Hitchin survey launched to ask people on thoughts of the town

Anthony Hewson has set up a survey asking people in Hitchin what they would like to see in town. He

Anthony Hewson has set up a survey asking people in Hitchin what they would like to see in town. He is pictured here in West Alley - Credit: Archant

A MAN has launched a survey to gauge opinion on what people want to see in their town.

Anthony Hewson set up the questionnaire asking people for their opinions of Hitchin.

The Nightingale Road resident was inspired to set it up after seeing how passionate people were about the town during the Churchgate saga.

He also wants to see the town’s empty units occupied.

The survey includes 15 questions, asking people what they think should fill the empty units and what should be done to raise awareness of shops.

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“I would say so far there’s a strong support for independent retailers, but it’s not without common sense – people aren’t being obtuse,” said 36-year-old Anthony, who has lived in Hitchin all his life.

“There’s a clear feeling that we should be more traditional in the ways we shop. There have been lots of suggestions for greengrocers and that sort of thing.”

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So far, a mix of businesses and individuals have said their piece, with more than 350 taking part at the time of going to press.

The results will be sent to local groups and North Herts District Council.

Town centre manager Keith Hoskins, who reiterated Hitchin BID would release its own survey this year, said: “We are always pleased to see interest in the town, particularly from residents who work here.

“I would welcome a closer engagement.”

To take part in the survey, visit bit.ly/hitchinsurvey1

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