Local residents, businesses and community groups came along to Maylands Plaza in spite of the unseasonal weather for Hightown Housing Association’s fun-filled summer community event.

Fairground rides, face painting and balloon-artistry provided fun for local children when the rain cleared and a live singer performed classic tunes, old and new. Local children also got stuck in with some community gardening with plants donated by Glendale Services.

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Local businesses and community groups including Hertfordshire Mind Network, Greggs, Machins Solicitors, Nuffield Health and Community Action Dacorum, got a chance to share information about their events and services, with the local community, while everyone enjoyed some summer refreshments and activities.

Maylands Plaza is a new public space serving Hightown’s recently opened, mixed-use scheme in Hemel Hempstead.  Opened just under one year ago, Maylands Plaza includes 130 one and two-bedroom flats, with 53 of the properties for intermediate rent, and the remainder for affordable rent. It also houses 10 commercial units, with local businesses including The Barber’s Workshop, Rennie Grove Hospice Care charity shop and travel agent Travel 4 Seasons, sitting alongside national brands Greggs, Tesco and Starbucks. 

David Bogle, Hightown Chief Executive said: “Maylands Plaza was designed to include space for the local community to come together and we’re delighted that our residents braved the bad weather to join us today. Since opening this development, this area of Hemel Hempstead has seen a significant increase in activity and we are looking forward to hosting more events here in the future.”