Lemsford pre-school relocation row in Hatfield

Cllr Lenny Brandon

Cllr Lenny Brandon - Credit: Archant

Tempers flared as pre-school teachers angrily told councillors they had been unfairly thrown out of their premises.

Hatfield Town Council leader Lenny Brandon repeatedly asked staff members of the Annabels Montessori School to calm down and lower their voices at a meeting on Wednesday night.

One protested: “We did not even have notice. It is completely wrong. There has been no empathy.”

Councillor Brandon said that the school had been offered Roe Hill Hall, Hatfield as an alternative to Lemsford Village Hall, where the authority plans a major refurbishment staring next month.

But independent councillor Heather Ciarleglio said the authority should have been more sensitive, and suggested a private meeting to soothe feelings.

The school representatives said they have now relocated to a venue in Haldens, Welwyn Garden City, but both this and Roe Hill Hall were much less convenient than Lemsford.