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Labour proposals to address town centre blight

Tuesday 6 August 2019

Hertford & Ware Labour Party have published a series of proposals to deal with continuing blight in the town caused by the closure of the Bircherley Green shopping centre and car park.

The proposals include free parking across the town and rebanding of business rates to help struggling local retailers .

"Local residents have been forced to watch as the heart of their community has been carved out, and their town centre has been used as a bargaining chip by ruthless developers to hold East Herts District Council over a barrel.

Little has been done to alleviate the pressure on local businesses and protect our daytime economy, and local residents have not been listened to.", the party says.

Hertford & Ware Labour Party’s plan also contains a vision for the future of the Bircherley Green site and Hertford town centre:

  • Pressing the new site owner to provide a space where a mixture of retail outlets can flourish, including: high quality food stores, a pharmacy with a full range of services, everyday clothing stores and space for entrepreneurial startups.
  • Demanding the protection of the bus station and multi-storey car park, and ensuring that both are renovated in any future development.

The party are also running a petition calling for an urgent enquiry to be held into the Bircherley Green Redevelopment, to ensure that those involved in the chaos can be properly held to account.

Parliamentary spokesperson, Chris Vince, said, "The Tory council's handling of this situation has been a disaster. Shops have been left empty for months and with the local economy in decline, residents have paid the price. Labour is calling for an urgent public enquiry to be held into the failings of the Bircherley Green Redevelopment and we’re presenting an alternative plan, with short term measures to protect the local economy, and a long term vision for its future. We want to show local people that there is another way and that we can protect the local economy and strengthen our community.”

Visit change.org to sign the petition.

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