We asked the four main parties to set out their stall on the Old River Lane arts centre plans and Water Lane United Reformed Church Hall's future.
Lib Dem leader Cllr Mione Goldspink warned borrowing to invest in plans not supported by neighbours could prove "foolish" in decades to come.
Columnist Chas Gill says phased development of retail and residential first will create financial elbow room for an eventual permanent arts centre.
Group behind campaign to get East Herts Council to rethink development will hand over protest letters at Charringtons House on Tuesday (Feb 28).
Currently, staff work at the authority’s Charringtons House office block, but the 1960s building is earmarked for demolition.
Occasional Indie columnist and former mayor of Bishop's Stortford Chas Gill on why East Herts Council must go back to the drawing board on ORL.
Meeting organised by cross-party ORL Working Group – made up of Labour, Lib Dems and Greens – and there was no local Tory party representative.
Water Lane Hall is due to be bulldozed by developer Cityheart to give Waitrose 50 parking spaces it will lose as part of Old River Lane project.
A cross-party working group has been working on a 6-point alternative to the scheme proposed by East Herts Council's development partner Cityheart.
A working group of Labour, Lib Dem and Green Party members has organised the forum for Sunday February 19 at The Bishop’s Stortford High School.
East Herts customer services staff to be moved from Charringtons House to town council in April ahead of handover to Old River Lane developer.
Mayor Cllr Dave Anderson accused East Herts Council and Cityheart of trying "to pull the wool over the eyes" of residents with the lack of detail.
East Herts Council's development partner, wants planning permission to build a cultural quarter at the Causeway called Old River Lane.
Developer Cityheart seeks planning permission to knock down Charringtons House and Water Lane United Reformed Church Hall.
"I urge everyone to look out for the consultation on the application, which, as a part of the statutory planning process, will open for 21 days."
Executive member Graham McAndrew: "I find the... holding of a public exhibition at such short notice absolutely disgraceful and disingenuous."
Cllr Mione Goldspink said she was placed in an "uncomfortable and frustrating" position by Conservatives who dismissed her objections and ideas.