Tag «Town Centre Manager»

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 …

Bircherley Green planning application

Finally after many months of bated breath a planning application has been made for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green Shopping Centre. Both are long overdue. If you cannot wait any longer this is the link to the the appropriate page: https://www.publicaccess.eastherts.gov.uk and enter 3/17/0392/FUL into the search box. There are pages and pages supporting the …

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 …

Hidden Hertford

Hidden Hertford logo

There are links below from which you can buy the official Hidden Hertford audio/visual tour. There is also a basic MP3 audio guide. The mp4 video file was originally intended for us on iPods and can be viewed now on a variety of devices including a PC running Windows 10. This is quite an unique …

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 …

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

23 May 2014 Yesterday I walked though Hertford town centre and noticed that the shop in Railway Street once occupied by Thomas Cook was now empty and available for rent. The staff have apparently been relocated to Welwyn Garden City. This is another loss to the retail offer in town. Amidst the continuing uncertainty over …