Feb 2024 winners drawn

The next RDRA 100+ Club winners have been drawn and winners will be notified soon!

Join the RDRA 100+ club today and you too can win a cash prize of up to £150 in our March draw.

By joining the RDRA 100+ club today you will make a valuable contribution towards helping us make Ricky a much better place to live in. £2.50 of every £5.00 that you contribute each month goes towards funding good causes that will enrich our community.

Click here to find out more and to join

Left to right: Debbie & Chairman Ash draw the next winner using a random number generator app. Photo taken by Anne.
Wine and cheese evening

Wine & Cheese tasting event

At our Wine & Cheese evening on 21 March, 8-10pm, there will be wine & cheese tasting from exhibitors. One of these exhibitors is Village Wine based in Bushey. They have given us a detailed list of the wines that they are bringing for us to taste on the night, along with which food pairs well with each wine. Village Wine will also be bringing some delicious British cheeses to taste and buy on the night. Their discounted-on-the-night wine prices and order form is here: Village Wine’s detailed wine list and order form.

To find out more and to buy tickets to this event, click here

Proceeds of RDRA 100+ Club events go towards local good causes like better signage for the Community Garden & Orchard and RDRA running costs.

Have your say on district council services

Message from TRDC

Residents have an opportunity to shape the future of council services across Three Rivers district as a major survey of local opinion is launched.

Three Rivers District Council launched its residents’ survey on 7 February – and the results will help the council make informed decisions over the future of services.

The annual residents’ survey gives people the opportunity to have their say on the services they receive from their district council. Views are being sought from all residents aged 16 and over and the survey will close in 31 March.

“This is your opportunity to give direct feedback on the council, the services we provide and the way we provide them. Is there an issue you think we should be paying more attention to? Or have you had a good experience you would like to give feedback on? You can take the survey by clicking on our Have Your Say platform today.”

Cllr Sarah Nelmes, the Council Leader

The district council provides a variety of services ranging from benefits, community safety, planning and housing needs to leisure services, parks and green spaces, public health and protection and waste and recycling collections.

If you would like more information on the survey contact enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk or call 01923 776611. Paper copies are available from the Visitor Centre at Three Rivers House and at the Community Hubs.

To complete the survey, click: https://haveyoursay.threerivers.gov.uk/trdc-residents-survey

Batchworth Bridge accident

Batchworth Bridge crossing

The RDRA have been warning about the safety of the Batchworth Bridge crossing and today, Wednesday 21st February, there was another accident.

The accident happened early in the morning (6.30am) but it was still dark and the pedestrian was unfortunately wearing dark clothes so could not be seen by the driver.

We wish the pedestrian well – we don’t know the extent of their injuries but an ambulance was called to the scene.

We’ve been campaigning for years for something to be done about the crossing as there have been multiple accidents and near misses over the years. It stands to reason that without action, one day there will be a fatality.

A history of the bridge:

  • A crossing with traffic lights requested – rejected by council.
  • An extra lighting lamp post requested – rejected by council.
  • Change of speed limit requested on Riverside Drive from 40mph to 30mph to match the speed limit on the bridge and on the roundabouts surrounding the bridge – rejected by council.
  • Improved Belisha beacons – rejected by council.
  • Painted ’30’ or ‘Slow’ on the ground at the start of the bridge requested – rejected by council.
  • Handheld device (SID) for monitoring speeds requested – agreed to but the pandemic happened and our training was scuppered. And we now don’t have enough people to attend, minimum 10 people needed.
  • Council removes grills from barriers to allow drivers to see when pedestrians are waiting to cross during the day.
  • Rumble strip requested – rejected by council.
  • Extra lighting was again requested – agreed to but would cost £60,000. HCC only willing to fund a third of this lighting cost.
  • Recently, we were told that extra funding could possibly come from the Police, if they reassess the safety of the bridge – we have the forms and paperwork to start this process off and would like to know your current views. Please contact us to let us know!

Please could you also share this story on your Facebook page by clicking the blue Facebook icon on the left.

And express your views direct to your local Councillors.

Click here to see previous RDRA posts about Batchworth Bridge

Parking

Parking in the town centre and Mill End still remains a contentious issue. There are consultations and petitions ongoing. Please do look up the TRDC website for more details and information:

Parking permit overview:
https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/services/parking/permit-parking-overview#Permit%20Parking%20overview%20with%20answers%20to%20frequent%20questions

Parking zones within Rickmansworth:
https://cdn-trdc.prod.trdc.blazecms.app/files/2023/02/1e750270-b6a4-11ed-bfcd-715d70b6d39b-roads-in-permit-parking-zones-in-trd-sept2021.pdf

Parking consultation:
https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/parking-consultations#Rickmansworth%20West%20area

Wine & Cheese evening

One of our wine exhibitors at this event, Domaine Les Caizergues, has shared some information about themselves below – who knew they are based in Rickmansworth! We’ll be able to taste all their wines on offer and get a 10% discount now and right up to the event on 21st March. View Domaine Les Caizergues wine list, prices and order form.

We’ll be able to taste all the wine on offer and get a discount on the night.

Thursday 21st March, 8pm – 10pm
Rickmansworth Golf Club, Moor Lane WD3 1QL

Domaine les Caizergues leaflet

Thank you to everybody who have bought tickets so far – you are supporting the very first event organised by RDRA 100+ Club, proceeds of which will go to local good causes, like better signage for the Community Garden & Orchard.

Join the RDRA 100+ Club