Council unveils £1.2m Hatfield town centre plans

PUBLISHED: 10:51 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 18 October 2017

An artist's impression of White Lion Square after the revamp. Picture credit: Welwyn Hatfield Council.

An artist's impression of White Lion Square after the revamp. Picture credit: Welwyn Hatfield Council.

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The borough council will display its plans for a £1.2million revamp of Hatfield town centre today (Wednesday).

An artist's impression of White Lion Square after the revamp. Picture credit: Welwyn Hatfield Council. An artist's impression of White Lion Square after the revamp. Picture credit: Welwyn Hatfield Council.

Residents will be able to view proposals for White Lion Square’s public space, which will feature table tennis tables, play equipment, meet-and-work-style benches and a new crescent arena at the top of the square.

There are also plans for additional seating and planting.

A borough council spokeswoman said the blueprint was shaped by feedback from a public consultation in 2015.

She added: “A large open area will be retained in the middle of the square to accommodate the growing market and local events, as will the planters along the edge by Simmons leading down to Erol’s.

“More space and new paving will be provided outside shops for chairs and tables, encouraging al fresco eating and café culture.”

It is hoped that the removal of planters and trees at the northern end will make it feel brighter, improving walking routes and visibility around the square.

Integrated power facilities will also offer new possibilities for town centre activities and events, the spokeswoman added.

Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Business and Partnerships, said: “We listened to what residents and businesses wanted to see in White Lion Square and how we could make it a space for everyone, where people want to meet with friends, spend time and relax.

“It was important that we retained enough room for the popular town centre events to continue and give them an opportunity to grow and become even better. The new play features, including table tennis, will inject some fun entertainment for all ages.

“The whole space will be completely transformed and I’m really excited to see the plans come to life next year.”

Council officers will be available in Number 3c/d Town Centre until 8pm today (Wednesday) and on Saturday, October 28, from 10am until 4pm, to discuss the designs and answer questions.

A planning application to gain approval for the works is expected to be submitted before the end of the year, with work starting in 2018.

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