Churchgate Regeneration. Hitchin Committee on November 13th Hitchin Councillors and public heard about the Council’s plans for Churchgate, presented by Anthony Roache, NHDC’s Deputy Chief executive. This will also to be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on November 20th and the full Council meeting on November 22nd. The agenda for the Cabinet has the full report – available by clicking here.
At Hitchin Committee the Churchgate Resurgence PB group presented their carefully worked thoughts, outlining the opportunities that a regeneration presents – A New Opportunity for Churchgate. This presentation was fully supported by Hitchin Initiative and Hitchin Forum, and was very well received by Councillors. An exhibition to help explain their ideas will be held over this coming weekend at 5 Brand Street, fro 10 til 3.30 on Saturday and 11 til 3.30 Sunday. The website for Churchgate Resurgence is Newchurchgate.org.
The Hitchin’s Big Green Litter Pick happened on Sunday October 21st, This was organized by Hitchin Forum and Clean Up Hitchin. 240 volunteers on 15 sites. Heroes’ Gallery here.
Hitchin Town Hall & the District Museum – Great news that agreement and the sale of 14/15 Brand Street by Hitchin Town hall Ltd to NHDC has been reached and should be confirmed by NHDC Cabinet on November 20th. Full details on NHDC website here. Well done to HTHLtd who have worked so hard to get the right deal for the community.
Highover Farm Outline Planning Application is on the NHDC website, reference number 18/01154/OP – full details here. Hitchin Forum’s response to the developers’ initial proposal is here.
Friends of Butts Close – latest Newsletter here and more about the Friends of this valued green space here.
The District Local Plan & the Examination In Public – the details and our submissions, but we are still awaiting the Inspectors decisions.
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.