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Transforming the heart of Hertford

Work to improve the centre of Hertford started this week.

Work began on Maidenhead Street to improve the environment for shoppers and visitors, and to encourage investment into the street. This first phase is due to finish at the end of November, just in time for the Christmas rush.

East Herts Council has been working with Hertford Town Council and Hertfordshire County Council on the improvements as set out in the Hertford Urban Design Strategy (HUDS) to transform Hertford town centre over the next few years.

Funding

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership secured £200,000 from the  Local Growth Fund, which along with £500,000 from East Herts Council and £300,000 from Hertford Town Council, has helped to start bringing these plans to life, beginning with Maidenhead Street.

 

Improvements

The improvements include:

·        Reversal of the one way and no right turn at the end of The Wash to stop unauthorised vehicle access to Maidenhead St from The Wash

·        A raised crossing at the junction between Maidenhead St and The Wash to improve pedestrian access and to promote connectivity between Hertford East Rail Station and Hertford Theatre

·        Removal of the 12 parking bays in Bull Plain and a 'no waiting at any time' at the junction with Bull Plain to reduce traffic created by cars looking for spaces. The three disabled parking bays will however be retained

·        Prohibiting cars entering Maidenhead Street between 10am and 5.30pm to create a dedicated area for pedestrians and shoppers

·        Resurfacing Maidenhead Street to improve the appearance.

These improvements will mean a more welcoming environment for pedestrians and less traffic in this busy shopping area.

Benefits 

Councillor Bob Deering, Hertford Urban Design Strategy chair, East Herts Council said: "We're really pleased that our residents will start to see the improvements that we have been working on for the last couple of years coming to life. Hertford is a great place to live and work, but we know improvements are needed and we're pleased that in just a few months, residents and visitors to the town will begin to feel the benefits."

Councillor Jane Sartin, Hertford Town Council representative for the Hertford Urban Design Strategy, said: "This is a project that Hertford Town Council has been pleased to be involved in, having seen the regeneration of  Maidenhead Street as a priority for the town centre for many years.  It is exciting to see the project coming to fruition."   

Tina Barnard, Hertfordshire LEP Board Member and Chair of the Strategic Infrastructure Board, said: "We are delighted that this investment will kick start much needed improvements and ensure that this vibrant market town continues to thrive.

"Hertfordshire LEP has an excellent track record in investing in the regeneration of our town centres and I am delighted we can widen this out so that more communities can benefit." 

 

September 18 2018