Politician's "heartbreak" as bid to turn Hatfield pub into homes launched

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 October 2012

The Cat & Fiddle

The Cat & Fiddle

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A COUNCILLOR says she is "heartbroken" about the closure of a historic pub which could be turned into homes after a planning bid was lodged.

Conservative councillor Kim Langley used to work at the Cat and Fiddle on St Albans Road West, Hatfield, when she was at college.

The pub was built in the 1820s and has undergone several name changes from The New Fiddle, to The Fiddle and now its current form of The Cat and Fiddle.

At the end of August the pub ceased trading, and a planning application to build nine two-bedroom flats and a terrace of three three-bedroom houses has been submitted.

“I am heartbroken,” said Cllr Langley. “But we have to move on.

“Loving the old things and old memories – it is a shame but in this day and age pubs are closing down as people are not going out, and so they are going out of business.

“If someone comes up with a good idea then we can’t have empty buildings.”

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