A walk through Hertford 2017

Wrenbridge have just submitted the final plans for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green Shopping Centre after months of discussion between themselves and East Herts Planning Department, local groups, residents and more than enough statutory consultant bodies such as the Environment Agency and the Canal and River Trust that you can throw a blueprint at. If… Continue reading A walk through Hertford 2017

New skyline in Hertford

One of my regular on-line contacts emailed me yesterday to let me know that the George Robey pub in Finsbury Park has been demolished; gone. You may not know but George Robey was a star of the music hall and it is quite something to have a pub named after you. I mentioned George Robey… Continue reading New skyline in Hertford

Hertford retail – 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… Continue reading Hertford retail – Part Two

Does the 724 run on time

Why does the Arriva 724 bus service between Harlow and Heathrow never run on time? Why doesn’t the 724 run to the timetable? Why is the Arriva Harlow to Heathrow bus service invariably late more times than it is on time? Why is one or more runs cancelled at short notice without any warning? Why… Continue reading Does the 724 run on time

Death by a thousand cuts

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 time indicated on… Continue reading Death by a thousand cuts

Hertford’s Retail Offer

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 the future of… Continue reading Hertford’s Retail Offer

The Old Barge

This being World Cup time we recorded an episode of Morse. A little way through ‘The Infernal Serpent’ from 1990 Mrs B and me both said: ‘I recognise that pub’. It was of course the interior of the Old Barge public house on Folly Island where we live. We often have this kind of moment,… Continue reading The Old Barge