Still no date set for Hatfield redevelopment works

DEVELOPERS remain tight-lipped over a start date for the long-awaited first phase of the Hatfield redevelopment scheme.

Welwyn Hatfield Council and developers St Modwen previously earmarked an autumn start for the first stage of the revised regeneration project, which will see the former site of the Bill Salmon Centre rebuilt and new shopping units added to the existing Arcade.

A consultation has also been opened on plans to introduce free waiting restrictions in four town centre car parks, in anticipation of materials, deliveries and builders’ vehicles taking up some of the spaces.

But despite it being October – almost halfway through autumn – no definite start date for the work is forthcoming.

And with just over seven weeks to go before winter officially starts, developers are yet to announce a contractor for the project, or have utilities companies carry out crucial diversion works.

The WHT asked the council and St Modwen whether the start date was now unrealistic, but neither would be moved on the issue.

In a joint statement, the council and the developers said: “The council is continuing to work hard with St Modwen on finalising plans.

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“We know they are planning with utilities companies to programme the diversion works required to build out Phase One of the Town Centre redevelopment.

“Running alongside this, St Modwen is in detailed discussions with a preferred contractor, whose appointment will be announced shortly.”

According to the Met Office, the meteorological autumn season ends on November 30 – seven weeks and two days’ time.