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:-

Chorleywood Common
Chorleywood Lawn Cemetery
Management of three Village Halls
Three allotment sites
• Grovewood

The Parish Council considers all planning applications within Chorleywood. You can view Plans & Comments by clicking on this link.


NEWS ITEMS

** Road & traffic information is available here. **

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Chorleywood will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

Grant funding available for Charity Groups

NHS Charities together whose funds were raised by Major Tom Moore is working in partnership with Herts and West Sussex integrated care system to support communities through COVID. Three Rivers District have been allocated a one off grant of £7,500 to award to local groups supporting the community through COVID.

The closing date is 22nd January 2021. Please see further information below.

NHS Charities Together Winter Monies Funding (pdf)

Mike Arnold

We are very sad to advise of the death of Mr Mike Arnold who was caretaker of the War Memorial Hall and Hollybush Hall for ten years, until his retirement 4 years ago.

Mike was appreciated by all the hirers of the halls and staff at Chorleywood Parish Council for his commitment and dedication to the halls, nothing was too much trouble.

He knew lots of stories and history about the halls and enjoyed telling hirers.  He loved the halls and was willing to carry out all jobs at the hall and willing to assist with all the various bookings that the halls held.

Mike  will be surely missed for his enthusiasm to loyalty to the Village Halls.

Mike Warburg

We have been advised that Mike Warburg has sadly passed away.  He was a strong supporter of Chorleywood Common, responsible for the purchase of the Railway Field before passing it on the PC and a founder member of Friends of Chorleywood Common.

He looked after the Great Crested Newts, training previous rangers, and helped the Clerk her early days.

Covid-19 January Update

Given the current situation and Government advice, the Parish Offices will be open for a limited time each week from the 4th January 2021.

Officers will, in the main be working from home and the Parish Rangers will be carrying out essential work on the Common and Cemetery.  They will be practicing social distancing so please respect their space.

The office will have an officer available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only between the hours of 9am and 1pm.

At all other times officers can be contacted via email info@chorleywood-pc.gov.uk  for General Enquiries or admin@chorleywood-pc.gov.uk  for Cemetery/Burial Enquiries

Messages left on 01923 285594 or 282568  will be picked up when an officer is in the office.

In these unprecedented times we hope you and families stay safe and well.

Please follow the Government Advice – Stay at Home, Control the Virus and Save Lives.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Chorleywood Community Champion Award

Chorleywood Parish Council are launching the Chorleywood Community Champion Award.

We have seen some amazing examples of community spirit from litter picking on the Common, to people checking on their vulnerable neighbours, to local businesses going that extra mile to help out. In recognition of this we are introducing the Chorleywood Community Champion award. So if you want to nominate someone who you think deserves to be recognised for their community spirit then please email your nomination on the attached nomination form, explaining why, to clerk@chorleywood-pc.gov.uk by 26th March 2021.

Chorleywood Community Champion Nomination form (pdf)

We will announce the Chorleywood Community Champion at the Annual Parish Meeting on the 4th May 2021.

Mission EmployAble

In an exciting joint venture, the charity Mission EmployAble is raising money, along with the Cricket Club, for a new pavilion and café to replace the existing clubhouse.

Work is currently underway to finalise the details of the project before work commences on site. Once completed, inside the pavilion, Mission EmployAble’s café will serve delicious homemade food to families, runners, keep fit groups, dog walkers and cricket fans. Uniquely, it will be staffed by young adults with learning disabilities, who will be trained and supported by the charity.

To make a donation to Mission EmployAble, to keep up to date with the building’s progress and for details of forthcoming fundraising events, visit: missionemployable.co.uk

Chorleywood Christmas Festival 2020

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:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ownersandoccupiers/

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).

Vacancies for one Parish Councillor in Chorleywood North

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.

Please click here to read full article.

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

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.

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.

https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing/report-hmrc-phishing-emails-texts-and-phone-call-scams

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.

https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Advice/Lost-or-found-property/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.

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.

https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Advice/Crime-prevention/Protect-your-money/Rogue-traders