Council's town centre pledge

PUBLISHED: 16:15 19 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

Council leader John Dean

Council leader John Dean

COUNCIL bosses have pledged to do all they can to ensure the Hatfield town centre regeneration project goes ahead. Cllr John Dean, leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council said:   I would like to reassure residents of Hatfield that there is continued and total c

COUNCIL bosses have pledged to do all they can to ensure the Hatfield town centre regeneration project goes ahead.

Cllr John Dean, leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council said: "I would like to reassure residents of Hatfield that there is continued and total commitment by the council and its partners to delivering the regeneration of Hatfield Town Centre.

"We know how important it is for Hatfield and the borough to see this succeed and the scheme is a major priority for us.

"A great deal of time and commitment has been invested in the improvement of Hatfield and this will continue to be the case.

"In response to some of the concerns about favouritism to WGC, I will say this, that we are committed to the improvement of the borough as a whole with no bias towards any one part.

"The current economic situation has impacted nationally on consumer confidence and it is therefore necessary that the council and St Modwen continue to monitor and review the project timetable, but this is no indication of a lack of enthusiasm to see Hatfield as a thriving and attractive town.

"We had hoped that construction would start in 2008.

"However, before St Modwen can proceed with construction it requires 50 per cent of agreed lets and at the moment retailers are reluctant to commit to opening new or additional stores.

"St Modwen is continuing to pursue retailers to occupy retail lets and recently signed up Wilkinson, a major retailer for the centre.

"Negotiations with several other retailers are still ongoing.

"We have not ignored Hatfield residents, nor will we allow Hatfield to become a 'ghost town'. I, as much as anyone in Hatfield, want this scheme to succeed.


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