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Residents views to be sought for new sports facilities

Hatfield Town Council is excited to announce that it will soon ask residents for their views on a range of options to bring Football home to Hatfield.

Following lengthy considerations and exploratory works, Councillors unanimously agreed last week to seek views from the public on a choice of three options.

All Hatfield households will be sent a letter asking for their preference and comments on two differently scaled proposals for new sports facilities at Birchwood – or if they feel that the Council should simply do nothing. A newsletter will also be delivered to every home in the Parish of Hatfield, with detailed drawings of the two schemes.

As well as football facilities to allow local teams to compete on a level enjoyed by neighbouring towns, plans include new facilities for other sports including Boxing, Martial arts, Netball and Dance.

Due to regrettable reductions in the expected funding from the £1.4m released by the University of Hertfordshire to cover historic obligations to sport in Hatfield, the Town Council has had to explore options to cover a funding gap in delivering a sustainable solution.

Consequently, Councillors have considered and agreed to put forward two schemes including a measure of residential construction, but hope that residents will feel this will not damage the character or amenity of the local area.

Councillor Lenny Brandon, Leader of Hatfield Town Council said: “These schemes being presented to residents will provide fully inclusive sport and recreational facilities for all generations, both men and women for decades to come.

It has taken time to make sure we were able to go to residents with viable proposals that do not risk the finances of this Council, but I am very pleased that we can finally move forward with our promise to bring football home to Hatfield.

I am aware of a number of falsehoods reported about our intentions. This is a Council that listens and we intend to let every household in Hatfield have a say in how we progress this now.”