Hertford Hub is going official
We have had a number of meetings recently with Ben Woods and Andrew Figgis at East Herts Council, regarding the official capacity of Hertford Hub and after a LOT of research and advice, we will be forming a CIC company. Although Martin and Harry have made a lot of progress already, without a formal body there are limitations to what the Hertford Hub can achieve. If you would like to know more about a CIC (Community Incorporated Company) please check out this link https://www.gov.uk/set-up-a-social-enterprise
As you probably know we held an open invite meeting with chase new homes in early Nov. We have found them since to be extremely accommodating and keen to give Hertford a vibrant new retail and residential space at the Bircherley Green site. We have already had confirmation that Boots will be returning and taking a large unit, so this could be the start of some larger stores coming that will help bring the footfall Hertford needs.
A reminder that we have a seat on the Bircherley Green steering group so if you do have any questions or concerns during any stage of the development process, please let us know so we can answer any questions you have or speak to the relevant contact at the council/Chase New Homes and get the right information.
We have had a few progressive meetings regarding the parking issues that Hertford has. One potential option is an extension of the New London Road car park and the possibility of adding another level that traders can use at a reduced rate, freeing up Gascoyne way for visitors. We are also making some headway with turning the taxi rank on Fore Street into 30min – 1hr free parking bays during the week when the taxi rank is not in use. We recently sent out an update regarding Wallfields car park explaining that traders can use this free of charge on Saturdays, this will help free up town parking for visitors to help increase footfall in the town.
After a forceful discussion, we have secured the Hertford Christmas eve market after council plans of cancelling it this year in favour of the Christmas eve market at the castle grounds. We are also working closely with the councils regarding the ongoing management of the market.
Once we are officially set up as a CIC we are aiming to hold a meeting and invite everyone to come along and voice their opinions whether good, bad or ugly. We have already spoken to the council about becoming even more involved with local issues, trade, the market and local events to help steer the council towards what the community needs rather than what they think we want.
The most important thing about this will be you! We need to open up communication between all the traders and residents in Hertford so we can effectively relay the town’s opinions back to the council in a constructive way. After the CIC forms, there will be official membership channels set up for everyone to become officially involved and part of the Hertford Hub.