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Mark Watkin

Mark  Watkin
04 June 2009
04 June 2009
Liberal Democrats
Nascot Park
27 Elizabeth Court
170 Hempstead Road
WD17 4LR
01923 255715

Declaration of Financial Interests

As is the case with every County Councillor, I have a locality fund to spend on community projects that are either based in my division or provide significant benefit to my residents.  Unfortunately the fund is now only £5,000 per annum, having been £10,000 per annum until this F/Y.  I have always allocated my full allocation and welcome approaches particularly from smaller local groups who might otherwise struggle to find funds. Follow the links for more details of the scheme and details of applications I have previously agreed and declined.

In discussion with my District Councillor, and supported by my Highways Locality Officer I allocate £80,000 towards the upkeep and maintenance of the highways and pavements in my Division. Traditionally the County Highways Authority has prioritised its spending on the roads so I am now spending the majority on pavement repair and resurface schemes.

Locality Budget Scheme Allocations

Details of received applications

Highways Locality Budget Scheme

Details of allocations before March 2015

Details of allocations after March 2015

Education, Skills and Children Spokes

Election History

Thu 4 Jun 2009  

Party Representation History

PartyRepresentation FromRepresentation To
Liberal DemocratsWed 3 Jun 2009

Division Representation History

Current Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining Date
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Children Looked After Topic Group Member03 January 2017
Children's Services Cabinet Panel Member20 May 2014
County Council Member20 May 2014
Development Control Committee Substitute31 July 2014
Enterprise, Education & Skills Cabinet Panel Member20 May 2014

Past Committee Memberships

Current Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside Body Appointments

Not a past member of any Outside Body.

Personal Register of Interests

Meeting Declarations

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My front-line role

I am the Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Nascot Park division. My Division incorporates the Watford Council Wards of Park and Nascot and sits either side of the Hempstead Road leading into Watford. Its south west boundary is the Grand Union Canal, and its North Eastern boundary is the railway tunnels taking the west coast mainline out of Watford. The ‘Your Community’ section provides local service information, news, events and contacts about the area.

I am also the Borough Councillor for Nascot Ward and chair its Overview and Scrutiny Committee. I work closely with my five fellow Borough Councillors assisting them on any issues or questions relating to County matters.

My County Council responsibilities

I am the opposition spokesperson on Education and Children’s matters and I sit on the two cabinet panels addressing these areas: Education & Skills and Children’s Services & Corporate Parenting. I am a strong supporter of the scrutiny process carried out on the services provided by the Council and regularly sit on, and occasionally chair topic groups where education or children’s services are being considered.

Roles on outside bodies

I am a member of the Management Committee of the Chessbrook Education Support Centre and am on the Management Committee of the Watford Multi-Cultural Community Centre.

Personal, professional and political details

I have recently retired from a career in the IT industry, latterly working in a company producing IT based education systems. My spare time is spent fighting weeds and sometimes growing food on my allotment, watching Saracens, playing golf badly and enjoying being a grandparent.