Hitchin residents’ association to wind down
A RESIDENTS’ association set up to fight development in an area of a town will wind down.
The Triangle Residents Association in Hitchin is saying “job done”, after a quiet four years.
Covered by acting chairmen, with no burning issues having arisen and no active members with time to spare, the group decided last week to wrap up.
Since being formed in 2001, the association – which covers the west and north of Hitchin station – has fought successfully for new crossings, improvements to roads, play areas and equipment, and a residents’ parking scheme.
It also asked for the railings and gates to be restored at Ransome Recreation Ground after 60 years, and encouraged the installation of fully functional heating at The Cloisters.
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A spokesman said: “In its time, it has been instrumental in many improvements to the residents’ experience of living in the area.
“The committee very much hopes that formation of a new body would result from any fresh issues or needs, and will happily give their time to assist.
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“There is no doubt that it is partly thanks to the association that an invaluable sense of community now exists.”
The group was set up by North Herts District Council in 2001 to answer residents’ concerns over the rapid conversion of properties into hostels in the area.
Its remaining funds will be split between The Triangle History Group and the Triangle Community Garden.