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Bishop's Stortford LibDem's Reservations Over Causeway Plans.

November 6, 2010 10:30 PM
Old River Lane

Old River Lane and the East Herts Council offices

Local LibDems continue to have reservations regarding the revised design proposals by Hendersons for the redevelopment of the Council offices and the Causeway car park (Old River Lane development).

Old River Lane facing North

Old River Lane, Council Offices and Causeway Car Park

Hendersons have listened to the comments from the Town Council, the Civic Federation, the Chamber of Commerce and the public. Although some of the building heights have been lowered there are still worries regarding the height and bulk of some of the buildings.

The Cinema, it seems, is badly named and gives a wrong impression of the facility. As we understand it, it is actually a complex of meeting rooms with presentation and video conferencing areas plus a small bar and cafe. The hope is that, from time to time, it will be able to work closely with the Rhodes Arts Complex for special Arts Events in the town.

The LibDems are still concerned that, by extending the retail area into the Causeway complex, the town centre would move further northwards away from the present centre and (already suffering with some retail closures) the lower South Street area, .

Hendersons' latest proposals can been seen on the District Council's website at http://www.eastherts.gov.uk/media/pdf/r/c/Old_River_Lane_Initial_Development_Brief.pdf

or, for greater detail, Henderson's own dedicated web page: