Decision on Welwyn Hatfield’s muddy verges delayed

A SOLUTION to the problem of muddy, churned up grass verges is at least another three months away.

It had been thought Welwyn Hatfield highways joint members’ panel would discuss the issue when it meets on Thursday.

But the relevant paperwork was not included in the agenda.

When queried by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, a borough council spokesman said necessary reports had not yet been prepared by officers, and the matter “should” be discussed at the next meeting, which isn’t until July.

Hertfordshire County Council and Welwyn Hatfield Council are at loggerheads over how to deal with vehicles parking on footpaths and grass verges.

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They are arguing over whether or not to introduce a traffic regulation order, which would see motorists fined for leaving their vehicles there.

The problem has been exacerbated by the worst winter in decades, leaving some verges a disgusting, muddy mess.

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Lib Dem county and borough councillor Malcolm Cowan, who along with the WHT has been leading demands for action, said he was dismayed by the delay.

He said: “There was a clear signal three months ago that this next meeting of the highways panel would make a decision after two delays.

“This is the third such delay – nine months have passed and no discussion, still less a decision.”

He added: “The clear message from Welwyn Hatfield Times readers to clear up the verges is being ignored.”

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