'Action not words'

PUBLISHED: 12:39 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009

A NEW taskforce to put pressure on council chiefs over delays to the revamp of Hatfield town centre has been formed. Action Hatfield, created in the wake of announcements that regeneration work has halted indefinitely, will take to the town s streets to

A NEW taskforce to "put pressure" on council chiefs over delays to the revamp of Hatfield town centre has been formed.

Action Hatfield, created in the wake of announcements that regeneration work has halted indefinitely, will take to the town's streets to gauge residents' ill feeling.

The group formed by Mike Hobday, prospective parliamentary candidate for the Labour party, will be handing out posters and leaflets this Saturday between 9am and 12.30pm.

He told the WHT the main aim of the group was to collect the views of residents and compel the council to improve the situation in Hatfield.

"The concept of the day is to talk to as many people as possible and want to gauge the level of anger," he said.

"The whole idea of Action Hatfield is to put pressure on the council and let people know what is going on."

He also added that the group, which met for the first time on Thursday at the Hatfield Community Resource Centre, had agreed to display banners around the town and discussed a future demonstration over the delay.

"Our first meeting was a very positive one," said Mr Hobday.

"A lot of people have joined the campaign to make the council realise that they have an obligation to give Hatfield the town centre it deserves."

Campaigners have also set up a group on social networking site Facebook to drum up support.

More than 200 members have already signed up to the group, called Action Hatfield - Save Our Town Centre!

Mr Hobday said: "It demonstrates the strength of local opinion.

"Facebook is predominantly used by younger people, so it shows the whole community, of all ages, has a very strong commitment to Hatfield town centre.

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