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Safe overnight stops for Motorhomes

We travel all over this country watching and writing about pantomimes usually over Christmas. It is a real challenge to park and find places to stay overnight, I contact councils in the towns or cities we are visiting and they have been most helpful. We have now joined CAMpRA (Campaign for Real Aires UK) Please […]

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Motorhome/ Campervan Parking

There are over 350,000 motorcaravans in the UK, throughout Europe there is a network of overnight parking and waste disposal points known as “Aires” The UK has yet to tap into this revenue stream. By providing overnight parking spaces local businesses can benefit from year round tourism. Recent survey shows when staying owners spend £47 […]

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Motorhome/ Campervan Parking

Staycation holidays since Lockdown finished in June has seen massive boom in sales of campervans and motorhomes, and rentals, so much so that campsites cannot cope. We need continental-style stopover parking areas, off-road, so they can come into GY, spend their money in our entertainment and sporting venues, shops, restaurants and pubs. It’s a massive […]

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Safety Education Centre

That the sum of £2.3m be provided to build and kit-out a permanent safety education centre (we have the land) to replace and build-on the success of the eight Crucial Crew schemes currently running for the last 29 years for Yr6 children,which will cover all age groups in Herts, and beyond, as well as providing […]

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Sports & Leisure

We are in desperate need of a new swimming centre. The current one is run down and dirty. I’d love to see a new swimming centre with a really good cafe and some outside sports facilities too. It would give kids and teens somewhere nice to hangout.

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Shop canopies and shop fronts.

The canopies in the town centre are very shabby, run down and in desperate need of replacement. They have not had anything done to them since the town was built. I have lost count of the times the pavements have been updated, but never the awful canopies. Also the shop fronts above them particularly those […]

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Stuff to do

Places to go for a day out with food and bars- the new town has nothing to offer in to the evening unlike surrounding towns letchworth and hitchin. Old town is good but some of that needs to be in the new town too!

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Garages

With little provision for the extra cars on the road it would be nice to see garage blocks revived and/ or new ones built. Do we know how many garages are actually empty? Also more on or off street parking provision for disabled drivers.

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Cctv

Lots of the cctv cameras i believe arent in working order. More cctv and operators and more local neighbourhood policing to tackle issues such as flytipping and anti social behaviour

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Cctv

Lots of the cctv cameras i believe arent in working order. More cctv and operators and more local neighbourhood policing to tackle issues such as flytipping and anti social behaviour

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Repeat the town centre park experiment (look & feel) with a new park(s)

One of the few examples of the local council’s recent investments that I think has worked is the pretty and contemporary look/feel of the town centre park. Nicely designed, clean, airy, green, modern paving (not the usual bargain basement slabs that are found everywhere else in Stevenage!). It’s almost got a Spanish feel to it. […]

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Revamp Bowes Lyon &/or introduce new cutural and performing arts practice venues

Let’s give two this important cultural/leisure location some much needed TLC. The frontage of Bowes Lyon is an eyesore and a newly-designed, more inviting front would make a world of difference. I’m sure the inside could do with some much needed investment and TLC – give our local creative community a place they can be […]

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Brighten up our bridges and subways

The town is rife with tired, graffiti covered, grey/brown concrete underpases and tired/lazy bridges. These are the finishing touches that can make or break the feel of a town – in our case it breaks/defines Stevenage. No murals either – they always seem like a nice idea but they are usually an eyesore – thank […]

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Station Footpath

I use the footpath that runs alongside Stevenage Police Station, under the station and on to the old town. I think that there should be some investment made on this stretch of the footpath to make it more appealing to use. Maybe plant some nice greenery, place some benches, some local street art, cool light […]

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LGBTQ+ Venues

It would be nice to see some space given over for use by the LGBTQ+ community in Stevenage. Whether that be a night time venue or something more community-based – I think that this would be gratefully received by the LGBTQ+ community in Stevenage.

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Rentable Studios

It is known that the desirability of an area always increases if a place can accommodate artist, designers and creatives – this is due to the catalyst effect these individuals have. Independent cafes, pop-up art galleries, exciting bars and experimental restaurants are just some of the establishments that follow in an area that is a […]

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Small Business Grants

As others have suggested reducing rent and rates will help to encourage small businesses to open in the town centre, however, small business grants for businesses that will help rejuvenate Stevenage’s image and bring people to the town centre should really be considered. We need more boutique shops, cafes and family friendly orientated businesses in […]

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A FULLY EQUIPT MUSIC VENUE!

