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Town Centre Regeneration - broken promises

Tony speaks out on Council plans for the Town Centre as displayed this week in The Marlowes

Tony Breslin, Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, said:

In 2002 the Gazette carried out a phone poll where 465 people were against closing the Pavilion and just 84 were in favour.

The proposed Town Centre regeneration displayed in The Marlowes on Saturday confirm that our Conservative controlled council has no intention of fulfilling the promise  to replace the Pavilion made in 2002. Council leader Andrew Williams,  promised a new venue within two years. A decade later we have been told by council officers and the council's development partners  that a replacement for the Pavilion "was not part of the brief" from elected members.

In terms of consultation exercises, we need to stop patronising the people of Hemel by asking them to 'sign-off' on artist's impressions and instead ask the basic question -  what do you want to see at the heart of your town?

Aylesbury and St Albans prove the demand for live arts facilities is high and they are an important part of regeneration. We need to do likewise and put the Heart back into Hemel.

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