Public to have say on area plan

PUBLISHED: 12:19 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

A PUBLIC consultation exercise is about to begin over plans to make changes to Royston s conservation area. The proposals will be displayed at Royston Town Hall on Saturday (10am-2pm). Officers from North Herts District Council will be attending the exhib

A PUBLIC consultation exercise is about to begin over plans to make changes to Royston's conservation area.

The proposals will be displayed at Royston Town Hall on Saturday (10am-2pm).

Officers from North Herts District Council will be attending the exhibition to discuss the issues with the public.

Cllr Richard Thake, the council's portfolio holder for planning, said: "It's important we know the public's views and ideas."

He continued: "We are hoping that everyone who recognises what a special town Royston is and to help us protect, maintain and improve it will come along."

The conservation area has not been reviewed for 32 years.

Cllr Thake said: "There are areas that would really benefit from being included and others that might not merit the status anymore."

Changes to the conservation area included the addition of the corn mill in Kneesworth Street and the dropping of an area around Princes Mews.

"Royston has a long and venerable history with a special character of its own and the council wants to work with residents to decide which areas need the special protection that comes from being in a conservation area," said Cllr Thake.

- The exhibition will run at Royston library from February 7 to the end of the consultation period on Friday, March 2.

A council officer will be at the library on Monday, February 12 (5pm-7pm) and on Wednesday, February 21 (11am-1pm).

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