Hatfield town centre's problems are too big for party politics

Sir – Hatfield s residents do not get it easy. It seems that just at the point when their town centre was due to begin regeneration, a national financial crisis stomped on their plans. Since then, residents and businesses have formed the group Action

Sir - Hatfield's residents do not get it easy. It seems that just at the point when their town centre was due to begin regeneration, a national financial crisis stomped on their plans.

Since then, residents and businesses have formed the group Action Hatfield and made what seems like many good, constructive, proactive suggestions. Well done to them.

The council, for its part, has put in substantial additional funds to aid the town, working well with Action Hatfield to ensure the desired measures are taken.

What appalls me, therefore, is a political party apparently taking great pleasure in seeing the failure of the redevelopment. The Liberal Democrats have pushed a leaflet through my door which is acidic in its approach. I am hugely unimpressed by their cynical attitude, turning the troubles of the town redevelopment into an opportunity to throw vitriol at their political opponents. What's worse, they appeared to have not a single suggestion for improving the situation. Shame on them.


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Sean Farmer, Bracken Court, Hatfield.

* Sir - I recently received a newsletter from the Liberal Democrats regarding Hatfield town centre. It astonished me. How a party that claims to give 'news and information' is so willing to turn this important issue into a brazenly political one is beyond me.

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In Welwyn Hatfield we have a good tradition (at least in recent years) of politicians working together. It doesn't always happen, for obvious reasons, but when it does occur I think we should be proud of it.

For example, Grant Shapps rallied the various groups in our area in order to fight for the QE2 Hospital. More recently, the Conservatives and Lib Dems joined with your good paper to oppose Post Office closures.

On the issue of Hatfield, it seems that the Lib Dems wish to abandon any such co-operative virtues by making their message nasty, unhelpful and personal - designed purely to 'score points'. I cannot see how this helps Hatfield.

It is clear that groups must work together for the benefit of Hatfield, not play party politics. I can see the two main political parties moving towards that goal. I cannot see this with the Lib Dems. They are stuck in their petty rivalries and I hope that their newsletter editors take note. I will not be voting for them, largely due to their silly squabbling.

Rhiannon Jordan, Harvest Mead, Hatfield.

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