Snakes and a serpent at town evolution day!

Artist's impressions show how the redeveloped shopping area of Marlowes could look
Artist's impressions show how the redeveloped shopping area of Marlowes could look

See what the future holds for Hemel Hempstead at a dedicated consultation event held by Dacorum Borough Council.

The authority’s Hemel Evolution team are hosting an information and consultation day next Saturday, which will invite people to find out more about the latest regeneration plans for the town centre.

Alongside the consultation there will be an organised health walk, history talks and face painting and arts and crafts – as well as a special appearance by some rare and exotic animals – taking place by the Roundhouse Volunteer Centre in the Marlowes and at the Bridge Street end of the Water Gardens from 11am until 3pm.

Hemel Evolution Team Leader Nathalie Bateman said: “The Hemel Evolution consultation day will update and inform residents about the many exciting changes taking place. There will be lots of information on the improvement projects we have planned for the coming year and staff will be on hand to answer any questions visitors may have about them, and to explain what we have done so far.

“These projects include exciting plans for the Marlowes shopping area and Jellicoe Water Gardens, as well as a new bus interchange. We would also like to hear people’s thoughts on our plans to revitalise Bank Court.”

There will be a Friends of the Water Gardens Health Walk around the Water Gardens meeting at the Roundhouse at 10am, and guided heritage walks led by Hertfordshire Gardens Trust where visitors can ‘follow the serpent trail’ and learn more about the history of the Jellicoe Water Gardens at 11am, 12 and 2.30pm.

Continuing with the serpent theme, children can also get up close and personal with snakes, lizards and other reptiles with a display provided by Bovingdon-based exotic pet shop Ameyzoo.

For more on the Hemel Evolution plans from the borough council website, click here.

Click here to read the Gazette’s latest coverage on the proposals.