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The decline in Hertford’s retail offer – Part Three

During my time as Town Centre Manager it was easy to promote Hertford, a different but amazing kind of town full of independent traders; a town where you could still find a haberdashery (since closed), ironmongers and diving school (closed since December 2016 and premises still unoccupied). That wide retail offer continues to decline since …

Town councillors vote 3-0 to throw out Bircherley Green plans – No!!

It was with a wry smile that I read in the Hertfordshire Mercury that Hertford Town Council had voted unanimously to reject the planning application to redevelop Bircherley Green. This would be fine if it wasn’t so wrong or, far from the truth. It was the Planning sub-committee that voted to reject the plans. There …

Another nail in the coffin – Claydons gone

Looking back over these posts they all follow a similar pattern. One of closure, redundancy and retirement. John and Judy Workman called in at Waitrose the other day and told my wife that they had retired. John is better known incorrectly as John Claydon – the fishmonger. They had a shop – Claydons – in …

Hertford Waitrose closing in September 2017

That thud on the doormat was not the daily delivery of junk mail, nor the latest manuscript submission to a publisher rejected for the second or third time but the other boot finally falling. That boot is of course the confirmed closure of Waitrose in Bircherley Green in September 2017. It was the only outcome …

Everything changes, nothing changes

Welcome 2017. Me and Mrs B took a stroll around town last Saturday (31st December 2016) and discovered a few things. In Depth Diving School in Bull Plain has closed. This was quite unexpected. I always highlighted them in reports as one of three independent traders that were unique to Hertford. The other two being …

Bircherley Green Redevelopment – new proposals

30 November 2016 I have commented elsewhere on this site the devastating effect the death of our grandson in October 2015 had on my family and myself. I stepped down from my last remaining position in town and took no more than a passing interest in events. Family and friends said this was not good …

When one door closes … another slams shut in your face !

June 13 2015 This is an update on events in Hertford over the past four weeks or so, from a very personal point of view. So, take a deep breath and read on. Two weeks ago I popped into Colin Sykes’ jewellers shop to thank him for his friendship over the years and to wish …

The decline in Hertford’s retail offer – Part Two

Where in Hertford can you buy a pair of shoes, ladies underwear or a baby’s potty? The answer is that you can’t; not if you like your foot to be measured, are a lady of a certain age or have searched all the obvious places like chemist shops. I found the latter item in Messages …

Death by a thousand cuts

29 July 2014 Hertford has reasonably good transport links owing to its two train stations and bus station. Buses run almost to timetable except the Arriva 724 Harlow to Heathrow route which travels along a parallel universe where there are no hands on the clocks and it is never late until twenty minutes past the …