Defending our Countryside

One of the great pleasures of living in our part of Hertfordshire is the countryside we have right on our doorstep. I grew up enjoying the green fields around Radlett and love the space and freedom it provides. It makes our towns and villages distinct and special places to live. We of course need more homes for our children and grandchildren, but this must not be at the expense of what makes our area special. 

Nationally, I have championed the maintenance of our green open spaces. Locally, I have joined campaigns against inappropriate and unsustainable developments. 

I have worked closely with STRIFE to do all I can to resist the construction of the Radlett Rail Freight Terminal that would clog our roads, blight our countryside and put further pressure on the Thameslink line. I've championed the maintenance and re-planting of precious trees across the Borough. In Bushey I am also continuing to work with all parties to help secure the future of Aldenham Reservoir. I am also working with residents in Borehamwood to help fight the De-registration and Exchange of village green land at Woodcock Hill. 

I encouraged constituents to engage with the council’s consultation process on its draft Local Plan and I have stressed to councillors the importance of protecting our green spaces as they work to put a new plan in place. I am also engaging with the Housing Secretary to raise constituents’ concerns about Hertsmere’s housing targets.  

It is a key priority of mine to protect our precious green open spaces for generations to come. 

News

Oliver Challenges Housing Numbers

Oliver has written to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to challenge the number of houses which Hertsmere Borough Council must accommodate in their new Local Plan, and to raise the effect of these on Hertsmere’s green spaces.  

Oliver's Column for My News - May 2021

Over the past year, many of us have been spending more time outside enjoying the beautiful countryside that surrounds Bushey and Radlett.

Oliver disheartened by Aldenham Reservoir developments

Oliver has expressed his ongoing concern about the developments at Aldenham Reservoir, including the decision by Liberty Lake Leisure Ltd to construct a fence around the lake.

Oliver has consistently fought to preserve this local jewel and has been following the developments closely. 

Oliver Backs Future of Aldenham Reservoir as Owners Lower Water Level

Oliver Dowden has this week renewed his support for Aldenham Reservoir and maintaining it as a community asset. The pledge came after the news that the sluice gates at the reservoir have been opened by its owners, Liberty Lake Leisure Ltd, releasing water and lowering its depth by a metre.