Churchgate – good news! Despite a pessimistic prediction when the Simons’ fantasy foundered in 2013 that it would take 25 years for anything to happen on Churchgate, a scheme has been announced. This is very welcome. There are, of course, a number of hurdles – funding, decisions on design, and public consultation – but the prospect of a revamp of the 1969 ‘space age’ Churchgate seems real. Keith Hoskins said it very clearly at the Hitchin Initiative AGM – comment here. North Herts Council will discuss it on Feb 8th – report here , site plan here & agenda here. Cautious optimism echoes around Hitchin….