Stevenage has SO much local talent!! As a musician myself proactive within the local music scene. Specially with all the closures of many grass root music venues, Stevenage would be a great place to have a proper music venue! Recently played a show in Ipswich who have a fully equipt music venue, with a radio […]

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Improvement.

Bus service needs to be updated. We no longer live in the 70`s. People work different shifts and people have appointments, shopping and want to get out and connect. Also, the town centre needs more shops of clothes, furniture, electrical, etc.

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Green up Stevenage

The ‘new’ town In Stevenage is a rather depressing concrete eye sore. A potential cost effective uplift would be to add trees, plant up planters properly and even add a vertical garden or two.

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Encourage value increase

Stevenage has a lot to offer in both the new and old town. It unfortunately advertises constantly the amount of council houses it has. This devalues everyone’s homes which are not council owned and for people who don’t want to work and also provides a breeding ground for the constant car burglaries and dumping of […]

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Tackling congestion

Stevenage is ranked the 6th worst place relative to size in the uk for air quality and it is easy to see why. The biggest challenge the town faces is that it is well past it’s optimum size for the current infrastructure. Just about any road into Stevenage and particularly to/from the industrial area at […]

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Our Future

I would like the money spent on our schools. They are so outdated and the money would be well spent with knowing we are giving our children the best future we can give them. Ask the schools on what they need and what equipment is needed to help our children learn and why it will […]

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Stevenage Circular Ride

I would like to suggest a Stevenage Circular Ride which would be a multi-user route (walkers, cyclists, horse riders and carriage drivers) which goes all around Stevenage and interlinks with existing cycle ways and public rights of way. This circular route would also include a spur to Walkern.

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Old town

Invest in the high street – make it viable for businesses to open shops and services without crippling rates. Sort the parking out and get rid of the one way system. Aim for a high street we can be proud of.

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Revamp

I would like to see Stevenage to have a modern look with areas repainted and roads kept clean it would be good to see additional artwork/monuments put in key places. Better lighting at night and maybe nice bars open till late to attract a better night life.

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POTHOLES!

Would be wonderful if they were to use the money to repair all the potholes in/around Stevenage.

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More green space with better provisions

Rather than selling off green space to developers and building on every bit of brown field land to build houses that are not required and those that are built don’t benefit the local community but attract people from London, lets have some attractive new green spaces with outdoor sculptures to continue the heritage of Stevenage […]

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Free Parking

Parking should be always free to give the best chance for our town centre shops to survive. You park free everywhere else including retail park etc, one of the reasons it is always so busy there. Parking charges which can be very high are such a short term gain and long term nail in the […]

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Roads

Sort out pot holes, and parking in streets as it’s getting really bad. Tired the place up and stop waisting money changing the paving in the town centre

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Bus fare reduction

The bus fare from the railway station to the lister hospital ( eg , where most of us are working for NHS ) is 2.30£ one way and way too expensive when compared to London which is 1.70£ – can this be revised please

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BUS SERVICE

Stevenage Bus Services are a shambles. Stevenage has grown and the layout of bus services is dated, more buses more routes are needed, also someome to make sure they run on time !

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Plastic Recycling Bins for all homes

I am personally fed up of plastic rubbish littering the local streets. The current smaller plastic recycle boxes are not fit for purpose. They are small and do not hold enough plastic waste for the majority of households. Most councils provide the large brown bin, a large general waste bin & another large plastic waste […]

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Cycles to rent

Since Stevenage is so town centre oriented area, i want to see cycles installed away from town centre areas, for people to rent if they don’t want to take the bus and enjoy the beautiful city Stevenage.

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Road maintenance

I would like to see the massive amount of potholes in the town fixed. Especially the ones just off the slip roads into Stevenage. I would also like to see the roundabout for the A1/Hitchin repainted as it caused confusion.

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Invest in the Old Town

Old towns and historic town centres across Britain help raise the profile of a city, a well looked after town makes it more appealing to wealthier people that are considering to buy or rent a house. It will help not just raising the profile of Stevenage’s Old Town, but as demand grows for a property […]

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Public areas repainted and jet wash

All the busy public areas such as town centre, high street, the attractions such as the swimming centre and museum. And surrounding areas need to be jet washed down, painted and repaired, old broken walls and flooring need replacing… make what we have got already look better before getting loads of new stuff shoved in […]

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Woman’s aid

I think closing of women’s aid because of lack of funding. I think it should be re-opened and to establish facility for males aswell. I do not think there is enough support.

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Conkers Community Farm

Conker’s, a community farm that will connect pople. The farm will be fully sustainable and run on renewable energy created from food and other waste. Our core values are the 3 Es. Energy, Education and Evolution. Stevenage used to be a leader but has fall behind in many areas including education. We want to connect […]

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Pop Up Shops

Where there are empty shop units, try to encourage some pop up shops – not those selling cheap goods but something that would encourage people to travel to STEVENAGE – similar to those in Covent Garden. Empty shops and those selling cheap goods that can be bought anywhere don’t encourage anyone to visit from out […]

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Houses

Build more ‘social housing’ (not part rent part buy), actual council homes for council tenants… to many small houses n flats being built, which are not big enough for a couple, let alone a family.. Also create more off street parking, as too many cars clogging up roads

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General tidy up

Introduce litter wardens in order to reduce the amount of rubbish deposited around the town. The buildings in the town (including some of the houses close to the town centre) are in desperate need of remedial work. Maintenance of many common areas seems to have been neglected – e.g. filthy play areas, graffitied under passes […]

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Town center

The town center itself (especially the clock tower) is old and outdated. New tiles for the town and perhaps a big green space for picnics? Something more social and bright.

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Less drug addicts

I would like to see more money and resources to takle the amount of thieving drug addicts in town. Most have mental health issues and it is made worse through drink & drugs. They are always drunk or high and just a pain to our town

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Housing

Affordable housing for the residents of Stevenage. At the moment it seems near impossible for young adults to gain their independence because all new accommodation is aimed at commuters. More social housing for regular people would be nice.

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Connectivity.

Restore the holes punched in the cycle way network e.g.Costco and Tesco. Provide a direct unobstructed walking, cycling and public transport link between the new town centre and old town High Street. Entrench new cycling and public transport routes in any new town centre and, please, get a post office back in the High Street

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Improved Bus Service

Stevenage Bus service has low usage. Mostly due to it’s unreliability, high cost, long travel time and non-ideal routes. People want to use the bus but for those reasons it has low use and contributes to the fact high car use in Stevenage causes it to be one of the most polluted towns per resident. […]

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Footpaths

There needs to be a footpath or pavement from the roundabout where Gresley Way meets Six Hills Way travelling south along Gresley Way to allow people to walk down to Sainsbury’s in Poplar without getting muddy or walking on the road.

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New, better businesses

The current emptiness of so many spaces in the town centre is incredibly off-putting and the existing shops are uninspiring. We could use more popular businesses, maybe some restaurants, more coffee shops, bars, this would certainly rejuvenate the town centre.

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Old town

Old town needs a supermarket and a post office. This will kill the old town if nothing is done about it and other local business will suffer.

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Parking

Parking in the new town should be free. More people would visit, people do not want to spend £3 to walk around the shops when they could either go to the retail park for free or spend the £3 on delivery off the internet.

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Better shops

Better high end shops would attract more money – all the pound shops and other low end shops attract trouble it bring the town down you will not make it a destination for people to travel to Stevenage to go shopping and spend money

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More local authority housing

Have more local authority housing there are over 8000 people on the council list and not enough properties, the private sector is far to expensive for working class people and the lack of provisions for capping rent and ensuring that rented properties are fit to live in.

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Greedy councils

Sort out your out of date business rates. Councils don’t care as even if the buildings are empty they get their rates from the land lord. Help the virtuous circle of footfall by making parking cheap or free everyone just parks in Tesco how many multi store car parks do you need in Stevenage.

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Encourage co-working spaces

The empty shop fronts in Stevenage make the town centre look run down. Encourage co-working spaces so that SME’s/individual workers can work in the spaces. This would also allow for the spaces to be refurbished, and bring better life to the area. Especially beneficial considering its proximity to the train station.

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Improved cycle tracks

The cycle tracks in Stevenage are its main strength. However it would be better if they were connected to towns outside of Stevenage, to improve commuting. A quality cycle track between Stevenage and Hertford, and Hitchin, and Letchworth/Baldock, and Knebworth/Welwyn, would encourage greener commuting between towns.

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Town Centre units

I would like to see better use of the empty units on the first and second floors of the shops in the town centre. It feels like these shops aren’t making the best use of their space

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