Making plans for a new era

I would like to take the opportunity to address the issues concerning the proposed sale of the Maxwell Park Community Centre site.

It is a great shame that such a negative standpoint is being taken on what is good news for Borehamwood. The community is getting a £6 million brand new multi-purpose library, hall and a community centre in Shenley Road, as well as a Youth Connexions One Stop Shop and a new home for the local museum.

It is anticipated that the new development will be finished in late 2012, with occupation taking place in early 2013. We are working with Hertsmere Borough Council to look at the needs of existing users at the Maxwell Park Community Centre and how they might be best served in the alternative activity space.

The Maxwell Park Community Centre has provided over 40 years of useful service to the people of Borehamwood. However, significant expenditure is required to maintain the building. It doesn’t make financial sense, particularly in the current economic climate, to invest heavily in older properties when newer, purpose-built facilities will be available for the community.

There has been some confusion over whether the site is capable of redevelopment due to contamination. A map on the Hertsmere Borough Council’s website — S139 Undeveloped Land off Maxwell Road — clearly shows that any contaminated area does not include the Maxwell Park Community Centre.

Contrary to recent claims, the trustees and users of the Maxwell Park Community Centre have been kept informed of our proposals. The project for the regeneration of the Elstree Way corridor, which incorporates the site occupied by the centre, has been in development for a number of years. Several publicly available documents have been produced and public consultation events and meetings have taken place, which included references to the potential closure of the centre.

The move from the Maxwell Park centre to the proposed new facilities in Shenley Road was agreed by the county council’s cabinet in July 2008. The trustees of the Maxwell Park Community Centre were informally made aware after that decision was made, and formal notification of the closure was given to them in a meeting on August 15.

I appreciate that people are sad to see the closure of Maxwell Park, but I hope people can now look forward to a new era with more modern facilities, which will meet the needs of the community for years to come.

David Lloyd
Executive member for resources and economic well-being
Hertfordshire County Council

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4:52pm Fri 11 Nov 11

Maverosi says...

What I want to know is , why is the land being offered to be built on when it was given to the people of Borehamwood by Langs , not hertsmere , but the people of Borehamwood.
The council needs to realise that it serves the people and not the other way round.
What I want to know is , why is the land being offered to be built on when it was given to the people of Borehamwood by Langs , not hertsmere , but the people of Borehamwood. The council needs to realise that it serves the people and not the other way round. Maverosi

8:20am Sat 12 Nov 11

Reader (R) says...

Mr Lloyd, you say that the trustees were informed, are you sure?

It would appear that the HCC can't even sing from the same song sheet!

You say it will be built by the autumn of 2012 and Simon Hoggett of HCC says it will be completed in the spring of 2012., (japanese hogweed article).

So, it's clear you don't communicate from within so there's doubt in your ability to communicate to the wider audience.
Mr Lloyd, you say that the trustees were informed, are you sure? It would appear that the HCC can't even sing from the same song sheet! You say it will be built by the autumn of 2012 and Simon Hoggett of HCC says it will be completed in the spring of 2012., (japanese hogweed article). So, it's clear you don't communicate from within so there's doubt in your ability to communicate to the wider audience. Reader (R)

4:45pm Thu 17 Nov 11

justjohn says...

We all know not to trust anything a politician says so I've just spent a couple of hours on Hertsmere's website using numerous relevant search terms trying to find the map Mr Lloyd refers to and surprise surprise it's either very well hidden or it doesn't exist.
We all know not to trust anything a politician says so I've just spent a couple of hours on Hertsmere's website using numerous relevant search terms trying to find the map Mr Lloyd refers to and surprise surprise it's either very well hidden or it doesn't exist. justjohn

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