Hatfield residents' reaction after town centre dream left in tatters

PUBLISHED: 12:06 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

WITH news that Welwyn Hatfield Council will only receive £3.1m from the Government, residents of Hatfield were understandably disappointed. We asked traders in Hatfield Town centre their views on the latest blow to the regeneration project. Toffee

WITH news that Welwyn Hatfield Council will only receive £3.1m from the Government, residents of Hatfield were understandably disappointed.

We asked traders in Hatfield Town centre their views on the latest blow to the regeneration project.

Toffee Odusina owns the Defaith Hair and Beauty Store in Hatfield Town Centre.

Her shop was recently burgled.

She said: "I'm very frustrated and angry. I don't think the council are doing enough. There's not enough security, the safety is terrible, and that has really affected my business."

Raffaelle Siciliano, the owner of the Continental barbers, in Market Place, Hatfield, said he was not surprised that the project had fallen through.

"I started working in Hatfield when I was 14 and they (the council) were talking about redevelopment then.

"That was 11 years ago."

Biodun Bello, who owns African restaurant Jemima's, said: "It's a disgrace.

"I'm extremely disappointed, it is certainly a let down for everybody in the town.

"From being promised £25m to getting just £3m that's huge.

"It's not what I expected to be honest I thought we would get it, I thought they [the Government] valued the town higher.


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