Rickmansworth is a small town in southwest Hertfordshire, England 17 miles northwest of central London and inside the perimeter of the M25 motorway. The town is to the north of the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne; the nearest large town is Watford 5 miles to the east. Rickmansworth is the administrative seat of the Three Rivers District Council; the confluence of the Chess and the Gade with the Colne in Rickmansworth inspired the district's name. The enlarged Colne flows south to form a major tributary of the River Thames; the town is served by the Metropolitan line of the London Underground and Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone to Aylesbury. The name Rickmansworth comes from the Saxon name Ryckmer, the local landowner, worth meaning a farm or stockade. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as the Manor of Prichemaresworde. Other spellings include Rykemarwurthe, Rykemerewrthe, Rikesmareswrth, Rikmeresworth & Rykemerysworth. There was a settlement in this part of the Colne Valley in the Stone age.
Rickmansworth was one of five manors with which the great Abbey of St Albans had been endowed when founded in 793 by King Offa. Local tithes supported the abbey, which provided clergy to serve the people until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Around the time of the Domesday Book, the population of "Prichemareworth" may have been about 200. Cardinal Wolsey, in his capacity as Abbot of St Albans, held the Manor of le More in the valley; the manor house was replaced by the hill-top mansion Moor Park, which became the residence of Admiral Lord Anson, who commissioned Capability Brown to remake the formal gardens, in 1828 of the Barons Ebury. The wider area, including Croxley Green, Moor Park, Mill End, West Hyde and Chorleywood, formed the original parish of Rickmansworth. In 1851, the population had grown to 4,800, the parish was divided. St Mary's Church serves the parish concentrated in the town and extending to Batchworth and parts of Moor Park; the town had a population of 14,571 recorded at the 2001 census.
The three rivers, the Colne and Gade, provided water for the watercress trade and power for corn milling, silk weaving, paper making and brewing, all long gone. Other industries have included leather-tanning, soft drinks, straw-plaiting and stocking production. Now, the rivers and flooded gravel pits provide for recreation. West Mill, a water mill, existed at the time of the Domesday Survey, it was leased to the abbot and convent of St Albans by Ralph Bukberd for a term of years ending in 1539. In 1533, they leased it from the end of this term for twenty-six years to Richard Wilson of Watford, he was to keep in repair the mill and two millstones, 10 inches thick, 4 ft 8 in in breadth. The mill was leased in 1544 to William Hutchinson, yeoman of the spicery, Janet his wife for their lives, it afterwards came to John Wilson, was granted in 1576–77 to Richard Master. There was a water-mill called Batchworth Mill, a fishery called Blacketts Mill in Rickmansworth. Batchworth Mill was used as a cotton mill, but was bought in 1820 by Messrs.
John Dickinson & Co. and converted into paper mills, now the site of Affinity Water. Scotsbridge Mill was productive but now is home to a restaurant with the unusual feature of a salmon run. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries many of the principal inhabitants were described as'clothiers,' from which it may be inferred that the manufacture of cloth was at one time carried on in the parish, but this industry has long since ceased. There were silk and flock mills here, described in 1808 as built. A long-running dispute over water levels in the Batchford area, following construction of the Grand Junction Canal, was resolved in 1825, when an 8-foot-3-inch obelisk was erected in a pond, to act as a water gauge, it records the agreement made between the canal company, John Dickinson the miller at Batchworth Mill, R. Williams of Moor Park the landowner. In July 1860 Lord Ebury obtained powers to construct a 4 1⁄2-mile single-track railway line between Rickmansworth and Watford, which opened in October 1862.
Rickmansworth station was opposite the church to the south of the town with interchange sidings with the nearby Grand Union Canal. The line had a depot in Watford. A further Parliamentary authorisation was obtained a year to construct an extension from Rickmansworth to connect with the Great Western Railway's Uxbridge branch, but this was never realised. Despite hopes the railway would bring economic development and serve the factories and warehouses that had developed along the Grand Union Canal, it was Watford that grew at a faster pace and drew business from Rickmansworth; the railway was dogged with financial problems and a further Act of Parliament in 1863 authorised the issue of further shares to the value of £30,000. The service consisted of five trains each way; the line was worked from the outset by the London and North Western Railway, which paid the WRR 50% of the gross earnings. The railway was never financially successful and the official receiver was called in four years after opening.
