The Town Centre as a Place

Activists, councillors and interested members of the public met with Cllr Keith Hoskins, long time Hitchin  Town Centre and BID manager and now current North Herts Councillor to discuss what could be done to improve Royston’s town centre. Discussions were diverse and included examples of what had been done elsewhere. The top priorities that came out of the discussions for Royston were:

  • Opening up the Town Centre to make it more pedestrian friendly and attractive.
  • Holding more events of different sorts in the Town Centre and having more spaces in which it would be possible to do this.
  • More diverse use of the Town Centre, looking beyond pure retail.
  • Better joined up working of all levels of council with the BID, but especially of the Town Council who could play a great role in all of this but currently do little to improve the town centre.

These are all aims that your Liberal Democrat councillors will carry forward and work towards with high priority.

The Town Centre as a Place

Discussion with local councillors and activists, led by experienced Town Centre Manager Keith Hoskins.

About this event

Join Royston Liberal Democrats and Keith Hoskins for a discussion of the Town Centre as a Place and put forward your ideas on how Royston’s Town Centre needs to change and grow to fit with the 21st Century, post pandemic lifestyle.

Keith Hoskins MBE became a town centre manager in 1992, and was Hitchin’s town centre manager from 1997 to 2018. He is currently a North Herts District Councillor.

Read more about Keith here.

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Liberal Democrats painting Royston Green

Recent discussions on sustainability and biodiversity generate enthusiasm for Royston Liberal Democrats. 

Royston Liberal Democrats welcomed South Cambridgeshire Councillor and Liberal Democrat Lead on the Local Government Association’s Environment, Housing and Transport board Pippa Heylings to Royston on Wednesday, 14th July to lead a discussion of how to deliver the green recovery and build a more sustainable Royston.  Pippa shared her experience of working on environmental themes all over the world through VSO, the United Nations and directly advising Governments.  She gave eyewitness insight into the impact of the everyday plastics we take for granted, travelling from our high streets to polluting the high seas.

During a lively discussion session the group reflected on the best options to deliver a more sustainable Royston, covering themes such as improving sustainable transport, the importance of recycling, and protecting local green spaces and biodiversity.  Liberal Democrat County Councillor Steve Jarvis commented “This session with Pippa has generated some great ideas and underlined how many people in Royston believe in building a sustainable local economy based on transferable green skills”.

Royston Liberal Democrats Chairman Graeme Fell thanked Pippa for facilitating the discussion and for a productive and enjoyable evening.  He underlined the group’s commitment to sustainability through concrete actions such as working with all levels of council to introduce recycling bins in the town centre and develop a better network of cycling and walking routes.  Royston Liberal Democrats will continue to work with the community in Royston to deliver a greener town.

Thank you!

In the recent local election Steve Jarvis was re-elected as County Councillor for Royston West by a margin of 691 votes over the Conservative. This is a big increase on the 62 vote margin which Steve won by in the previous County Council election four years ago.

The full result was:

Steve Jarvis 2591
Conservative 1900
Labour 519

In Royston East Ruth Brown increased the Liberal Democrat share of the vote by 12%.

The full result was:

Conservative 2317
Ruth Brown 1255
Labour 669
Green 311

Across Hertfordshire the Liberal Democrats gained five seats – taking them to a total of 23 – with the Conservatives down five and Labour down two seats.

The new County Council has 46 Conservatives, 23 Liberal Democrats, 7 Labour, 1 Green and 1 Independent.

In the District Council by election for Meridian ward Alex Prosser-Snelling also saw a big increase in the Liberal Democrat vote, coming a clear second to the Conservative.

The full result was:

Conservative 889
Alex Prosser-Snelling 579
Labour 176
Green 154

North Herts Council now has 11 Liberal Democrats, 15 Labour and 23 Conservative councillors. It is run jointly by the Liberal Democrats and Labour.

Our Annual Report is now available

Please click here to read our Annual Report which describes some of the changes and improvements that your Royston Liberal Democrat councillors have achieved on your behalf in the last year.

Statement on delivery of literature during COVID-19

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Royston Liberal Democrats supporting our community through lockdown

Royston Liberal Democrats have been supporting Royston through lockdown and helping people to find the support they need during these very challenging times.  You can read our February 2021 letter from our Councillors to residents here which sets out the services people can reach out to.  Alongside providing information like this we’ve also been providing practical help with Councillor Ruth Brown working with North Herts District Council to establish a £150,000 fund for groups and organisations coping with Covid-19 related issues.  We hope you find our letter informative and if you think there is anything one of our Councillors can help with please do get in touch.

Councillor Info letter Feb 21 Royston

Councillor Ruth Brown welcomes new greener bins for Royston town centre

Royston Liberal Democrats welcome the introduction of several new recycling bins in Royston town centre this week. The new bins make it easier for everyone to reduce landfill when out and about just as we do at home. Cans, plastic bottles, glass & paper are placed in a single compartment of the bin which will be collected separately by NHDC (North Hertfordshire District Council) and sorted for recycling. We’re encouraging everyone to use the new bins as part of our commitment to making Royston a greener town.

The new bins have been provided by NHDC through the Royston Town Centre Working Party lead by Royston Liberal Democrat Councillor Ruth Brown. Ruth commented “We’re delighted that Royston Town Council supported this NHDC initiative as these bins make it really easy for visitors and shoppers to both keep Royston tidy and increase recycling.”

Royston Liberal Democrats campaign for a greener Royston through initiatives like this, our support for Royston becoming a Sustainable Travel Town and our support for a Plastic Free Royston.

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