Reactions to the New Town
Derek Townsend remembers the impact that the New Town development had
Contributed by The Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd
All I know is the people who did born and lived in Hemel Hempstead were penalised by not being allocated a council house. We put our name down in 1956 but we were not entitled one, its GLC and London people only housing them for the jobs that were in industrial areas. So I do know that for a fact.
All I remember really because of the age I was, at that time I was only 11 years old, was I did not really know what was happening. I was 11 years old, “what is a ‘New Town’? What did it mean, the ‘New Town’? A change? Are we going to get new factories? Yes you are. Are you going to get a New Town Hall? Are they going to build a new Town Hall?” But that’s all I knew.