NHDC has agreed to support the principle of a joint venture regeneration of the Churchgate Centre with Shearer Property Group. Whilst we are very pleased that moves are being made to improve this area, we are concerned about the consultation process. The Council invites people to complete an online survey, but, following careful consideration, Hitchin Forum’s Steering Group suggests that the survey is so poorly designed that it would be better to send a letter/email with your views instead – read more with suggestions here. And some history here – recent comments and more on the saga here.
The Big Hitchin Spring Clean happened, and was enjoyed by all. A heroes’ gallery is here – just click.
12 teams, 93 volunteers of all ages, 149 bags of rubbish plus bigger items. Grateful thanks to NHDC & Hitchin Initiative for their help, and of course our wonderful volunteers. Hope to see you all in the Autumn!
Butts Close – the story of the Inquiry, and more about the Friends of this valued green space.
Hitchin Town Hall & the District Museum – hoping for progress, click & read more!
The District Local Plan & the Examination In Public – details and our submissions.
Air Quality in Hitchin – what is happening?
Careful where you walk! all about footpaths.
What else do we do? The Forum exists to develop and channel energy and enthusiasm for the town. We work to highlight things that we think need to change and improve the environment, and challenge developments that we think will damage our heritage and future. Information on all of our current and recent campaigns, issues and concerns are available here.
We have working groups to look at the main issues which arise – the town centre, transport, open spaces and recreation, planning applications, planning policies and, lastly, how we get the information out – communications. More details here with info on the planning system.
Hitchin Forum was formed in 1992 as a non-political umbrella to bring together people and organizations who want to maintain and enhance Hitchin’s special character. It enables the views of people who live and work in Hitchin to be presented in a co-ordinated manner to relevant bodies – more history is here.
Read more about Hitchin, its history and the changes here, where to find local footpaths here. Members are regularly updated on issues and meetings, by occasional emails and a 2 monthly newsletter – present & previous ones are here. We hold several members’ meetings through the year.
Do join us! Anyone with an interest in Hitchin can join the Forum, either as an individual or as a nominated representative of an organization in the town. If you do want to be more involved then tell us – we often need an extra pair of hands! But – there is no obligation to do more than sign up – that is support enough. It is important that we have a wide membership base, partly so that we can hear a wide range of opinions, and also that we hear about issues in all corners of the town – membership details here.