New Chairman appointed for Watford Borough Council

The new Chairman of Watford Borough Council has been named as Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa. Cllr Dhindsa has been a councillor for 18 years and currently represents Vicarage ward in west Watford.

Published: Thursday, 25th May 2017

He has chosen Mencap and the Watford Foodbank as his two Chairman’s charities and will spend his year in office – which began on Wednesday 24 May – fundraising for them.

There was a Sikh prayer at the start of the Annual Council meeting following ceremonial Chairman making on Tuesday 23 May to reflect Cllr Dhindsa’s faith and the active role he plays within the borough’s Sikh community. The theme for his year as Chairman will be: “In Watford there is far more that unites us than the things that divide us.”

Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa at the 2017 Chairman making in the Town Hall

Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa at the 2017 Chairman making in the Town Hall

Cllr Dhindsa – who was first elected as a councillor in 1994, representing Leggatts ward – said: “We have quite a diverse community in Watford and we all get along. It was really sad and sickening to hear about the events that took place in Manchester on Monday night. We need to unite and stay together. Their aim is to divide us and we should not allow that to happen. I have grown up in Watford. I came to Watford in 1973 when I was 10 years old. I am very proud to be the Chairman.”

He spoke about the great community spirit of people in Watford during his Chairman making and said that he was proud to represent the people of the town. Cllr Dhindsa’s wife, Rajinder Kaur Dhindsa, will be his consort during his year in office.

Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa and his wife, Rajinder Kaur Dhindsa, at the 2017 Chairman making in the Town Hall

Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa and his wife, Rajinder Kaur Dhindsa, at the 2017 Chairman making in the Town Hall

Outgoing Chairman Cllr Darren Walford held a minute’s silence to remember the victims of the recent Manchester terror attack before handing over his robes and chain. The Borough flag outside of the Town Hall was flown at half-mast for all of Tuesday as a mark of respect for the victims.

Cllr Walford raised £4,172.33 for each of his charities, The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation and Watford Workshop, during his year as Chairman.

Cllr Walford raised £4,172.33 for each of his charities, The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation and Watford Workshop, during his year as Chairman.

Cllr Walford raised £4,172.33 for each of his charities, The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation and Watford Workshop, during his year as Chairman.

Cllr Walford raised £4,172.33 for each of his charities, The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation and Watford Workshop, during his year as Chairman.

Cllr Walford raised £4,172.33 for each of his charities, The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation and Watford Workshop, during his year as Chairman.

 

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