The Resident Number 92 No:1 1967
In this Issue
THE NATIONAL ALLOTMENT AND GARDEN SOCIETY LTD.
Meeting of Local Authority Representatives 16. The Clerk of the Council reported that the above Society has requested that the following resolution passed
at the Annual Conference recentiy held at Weston-Super-Mare be placed before the committee: Local Authorities spend a decimal part of 1d. of the permissible 2d. rate. Conference urges the Central Government. Local Authorities, all methods of publicity and all who will listen that allotments merit greater consideration and that improvement in fencing, pavilions, water supply, sanitation, etc., is long overdue. The confidence OF the allotment holders in their security of tenure would thus be strengthened, with the added incentive to younger men to cultivate an allotment garden. Resolved: NO ACTlON
PARKING IN NEW ROAD
May we make a special request to everyone who has occasion to park his car or lorry in New Road to do so in such a way that it is not likely to prove an obstruction for the free movement of traffic. In other words do not park opposite another parked vehicle. Readers are also reminded that it is an offence to park within 15 yards of a road junction so that to do so at Barton Way / New Road is illegal. If we, as a community, do not heed this situation (particularly near the Fox and Hounds) then the inevitable "No Waiting" signs are likely to raise their ugly heads in New Road. We don't want this.
The Resident Number 93 No:2 1967
In this Issue
LLOYDS' BANK IN NEW ROAD
Three years ago this Association communicated with each of the leading Banks suggesting they provide branches in Croxley Green. Success has been secured
in the 'opening of Barc1ays Bank last January, and we now hear that Lloyds' Bank will soon open a branch at 129 New Road. Seems a pity the Postmaster General
cannot provide comparable services for us.
CROXLEY GREEN WOODS
Two voluntary wardens keep an eye on the Woods; they are Mr. T. N. Millway (3 All Saints Lane) and Mrs. Knight-Mohan (41 Harvey Road). Mr. Millway tells us he is continually noticing rubbish and rubble beings dumped in the Woods, and in the river. He keeps the Council's Engineer informed and action follows. Will anyone who enjoys strolling in the Woods please support the wardens by letting them know-or better still writing to the Council-vof any damage or rubbish they may see.
CROXLEY GREEN WELCOME CLUB
It is pleasing to learn that Rickmansworth Council, shouldering its responsibility to help Old Folks Clubs, has made a final grant to both the Darby and Joan Club
and the Welcome Club, making a total for the year of £250 each.
The Resident Number 94 No:3 1967
In this Issue
LAND AT THE JUNCTION OF NEW ROAD/ WATFORD ROAD - Confirmation has been obtained that this is still Crown Property, 'at present reserved for the use of the G.P.O. Telecommunications Branch.
STAMP MACHINES - Two machines will be placed in Baldwins Lane. If you lose your money in a stamp machine remember the responsibility rests with the Head Postmaster at Watford not with the sub post office. No new machines are being made for present coins, as the manufacturers have already commenced making machines for decimal coinage.
YOUR COMMITTEE - We record thanks to Mr. Talbot, Mr. Veysey and Mr. Wallwork, who have recently had to resign from the Committee; two are moving away. The Officers are empowered to co-opt Committee members during the year, so if you could 'help us with constructive ideas coupled with personal 'experience, please contact Mr. Reason or Mr. Cherrill. Please remember this is YOUR Association, which needs keen helpers to keep it going.
MORE LIGHTING - At last progress has been made in getting more lights on the pathway between Barton Way and Springfield Close. Two additional lighting standards are to be placed at a cost of £125. There are also to be two more concrete lighting columns at the eastern link of The Green.
The Resident Number 95 No:4 1967
In this Issue
BUSES AND TRAINS - The Public Transport Committee of Rickmansworth Council has been charged with the task of 'examining local public transport services, 'and is prepared to receive comment and suggestions from organisations or individuals. Your Association has remitted the comment that buses often come along in bunches which seems 'attributable to lack of adherence to timetables. Worse, we know, is the omission of any expected bus.
COMMON RIGHTS OVER THE GREEN - Arising from Government proposals over a year ago anyone could apply for the registration of common rights. Apparently two applications have been so lodged, and we hear Rickmansworth Council (who give no reasons in the Minutes) have lodged objections so that the Council can be fully satisfied of the alleged rights!
WE QUOTE - Countless thousands of housewives must be sick and tired of sweeping up cereals because of the stupidly designed packets (Durham Consumer Group).
LLOYDS BANK - A branch has opened in a temporary building in New Road; this is under the supervision of the Watford Branch.
