Our Mission Statement
To foster the social economic and environmental welfare of the Chorleywood Parish and to contribute to a sustainable and an inclusive community.
Chorleywood has 17 elected Councillors representing five wards who sit on four committees: Open Spaces; Village Halls; Planning; and Policy and Resources. Councillors can be contacted here.
The calendar of meetings shows when the Parish Council Committee meetings are held. You can also access the agendas and minutes for all meetings via the main menu.
Chorleywood Parish Council is responsible for:-
The Parish Council considers all planning applications within Chorleywood. You can view Plans & Comments by clicking on this link.
Make your home more secure this autumn
Autumn is here and the clocks will be going back at the end of the month. As the afternoons grow darker Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding residents to keep their homes secure and report suspicious behaviour.
Please see link below for the advice press release.
Make your home more secure this autumn (pdf document, 124 KB)
Hertfordshire’s Top doctors team up to give COVID-19 Advice
In response to local concerns, Hertfordshire’s lead GPs – Dr Prag Moodley and Dr Nicolas Small – have teamed up to provide answers for some dilemmas currently facing people in Hertfordshire who are concerned about COVID-19.
Subjects tackled simply and clearly include:
- What to do if you can’t get a test
- How to tell the difference between the symptoms of a cold and COVID-19
- Advice on looking after yourself if you have COVID-19 symptoms
- Sources of support and help if you have symptoms or need to self-isolate.
Please go to the following websites for more useful information:
https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/news/2020/september/concerned-about-coronavirus-your-questions-answered or https://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-know or go to www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk and search COVID-19 advice.
Re-instatement of Parking control measures at the Common permissive parking areas
At a meeting of the Full Council on the 28th July 2020, Councillors agreed to re-instate the parking enforcement scheme at War Memorial Hall, Shepherds Bridge and the Old Shepherd permissive parking areas. The scheme has been suspended for five months during the height of the Coronavirus lockdown and restrictions.
Following maintenance of the ticket machines, the enforcement will now restart on the 10th of September but for the period 10th to the 27th September zero charge warning tickets will be issued to help people get used to the system being back in place. However, from the 28th September anyone found parking without displaying a ticket (or residents/visitors pass for the Old Shepherd permissive parking area) in these areas between 1pm and 3pm Monday to Friday will be issued with a penalty charge ticket.
Property Flood Resilience: property owners and occupiers
The Environment Agency is carrying out a survey on resilience to flooding. They are currently collecting views and opinions and are interested in questions such as:
- Are property owners and occupiers aware of Property Flood Resilience measures?
- Do property owners and occupiers have any measures installed (e.g. flood doors)?
- Are there any issues that are hindering owners and occupiers from taking up Property Flood Resilience?
They are using an internet-based survey to collect opinions on Property Flood Resilience from owners and occupiers. The survey can be accessed via:
They would like to ask you to kindly pass this invitation on to property owners and occupiers in your area, so that we can find out what they think about Property Flood Resilience.
The study is part of wider work on increasing resilience to flooding (see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/29-million-extra-funding-to-boost-action-on-making-homes-more-resilient-to-floods for more information).
Green Street Applications for 300 and 800 houses
The Developers and TRDC have agreed an extension time for the decision on the Green Street Applications until 18th December 2020 as there have been a series of requests for additional information by specified consultees including:
- Highways England – who require more information about the impact on J17 & J18 of the M25 and the feeders to them.
- Herts Highways – who have asked for a lot more information about cycling and pedestrian access as well as the impact of traffic on local roads.
- Herts County Flood and Water – more information required on flood mitigation and risks.
- HCC Growth & Infrastructure Team – more information about the need for and provision of additional school places.
- TFL – on the impact of travel numbers using the Metropolitan and Chiltern Rail links.
- Historic England – who have raised concerns about the impact of the larger proposal on the Common.
It is likely that due to the size of the applications they will be considered at two meetings, the first being a briefing session between Councillors and Planning Officers, with the decision being made at the second meeting. The Parish Council will keep residents updated on this website.
Three Rivers Annual Canvass 2020
Planning Applications 20/0882/out and 20/0898out | Green Street
Chorleywood Parish Councillors considered the Planning Applications 20/0882/out and 20/0898out – Green Street at their Full Council meeting on 14th July 2020.
After analysing all aspects of the planning applications and supporting documents the Parish Councillors unanimously resolved to ‘Call In’ the application to be considered by Three Rivers Planning Committee.
The Parish Council objected to all aspects of the application that went against the protection of the Green Belt and AONB and felt that the housing need did not outweigh the accumulative harm to the community this application would cause.
A full response will be forwarded to Three Rivers District Council.
