Another vape shop in Ricky High Street

The Peace Hospice charity shop has been turned into the high street’s fifth vape shop. Although we are on the side of businesses, this new shop has the words ‘Tobacco’ on it which was banned in the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002. This is why F1 cars stopped displaying tobacco company sponsorship and closing doors were fitted over cigarettes etc in shops.

A friendly councillor, Narinder Sian, saw the shop whilst he was at the Sunday Market and found out that the planning enforcement department is already looking into it. The department has contacted the relevant owners and will progress matters in the coming weeks. Watch this space!

Further information on TRDC planning website:

If you feel strongly about this issue and even though we may be in Purdah (pre-election period between the time local elections are announced and the date elections are held), please contact your local district councillors.

Empty retail units

Message received Feb 11, 2024 – via Contact us form

I’m keen to find out about activity around the empty retail units on the High Street. I’d love to see at least one of them turned into a community space. Maybe this is something I can develop. I’d love to know of any existing plans like this. Many thanks.

RDRA response:

I agree with your sentiments about vacant units in the high st. RDRA would support you in your endeavour to turn these into productive community spaces/projects.

We however have no control or have any influence with the individual landlords or their agents. You’d have to approach them directly and negotiate with them to get them to agree to what you want to do. 

Rickmansworth Market

Message from the Batchworth Community Council

We are back ………

In 2022 the Rickmansworth Market returned, and it was a great success with a fantastic array of stalls focussed on sustainability. We are grateful to the residents that supported the market, and we know they looked forward to a monthly trip to Rickmansworth High Street. After a short winter break, the market is opening again and as before it will be held on the last Sunday of each month, starting with Sunday 26th March from 10.30 AM to 2.30 PM. We have a wide variety of stalls, many of which sell out most months with over 35 to kick us off this month. The quality keeps on increasing & we have a waiting list of parties wishing to participate..

The first market of 2023 is fast approaching and in additional to coming to what is your magical market please bring your families & friends and try out some of the stunning goods and food on offer by the community of local, sustainable, ethical traders. The “Food Stalls” will be offering a range of flavours including Venison Burgers, a taste of Caribbean, and both Sri Lankan & Indian dishes. Please don’t forget to pop in and support our local shops too and have some fun with your neighbours at the Rickmansworth #loveyourhighstreet Market.

You can find more information and a full list of our wonderful traders on the market website: