Read All About It! Waterstones set to open at The Water Gardens

Business / Thu 29th Feb 2024 at 01:42pm

CALLING all book lovers! The Water Gardens is delighted to share that they will be welcoming Waterstones here at The Water Gardens.

The perfect spot for a Saturday browse, checkout what you can expect to see in the near future below.

Not so long ago, with the advent of the kindle and the world of social media, it seemed certain that book shops would be consigned to the dustbin of history.

But a few years ago, they started to make a comeback.

Be sure to follow The Water Gardens on all socials to keep up to date with the grand opening.


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27 Comments for Read All About It! Waterstones set to open at The Water Gardens:

peter henegan
2024-02-29 13:46:56

This is excellent news for the town. I hope it goes well

Jo Whale
2024-02-29 14:12:25

About time we had a proper bookshop in town, I’m delighted!

James Leppard
2024-02-29 14:39:15

Delighted and share the previous comments. The town has been missing a quality bookshop for years. This will save having to trek to Bishop's Stortford. Hopefully, other quality shops will consider locating here. This is very welcome.

2024-02-29 15:24:14

Fantastic news! Nothing nicer than browsing around a bookshop. Can't wait

Mr Grumpy
2024-02-29 15:38:56

About time we had something different. Far better than yet another "designer" clothes shop. I welcome the retail diversity in this instance :)

Tony Edwards
2024-02-29 15:52:00


Dan Swords
2024-02-29 16:00:57

This shows the confidence in the future of the town centre thanks to the regeneration coming forward. Much more to come with some big shops coming - keep watching...

2024-02-29 17:03:17

This is so needed

2024-02-29 17:19:41

At long last!!

2024-02-29 17:24:37

Great news, I hope it has a cafe area too. Love Waterston. Dan Swords are you getting M&S back?

2024-02-29 17:28:02

Can't wait , a much needed shop. I better start saving my pennies

Kay Morrison
2024-02-29 17:51:26

Very welcome news!

Peter Henegan
2024-02-29 18:00:52

Resident, you have made a great comment re M&S, we own the Harvey centre, surely a deal with the old BHS could be a possibility even if it is an outlet centre

Kim Oconnor
2024-02-29 18:56:17

Good news .

2024-02-29 19:10:52

What regeneration Dan, when will the first new buildings be started let alone completed? I very much doubt that the conservative party will be in control of Harlow or the country!

Matthew Gillman
2024-02-29 20:38:28

Very pleased to see this news. Apart from Waterstones's political correctness!

2024-02-29 21:42:35

Great positive news

2024-02-29 22:37:40

Waterstones is certainly what the town needs, a music venue along the lines of the greatly missed Square would be nice to see in the town, the old BHS unit could make a superb music venue,art gallery and studio space for both musicians and local artists. The ex Wilko's unit could be repurposed to be used as an indoor market place. The council could even make the so called developers that are land banking pay for regular safety inspections of the derelict buildings, maybe those same developers could be forced to clear the piles of rat infested rubbish that they continue to ignore.

Simon Carter
2024-02-29 23:17:04

Paul, have you checked to see what is planned for Playhouse square following the demolition of Occasio House and for which the council has received £Ms of government funding?

2024-03-01 06:59:54

Simon. I am aware of the plan for the area of the playhouse and college square, however given the amount of works carried out to date, the eventual completion of the area is still years away. As to the other areas of the town that have either been demolished or in a state of dangerous disrepair that are being land banked by various companies, why are the companies not being forced to keep their sites clear of piles of rat infested rubbish?

Nicholas Taylor
2024-03-01 08:52:41

Simon, we are all aware of the plans for Playhouse Square, a scheme which lacks vision for the future of a much enlarged Garden Town, A live music venue smaller than what we had at the Square, leaving us with the smallest theatre in the region and perhaps millions of pounds spent on new paving, road design and planting of trees, in an area which in the scheme of things is not bad when you compare it with the north side of the Town Centre. As Paul says, much of the rest of the Town Centre has lain derelict for many years with no end in sight. The Council should have spent these millions of pounds on buying up these derelict sites with a view to getting them back into use.

Dan Swords
2024-03-01 09:20:21

Nich, you haven't a clue what you're talking about.

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-01 10:42:35

Dan swords, this is good news, but its one shop, what Mr Taylor has said is true. There's a long way to go yet. I speak for my self ,we all see the state of the town centre, we don't ware Rose tinted glasses you know.

2024-03-01 11:16:30

Sounds like "You got mail"

2024-03-01 11:40:06

One swallow, especially before an election, don't make it spring. The demolition wrecking dinosaur and wrecking ball the Tories use on their latest election propaganda sheet sums it all up. It's exactly what describes the actions of the local Council, the Country Council and the Government have done and will continue to do into the future. Only a bunch of people who think only of profits think that cramming the town centre with hi rise wind generating rabbit hutch flats (that'll get stuffed with people transported from London Boroughs), with transport and housing plans that'll ruin the Stort Valley environment, cause more sewage discharges and flooding into Harlow homes, gridlock and overload the town whilst shipping PAH into Epping could possibly think that any good can emerge from their political myopia. Both Labour and Conservative parties cannot escape the blame for the aweful consequences of the biggest green belt land grab by property developers who are also land banking to maintain ridiculously high cost property prices. What is needed are many more ultra green Harlow's based on the principles that applied after ww2: building good quality Council low rise affordable home to rent with all of the appropriate infrastructure for working people and not mini cities. Instead the desire of the Conservatives is to see everyone shackled to crippling mortgages just as surfs were shackled to the Lord of the Manor in previous centuries so the same ruling class can continue to live off the backs of ordinary workers.

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-01 12:29:49

Well said nostradamus. Labour plan for the river stort valley, Conservative s signed and sealed it, going against public opinions. Unforgivable vandalism and destruction that Harlow has never seen before.. shame on both parties...

Nicholas Taylor
2024-03-03 13:31:20

Dan, You can make as many comments as you wish about me but I deal with facts. FACT There will be a huge increase in the population within three miles of the Cultural Square in the next two decades but you are going to spend millions of pounds which will leave the town with a music venue smaller than the Square and a theatre the smallest in the region. FACT Over a quarter of a million pounds was spent on the first re-paving of Market square and you said a million pounds (when it was Labour spending it) on the more recent re-paving. Put this into the context of the work in your plan to create a new road, re-pave a huge area and the cost is likely to run to much more that a million pounds. FACT The area around the Playhouse is in a better state that other entrance areas to the Town Centre, Far better to have spent it on the northern side of the Town Centre and provided better value for money. I am not wrong of course, it is just that you cannot accept that other people have a different view.

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