The Resident Number 96 No:1 1968
In this Issue
CROXLEY GREEN YOUTH CLUB - Congratulations to the Club for having raised over £550 towards their new Youth Centre. We must be specially concerned with the Club who have been given legal notice to quit their existing premises in the T.A. Centre. It is hoped this is a formality because a new 'centre is unlikely to materialise within 2 or 3 years and the reality of the situation would be disastrous to all the work done for the club in
PRIVATE CENSUS - A neighbour tells me he has to walk along Watford Road at 7 a.m. and during the ten minute walk he counts heavy lorries. He has never 'counted less than 24 and reckons on average there are 36 vehicles travelling at that time of the morning. Just a little bit of proof for the need for the North Orbital Road.
ROBBING PETER TO PAY - It's not often Rickmansworth Council really work a crafty trick, but this time Herts County Council are convinced they are being robbed. The local council will charge the County £2,500 p.a. for 99 years' annual ground rent for the site of Rickmansworth Library now being constructed. Mind you, we're not likely to benefit from this paper transaction.
The Resident Number 97 N0:2 1968
In this Issue
DON'T STOP HERE - 'No waiting' restrictions have come to New Road and Barton Way. The official intention appeared as a public notice last December and nobody objected to it. Consequently vehicles will not be allowed to stop on either side of New Road and Barton Way for a length of 35 yards from the junction. Similar restrictions have been imposed on the junction of New Road with Dickinson Square. The Association, and the Council, view this matter gravely to the extent that a restriction on kerbside waiting should be balanced with car parking facilities. It is a pity that the Public Library and the Welcome Club border a restricted length of kerbside and where whose patrons can be expected to exceed the number of shoppers. Fortunately the restriction expires at 6.30 p.m.
WHO TOLD YOU THAT? - From an exam. paper: "Ratepayers are a cross section of population" (The Evening News). We hope the lad got full marks for this; we ratepayers sure are as cross as cross can be.
ROOM FOR 110 CARS - The first public car park in Croxley Green can now be found at Croxley L.T.E. station where 110 cars can find a space at a charge of 2/-d. per day or 8/6d. with a weekly season. So far, demand has been very light; we wonder how popular it will become.
The Resident Number 98 No:3 1968
In this Issue
SCRAP METAL YARD - Many residents in Watford Road and Sycamore Road will be very relieved that Edwards' scrap metal yard has gone at last from the railway sidings near Croxley Green station. This piece of industrial nuisance has been with us for over ten years and every effort to regulate the business met with frustration. It is remembered that a photographer from the Daily Mirror once photographed the dump. The business was carried on in spite of planning stipulations and efforts by the R.U.D.C. on the grounds of non-compliance were nonavailing, Thank goodness, too, that most of the advertising hoardings have been dismantled, and we hope the local authority will have the wisdom to preclude further advertising in a purely residential area.
THE QUEEN'S HONOURS LIST - We proudly record the award of M.B.E. to Mr. B. H. W. Tullett for his services to the National Savings Movement. Mr. Tullett is a Committee member of this Association.
LAG IN PLANS FOR PARKING - A report by the British Road Federation states that one town council in three had no real concept of how traffic in their centres would develop and the effect it would have on local people, and went on to say that far too many local authorities had not started to tackle the problem with the decision and imagination it required.
The Resident Number 99 No:4 1968
In this Issue
THE MISSING TELEPHONE KIOSK
The kiosk from outside 197 Watford Road which was removed last February is still missing. Much correspondence and telephone conversation has been held with the Area Manager's Office from which It is expected the kiosk wiJ.l soon be re-sited in 'Sycamore Approach.
SO WHERE DID ALL THE GROUSES GO?
According to Consumer Consultative Machinery in the Nationalised Industries '(H.M.S.O. £1) only 12 per cent of the population have ever heard of the electricity and gas consumer consultative machinery, and the numbers who have actually used it to make complaints are insignificant, according to a survey by the Consumer Council. Names of serving members may be obtained at any post office.
MEALS ON WHEELS
In co-operation with the Croxley Green Welcome Club the W.R.V.S. distribute meals under the meals on wheels scheme, and this is subsidised by the Council at 7d. per meal. Further information may be obtained from the Welcome Club (who also serve lunches in the Club).
The Resident Number 100 - 1969
In this Issue
ANOTHER PARK - We see from the Residents' magazine of July 1939 that someone under the nom-de-plume of "Foresight" wrote 'suggesting that the land near the railway line in Baldwins Lane and Rousebarn Lane should be made a park. He said "For those who have not noticed the beauties of this spot I would advise them to walk up Winton Drive for two hundred yards and then look back. The site is well timbered and a delightful place for a future playground." The County Development plan earmarks the site for a school. (Ed.)
