Hertsmere residents are taking to the streets to demonstrate that they have ‘No faith in our Council.” It comes on the back of a series of events where residents feel they have been ignored, belittled or just plain lied to.
Hertsmere Borough Council has been at the centre of a number of controversies over the last year, and it appears that residents’ patience has finally snapped.
Across the Borough people have been let down by the Tory-controlled administration as the Council has failed to support the retention of NHS and bus services. And there is little faith that voices will be heard over the use of green belt for housing.
Residents in Borehamwood have been outraged over the erection of container homes at the end of their gardens, only to discover that they had been lied to over overlooking windows.
A huge campaign in Bushey against green belt development brought nearly as many objections as the 8,000 home proposal for Tyttenhanger. And in Radlett, the debacle over the redevelopment of the Newberries car park has cost council tax payers some £800,000.
Tories have had to pay back thousands of pounds after wrongly using Elstree Studios and irregularly claiming expenses and then closing down democratic debate on it in the Council chamber. They even denied the LGBTQ+ community inclusivity by filibustering a Labour Party motion.
Hertsmere Labour will be supporting this protest, on Wednesday 18 September, and chair, Dr Dan Ozarow said: “We are standing in solidarity with the local community groups across the Borough who are fighting back against the cuts and closures they have faced at the hands of this self-serving, complacent Tory council.”
“Hertsmere residents deserve better than a Conservative leadership that is mired in scandal over the Elstree Film Studios debacle, which is threatening our green belt and which has generated misery on local people through cuts to our health and transport services. We will be there fighting for them both inside the Council chamber and on the streets.”
The protest will start from All Saints Church in Borehamwood’s Shenley Road at 6.15pm and march along to the Civic Centre.
Full details of the protest are available from Borehamwood Under Threat. No faith in our Council