Hertfordshire County Council aims to make filming in Hertsmere easier

The streets of Hertsmere could feature in more television series and movies if a Parliament act is passed to make filming in the county simpler.

Representatives from the film industry have been in discussions with Hertfordshire County Council over the difficult and time-consulting process of implementing road closures for filming.

The Bill would enable the council to close roads temporarily for filming and to issue permissions to place filming equipment on the highway. 

The area is already a popular choice for film makers, with studios in Elstree and Leavesden.

David Lloyd, cabinet member for resources and economic well-being said: “Our county is
already a popular choice for film and television production. Securing this Bill would make
us one of only two counties outside of London who are able to give permission so swiftly
and would give us a competitive advantage in this multi billion pound industry.

“Making the filming process easier in Hertfordshire will help us get even more economic and social benefits for all of our communities.”

Morris Bright, chairman of the board of directors at Elstree Studios said: "Hertfordshire
in general, and Elstree and Borehamwood in particular, are proud of our great production
heritage.

“Films have been made in our area for almost 100 years. Times change and so does the demand for film and television production with more work than ever before being filmed on location.

“So, we need and want to make it as easy as possible for production companies to come to Hertfordshire and make use of our excellent studio facilities as well as our location settings which are second to none.

“By making our area even more attractive to the media industry, it will provide a further and much needed boost to our local economies.”

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