Plans to replace Potters Bar street’s benches

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 August 2012

Cycle stand and a bench in Darkes Lane

Cycle stand and a bench in Darkes Lane


BENCHES and cycle stands should be replaced in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, according to a new report.

Hertsmere Borough Council has produced the Streetscape manual, which offers an overview of the best and worst aspects of the borough’s streets and plans for future redevelopment.

Among the suggestions were to remove the current benches and cycle stands in Potters Bar’s shopping centre of Darkes Lane and to also remove signage and mounting poles in High Street no longer needed.

The 29-page document has been produced following a six-week consultation last year in which residents were asked for their views.

A further suggestion was to erect welcome signs at the entrance to both streets, seen as Potters Bar’s two most important shopping streets.

Cllr Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning and localism, said: “Different stakeholders have different responsibilities for Hertsmere’s shopping areas, and up until now there has been no clear guidance on how best to manage each centre.

“This manual is a one-stop shop for all those agencies. It will help to ensure there is a co-ordinated approach to development of the area, and strengthen existing partnership working.

“Tight budgets in the current economic climate mean it is unlikely a lot of these suggestions will be acted upon immediately, but this manual will prove invaluable when opportunities for improvements arise in the future.

“We are one of the only local authorities in the country to have produced a document like this, and I want to thank everyone who contributed their thoughts and comments to make this manual as comprehensive as it could be.”

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