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Stephen Giles-Medhurst

Stephen Giles-Medhurst
07 June 2001
07 June 2001
Liberal Democrats
Central Watford & Oxhey
25 Tudor Manor Gardens
WD25 9TQ
01923 893661

Locality Budget Scheme (LBS)

Every County Councillor has a Locality Budget to spend on community projects.

Archive of all Locality Budget (LBS) applications and allocations (2009-2017)

Locality Budget allocations made by Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst for this division (from June 2017)

Highways Locality Budget Scheme (HLB)

Councillors also have a Highways Locality Budget to be spent on highway maintenance in their division.

Archive of all Highways Locality Budget (HLB) allocations (2009-2017)

Highways Locality allocations made by Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst  (from June 2017)

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group

Election History

Thu 7 Jun 2001  

Party Representation History

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Liberal DemocratsWed 6 Jun 2001

Division Representation History

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Central Watford & OxheyWed 6 Jun 2001

Current Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside Body Appointments

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Personal Register of Interests

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My front-line role

I am the Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Central Watford and Oxhey division.

The Central Watford part of my division covers the Town Centre of the largest Town in Hertfordshire and is a strategic shopping centre with an active night time economy with bars and restaurants, leisure activities and nightclubs. The residential area surrounds this town centre and forms part of it, each with is own community spirit and different issues.

Included in the area are several residential homes that I frequently visit to ensure those residents are engaged about local issues.

There is about a 20% turnover of population in the town centre each year so engaging with new residents is always a key objective.

Oxhey is to the south of Central Watford and in the past was a separated settlement from Watford. Indeed many people still see Oxhey as a village and the area between Bushey Station and Watford Heath is considered as such.

In all I represent some 15,000 residents from about 7,000 homes, but also deal with issues raised by local businesses and traders. I work closely with the three Borough Councillors for Oxhey, the three for Central Watford and Watford's elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill as well as Borough Council officers.

Together with the elected Mayor and the Borough Councillors I issue a regular OPINION newsletter to all my residents in my Division in two editions covering each part of the division (i.e.Oxhey and Central Watford) at least six times a year. This seeks residents' views and reports on what I have been doing on their behalf. I hold regular meetings with local community groups and in the several residential homes in my division.

As is the case with every County Councillor, I have a locality budget of £10,000 a year to spend on community projects in the division. I try to provide funds for small capital projects that will have a lasting benefit for the local community rather than helping fund large groups that have funds they can source from elsewhere.

 In addition I have  management of the allocation of a £90,000 Highways budget. I have used this not only to get roads and footways resurfaced that the main county council budget will not cover but also to get street trees planted and where required, bollards installed to protect pedestrians.

My County Council responsibilities

I was first elected for the Central Watford and Oxhey Division in 2001 and was re-elected in 2005, 2009, 2013 and in 2017 with over 52% of the vote.

I was elected as the Leader of the official opposition, the Liberal Democrat Group in May 2012 and reelected to remain in that role in May 2017.

I am also the Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Highways issues and I am also currently Chair of the Watford Highways Liaison Meetings, have previously chaired or vice-chaired the Highways Joint Member Panels for Watford since 2002.

My other committee positions can be found using the "Committees" tab (above).

Roles on outside bodies

In addition to being a County Councillor I have represented Leavesden Ward on Three Rivers District Council since 2000 (I was re-elected in 2011, 2014 (all out elections on new boundaries) and 2016 and have been on Abbots Langley Parish Council since 2008 being re-elected in 2011 and 2015.  I was Chairman of Abbots Langley Parish Council in 2011/12 and was again 2015/16.

On Three Rivers District Council I was the Chair the Public Services and Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee from 2000 to 2014.  Since then in change of council structure I have been the Lead Member for Economic Development, Sustainability and Transport. 

I have also served on the Three Rivers Joint Member Highways Panel and I am the Local Development Framework Panel, Constitution Working Party.

Personal, professional and political details

I was born in 1957. I am twice married,now widowed and recently married again (January 2017). I have two grown up children (and eight grandchildren) from my first marriage.

I moved from Harrow to Hertfordshire (Watford) in September 1999.

I took early retirement from my Civil Service career in October 2010. At the time I was Head of Customs (UK Border Agency) at Stansted Airport.

During my 35 years as a civil servant I have had many roles and responsibilities although in the last 13 years this was mainly in the anti smuggling/law enforcement field.

I joined the then Liberal Party in October 1975, prior to it becoming the Liberal Democrats.

From 1978 to 1998 I was a councillor in the London Borough of Harrow being Deputy Mayor and then Mayor in the years 1994- 1996. I also served on the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority from 1996 to 1998.

From 1985 to 2009 I served as one of the Chairmen on the London North West Valuation Tribunal.

I am active supporter of the Hospice movement and enjoy the gym, boxing and travelling.