Our neighbourhood services cover a wide range of activities, all designed to make your local area safer and cleaner.
We work closely with partners such as local authorities and service providers to keep your communal areas clear of environmental hazards and litter. Our grounds maintenance and communal block cleaning services also ensure buildings are clean and green areas are well-maintained.
Our mobile estates officers keep your local areas maintained day-to-day. We have three officers, who visit their assigned estates each day to pick up litter, report any issues and generally monitor the area. You can find information about your mobile estate officer on noticeboards in your area, or if you get in touch with us we can ask your officer to visit you to say hello.
The best way for us to find out about your area is for you to let us know your thoughts! You can contact us at any time or find out how to get involved in inspecting and improving your neighbourhood here.
As part of our work to improve your area, we also put together neighbourhood plans. We focus on several different neighbourhoods every year, and produce a plan to make practical improvements based on your feedback. You can find out more here.
If you see anti-social behaviour, crime or vandalism in your area, please report it to us. Crimes should also be reported to the police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
To make sure that our neighbourhoods are safe, we carry out some works to trees. We carry out this type of work for public safety and to prevent damage to vehicles or properties. We will also carry out works if a tree blocks street lights, road signs or traffic lights, or if pruning will benefit the health of the tree or its surrounding environment.
We aren't responsible for the maintenance of trees to reduce leaf or seed fall, sap, aphids or bird droppings. We also won’t carry out works to trees because they are blocking light or swaying in the wind, or to help improve your television reception. We may also refuse requests for other reasons that aren't related to public safety.
Please be aware that we also avoid pruning trees as much as possible from March to late August as this is bird nesting season and it's an offence to harm or disturb nesting birds.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, and an issue we’re keen to tackle. Find out more about what fly-tipping is, and how you can help to reduce it, below.
The best option for disposing of your bulky items such as furniture and appliances is to, wherever possible, recycle, rehome or reuse your unwanted items. Here are some ideas for how you can dispose of unwanted items:
- Dispose of your waste for free at a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Find your nearest waste recycling centre in Hertfordshire here.
- If you cannot get the item(s) to a recycling centre, you can use a bulky collection service for a fee. You can find out more about this service in Watford here.
- You can rehome your items, either by selling them on websites like Gumtree or eBay or giving them away for free on websites like Freecycle.
- You can also donate your items to a charity shop. Here are a few organisations local to Watford who might be interested: