for 2020.


  • Survey: Dec 22, 2019
    22 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.

  • Daisy Cooper MP
    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!