Running for Mission EmployAble
Vacancies for Two Parish Councillors
- Notice of Casual Vacancies 15th June 2020
- Parish Councillor Job Description
- Parish cllr qualifications
- Powers Duties of Parish Councils
- Casual Vacancy Application Form
Proposed housing development off Green Street
In October 2019, the Parish Council received a presentation from the Developers hoping to develop the site in Green Street. They took away comments and concerns from Councillors and November last year the owners of this site held an exhibition of their plans to develop this land. The site had been put forward to the TRDC as a possible housing site. The Council’s Local Plan process should have identified sites to meet the numbers needed – which might or might not have included this site. But in September 2019 they had to delay – and have since delayed again – that process.
The owners now intend to submit two applications by the beginning of May this year. One will be for the full site and a possible 800 dwellings; one for part only of the site and a possible 300 dwellings.
When received by TRDC the Parish Council will be asked to consider the application as a statutory consultee and will make representations accordingly. The Parish Council are pleased to receive your comments but due to the COVID-19 we can only consider written comments either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at the Council address.
Mission DiggAble in aid of Mission EmployAble | New charity launches virtual flower show
Covid-19 Pandemic Update 1st June 2020
From Monday 1st June the Parish Office will be open between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday.
Staffing of the office will be kept to a minimum to allow for Government guidelines on social distancing.
If you wish to speak to an officer please follow instruction notices on the front door.
If an enquiry in person is not necessary, please either telephone the office on 01923 285594 or continue to email general enquiries to email@example.com and your request will be passed to the appropriate officer.
We thank you for your patience during these difficult times.
We will publicise any changes to arrangements as further changes are made to Government guidelines.
Update – Chorleywood Village Day 2020
We hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this times. On Tuesday 19th May the Parish Council had their first meeting since Lockdown started.
The Council have made the decision to regretfully cancel Chorlewood Village Day and The Outdoor Cinema on Saturday 11th July 2020.
This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but their main concern was keeping staff, stall holders and the public safe.
We will of course be refunding stall holders who have already paid for pitches at both events and Ticket holders for the Outdoor Cinema Event in due course. Please do bear with us we will contact everyone regarding refunds as soon as we can.
We really look forward to seeing you all next year so please save the date on Saturday 10th July 2021.
Notice of Parish Councillor Vacancies | Chorleywood North Ward and Chorleywood South Ward
Help us Find Swifts in Three Rivers
While staying local this spring, turn your eyes to the skies and help with our swift survey. In 2019 we saw screaming gangs of swifts flying around rooftops and nestboxes, in the Capell Road area of Chorleywood in particular.
There are sightings in 2020, there and in other roads, but swifts were much more common in our town in years gone by. In Rickmansworth too we have discovered a few nesting sites.
Chorleywood Cricket Club | Proposed works
TRDC Leisure Development Team | Things to do at home
The TRDC leisure development team have updated the leisure website with a focus on things to do at home: www.threeriversleisure.co.uk
Working with local providers, the leisure website has now been updated to provide a range of activities and advice during the lockdown period. Realising how important it is to be active and creative during this period and for supporting local people, the website has videos, links, suggestions and advice, including:
- Getting Active in Lockdown (yoga, pilates, dance, running, walking, Get Active Watford and Three Rivers, personal training, football, etc).
- Art Activities for Lockdown – online tutorials, mindfulness dancing for children, storytent, live jazz music, textiles.
- Play at Home – how to bring play into the home, cooking, different ideas and activities.
- Nature activities – things to do on daily walks, in your garden or from your windowsill.
- Disability – dance for Parkinson’s, Herts Inclusive Theatre as well as sessions from the Stroke Association and for children with autism.
- SLM’s online gym membership.
- A form for local providers to complete if they would like to include their sessions on the website.
20mph Zone , Chorleywood
The closing date is Friday 3rd April 2020.
A community message
We are offering a helping hand to those in need in our community! Are you elderly, vulnerable or concerned about the Coronavirus, unable to get out, or need help?
Through Facebook we have gathered people from the local area to help those in need. Please reach out to us so that we can offer you some help.
If you need help, please call: Ellis on: 07599429626
One of our helpers will call on you to see what we can do for you. All of this is free, except any shopping, which will be paid for by you. A donation towards petrol would be appreciated, but not essential.
One of our volunteers is running a Meals Delivery business based in Commonwood: Call Yovi on: 07850 866 413
Chorleywood Parish Council Website News Item
Following the Parish Council’s formal submission of its Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to the Local Planning Authority, the final submission version of the NDP is now subject to consultation. Three Rivers District Council is seeking views on the planning policies contained within the NDP. The consultation will run for a six week period from Monday 17th February 2020 until Monday 30th March 2020. The final submitted documents and information on how to make representations can be found on the Three Rivers District Council website by clicking here.
