Town centre protest meeting

PUBLISHED: 13:04 18 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

ANXIOUS residents vented their anger at a packed public meeting organised to discuss the delay in the revamping of Hatfield town centre. Over 200 people crammed into the Lord William Cecil Memorial Hall, Hatfield, to express their concerns after devel

ANXIOUS residents vented their anger at a packed public meeting organised to discuss the delay in the revamping of Hatfield town centre.

Over 200 people crammed into the Lord William Cecil Memorial Hall, Hatfield, to express their concerns after developers and the borough council shelved plans to start work on the £100m project.

The heated meeting, hosted by Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate Mike Hobday on Friday, agreed on the formation of an action group to monitor the redevelopment.

With both developers St Modwen and representatives from Welwyn Hatfield council declining to attend the gathering on French Horn Lane, Mr Hobday hit out at those responsible for the revamp.

He said: "I am obviously shocked to the core that the borough council is not concerned enough to give the public information."

Residents called for a demonstration over the delayed plans.

Kieran Thorpe, of Church Lane, Hatfield said: "We need a big protest in the town centre.

"The people who need to answer have avoided this meeting."

Another angry resident launched into a tirade against absent senior council bigwigs and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps.

He said: "This is an utter disgrace that the people that should be here are not here to represent us, the people of Hatfield."

Mr Hobday also informed attendees of the outcome of a meeting the Labour party held with St Modwen on Thursday.

For more updates log on to www.whtimes24.co.uk and read Wednesday's WHT.


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