A MONTH-long campaign to combat drink and drug driving over the festive period has today (1) been launched by Hertfordshire Police.
The county-wide scheme, which runs until January 1, aims to inform motorists of the consequences of being intoxicated behind the wheel.
DEMENTIA sufferers' families have expressed their dismay after a Northwood day centre for the elderly was abruptly closed, amid 'serious health and safety concerns'.
Eastbury Road Day Centre (pictured), in Eastbury Road, was permanently shut on Friday (26), after Hillingdon Council cabinet members decided just one week earlier that the building was 'not fit for purpose, due to unacceptable safety risks in the event of a fire'.
RESIDENTS have the chance to win a traditional apple tree as part of a competition run by Three Rivers District Council (TRDC).
As part of celebrations to mark National Tree Week (from November 27 to December 5), TRDC has launched a 'hunt of the green apple' giveaway.
RESIDENTS are invited to raise concerns about issues across Croxley Green and beyond at a council surgery next Saturday (December 4).
The surgery will be hosted by Liberal Democrat Three Rivers District Councillor for Croxley Green North ward, Chris Lloyd.
It will be held at Croxley Green Library, in Barton Way, between 10am and noon. Everyone is welcome to discuss topics of local, district, council and national interest.
SANTA Claus and his reindeer will once again parade the streets of Rickmansworth and the surrounding areas, in the days running up to Christmas.
The Rotary Club of Rickmansworth will be sleighing through the streets between 6pm and 8pm from next Monday (December 6), to give residents a wave, a Ho, Ho, Ho, and maybe even a lollipop.
The club is also asking residents to dig deep and donate towards people in the area who are less fortunate at this time of year.
PLANS to transform an empty store into a Chinese takeaway restaurant in Northwood have been approved.
The shop, in High Street, situated within an Area of Special Local Character, has been vacant for the past 18 months.
But despite the disused store being described as an 'eyesore', a petition with 35 signatures was submitted against the scheme, arguing it would have a 'negative effect on the area' and 'bring down the standard of the High Street'.
AN EXHIBITION to publicise potential sites for a new school in Three Rivers will take place in Mill End on Monday, December 6.
The event, organised by Hertfordshire County Council, will provide information on five possible sites for a new school, as stated in Three Rivers District Council's local development framework consultation, Site Allocations 'Issues and Options'.
As reported in the Gazette, the sites are in various locations across Mill End, Maple Cross and Croxley Green.
PLANS to partly-demolish and convert a locally-listed former pub in Maple Cross have been approved by councillors.
The Cross, in Denham Way, closed it doors for the last time in April after being sold to developer Clearview Homes, which has proposed to build 12 new homes in its place.
The scheme, which was discussed at a Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) development control committee last night (18), sought to demolish extensions to the building and convert it into 11 two-bedroom properties and a studio flat, plus 19 parking spaces.
RESIDENTS of Cuckoo Hill have succeeded in persuading Hillingdon Council to install new road safety measures, following the death of teenager James Whybrow (pictured) this year.
Road planning bosses said they agreed with a residents' petition calling to make it safer and promised to paint fresh road markings and erect new flashing speed signs, at a hearing on Thursday (17).
There will also be a longer-term survey of vehicle speeds and research into a pedestrian crossing, with permanent road safety measures hopefully being installed by the end of next year.
TRAFFIC came to a stand-still in Mill End on Wednesday night (17), after a crash involving two cars on Uxbridge Road.
Police were called to the scene, at the junction with Grove Road, at about 5.55pm, after an officer radioed in a collision between a red Vauxhall Corsa and a red Honda.
The driver of the Corsa was taken to hospital for minor injuries and the vehicle was removed from the road, which was cleared at about 6.45pm.