His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Born 10th June 1921 – Died 9th April 2021
Statement by Chair of the Council
The Councillors and Officers of Watford Rural Parish Council are deeply saddened at the new of the death of the His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.
When released the Parish Council will share detailed instructions on how to access the link to the Buckingham Palace Book of Condolence but an online book of condolence is available to sign here https://lord-lieutenant-herts.org.uk/
Cllr Joan King
Book of Condolence
A book of condolence will be made available at our Parish Hall on Oxhey Drive in reception
This will be open from 9am to 4.30pm daily (4pm on a Friday). Floral Tributes may be placed outside the Parish Hall (cellophane removed please).
If visiting the Parish Hall, please take your own pens and follow government guidelines in respect of social distancing.
Please note this website is under construction – please contact the clerk should you not find what you are looking for
ROLE OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
The role of the Parish Council is to represent the interests of the whole community. It is a part of local government supporting the democratic process. Local Councils provide a focus for the community to identify concerns and projects, and endeavour to solve them locally themselves.
The Parish Council is a corporate body, and a legal entity, separate from that of its Members, and is accountable to the local community.Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body and are made collectively and by majority. The Parish Council has been granted powers by Parliament including the authority to raise money through taxation – the precept, and a range of powers to spend public money. A Parish Council is an elected body in the first tier of local government. Elections take place every 4 years. Other tiers, known as principal councils or authorities, have many legal duties to deliver services such as education, housing, town and country planning, transport, environmental health and social services.
Parish Councils have the legal power to take action, but they have very few duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take. They can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment.
The Parish Council is an employer. The Parish Clerk works for and with the Council to action its decisions.
What Services do W.R.P.C offer?
W.R.P.C has a range of powers to provide and manage local services, some of the services are listed below:
- Maintains 1 play area in Greenfield Avenue
- Maintains 1 Wildflower Meadow/Park – The Mead
- Provides and maintains dog bins
- Provides and maintains bus shelters
- Provides and maintains wayside seats
- Manages a Thursday Market
- Provides a Parish Lunch on Tuesdays (Retirees)
- Grass cutting in specified areas
- Liaises with the District Council in relation to planning issues
- Provides local events such as fun days
- Provides a community hall for hire
- Provides and maintains notice boards
- Provides FREE dog bags – ask in reception
- Provides grants for local charities/schools
- Taxi voucher scheme
- Hearing Aid Clinic monthly
We also sell caddy bin liners for the small brown bin and nappy sacks.
Our childrens play area can be located in Greenfield Avenue, Carpenders Park, which is a great are for all ages of children and a great place to have a picnic . We have a Park in The Mead, Carpenders Park, which we have turned into a wonderfull wildlife area and walk. We maintain the area of grass by Bramshaw Gardens off Prestwick Road and the area of grass off Murfield Road called Furze Close.
We have a Recycling Box for batteries
Full Council Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of every month (2nd Wednesday in January & May and no meeting in August). All members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings.
We also have a donations Red Box in our reception area for personal sanitary items and a Food Bank collection box, please feel free to come in and donate to two very worthy causes!