Harlow town centre must be regenerated as a matter of urgency, says MP Robert Halfon. He insisted to the Harlow Star that “urgent regeneration and works need to be done,” claiming that he thinks the concrete car parks and market square could be levelled to make way for a new urban utopia, perhaps even resembling Covent Garden.
Luckily for Mr Halfon, The Harvey Centre is way ahead of the curve on this – having begun works on our £10m refurbishment back in 2014. The first stage of the refurbishments will see us boasting a multi-screen Cineworld cinema, due to open late 2016, as well as the variety of new restaurants on the first floor of the centre, transforming our already fantastic shopping experience into an incredible leisure destination. This comes as a part of our commitment to regenerating the centre in order to offer a better experience and improved facilities for our visitors – and combining one of the UK’s national cinema chains with some of the most popular and family-friendly dining brands.
The new mall and glass roof have already arrived as a part of this regeneration, as well as the fantastic Real China Kung Fu Oriental buffet restaurant – who be celebrated the Chinese New Year with an authentic Lion Dancer! As well as this, we will soon be celebrating the opening of chain Italian restaurant, Prezzo, and traditional American-style diner Tinseltown at the end of 2016.
Enhancing the town centre with this huge investment will add to the already completed new mall on the first floor, new floors and glass roof, by bringing a fresh new look for Harlow, resulting in a fresh new attitude towards the town centre itself.
Mr Halfon, along with many members of the public, is worried about the town that Harlow is most famous for losing its attraction as long as it remains underdeveloped. What it needs is an investment injection, creating more shopping and leisure opportunities to attract shoppers and tourists to enjoy the town.
Whilst the residents of Harlow still do clamour for that entertaining metropolis of leisure activities, the constant decline in quality and closure of shops due to the recession have seen the town take a big hit – but help is here, and the town is finally getting the regeneration it deserves!