Hatfield town centre could be left with no Post Office after regeneration

PUBLISHED: 17:15 22 July 2020 | UPDATED: 17:23 23 July 2020

The Hatfield town centre post office is set to close. Picture: Submitted

The Hatfield town centre post office is set to close. Picture: Submitted

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The only Post Office in Hatfield town centre will close in December after it was cited for development under regeneration plans.

McColl’s said it was “saddened” that the Martin’s store was closing and its priority would be the affected colleagues that could be made redundant at the end of the year.

A spokesman said: “Having explored all options, regretfully we have taken the difficult decision to cease trading at the Martin’s store in Hatfield Town Centre, Hertfordshire. The store’s last day of trading will be Friday, December 18.”

A Post Office spokeswoman added: “With the planned redevelopment of Hatfield town centre, the current operator of Hatfield Post Office has resigned.

“We know how important Post Office services are to communities and the vacancy has been advertised on runapostoffice.co.uk. We are looking at temporary and permanent solutions to try to maintain Post Office service in the centre of Hatfield.”

A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, who is spearheading the regeneration said: “The plans for Hatfield’s regeneration ensure all existing businesses can continue trading in the town.

“Our top priority is to encourage more people to visit the town centre, boosting footfall to those businesses, whilst also working to attract new shops and retailers to the added commercial space we’re providing as part of the redevelopment.

“Martin’s decision is disappointing and is not the outcome we had hoped for after engaging with them for many months. However, we remain committed to doing everything we can to make sure residents can continue accessing Post Office services in Hatfield town centre.”

The regeneration plans include turning One Town Centre, where Pizza Hut and other buildings used to be, into 71 homes – with 25 per cent set outside for affordable housing.

The three blocks would be staggered in height, ranging from three to six storeys, and have five retail units on the ground floor then the one and two-bedroom flats above.

This would add an additional 1,000 square metres of commercial space for new shops and businesses at 1 and 3-9 Town Centre, where Martin’s is located.

Some of the work has already gone ahead, namely transforming White Lion Square and turning number 1 into a temporary car park while the Common is transformed into a multi-storey.

Further down the road from the town centre, the Link Drive site could have 80 new homes built in an L-shape.

The building would be surrounded by a green space, parking and the newly built skate park, with 25 per cent of the homes set aside for affordable housing.


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