What should replace Welwyn Garden City’s HMS Wreckage?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 June 2018

The boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

The boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

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How would you like to see Welwyn Garden City’s Stanborough boat roundabout improved?

The boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOOThe boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation is inviting suggestions from the public on how to smarten up this busy entrance to the town in the run up to its 100th anniversary in 2020.

The Foundation’s Gateways Team is keen to make sure key routes into the town, by car, rail, foot and bike, are tidied up and in tip-top condition in time for the Garden City’s milestone year.

Gateways Team leader Dr Dennis Lewis told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “My personal view is everything has its time, and it’s time for the hulk to disappear.

“It’s served its purpose, what ever that was, and what we need now is something that’s unique to celebrate the centenary.

The boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOOThe boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

“The Centenary Foundation has from the start stated that the celebration should be inclusive.

“Everyone should feel they’re included, not just in the celebration but the planning, so we would like to ask for suggestions on what should replace HMS Wreckage.

“It’s not an inspiring sight.

“I’m very surprised that it’s withstood this long.

The boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOOThe boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

“I would have thought it would have been reduced to sawdust by now.”

Welwyn Hatfield Council issued a joint statement on behalf of the council and Centenary Foundation, saying: “We are committed to making 2020 a year of celebration for Welwyn Garden City and are working closely in readiness to mark the centenary milestone.

“We’ve been talking together for a number of months and the council is advising and assisting the different groups across many of their planned projects, all of which are at different stages.”

The council maintains the roundabout under its Serco grounds maintenance contract and “is very keen to hear more about the project team’s ideas and how we can facilitate them moving forwards”.

The boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOOThe boat roundabout near Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

The statement continued: “Unlike other roundabouts where crews can access them more easily, the Stanborough roundabout has fast moving traffic approaching from all directions, which is why lower maintenance plants and grasses were used rather than more ornate landscape designs.

“The original intention was for the roundabout to reflect its natural surroundings and promote Stanborough Park by using the boat, pebbles and long grasses, but we appreciate that many from the community would like to see something different here and look forward to progressing our discussions.”

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