A Christmas treat from Watford’s Park ward councillors

Cash from Watford Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Locality Fund has been put into a special Christmas treat for people in Cassiobury.

Published: Monday, 18th December 2017

Park Councillors Peter Jeffree, Nikki Steele and David Barks used a proportion of the money they are allocated to spend in their ward towards festive decorations for the area. You can now find wreaths around The Essex Arms pub and nearby shops, red ribbons on bollards and an 11-foot Christmas tree in the middle of the Cassiobury roundabout.

The decorations were the idea of local shopkeepers, who found all of the decorations themselves after approaching the councillors for funding. The decorations were officially unveiled during a recent celebration outside of UD Salon, which led the project.

Cllr Peter Jeffree said: “It was UD Salon the hairdressers that came up with the idea. They got in touch with us and asked if we would support the idea of putting some Christmas decorations up. Of course, we did, and it has made the whole area feel much more festive, as well as really bringing all of our shops together as a unit.

“We provided money and support, and they delivered it. It has worked incredibly well and we hope that year-on-year the shops will do it again. Perhaps it will get bigger each year and there will be a real sense of buzz and fun around Christmas.”

The contribution towards the decorations was funded through the council’s Neighbourhood Locality Fund – an annual £2,500 for each of Watford Borough Council’s 12 wards, allocated for grass roots community events and projects. Find out more.

Cllr Peter Jeffree with the new Cassiobury Christmas tree.

Cllr Peter Jeffree with the new Cassiobury Christmas tree.


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