Working together for a better Hatfield town centre

SIR – It is indeed not always easy for political opponents to work closely together. We disagree on so many important other things that it can seem counter-productive. But that means that when it does happen, such as when all parties were united against

SIR - It is indeed not always easy for political opponents to work closely together. We disagree on so many important other things that it can seem counter-productive.

But that means that when it does happen, such as when all parties were united against closure of our hospital it can demonstrate the strength of resolve on the issue concerned.

Therefore I would like to take a chance to thank and commend councillors Margaret Birleson and Tony Skottowe for their willingness to collaborate with us in improving Hatfield Town Centre.

Such collaboration shows the strength of the cross-party commitment to make a better Hatfield happen as early as possible.

With the combined efforts of the leading political parties, local residents and local businesses, I hope we can make a real change.

Before the economic crises hit, we had very high ambitions in Hatfield.

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I personally worked long and hard to make those a reality.

But we've seen across the country the effects of this recession and we've certainly felt them here.

So our plans have had to adapt.

Until an end to the economic blizzard is in sight, we will find it very difficult indeed to lay solid plans for Hatfield.

But I can promise residents of Hatfield that it remains my highest priority and that there is consensus for change.

Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems are working hard - and together - to make a better Hatfield for everyone involved.

John Dean, council leader

Welwyn Hatfield Council.

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