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.
Notice of Parish Councillor Vacancies | Chorleywood North Ward and Chorleywood South Ward
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 email@example.com or by post at the Council address.
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.
Advice for parents during the coronavirus
This is a challenging time for parents and children particularly if children are unwell and you are worried.
It can be difficult to know what to do, should ring 111, take them to a GP or attend the Emergency Department.
The attached RCPCH guidance for Parents/Carers supports you to make the right decision.
- If you are in the GREEN section care for them at home or ring 111 if you are worried.
- If you are in the AMBER section ring your GP or 111.
- If you are in the RED section go to nearest Emergency Department or ring 999.
GP practices and hospitals are open if you require them.
From: Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership
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.
Covid-19 Pandemic | Update | 24th March 2020
Following UK Government Advice, the Parish Council Offices are now closed.
Officers will be working from home and the Rangers will only be carrying out essential work on the Common and Cemetery. They will be practicing social distancing so please respect their space.
In these unprecedented times we hope you and your families stay safe and well. Please stay at home and follow official advice, this way we will soon be able to go back to our normal lives.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
Covid-19 | Internment of Ashes in Chorleywood Lawn Cemetery
In line with Government Guidelines, whilst we are dealing with the COVID-19 virus, the Parish Council has reluctantly decided to suspend all internment of Ashes in Chorleywood Lawn Cemetery, unless there are exceptional circumstances. In these unprecedented times, the safety of our community, undertakers, and our staff are of the utmost importance.
If you feel that there are extenuating circumstances, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org and individual cases will be reviewed upon request.
Bookings for Full burials are currently unaffected by this decision and contact should be made with your chosen Funeral Director who will liaise with the Parish Officers. Please note that the Parish Office is currently closed.
We will put notification of re-commencement of the burial of ashes on this website when we are able continue to do so.
Community Message from Three Rivers Council
Three Rivers District Council is still open.
We’re encouraging residents not to come to the offices but, where possible, to use our online help service instead my.threerivers.gov.uk. Our Customer Service Centre is still available on 01923 776611.
Citizens Advice Service have closed their offices, however, they are still available to provide support over the phone or through their webchats. For CAS advice please phone: 0344 245 1296 (for people who live or work in Three Rivers) or 03444 111 444 (for people who live anywhere in Hertfordshire). You can also webchat via the Citizens Advice national website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk
For those who would like to offer their support to those in need and volunteer, please sign up to thvolunteering.org.uk
For people with mental health needs – Herts Mind Network has a Crisis Helpline 01923 256391. Opening hours: Mon 6pm-8am, Tues, Wed & Thurs 6pm – 11pm, Fri 6pm – 8am, Sat & Sun 3pm – 8am.
For information on where to find other support, please visit www.hertshelp.net or call 0300 123 4044
Chorleywood Corona Support Group
A group of parents from local Chorleywood Schools have set up an organisation to help residents during these uncertain times.
They can pick up food shopping, run local errands and do their best to get hold of urgently needed supplies. They are happy to pick up non-essential items too like flowers, chocolate and birthday cards. Most importantly they can provide emotional comfort during these difficult times.
The group can be contacted by visiting the website at st-andrews.org.uk/chorleywoodcoronasupport where details of volunteers can be found by road.
Alternatively, email Vanessa.email@example.com or call: Vanessa on 07872 903486. If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Vanessa by e mail.
Updates and a growing list of road volunteers will be available on the St Andrews website at the address above.
The community group is working in partnership with the Churches in Chorleywood including St Andrew’s and Christ Church.
Additional Food bank donation drop off points have also been opened at St Andrew’s EVERY Friday 9.30am-11am and Christ Church EVERY Tuesday 8.30am-11am
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
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Useful Information
There are a number of confirmed Coronavirus cases who are residents of Hertfordshire and, sadly, earlier this week an elderly patient with underlying conditions died. Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with NHS colleagues and Hertfordshire County Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.
PHE is currently contacting people who may have had close contact with the confirmed cases, to give health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use should they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure that any risk to them is minimised and the wider public is protected.
PHE and the NHS are well-prepared to deal with Coronavirus and the priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.
Based on current evidence, coronavirus COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.
The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do on the Government’s website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
If you or one of your family are showing symptoms of coronavirus, it is important that you do not attempt to go to your doctor or to a hospital. You should call 111 and the operator will advise you on what you will need to do.
Chorleywood Residents’ Association | Community & Annual General Meeting | Wednesday 20th May 2020
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: 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.