Well said Mrs Wilkie (letters February 1). There is in fact a great deal of concern about the amount of redevelopment going on in Hitchin. Public attendance at meetings of the Hitchin Committee confirms this. As a main point of contact with councillors, p
Well said Mrs Wilkie (letters February 1). There is in fact a great deal of concern about the amount of redevelopment going on in Hitchin. Public attendance at meetings of the Hitchin Committee confirms this. As a main point of contact with councillors, planning officers and developers (and a source of some surprises), attendance at these meetings is important for people with concerns about local issues, particularly planning matters.
Now it appears that North Herts District Council are proposing watering down the monthly Area Committee system and centralising planning decisions in Letchworth 'to save money'. This will not be convenient for Hitchin people.
Whoever is driving this proposal, please think again.
Bill Bowker, Verulam Road, Hitchin
* Re Rose Cottage, Walsworth Road.
Mr Smith appears to assume, when he accuses the local residents of 'Nimbyism', that we oppose any development of the above site. Rather it is the specific proposal to which we object. This includes the demolition of a Victorian villa of historic value, and its replacement with apartments in a style out of keeping with the local area.
- 1 Stevenage's Forster Country: 'Secret plans' for car park and toilet block
- 2 Stevenage doctor 'filled with pride' after taking home national award
- 3 Four vehicles crash on A602 near Stevenage
- 4 All the Thameslink routes which will run during the early October strike
- 5 Residents report 30 ambulances queuing at Lister A&E
- 6 Wednesday rail strike action to hit commuter lines in Herts and Essex
- 7 Person dies after being hit by train between Hatfield and Finsbury Park
- 8 Man who exposed Jimmy Savile reveals work on another paedophile case
- 9 Woman's purse 'stolen' outside Stevenage Tesco
- 10 Beauty products worth 'thousands of pounds' stolen from Hitchin Sainsbury's
The council planning officer himself objected to the use of cedar boarding and metal roofs and so the developers introduced a token gable, got rid of the boarding and replaced the metal roof with slates. Unfortunately, these changes were only applied to the smaller building facing Walsworth Road, not to the two larger buildings behind. So we now have the illogical situation that the plans have been altered to suit the transient traveller on the main road, whereas the local residents will have to put up with the 'inappropriate' buildings every time we look out of the window.
If it is 'Nimbyism' to object to such schemes, then let us have more of it.
Andrew Surry, Address supplied