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19 May 2010, 12:52 | Updated: 20 May 2010, 07:15
Plans to redevelop the Churchgate Shopping Centre and the area around it have gone on display today (Wednesday 19th May).
Now North Hertfordshire District Council and the developers Simons Developments Ltd are asking the public for their views on their vision for the area.
An exhibition is being held inside St Mary's Church until Saturday where representatives from the council and the developers will be there to answer questions and take comments. The exhibition will then move to Hitchin library for two weeks.
You can also get more information about the proposals on the North Hertfordshire District Council website...
Details of the plans include a new public space and an improved river walk. The market would also be relocated, which has already brought objections from local traders.
Councillor F J Smith, leader of North Herts District Council said: "We have spent a long time looking for the right developer to enhance Hitchin's historic market character while making sure that the town will thrive in the 21st century. This development represents a huge investment by NHDC and Simons Developments in the future of Hitchin.
"Standing still is not an option, without the right investment this important town will become a backwater and stagnate. there will be widespread consultation about the scheme ahead of any formal planning application and everyone will be able to make their views known."