'No revamp, no future for us in Hatfield' - Tory young gun's warning shot

PUBLISHED: 12:21 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 26 October 2009

Cllr Paul Smith

Cllr Paul Smith

FAILURE to revamp the town centre could 'be the end of Conservatives in Hatfield', according to a Tory young gun. The extraordinary admission by borough councillor Paul Smith, pictured, even conceded that a rebuke by the town's voters could even cost Welw

FAILURE to revamp the town centre could "be the end of Conservatives in Hatfield", according to a Tory young gun.

The extraordinary admission by borough councillor Paul Smith, pictured, even conceded that a rebuke by the town's voters could even cost Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps his seat at the next General Election.

The representative for Hatfield South and resident of the town said: "Politically we cannot let the town centre regeneration fail.

"It would be the end of the Conservatives in Hatfield, on all levels town council, borough council and even Grant.

"We are going to work our hardest to get this done. We would never recover. So it is in the interest of everyone that it gets done."

He added: "I am confident in our party and I would hope that in two years time when we continue to do good things for the borough of Hatfield people will forgive us."

Mr Shapps supported Cllr Smith's comments but stated that economic strains took decisions on the project out of his party's hands.

He said: "What Cllr Smith is saying is there is no group of people that are more dedicated to the regeneration of Hatfield than our party.

"Like other Hatfield residents he feels passionate about it and as a party we are devastated to find out about the delay.

"Councillors like Paul Smith are really good representatives for the area.


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