The company attempted to remedy its financial problems by opening several freight branches, the most notable being to the Croxley printers and to the Grand Union Canal at Croxley Green. The company was absorbed by the burgeoning LNWR whose station it shared at Watford Junction in 1881. Rickmansworth grew durin
South Oxhey is a suburb of Watford in the Watford Rural parish of the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire, England. It is located in the south western corner of Northwood Hertfordshire and close to the boundary with Greater London. At the 2011 Census South Oxhey's population was included in the Northwick Ward of Three Rivers Council South Oxhey is a large estate built on land, part of the Oxhey Hall Estate. There was a manor house here, Oxhey Place, a chapel; the manor house was owned by the Blackwell family of Blackwell fame. It burnt down in 1960. Oxhey Chapel is still standing to the south of the parish church of All Saints; the church was opened in 1954 to serve the new estate built after the Second World War by the London County Council. The church was demolished and rebuilt in 2000. Since the introduction of the nationwide Right to buy policy in 1980, many South Oxhey residents have bought their homes from the local council, meaning that by 2007, some 70% of houses on the estate are owned.
The estate was built after the Second World War to help alleviate the housing pressures thrust upon London during the Blitz as well as general inadequate housing. South Oxhey was built and managed by the London County Council and the Greater London Council. In 1980 the ownership and management of the estate was transferred from the GLC to Three Rivers District Council. Following changes to financial regulations in 2008, the remaining social housing was transferred to Thrive Homes housing association. South Oxhey featured in the BBC television series The Choir: Unsung Town, first broadcast on BBC Two on 1 September 2009; the programme featured a project by Gareth Malone to assemble a community choir in the town by recruiting local residents and encouraging them to take part. A legacy of the programme was the foundation of two groups, the South Oxhey Community Choir and the South Oxhey Youth Choir; as part of the TV series, the choirs performed at venues including the Watford Colosseum, St Albans Abbey, headlining at Sox Fest'09 in May 2009.
In April 2009, the Community Choir made their debut recording at Abbey Road Studios. Gareth Malone continued as choirmaster for two years following the conclusion of the TV recording and now maintains his support as patron; the current musical director is Simon Wookey and both the Community and Youth choirs continue to make regular performances about three to four times per year at events around Hertfordshire and the South East of England. Nick Moran - Actor and Director Paul Field - Two time Winter Olympian from South Oxhey. Grew up in Hemel Hempstead. South Oxhey is served by London Overground rail services from Carpenders Park railway station, on the Watford DC Line. Trains run from Watford Junction to London Euston every 20 minutes in either direction; until 1982, Carpenders Park was part of the London Underground network, on the Bakerloo line. A number of bus routes pass through South Oxhey. Buses are managed by Hertfordshire County Council's Intalink transport service. One service is provided by Arriva Shires & Essex: The No. 8 runs from Northwood to Abbots Langley running along Fairfield Avenue, Gosforth Lane and Hayling Road - the route vacated by the cessation of the 503 service.
In addition, there are two limited'shopper' services. Colnbrook Greenfields Oxhey Wood St. Josephs Roman Catholic School Warren Dell Primary Woodhall PrimarySouth Oxhey has no secondary schools. However, from the early 1950s, there were two Secondary modern schools – Clarendon, on Chilwell Gardens, the smaller Hampden School, on Little Oxhey Lane. Built to cater for post-war conditions both schools combined to form Sir James Altham Comprehensive. Three Rivers Council sold off the School Land to developers. Now a shortage of School places in Hertfordshire has left South Oxhey as the furthest Town from a secondary School in Herts. In 2012, the Three Rivers District Council proposed a redevelopment of the local shopping and business area known as'The Precinct'; the initiative was devised after 130 flats between Fairfield Avenue and Oxhey Drive were identified by the council as being beyond repair and in need of replacing. However many residents were against the idea of knocking down the old Precinct favouring refurbishment of the existing buildings.
