The Mayor's Column: November 2021

I know that the whole town will have been shocked and saddened by the death of Sir David Amess MP. He was killed whilst carrying out his job, listening to residents and helping them with individual problems.

Politicians from every political party know how important it is to be approachable. It is only by meeting residents and attending community events that we can hear first-hand about the concerns they have.

As well as holding surgeries – both online and in person – I visit different parts of Watford every week to chat with residents. While we should take sensible steps to make sure this is done safely, we must never forget that if representatives want to work effectively for the people they are elected to serve, they must make sure that they listen to them. This is one of the foundations of our democratic system.

During November we remember the sacrifices made by men and women to protect our democratic freedoms and way of life. Councillors have been working with local residents to put up hundreds of poppies across the town. Since 2018 we have also supported the ‘There But Not There’ art installation project to help educate all generations. In total, 24 silhouette figures of First World War soldiers or ‘Tommy's’ have been installed across Watford, including an ‘Unknown Women in War’ statue at Gammons Lane.

I am pleased that this year we can once again welcome everyone to our Civic Service of Remembrance at the Town Hall on Sunday 14 November at 3pm, joining together to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

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