New-look White Lion Square unveiled
Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Roger Trigg, officially opened a new-look White Lion Square in Hatfield town centre.
The square now boasts a completely revamped centre, with exciting new features including table tennis, children's play equipment, seating areas and cycle parking.
Funded through a Local Growth Fund contribution from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the £1.2m transformation will improve the town centre environment and help boost footfall to local shops and businesses.
The revamp marks the completion of the first stage of the council's wider town centre regeneration, following a major refurbishment programme of shops, flats and offices around the square.
The opening also featured the unveiling of the historic Pearl statue, carved by sculptor James Butler when White Lion Square first opened in 1970. Thanks to the efforts of local resident Mark Lampert, Pearl now sits proudly at the top of the square in a grass bed.
Local children from St Philip Howard school also buried two time capsules in planters around the square, ready for a grand unearthing in over a decade's time.
Councillor Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources, said:
I am delighted that this phase of Hatfield town centre's regeneration is complete. White Lion Square is now an inviting community space that will drive footfall to local shops and businesses, and encourage people to spend longer in the town.
The refurbishment is part of our wider town centre plans to deliver new homes, shops and attractive spaces to secure Hatfield's future prosperity to 2030 and beyond.