Watford is a small district but we think big. Over the last five years Watford Borough Council has successfully implemented an ambitious programme of change and transformation. This has delivered major improvements to the town and the quality of life experienced by our residents.
Through strong political and managerial leadership, we have set a clear direction for the organisation and the town. This has involved challenging the way we do things and being receptive to new ways of working, whether partnering with the private sector or the third sector or working collaboratively with other local authorities.
Watford has achieved considerable success as a regional centre for shopping, entertainment, leisure, business and learning. Our residents enjoy the benefits of living in a vibrant, prosperous town with great schools, job opportunities and an exciting and varied range of activities and facilities.
Over the next 10 to 15 years, more than £1.5 billion worth of investment will be leveraged by the council to support the delivery of transformational projects which will create thousands of new homes and jobs, with significantly improved services, transport infrastructure and leisure facilities.
These projects include Watford Riverwell - a £300 million development of 29 hectares of largely derelict and contaminated land around the existing hospital, which will deliver around 1,000 homes, over 1,000 jobs and will enable the provision of new hospital facilities for West Hertfordshire.
In the centre of town, a £100 million redevelopment by intu of our shopping centre will include an Imax cinema and leisure complex, providing 1,125 new jobs across the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
There are also major investments planned for Watford Junction, Ascot Road and Watford Business Park.
This makes the borough a highly attractive proposition for business and retailers alike, and that is why Watford Borough Council is committed to an ongoing redevelopment programme that is set to secure economic prosperity for the benefit of residents.
Manny Lewis, Managing Director, Watford Borough Council