Many of the local shop keepers formed a pressure group against a full redevelopment. In November 2013, political support for the South Oxhey Initiative fractured as the local Conservative Party withdrew their backing for the regeneration scheme; this followed the decision by two housing associations to pull their support as development partners. One of the main areas of political disagreement is the level of social housing to be included in the proposed development. In January 2014, Three Rivers Council announced that they intend to continue with submitting an outline planning application in June 2014, in the hope that a developer will show interest in the scheme after planning permission has been granted. In 2016 Three Rivers District Council and development partner Countryside Properties announced they had entered into an agreement to redevelop central South Oxhey; the proposals for the regeneration include 514 new homes, as well as public spaces. Work is planned for three phases, with the overall development planned for completion in 2022.
Work began in late 2016, is underway at the former Jet public house site on Hayling Road, Maylands/ Ferndown Road and Hallowes Crescent.. South Oxhey h
Hertfordshire is one of the home counties in the south east of England. It is bordered by Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to the north, Essex to the east, Greater London to the south, Buckinghamshire to the west. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England region. In 2013, the county had a population of 1,140,700 in an area of 634 square miles; the four towns that have between 50,000 and 100,000 residents are Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans. Hertford, once the main market town for the medieval agricultural county, derives its name from a hart and a ford, used as the components of the county's coat of arms and flag. Elevations are high for the region in the west; these reach over 800 feet in the western projection around Tring, in the Chilterns. The county's borders are the watersheds of the Colne and Lea. Hertfordshire's undeveloped land is agricultural and much is protected by green belt; the county's landmarks span many centuries, ranging from the Six Hills in the new town of Stevenage built by local inhabitants during the Roman period, to Leavesden Film Studios.
The volume of intact medieval and Tudor buildings surpasses London, in places in well-preserved conservation areas in St Albans which includes some remains of Verulamium, the town where in the 3rd century an early recorded British martyrdom took place. Saint Alban, a Romano-British soldier, took the place of a Christian priest and was beheaded on Holywell Hill, his martyr's cross of a yellow saltire on a blue field is reflected in the flag and coat of arms of Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire is well-served with railways, providing good access to London; the largest sector of the economy of the county is in services. Hertfordshire was the area assigned to a fortress constructed at Hertford under the rule of Edward the Elder in 913. Hertford is derived from meaning deer crossing; the name Hertfordshire is first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1011. Deer feature in many county emblems. There is evidence of humans living in Hertfordshire from the Mesolithic period, it was first farmed during the Neolithic period and permanent habitation appeared at the beginning of the Bronze Age.
This was followed by tribes settling in the area during the Iron Age. Following the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43, the aboriginal Catuvellauni submitted and adapted to the Roman life. Saint Alban, a Romano-British soldier, took the place of a Christian priest and was beheaded on Holywell Hill, his martyr's cross of a yellow saltire on a blue field is reflected in the flag and coat of arms of Hertfordshire as the yellow field to the stag or Hart representing the county. He is the Patron Saint of Hertfordshire. With the departure of the Roman Legions in the early 5th century, the now unprotected territory was invaded and colonised by the Anglo-Saxons. By the 6th century the majority of the modern county was part of the East Saxon kingdom; this short lived kingdom collapsed in the 9th century, ceding the territory of Hertfordshire to the control of the West Anglians of Mercia. The region became an English shire in the 10th century, on the merger of the West Saxon and Mercian kingdoms. A century William of Normandy received the surrender of the surviving senior English Lords and Clergy at Berkhamsted, resulting in a new Anglicised title of William the Conqueror before embarking on an uncontested entry into London and his coronation at Westminster.
Hertfordshire was used for some of the new Norman castles at Bishop's Stortford, at King's Langley, a staging post between London and the royal residence of Berkhamsted. The Domesday Book recorded the county as having nine hundreds. Tring and Danais became one—Dacorum—from Danis Corum or Danish rule harking back to a Viking not Saxon past; the other seven were Braughing, Cashio, Hertford and Odsey. The first shooting-down of a zeppelin over Great Britain during WW1 happened in Cuffley; as London grew, Hertfordshire became conveniently close to the English capital. However, the greatest boost to Hertfordshire came during the Industrial Revolution, after which the population rose dramatically. In 1903, Letchworth became the world's first garden city and Stevenage became the first town to redevelop under the New Towns Act 1946. From the 1920s until the late 1980s, the town of Borehamwood was home to one of the major British film studio complexes, including the MGM-British Studios. Many well-known films were made here including the first three Star Wars movies.
