Celebrating Welwyn Garden City's centenary: Master plan of town goes on display

PUBLISHED: 07:45 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:09 20 June 2018

The Gateway Group (L-R) Nigel Quinton, Alan Willison, Dennis Lewis, Malcom Day and Malcom Cowan. 
Picture: DANNY LOO

The Gateway Group (L-R) Nigel Quinton, Alan Willison, Dennis Lewis, Malcom Day and Malcom Cowan. Picture: DANNY LOO

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In a nod to Welwyn Garden City's heritage, a reproduction of the master plan of the town is now on display at the newly built bus station.

One of Welwyn Garden City bus station's glass panels.One of Welwyn Garden City bus station's glass panels.

It has been incorporated in the station as part of the WGC Centenary Foundation’s efforts to celebrate the town’s milestone, which is coming up in 2020.

It was the Foundation’s Gateways Team who came up with the idea that there should be a reproduction of the plan on show.

The plan was drawn up by the lead architect, Louis de Soissons, and eagle-eyed bus users will also notice how decoration on the shelter’s glass panelling takes inspiration from it.

The Gateways Team is working hard to ensure that all the entrances to the town are cleaned up and, if necessary, repaired by January 1 2020.

One of Welwyn Garden City bus station's glass panels.One of Welwyn Garden City bus station's glass panels.

They are concentrating on road and rail entrances, but if possible, would like to make improvements to footpaths and cycle ways as well.

One space the team is also keen to sort out is the boat roundabout in Stanborough.

Gateways Team leader Dr Dennis Lewis, who is a former councillor, said: “The idea is to show that WGC is a special place and we welcome all visitors in our centenary year and beyond.

“It was just an accident of timing that the bus station has been rebuilt now, but the idea of installing that reproduction of the town’s master plan as a significant design feature of the bus station emerged from the team’s discussions.

One of Welwyn Garden City bus station's glass panels.One of Welwyn Garden City bus station's glass panels.

“We have done a lot of work on this, especially Malcolm Day and Malcolm Cowan, who have both worked hard, dealing also with a number of public authority bureaucracies in making plans to beautify the railway station.

“Work has already started on that and Lynda Cowan has recruited a hard-working band of volunteers who are improving the planting on the station platforms.

“The improvement is already apparent!”

The Gateways Team members are Dr Lewis, borough councillor Malcolm Cowan, WGC Society’s Malcolm Day, county councillor Nigel Quinton and volunteer Alan Willison.

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