MP in talks on new town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:13 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:34 06 May 2010

AN MP has taken the views of traders worried about the redevelopment of a town centre to the organisation behind the proposals. Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, met with shopkeepers from Letchworth GC to discuss Letchworth Garden City Herita

AN MP has taken the views of traders worried about the redevelopment of a town centre to the organisation behind the proposals.

Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, met with shopkeepers from Letchworth GC to discuss Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation's £60million plans.

He has now taken up their concerns with the Foundation and has pledged to report back to the shopkeepers.

Mr Heald said: "I think it is important that they should have community backing so I've been very interested to hear what they [the traders] think about them [the plans]."

Speaking about the proposed redevelopment, Mr Heald said: "I thought it was good that we were looking at developing Letchworth because I do think there is a need to see if we can get some quality stores like John Lewis in Letchworth.

"But I do think these points about the balance of retail and residential are important and I want to know what the Heritage Foundation says about it.

"I wouldn't say I'm dead against the idea of development because I'm not but I do think the traders made some good points.

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