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.
Chorleywood Film Festival | 13th to 15th March 2020
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.
Pensioners’ Forum – Friday 28th February
The next Pensioners’ Forum will be held at Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL on Friday 28th February from 2.00pm and 4.00pm.
The agenda includes a variety of interesting presentations and talks by local organisations and project leaders, and the afternoon concludes with a short film entitled “A County at War ~ Life on the Homefront in Hertfordshire”.
Refreshments will be available during the afternoon.
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.
Parish Police Update | August 2019
We thank Jessica for her dedication the Parish and wish her well for the future.
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: email@example.com
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.