By Chris Lennon
, News editor
Friday, April 27, 2012
THE amount of litter in Welwyn Garden City town centre has been branded unacceptable by residents.
THE issue of litter in WGC town centre divided opinion on the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ social network channels.
For while some said the area was dirty, others on Facebook and Twitter said the situation wasn’t as bad as some made out.
Sarah Pluves, a complementary therapist who runs clinics from Natural Health in Wigmores North, tweeted: “Looks ok to me but then i’m used to London streets.”
On the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Facebook page, Suzanne Docherty wrote: “I live in WGC and I can’t recall it ever being less than spotless.
“I love walking around the town centre; the flowerbeds on Howardsgate, Parkway and the Campus are invariably beautiful. No complaints here.”
And Jonathan Morris said: “I am sure a lot of people will blame whoever it is responsible for cleaning the streets. But, littering is down to people who have no pride in their environment and think rubbish will magically disappear (and any council that does a good job of cleaning probably encourages people to think that is the case).”
He added: “Rather than waste money having people cleaning up after these people, why not have more street wardens dishing out penalties?”
David Brown contacted the Welwyn Hatfield Times after lodging a complaint to Welwyn Hatfield Council about streets being littered with fast food packaging, empty crisp packets and other mess.
He said: “Over the last few weeks I have been very disappointed at the poor level of street cleaning in the town centre and in the square outside Sainsbury’s; particularly the levels of litter, which are left uncollected for long periods, especially in the mornings and evenings.”
Mr Brown said he was “appalled” at what he saw in Howardsgate on Tuesday morning last week, and took this snap to use as evidence in his complaint.
He added: “With the town striving to fill empty shops and office space, what would prospective business investment entrepreneurs think as they left the station and entered the town centre?
“This level of street cleaning is a unacceptable and is not an isolated incident.”
His views on the cleanliness of the town centre were backed up by a number of the WHT’s followers on Twitter.
Chris White tweeted: “I often arrive at the station during Saturday evening, always a horrendous mess outside.”
Lee Langley said: ”WGC town centre is fairly clean but it is let down by the railway footbridge and stairs.
“Always filthy and unwelcoming.”
And James Dunmore added: “Railway bridge often covered in fast food litter, spilt drinks and Saturday mornings, quite often vomit.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We agree that when the photo supplied was taken, the level of litter in the area was unacceptable.
“It is possible that the recent high winds may have contributed to his.
“Fortunately this isn’t a regular occurrence in the town centre, as cleansing teams visit this high footfall area daily, and remove any dropped litter.”
She urged people to report dirty and littered areas to the council on 01707 357000 or online via www.welhat.gov.uk