Over 250 residents from Sele Farm enjoyed plenty of entertainment and excitement at the Network Homes fun day on Saturday 22 July at St Andrew CE Primary School in Hertford.
We organised the event to bring people from the community together whose homes are being transformed as part of the £30million regeneration of the Sele Farm area.
Visitors got the chance to find out more about the regeneration plans for their neighbourhood and speak to us about what they would like to see improved in the future. Cllr Stephen Cousins presented the latest Local Neighbourhood Plan, giving people the opportunity to comment on proposals for transport, schools, public spaces and new housing for the local area.
Meanwhile younger residents enjoyed the bouncy castle, live graffiti art workshop run by Signal Project and the climbing wall by Climb Higher Ltd. People of all ages enjoyed the live stage performances whether it was listening to Pantasy Steel Band, watching the St Andrew CE Primary School Little Performers dance routine or taking part in Zumba and Tai Chi sessions led by Ana Rodriguez.
Residents had the chance to speak to other local organisations about the services they offer including Hertford Theatre, Hertford Library, East Herts Council, Hertford Town Council, Local Fire Brigade, Future Living, Diabetes UK and many more. Also, as part of Operation STOMP the local police were on hand with crime prevention and safety advice.
Cllr Stephen Cousins said: “I would like to thank Network Homes for including Hertford Town Council in the day's events. We had a lot of interest shown in the Neighbourhood Plan and gained some very valuable information and opinions.”
Helen Evans, Network Homes’ Chief Executive said: “The support we’ve received from local organisations for the fun day has been fantastic and people were very positive about our plans for the area and the new homes we are building. We will continue to work with the community to create a lovely new neighbourhood.
We have already completed 35 new homes for shared ownership and affordable rent at Tudor Way. The regeneration of Sele Farm continues with the transformation of homes on The Ridgeway. Demolition of the poor quality ageing blocks on the estate began in January 2017. We will replace them with 120 modern, mixed tenure family homes. The final development, supported by East Herts Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, will consist of 70 homes for affordable rent, plus 50 homes for shared ownership.
The new homes on The Ridgeway will be ready for occupation in 2018.