‘Why is Hatfield town centre falling apart?’ Asks councillor

PUBLISHED: 17:43 12 September 2017

The 20ft facade collapsed from a council-owned flat above Peacocks in Hatfield. Picture credit: Helena Newton-Welsh.

The 20ft facade collapsed from a council-owned flat above Peacocks in Hatfield. Picture credit: Helena Newton-Welsh.

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The leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council has disputed suggestions that Hatfield town centre is ‘falling apart’.

Councillor James Broach’s question ‘Why is Hatfield town centre falling apart?’ was put to the borough council last night.

It comes after two incidents in the town.

Most recently, a glass panel fell from The Arcade and nearly hit a child, and back in May, a 20ft facade came crashing down from above the Peacocks shop.

MORE: Arcade glass panel near-miss

In response to Mr Broach’s question, the leader of the council John Dean said: “Members will recall that the council has already spent £15m on the regeneration of Hatfield Town Centre and will be committed to further investment to revitalise the town centre as part of the Hatfield Renewal Partnership Framework.

“Works that the council have completed to date include the refurbishment of the offices at White Lion House, along with the refurbishment work around White Lion Square and the Arcade have attracted new national and niche retailers investing in the town centre.

“The twice weekly market is a major success in the town, which has increase the level of footfall in the town centre.

“During 2018, works are expected to commence on the public realm improvements, which will further enhance the prosperity of Hatfield Town Centre.

“I would strongly dispute with any claim that Hatfield Town Centre is falling apart.”

MORE: Facade comes crashing down

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