Since 2010, I’ve been working hard to tackle the problems we face and to make our area an even better place to work, live and raise a family. There’s been a lot of progress, with increased investment, unemployment falling, and thousands of jobs created. But I know there is more that needs to be done.
So I have been working to deliver my 6 point plan for Watford.
Maintain Watford’s Job Growth
Since 2010, the number of people working in Watford has increased by over 7,000. To secure Watford's recovery and help more people into work I will continue to hold my annual Jobs Fair and help local businesses grow and create jobs. Read more about jobs in Watford.
Secure More Funding for School Places
Over £50million is being invested in local schools; improving facilities, opening new schools and creating over 2,500 new places. I’m pushing for more investment to ensure Watford's schools are equipped and prepared for the future. Read more about school places.
Invest in Watford Junction Station
Watford Junction is a key transport hub. In 2010, 5.5 million journeys were made from the station, this year it is set to increase to 7 million! With the Met Line extension confirmed and a potential Crossrail link, we need to make sure the station is upgraded and ready to meet demand. Read more about transport investment.
Back Apprenticeships and Skills training
Since 2010, 3,000 apprentices have started in Watford. Helping young people prepare for their career is a sound investment in their future. I am now encouraging even more businesses to take on apprentices and showing them the Government help available. Read more about apprenticeships in Watford.
Deliver more upgrades to Watford General
Investment in our hospital is gaining pace after Government funds for the new maternity unit and link road were secured. Now I will be pushing for the next phase of plans, which are currently being developed by NHS staff. Read more about Watford General improvements.
Back our High Street and Local Shopping Parades
Local shops are central to our community, but face difficult challenges. I am pleased that cuts to National Insurance Contributions and business rates discounts have helped. I’m now pushing for more assistance for small businesses to help reduce the cost of hiring new staff. Read more about shops, pubs and restaurants in Watford.