Gimme shelter in Potters Bar!

AROUND 50 residents gathered in Furzefield to have their say on the design of a community shelter to be built in Potters Bar. The event, organised by Hertsmere Borough Council and design consultants Superblue, gave people a chance to contribute ideas on

AROUND 50 residents gathered in Furzefield to have their say on the design of a community shelter to be built in Potters Bar.

The event, organised by Hertsmere Borough Council and design consultants Superblue, gave people a chance to contribute ideas on how the structure should look.

Organisers brought along three temporary huts, to encourage residents to think about how they might use the shelter.

Cllr Brenda Batten, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and health, described the day as a "real success".

She said: "The temporary structures are a great way for residents to start thinking about what kind of shelter they want and we have had some great feedback.

"Young people especially seemed to enjoy writing and drawing on them."

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She added: "We appreciate that some people have concerns about the shelter and that is why we have held a consultation event so people can have their say.

"We value everyone's feedback so would encourage people to get involved."

The project is being funded by cash from the Big Lottery Fund, together with a contribution from the Hertsmere Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership.

The shelter is due to be installed by January 2010.

For more information or to have your say, go to www.hertsmerecommunityspaces.org