Action! County hails film fillip that could attract more crews to Herts

Location filming
Location filming

A County Hall initiative to make life easier for film crews on location in Hertfordshire is about to become law.

The Filming On The Highways Bill, put forward by Herts County Council in 2012 and supported by district and borough councils and Elstree Studio bosses, is now just waiting royal assent before going on the statute books.

At the moment, getting permission for a road closure for filming can be a complex and lengthy process and in some cases is a non-starter because of legal constraints.

The new bill will simplify the process for production companies and help them plan their filming schedules.

The council will be able to close roads temporarily for filming, although traffic pressures and the needs of local people and businesses will always be considered.

Councillor Chris Hayward, the county’s cabinet member for enterprise, education and skills, said: “We are delighted the bill is so close to becoming legislation.

“This will help boost Hertfordshire’s economy. It should bring more business to the county, already a popular destination for production companies and we hope it won’t be long before local businesses also start to benefit from this initiative.”