The studios used the name of Elstree. American director Stanley Kubrick not only used to shoot in those studios but lived in the area until his death. Big Brother UK and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? have been filmed there. EastEnders is filmed at Elstree. Hertfordshire has seen development at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. On 17 October 2000, the Hatfield rail crash killed four people with over 70 injured; the crash exposed the shortcomings of Railtrack, which saw speed restrictions and major track replacement. On 10 May 2002, the second of the Potters Bar rail accidents occurred killing seven people.
Liberal Democrats (UK)
The Liberal Democrats are a liberal political party in the United Kingdom. They have 11 Members of Parliament in the House of Commons, 96 members of the House of Lords, one member of the European Parliament, five Members of the Scottish Parliament and one member in the Welsh Assembly and London Assembly. At the height of its influence, the party formed a coalition government with the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2015 with its leader Nick Clegg serving as Deputy Prime Minister, it is led by Sir Vince Cable. In 1981, an electoral alliance was established between the Liberal Party, a group, the direct descendent of the 18th-century Whigs, the Social Democratic Party, a splinter group from the Labour Party. In 1988 this alliance was formalised as the Liberal Democrats. Under the leadership of Paddy Ashdown and Charles Kennedy, the party grew during the 1990s and 2000s, focusing its campaigning on specific seats and becoming the third largest party in the House of Commons. Under its leader Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats were junior partners in a coalition government headed by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, with Clegg serving as Deputy Prime Minister.
The coalition damaged the Liberal Democrats' electoral prospects: the party was reduced from 57 to 8 seats at the 2015 election. Positioned in the centre ground of British politics, the Liberal Democrats are ideologically liberal. Emphasising stronger protections for civil liberties, the party promotes liberal approaches to issues like LGBT rights, education policy, criminal justice. Different factions take different approaches to economic issues; the party is pro-Europeanist, supporting continued UK membership of the European Union and greater European integration. It calls for electoral reform with a transition from the first-past-the-post voting system to one of proportional representation. Other policies have included further environmental protections and drug liberalisation laws, while it has opposed certain UK military engagements like the Iraq War; the party is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Liberal International. The Liberal Democrats are strongest in northern Scotland, southwest London, southwest England, mid-Wales.
The Liberal Democrats were formed on 3 March 1988 by a merger between the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party, which had formed a pact nearly seven years earlier as the SDP–Liberal Alliance. The Liberal Party, founded in 1859, were descended from the Whigs and Peelites, while the SDP were a party created in 1981 by former Labour Party members, MPs and cabinet ministers, but gained defections from the Conservative Party. Having declined to third party status after the rise of the Labour Party from 1918 and during the 1920s, the Liberals were challenged for this position in the 1980s when a group of Labour MPs broke away and established the Social Democratic Party; the SDP and the Liberals realised that there was no space for two political parties of the centre and entered into the SDP–Liberal Alliance so that they would not stand against each other in elections. The Alliance was led by Roy Jenkins; the two parties had their own policies and emphases, but produced a joint manifesto for the 1983 and 1987 general elections.
Following disappointing results in the 1987 election, Steel proposed to merge the two parties. Although opposed by Owen, it was supported by a majority of members of both parties, they formally merged in March 1988, with Steel and Robert Maclennan as joint interim leaders; the new party was named Social and Liberal Democrats with the unofficial short form The Democrats being used from September 1988. The name was subsequently changed to Liberal Democrats in October 1989, shortened to Lib Dems; the new party logo, the Bird of Liberty, was adopted in 1989. The minority of the SDP who rejected the merger remained under Owen's leadership in a rump SDP. Michael Meadowcroft joined the Liberal Democrats in 2007 but some of his former followers continue still as the Liberal Party, most notably in a couple of electoral wards of the cities of Liverpool and Peterborough; the then-serving Liberal MP Paddy Ashdown was elected leader in July 1988. At the 1989 European Elections, the party received only 6% of the vote, putting them in fourth place after the Green Party.
