A message from the MD

Message from Manny

Watford is a small district but we think big. Over the last four 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 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 Health Campus - a £300million development of 29 hectares of largely derelict and contaminated land around the existing hospital, which will deliver 750 homes, 1600 jobs and the enable the provision of new hospital facilities for west Hertfordshire.

In the centre of town, a £100 million redevelopment of Charter Place 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. Last but certainly not least, the Croxley Rail Link, due to open in 2019, will extend the existing London Underground Metropolitan Line to two new stations, providing a direct link into Watford Junction overground station – and the council played a major role in securing this investment.

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

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