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'Something draws you back' - the best and worst things about Hertsmere
Hertsmere was voted as the happiest place to live in Hertfordshire in a recent report by the Office for National Satistics.
Simon Stiel took to the streets to find out what you love and hate about the borough.
Borehamwood resident Jade O’Brian, 18:
“There are some great little shops here. You’ve got bingo and they’re opening a library soon. There’s everything you want.
“There’s littering and gum in certain places but it’s generally kept well. There was a bowling alley but it’s closed now - I miss that.”
Neil, civil enforcement officer who works in Hertsmere:
“It’s quite friendly really. We have a good reputation with the shopkeepers.
“There are a couple of parks like Aberford Park and you’ve got film studios where Eastenders, Holby City and Strictly are filmed.
“But the empty shops make the place more run down that it should be.”
Pauline Poole, 69, of Drayton Road:
“If you go away, something draws you back. Shopkeepers are so friendly. Everybody knows each other.
“But there isn’t a lot here for retired people.”
Former Town Council Mayor Charles Kelly:
“I like the area, it’s quite a safe area. I like the transport and the open spaces. There’s everything you need.
“But parts of the high street look a bit tired and station access for disabled people could be improved.”
Barry Kauffer, who owns Ink Lab, in Shenley Road:
“There are good transport links and it’s a cheaper area for property prices. There is no graffiti and street crime is low.
“There are recreational parks, more people coming and more flats are being built. But the council should play a bigger part in reletting shops.
“It’ll be nice to see a nicer pub and better quality restaurants rather than fast food restaurants. We need more proper high street brands. They’re in the Borehamwood mall but there’s a lacklustre high street.”
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