Fight to stop Hitchin town hall plan taken to the streets

OPPONENTS of a scheme to convert Hitchin Town Hall into a district museum will begin a petition this weekend. The collective of interest groups in the town, including Hitchin Society, Hitchin Forum and Keep Hitchin Special, have booked a stall in Ma

OPPONENTS of a scheme to convert Hitchin Town Hall into a district museum will begin a petition this weekend.

The collective of interest groups in the town, including Hitchin Society, Hitchin Forum and Keep Hitchin Special, have booked a stall in Market Place on Saturday to promote the cause and collect supporting signatures.

Members off the different groups have joined forces to try to put a stop to the North Herts District Council plan, which is currently the subject of a �30,000 feasibility study.

The council propose to bring the district collection currently held at Letchworth and Hitchin museums and in storage under one roof while restoring the town hall, which is in need of a �1million refurbishment.


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On Wednesday night the initial findings of the feasibility study by consultants Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams will be discussed at a meeting of the town hall working party made up of the consultants, council officers and interested public parties.

The full findings are due to be presented at a council cabinet meeting next month, where the opponents also hope to hand over their petition.

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