Councillor’s horror at grass verge damage in Welwyn Garden City

INCONSIDERATE drivers have been blasted by a councillor after another grass verge was left badly damaged.

The latest verge, in Bridge Road, Welwyn Garden City, was left with deep tyre imprints which left Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Lib Dem leader Tony Skottowe horrified.

He told the Welwyh Hatfield Times: “I’m appalled people can be so casually destructive of other people’s property.

“It’s so utterly pointless as well because even if you take half the truck off the road you can’t get two cars past, so traffic still has to wait for you.

“Local companies should know better, you end up speechless with rage.”

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He added: “Now that the grass is softened with rain it gets worse, of course it’s illegal but enforcing it is another matter.”

Cllr Skottowe fumed he was waiting for the borough and county councils to “get their finger out” and come up with a solution to the problem, which they had “kicked into the long grass” for the 18 months that he and county councillor Malcolm Cowan had been pushing for a resolution.

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A joint response to the problem from the two authorities said: “Management and maintenance of the grass verges is the responsibility of Hertfordshire County Council.

“Welwyn Hatfield Council will continue to enforce unlawful parking on grass verges across the borough using the current by-law and will use the Traffic Regulation Orders and double yellow lines where applicable around WGC town centre.”

The statement added: “Reinstatement of grass verges is the responsibility of Hertfordshire County Council and will be prioritised subject to a criteria that considers: safety and damage to the verge, road width, vehicle flow, proximity to vulnerable people and any existing parking facilities in the area.”

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