Berkhamsted citizens to deliver report on what their High Street needs

Berkhamsted Police Station
Berkhamsted Police Station

Townspeople have suggest that two High Street sites could be amalgamated to create facilities including a walk-in surgery, a tourist office and a museum.

The ideas were put forward during a town consultation by lobbying group B-hive, which aims to give Berkhamsted’s citizens a say on how the town is developed.

The new installations would in the buildings that are now home to Berkhamsted Civic Centre, which is owned by Dacorum Borough Council, and the town’s former police station.

The two sites are next door to each other and early plans suggest they could be merged to create a new public services quarter.

The police station site has now been empty for more than two years.

Another popular idea during B-hive’s town consultation is that the redevelopment allow for the enlargement of nearby Butts Meadow Recreation Ground.

B-hive was launched by sustainability group Transition Town Berkhamsted ealier this year and now has hundreds of members.

They have put their ideas on what should happen to the two sites into a report that will be delivered to Dacorum Borough Council’s planning department next Wednesday.

The report will then be taken to Herts Police Commissioner David Lloyd at some point in the next few weeks.

Transition Town Berkhamsted leader John Bell said the report was aimed mainly at Mr Lloyd.

He said: “The most immediate concern in Berkhamsted is the sale of the former police station.”

Police spokesman Cath Shepherd said: “The position with the vacant former police station continues to be reviewed.”

But she said Mr Lloyd is keen to resolve the situation as soon as possible will meet with B-Hive in the near future.

You can watch a video about the development plans and B-hive at www.deetv.tv