They failed to gain a single Member of the European Parliament at this election. Over the next three years, the party recovered under Ashdown's leadership, they performed better at the 1990 local elections and in by-elections—including at Eastbourne in 1990 which saw the first success by a Liberal Democrat standing for parliament. They had further successes in Ribble Valley and Kincardine & Deeside in 1991; the Lib Dems did not reach the share of national votes in the 1990s that the Alliance had achieved in the 1980s. At their first election in 1992, they won 17.8 % of twenty seats. In the 1994 European Elections, the party gained its first two Members of European Parliament. Following the election of Tony Blair as Labour leader in July 1994 after the death of his predecessor John Smith, Ashdown pursued co-operation between the two parties becaus
River Colne, Hertfordshire
The Colne is a river in England, a tributary of the River Thames. Just over half its course is in south Hertfordshire. Downstream, the Colne is the boundary between Buckinghamshire and London and between corners of Berkshire and Surrey. On leaving Hertfordshire, the watercourse splits off into several separate branches, a few of which rejoin it, its main branch flows into the River Thames on the reach above Penton Hook Lock at Staines-upon-Thames. Two further, artificial distributaries were constructed in the 1600-1750 period for aesthetic reasons for Hampton Court and for Syon Park which have been kept maintained, flowing through several London districts. Although their main purpose was not drinking water, these artificial streams can be likened to the New River in scale and in date. Crossing its route and canals, such as the Grand Union Canal, have been recognised for pioneering engineering during the Industrial Revolution. Digging for gravel and clay along its lower course south of Rickmansworth has created a long belt of pits which have flooded to become lakes.
Many of these protected as nature reserves. The river and many once gravel-producing lakes form the Colne Valley regional park in total covering 43 square miles; the Colne rises perennially from a subterranean river at a spring in North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire. Two dry tributaries: an unnamed brook and the Mimmshall Brook start 2.5 to 4 mi from the source at golf courses in Barnet, at Borehamwood and in fields by Northaw Place, Northaw. This underground stretch under the old village centre of North Mymms runs for 1.1 mi from swallow holes of the two brooks in the part of that parish named Water End. From the Water End Swallow Holes the Colne runs NW SW, bounding central and residential Watford and Oxhey bounding Rickmansworth and Batchworth marking the border between Greater London and Buckinghamshire. After these conjoined settlements it turns south, its main direction, passes between West Hyde, near Maple Cross, Harefield, passes Denham Green passes Uxbridge, where it parallels the Grand Union Canal and its distributary the Frays River, joined by the River Pinn between Cowley and Yiewsley on the Greater London side.
The Colne Brook splits off as a distributary between New Uxbridge. After this, at West Drayton, the Frays River rejoins and the Wraysbury River and Duke of Northumberland's River divide off. In its lower reaches, the river at Longford supplies water to the Longford River, a 12-mile artificial channel created in 1610 for King Charles I to supply the water features in Bushy Park and the rectangular lakes in Hampton Court Park; the Colne's drainage basin extends as far north again as the main stream of the river beginning in Hertfordshire: its tributaries, including the Gade and Misbourne, all extend well into the Chilterns. The Colne's drainage basin is bordered by a range of Thames tributaries to the east and west, including the Crane and Lea to the east and Wye to the west. To the north of Tring a modest ridge acts as a watershed, separating the Colne's drainage basin from that of the River Great Ouse, which flows north and east towards the Wash; the villages of Colney Heath east of St Albans, London Colney south of St Albans, Colney Street north of Radlett and Colnbrook between Slough and Heathrow take their name from the river.
Three Rivers district covers an area of Hertfordshire named after the River Colne and its two tributary rivers which join the closest together, the River Chess and the River Gade. Among early proposals to link the river to London was one in 1641 by Sir Edward Forde for a navigable canal, the main purpose of which seems to have been the supply of clean water, two in 1766, for canals from Marylebone to the river at Uxbridge and another from Marylebone to West Drayton; the river underwent considerable change in the 1790s, when the Grand Junction Canal was routed along the valley and still takes the river channel for part of its course. Construction began from Brentford, where it used for 3 miles the channel of the River Brent, progressed westwards northwards, with it reaching Uxbridge in November 1794. To reach the Midlands it continued along the river channel until its junction with the River Gade, which it ran parallel to, but did not take over the channel; the Slough Arm was built in 1882 which required three aqueducts to carry it close to its junction with the Grand Junction, to cross the Fray's River, the River Colne and the Colne Brook.
Between Croxley Green, where the River Gade joins the Colne, Thorney/West Drayton, below the Slough Arm, the river channels thread their way between many large lakes, some of which were once watercress beds, some chalk pits, some of which were the result of brickmaking, an industry that developed over several miles of the valley after 1800, when the Grand Junction Canal company advertised the presence of good brick earth, discovered during the construction of the canal. There are two London Coal Duty markers beside the river, which mark points at which duty became payable on coal entering the London area; the first is on the north side of the river in Colney Heath Local Nature Reserve, is a square-section cast iron pillar made by Henry Grissell at his Regents Canal ironworks and erected in 1861 or 1862. It is painted white; the second is a stone obelisk, 13 feet high, with a square base, erected at Colne Bridge in 1861. It was moved from its original position to the other side of t
Richard Harrington (politician)
Richard Irwin Harrington is a British Conservative Party politician and former property developer and hotelier. Since the 2010 general election he has been the Member of Parliament for Watford, he was the Minister for Business & Industry from June 2017 to March 2019. Harrington was born on 4 November 1957 in Leeds to a British Jewish family, his father sold clothes from a market stall. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford University, where he studied Jurisprudence. While at Oxford, he sat on the Executive Board of the Federation of Conservative Students and was a member of the National Union Executive of the Party, he began his career in business with a graduate scheme at the John Lewis Partnership, where he became the assistant to the managing director of Waitrose. In 1983, he founded Harvington Properties, a property development company, with two friends from university. In 1990, Harrington became a shareholder and managing director of a company active in the development and management of holiday resorts in both the UK and Europe.
The company was sold to a listed American company at the end of the decade. Harrington stayed on as chairman until 2000; when he left, the company employed more than 2,000 people. Other notable work in property development included the restoration of one of Glasgow’s most famous hotels, One Devonshire Gardens. Harrington supports a range of charities and has been a trustee of the Variety Club Children’s Society, he is trustee of several charities in Watford. Harrington is a long-time member of the Conservative Party, in which he has played an active part since 1983, supporter of Kenneth Clarke; until March 2010 he was chairman of the Executive Board of the Conservative Friends of Israel, during his tenure, had quadrupled in size financially. He was appointed a treasurer of the Conservative Party in 2008, the role in which he launched the Number 10 Club with Sir John Major. Harrington won the Watford constituency from Claire Ward at the 2010 general election with a majority of 1425, he was the first of the 2010 intake to make his maiden speech.
Since his election, Harrington has been elected as General Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group, Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Film Industry Group, a member of the International Development Select Committee between July 2010 - November 2012. He has run a number of successful community projects in Watford including six jobs fairs and a Community Exchange, his main areas of interest are cutting local unemployment, supporting business in the constituency and progressing the significant infrastructure projects in Watford including the redeveloping Watford Junction and the Watford Health Campus. In September 2012, Harrington was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party. In the 2012/2013 Parliamentary Session, Harrington brought in a Private Members Bill to criminalise the unlawful subletting of social housing property. In May 2015, Harrington was re-elected as Watford's Member of Parliament, with a 9,794 majority, increasing the Conservative share of the vote by 8.5%.
A month in June 2015, Harrington was appointed as the Prime Minister's apprenticeships' adviser. On 14 September 2015 Harrington was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for Syrian refugees, reporting to the Home Secretary, Theresa May. Harrington was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions in Theresa May's first government reshuffle on 17 July 2016, with his former position left vacant and abolished. In the 2017 snap general election, Harrington was re-elected with a reduced majority of 2,092. Harrington moved to the Department for Business and Industrial Strategy in the subsequent cabinet reshuffle. Having helped secure Government funding for the Croxley Rail Link Harrington expressed frustration with Sadiq Khan, the Labour Mayor of London, for not progressing the project in February 2018, despite Harrington securing an extra £73 million from the Government. In response Labour representatives argued that central Government funding should be provided for a project, located outside of London and that "a more balanced approach, seeking the Department for Transport and TFL to work together is what is needed".
