CROW REVIEW OF 2008

PUBLISHED: 10:11 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

January A BLUEPRINT for the future of Royston was unveiled at a public consultation. North Herts District Council revealed its Royston town centre strategy, which focused on developing the town centre, building up a more vibrant retail sector, and improvi

January

A BLUEPRINT for the future of Royston was unveiled at a public consultation.

North Herts District Council revealed its Royston town centre strategy, which focused on developing the town centre, building up a more vibrant retail sector, and improving community facilities.

Cllr Richard Thake, district council portfolio holder for planning and public consultation, said: "This strategy is fundamental to delivering our strategic objective of promoting prosperous communities".

The consultation ran for six weeks at the Market Hill rooms. Seven areas of Royston were earmarked for development and enhancement:

The town hall site

Royston Cross

Angel Pavement

Market Place and the Corn Exchange

The Warren car park

Fish Hill square

Princes Mews

The strategy met with a mixed reception from the town's people. Town councillor Rod Kennedy said "the strategy is disappointing and some of the ideas will be impossible to implement.

However, Cllr Lindsay Davidson said the town council had to "display the right attitude" towards the strategy, and work with the district council.

Also in the news:

Golfers on Therfield Heath got a shock when a microlight made a forced landing on the fairway. Pilot Richard Slatter was en route to Newnham airfield when the gearbox of his aircraft "fell to bits" and the propeller stopped working.

A baby boy made a grand entrance into the world when he was born in a pub car park on the way to hospital. Mariann Hands was on her way to Addenbrooke's Hospital when she gave birth to baby Harrison in the car park of the Pemberton Arms, Harston.

Royston Town FC chairman Rob Stewart handed in his resignation. Mr Stewart cited "unforeseen work commitments" as his reason for leaving the club. During his eight weeks at the helm he introduced a new mascot, Russell Crow, and financed the signings of strikers Craig Hammond and Ashley Townsend.

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