FORMER L.M.R. GOODS DEPOT - When this land was vacated last year the Council showed interest in its purchase for housing purposes, and it was rumoured that the houses might be for elderly people. Now, we hear, the Railway Estate Surveyor has decided to put the land up for sale by tender. The Council has discussed this feature and, in view of the financial needs, is unlikely to display further interest. We hope, however, they will seek to have the advertisement hoardings removed won.
HORSE WATER TROUGH - If you were a horse and had just hauled a wagon up Scots Hill you would have been in need of a drink! The horses have gone but the trough remains. The Parochial Church Council of All Saints' Church has persuaded the R.UD.C. to utilise the trough for flowers as a decorative feature on the roadside. The P.c.c. will tend the garden and we look forward to a fine display of flowers in the spring.
The Resident Number 101 - 1969
In this Issue
NORTH ORBITAL ROAD - The Past. A map of 1924 shows a projected road between King's Langley and Denham to connect the A40 with the A41 roads superseding the A412 through Watford. In a much more comprehensive plan covering Middlesex and S.W. Herts published in 1948 the same project was recommended as a necessity at that time. In the last twenty years the project is not much nearer reality. Successive Ministers of Transport must be held responsible for not providing the connection from the M1 to the M4 motorways, and the Ministry of Transport are blamed for shelving the 1948 Report. The Present. The reality of today is that Watford Road is being turned into a railway, carrying as it does a vast volume of heavily loaded vehicles-a majority being long-distance travellers. The services of British Railways might have been (and still could be) strengthened if tons of goods were moved by rail instead of by road. A forceful national policy could still benefit the nation because our problem is not singular. The immediate future. The route of the N.O.R. from Hunton Bridge to Maple Cross, as decreed by the Ministry of Transport, was published in June, 1968. In a letter from the Eastern Road Construction Unit at Bedford (we quote) ". . . gave rise to considerable objections to the proposals, not the least of these being an objection from the Chorleywood U.D.C. who are regarded as statutory objectors. The holding of a Public Inquiry is necessary and consequently will delay the construction date for this scheme. We cannot hold the Inquiry until a traffic survey for north-west London area has been completed and the Minister has analysed it." The Public Inquiry must be held within six weeks of its official announcement so that the earliest time could now be in early May. The delay in holding the Inquiry precipitated a March along the A412 on March 23rd. It is expected that a public meeting sponsored by a Joint Action Group
The Resident Number 102 - 1969
In this Issue
Through the medium of The Croxley Green Resident we are asking 'Our councillors to provide a recreation ground for the many children who live in Valley Walk, Sycamore Road, and other nearby roads. It is our fault that they get into trouble for playing in the road; it is an example of bad planning, a's this should have ensured a playground was provided for the children. When you examine the problem 'Of this area of Croxley Green you will find the nearest recreation ground is nearly a mile away at Barton Way-with the dangers of crossing Watford Road to reach it. Where can these children play? The question must be answered with positive action-NOW. Suggestions will be welcomed by your Association.
HOLIDAY CLUB FOR CHILDREN
Mr. A. B. Warner of 37 Copthorne Road (Rick. 72953), has written to 'Say that the holiday dubs arranged for local children have been so successful for the last two
years that it is planned to have another this year between the 15th and 24th August. The club will be for children over the age of seven and will be held in the mornings and afternoons. Mr. Warner will be pleased to give more details. and to enrol members. Send your application now before it is too late.
The Resident Number 103 - 1969
In this Issue
HORSE-RIDING ON THE GREEN - One thing is quite clear-Council and residents are agreed that The Green must be preserved and maintained
for the benefit and pleasure of the residents at large, including the many visitors who enjoy having a drink in the local. There has been bother over the parking of cars, which now seems to have 'been remedied to a fair extent. It has taken nearly two years to get the Council to look into the problems of horse riding on The Green. To test the sincerity of the Council as landlords of The Green they were asked to consider a ban on horse riding, although if agreement were not reached on this point, then riding should 'be located in one part of The Green only. The Association had in mind that a precedent would be taken from the way the problem had been tackled at Chorleywood Common whereby horses are restricted by a bye-law to using one part of the Common. However, in Rickmansworth District it transpired that The Green is not common land and therefore the Council could not, even if it wished, proceed to obtain a bye-law in respect of horses. But, on another hand, Watford Council has dealt with the problem in so far as Whippendell Woods are concerned. The Association is in harmony with everyone else that unnecessary laws should not be made, although when looked at from the majority viewpoint, there are more people who enjoy a walk on The Green than there are people who want to exercise their horse. We now broadcast the hope expressed by the Council that horse-riders will keep off the footpaths, away from the seats, and so control their mounts at all times as will not cause distress .or unpleasantness to other people.