In early 2019, Harrington warned of the risks of a "no-deal" Brexit. On 25 March 2019 he resigned from the government to vote for Oliver Letwin’s amendment. On 1 April 2019, Harrington became the sixth Conservative MP to express his support for a People's Vote on Brexit. In June 2010 he supported and signed an early day motion in support of the continuation of National Health Service funding for homeopathy, a motion sponsored by Conservative MP David Tredinnick. Harrington was married in 1982 to Jessie and they separated in December 2013, they have two grown-up sons. Richard Harrington MP Official website Watford Conservatives Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou Electoral history and profile at The Guardian The Register of Members' Financial Interests, House of Commons Publications, at 6 September 2010
Croxley Green is a village and large suburb of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, a civil parish in England. Located on the A412 between Watford to the northeast and Rickmansworth to the southwest, it is 20 miles northwest of central London. Croxley Green has changed in the years since John Dickinson built paper mills in the area; the area has grown into a semi-urban community, thanks to Croxley tube station on the Metropolitan line providing connections to London's West End at Baker Street and stations through to the City at Aldgate. The population at the 2011 Census was 12,562. Croxley Green has a large village green; the Croxley Green Windmill was built c. 1860 and survives today converted to residential accommodation. The Green houses the "Revels on The Green", an annual village fair which includes a traditional maypole dance, which used to be illustrated on the road signs on entering the village; the revels were featured in Metro-land, the 1973 television documentary by John Betjeman, who referred to them solemnly as "a tradition dating back to 1952".
The annual Mummers play, "St. George & The Dragon", is played out during the Christmas period at a number of village hostelries. Since 2006 the Parish Council have organised a firework display on The Green for New Year's Eve. Croxley Mill was built in 1830 adjacent to the Grand Union Canal by the paper manufacturer John Dickinson. Croxley Script stationery used to be produced there by John Dickinson and Co. Ltd. Dickinson Square, Dickinson Avenue, Barton Way are streets named after the mill owner and some contain the houses built by the company for their workers at the end of the 19th Century; the mill closed in 1980. In 1986, Croxley Common Moor to the south of the village, OS grid reference TQ083949, is a 39.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserve. In 2008 a group of residents were successful in gaining village green status for Buddleia Wood, a small area of woodland to the south of the village, thereby protecting the area for generations to come; the village signs were replaced in February 2008 with a scene of All The Green.
Train services are provided from Croxley station on the Watford branch of the London Underground Metropolitan line, providing connections to London's West End at Baker Street and stations through to the City at Aldgate. The journey is between 40 and 45 minutes to Baker Street, 60 minutes to the terminus at Aldgate. C of E All Saints' Church, The Green C of E St Oswald's Church, Malvern Way C of E Explore Church, Fuller Way Croxley Green Baptist Church, Baldwin's Lane Croxley Green Methodist Church, New Road Roman Catholic, St Bede's, Baldwins Lane Croxley Green Christian Assembly Morris Minors Pre School Malvern Way Infant and Nursery School Little Green Junior School Harvey Road Primary School Yorke Mead Primary School Rickmansworth School In 2016, Rickmansworth School took in an extra class of 30 students of which would now occur with every new year group joining with £2.3 million funding to upgrade their facilities from the government. York House School is an independent preparatory day school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 13 years of age, located on Sarratt Road near Croxley Green in Redheath, an eighteenth-century mansion.
Redheath was built and rebuilt in stages by the Baldwin and Baldwin Finch families. The current features date variously from 1712, 1743 and 1866; the school was founded in Hampstead in 1910 by Rev. Cambridge Victor Hawkins, it relocated to Rickmansworth in the late 1940s moved again to its current location in 1966. The school motto is "Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam", Latin for "Either I shall find a way or I shall make one"; the school's alumni are referred to as Old Yorkists. Notable alumni include: Alan King-Hamilton, former Old Bailey judge Sir John Sulston, Nobel Prize winner Croxley Green has a Residents Association and a Parish Council. There are local organisations dedicated to pastimes and leisure; the Croxley Green Society runs the "Revels", an event hosted on The Green in June/July every year. There are varying clubs including the camera, wine, bicycle and folk. Additionally there is an annual free of charge festival, called'CroxFest', which takes place on The Green in September. Barbara Woodhouse the dog trainer presented Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way on television in the 1980s and lived at Campions from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Fred Housego, the 1980 BBC Mastermind winner, sometime London black cab driver. Ron Tarr, a British actor, best known for playing the part of "Big Ron" in EastEnders, lived in Durrants Drive. In a report about Tarr's death in the Daily Mirror, journalist Chris Hughes stated the character had "a cult following". Croxley Green Parish Council Croxley Green Residents Association Website Croxley Green Website Croxley Revels Croxley Great Barn Croxley Green Parish Boundary Walk on WildþingUK York House School