Budget Consultation 2017-18
During December 2016 and early January 2017 Three Rivers DC conducted a survey with residents to gain their opinions on the budget decisions we need to make to balance our budget over the next 3 years. The results of this survey are now available. Budget Consultation Report (pdf)
Over the past few years, all councils have seen cuts in their financial support from central government. Since 2010, Three Rivers has seen its grant from central government cut by over £3 million. Over the next three years, funding will be cut again by a further £1.4 million.
Over the last decade, Three Rivers has made almost £4million of efficiency savings. This has mainly been achieved by sharing administration costs and back-office services with other councils and public bodies, cutting the number of councillors and councillors’ allowances, and reducing bureaucracy. The council has done this whilst keeping its part of the council tax paid by each household lower than that charged 10 years ago.
Next year (April 2017 - March 2018) a further £450,000 needs to be saved to balance the council's budget.
Hertfordshire Omnibus Survey 2017/18
The latest results of the Hertfordshire Omnibus Survey are in. The survey contains questions on satisfaction with council services. Interviews took place throughout 2017 and the start of 2018. The enclosed results look at Three Rivers District Council specifically and were derived from 500 telephone interviews across the research period.
The enclosed report displays the results of the eighth year of the programme.
Parks and Open Spaces
During 2017 a brand new set of on-line surveys were introduced by Three Rivers District Council, to monitor satisfaction and needs for Three Rivers’ parks: Aquadrome, Chorleywood House Estate, Leavesden Country Park and Oxhey Woods. These surveys are marketed on the Three Rivers District Council website, via social media, neighbourhood watch email group: ‘Owl’, ‘Friends of the park’ groups and Three Rivers Times.
Feedback has been invaluable and encouraging. For the period 8 August to 14 December 2017, ratings of the design and appearance of the parks was high, with ‘good’ ratings as follows: Aquadrome (94%), Chorleywood House Estate (92%), Leavesden (92%) and Oxhey Woods (86%).
The Council has absorbed all the feedback for suggestions and improvements and will be incorporating this into their strategies. Of particular note were suggestions for more information signs for path routes and wildlife, more seasonal/group events and work on some of the paths. The Council thanks participants for their invaluable input to support the maintenance of beautiful, accessible parks.
The Council is continually reviewing the survey results, so to have your say, go to the Consultation page on www.threerivers.gov.uk or follow the links below:
Aquadrome: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AquadromeCPCustSat17 Chorleywood House Estate: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CHECustSat17 Oxhey Woods: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OxheyWoodsCustSat17 Leavesden: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LeavesCustSat17
Council Tax Benefits Consultation
The Government is giving councils less money to pay for the new scheme. As a result, Three Rivers District Council had to save at least £600,000.
Pensioners who claim Council Tax Benefit have a guarantee that they will not be affected by these changes.
The Council consulted with residents about the different options for finding the savings. A telephone survey was conducted and residents also had the opportunity to comment via an on-line survey. The consultation ran from the 17th September to the 14th October 2012.
The results of the online survey are detailed below. Please see the report below.
LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) Focus Groups 2011
Two focus groups were facilitated by officers from Three Rivers District Council on behalf of the Hertfordshire LGBT Partnership. Both groups contained a mix of the LGBT community who live work or socialise in Watford, Three Rivers or Hertsmere. The associated report can be downloaded below.