Cricket Club Planning Application
Three Rivers District Council considered the planning application from Chorleywood Cricket Club and Mission Employable for a new club house and café. The Parish Council, Friends of the Common, and Chorleywood Residents Association were all in favour of the application, which had come after months of hard work and negotiation to reduce the original size and ensure that the building would be in keeping within the special environment it is situated, whilst protecting its status as a Local Nature Reserve and County Heritage Site.
It was very disappointing therefore that the TRDC Planning Committee did not feel able to approve the application due to concerns over the possibility that future decisions made by the Parish Council could have a detrimental effect on the café element of the application. This was especially frustrating as there is complete agreement between both the Parish and the Cricket Club that the Parish Council will have a veto over any subsequent tenant in the event that Mission Employable are unable to continue. Given all the hard work and commitment that the Parish Council does in protecting the Common, it was particularly disappointing that our assurances at the meeting, that there will never be a commercial café on the Common, were not sufficient to allay their concerns.
The Parish Council will be working with the Cricket Club to try to find ways to convince Three Rivers Planning Committee that both the Cricket Club and the Parish Council are committed to the protection of Common and will come up with the necessary legal documentation that prohibits any commercial enterprise to operate the café facilities in the future.
This application is so important for the local community – offering modern sports facilities and opportunities, for female and disabled cricket for the first time, and better facilities for the adults’ teams and hundreds of colts who are members of the club. The social enterprise scheme Mission Employable will not only offer training facilities for adults with learning difficulties, but also a community space with toilet and refreshment facilities for users of the Common.
The Parish Council and Chorleywood Cricket Club sincerely hope that the right decision can be made at the Three Rivers Planning Committee to allow for this community project to move forward.
We would like to make residents aware of a TV Licence scam
We would like to make residents aware of a TV Licence scam.
It would appear that an email is sent to customers stating that the payment for their TV Licence could not be taken and to click on a link.
Once clicking on the link the customer would be contacted by phone and the person on the other end of the phone was someone pretending to be from the customer’s bank stating that their bank account needed freezing and they would have to transfer their money into a new account.
The customer was told to use a specific browser where they would be asked to put in their bank account details and the scammers would then use this information to extract money from their account.
Should anyone receive any communication regarding their payments for their TV Licence we would suggest that you contact TV Licencing direct via their official website or contact your bank direct.
Should you receive any emails you suspect are from fraudsters please contact www.actionfraud.police.uk
Amazon Prime Scam
There have been reports from many Hertfordshire residents relating to a scam for Amazon Prime following a trial period.
You receive an automatic call telling you that your Amazon Prime renewal is due for £39.99 a month but if you wish to cancel it press button 1.
When you do this a person comes on the line and tells you she will hand you to a technical advisor.
The technical advisor then tells you to follow his instructions.
Go into Google and enter www.teamleader and download this application.
If you do this he then has complete access to your computer – for ever.
If you receive these type of calls please report the instances to www.actionfraud.police.uk.
If you have signed up to Amazon Prime for a 30 day trial, you will not get automated calls reminding you for renewal, it will automatically renew ongoing membership if you do not cancel, to cancel please call direct to Amazon from the contact details you received when initially taking out the trial period contract.
Chorleywood Common | Winter Works Programme
HMRC scam awareness
The following video below is a mock phone call from the herts police you tube channel, which is an example of a scam phone call from someone pretending to be from HMRC. These type of phone calls state there is an arrest warrant in place for unpaid tax and if outstanding money is paid the arrest will be cancelled.
HMRC do not contact people directly in this way and an arrest warrant is very unlikely to take place for unpaid tax as this would normally be dealt with through the courts via post. Anyone receiving such phone calls should inform the caller that they will be contacting Police to verify any such arrest warrant and to terminate the call.
If still in doubt you can contact HMRC directly on 0300 200 3300. I would preferably use a different telephone to do this or wait at least half an hour if you are not able to use a different telephone as the scam caller will sometimes remain on the line for a few minutes after the call has finished.
Alternatively you can click on the link below which takes you directly to the HMRC website.
Community Message | What’s on for over 55’s
Many residents in Three Rivers and Watford have found new activities to take part in and have forged new friendships by attending one of the many groups and clubs organised by Watford and Three Rivers Trust (W3RT)
The new guide, outlining details of all their activities and venues for the end of summer and autumn 2019, is about to be released.
Follow the link below, and browse through the guide to find something that might take your fancy!
Lost and Found Property | Changes to Procedures
The police service has traditionally accepted the responsibility of recording all lost and found property, despite there being no statutory duty to do this. In February, police forces nationally stopped receiving reports of lost property and now accept only certain types of found items. Hertfordshire has come in line with these policies.
The below link to our website provides detailed advice about what to do if you have lost or found property.
Local scams taking place at present in Hertfordshire
You owe tax: A person calls you from a ‘spoofed’ number – the number displayed is a legitimate HMRC phone number. The call often starts with a recorded message saying that a warrant has been issued for your arrest if you do not pay outstanding tax. An option to speak to someone is given. They will ask you to visit a local shop or Post Office to buy vouchers for iTunes or Google Play or similar. The person then asks for the code on the voucher and tells you that you have now paid the tax and the warrant will be cancelled. This is a scam. HMRC would never call you if you owe tax and would never ask you to buy gift vouchers from a shop.
BT telephone line problems: Many people have received calls from people claiming to be “BT” saying that there is a fault on their telephone line or a problem with their internet. This is the start of a scam.BT would not phone you about your line, they would wait for you to report any issues to them. Please do not give ANY personal details to these callers and simply terminate the call. If they call back, just end the call again.
Police fraud investigation: You are called by someone claiming to be a police officer who is investigating a fraud involving your account. They either ask you to move your money from your bank account or they ask you to assist an investigation by purchasing an expensive item. This is a scam. A police officer would never tell you to move or spend your money. If you think there is a problem with your bank account, it is best to visit your bank or call them on their published number.
These scam calls can be reported directly to Action Fraud – actionfraud.police.uk or 03001232040 – please note any phone numbers the scammers ask you to call, as this may assist an investigation.
If you do become a victim and a caller arranges to attend your address to collect vouchers or cash, please call police on 101,or 999 if the crime is in progress.
Important news about Chorleywood Post Office
Door to Door Sellers | Chorleywood
During the course of the day on Friday 22nd February 2019. Police received some reports of Door-to-Door sellers in the local area of Chorleywood.
Police attended the area, however they were not located at the time.
Always check to see who is knocking on your door by using a ‘door viewer’ or by looking out your window. Do not open your door to any unknown persons or call out to the person to identify themselves before you decide to open your door. Identification and Licenses can be requested to be posted through the letterbox.
Please contact the Non-Emergency number 101 should you have any further similar incidents.
Also I have left a link below on the law regarding door-to-door sellers for your information.
Press Release | Chorleywood Post Office
Chorleywood Post Office has been closed for some time following a break in. The Parish Council are now able to advise that the Post Office in its current location will re-open, however this is not likely to happen in the near future, as there was substantial damage caused internally, which needs to be repaired. The Insurance Company are currently dealing with this.
It is also known that the owner of the post office, wishes to redevelop the site into flats, which would result in the loss of the post office.
The Parish Council now can advise that the Co-Op are looking at the possibility of having post office services within their shop, following their refurbishment. In the interim they have applied to head office to have an ATM housed within their premises in order that residents can at least get cash.
This is not an ideal situation in the short term but, please be assured that as a statutory body the Parish Council will do everything in its power to ensure that a post office service remains in Chorleywood and careful negotiations are now taking place with Post Office Ltd.
Issued by Chorleywood Parish Council on 8th February 2019.
A Neighbourhood Plan for Chorleywood
TRDC are currently consulting on a Call for Sites across the district. A number of sites have been identified within Chorleywood and it is recognised that some development of the area will take place within Chorleywood over the next ten years or so.
Three Rivers Local Plan: Potential Sites Consultation Document
Three Rivers District Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will set out a vision and framework for the future levels of growth within the District for the next 15 years until 2036. The Potential Sites Document contains sites that were put forward for consideration in the previous Local Plan process and were not allocated for development and those put forward by landowners, agents and developers as part of the Call for Sites consultations undertaken in 2017 and 2018.
The Potential Sites Consultation is an additional non-statutory consultation, providing the opportunity for stakeholders to comment on potential sites which will feed into the Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) process. The SHELAA is an assessment which identifies sites and broad locations with potential for development. It assesses their development potential, suitability for development and the likelihood of development coming forward. It is important to note that at this stage no decisions have yet been made on specific sites.
The Potential Sites Consultation Document and accompanying Sustainability Appraisal Working Note can be viewed on the Council’s website at: www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/new-local-plan. Hard copies can also be viewed in the Council’s offices in Rickmansworth (address below), the public libraries located within the District (Abbots Langley, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Oxhey and Rickmansworth) and at the Parish/Town Councils’ offices.
Addresses and opening times of the libraries are listed on the Hertfordshire County Council website at:
Responses to this consultation can be submitted to us in one of the following ways:
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post to: Economic & Sustainable Development, Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1RL.
Although the initial consultation period has now closed, the above links to relevant documents are still available.
Programme of regular Ranger Walks and Tasks
Advertised by Friends of Chorleywood Common but open to everyone. Last Thursday of every month 10.00am – 12.30pm, ending at a pub where people can stay for lunch/a drink if they wish. Certain tasks may take longer and will be advertised as such in advance. Other special walks and events can be added in ad hoc – i.e. bat walks, wild flower walks etc. Click here for further details.