End in sight for road sign overgrowth in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 10:53 23 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 26 October 2009

Malcolm Cowan at one of the ‘covered’ signs

Malcolm Cowan at one of the 'covered' signs

OVERGROWN trees and bushes which are hiding road signs are to be cut back. Money is to be pumped in to hacking back hazardous vegetation, which is blocking the vision of motorists. The spend, which was agreed by Hertfordshire County Council s highways and

OVERGROWN trees and bushes which are hiding road signs are to be cut back.

Money is to be pumped in to hacking back hazardous vegetation, which is blocking the vision of motorists.

The spend, which was agreed by Hertfordshire County Council's highways and transport panel, marks the successful conclusion of a three-year campaign by WGC Lib Dem county and borough councillor Malcolm Cowan.

Our columnist Charlie Boy Meynard also took up the plight in his pages last year - featuring examples like Chequers, Mill Green Lane and the A414.

Cllr Cowan, who sits on the panel, said: "It's common sense that if a sign is put up, you should be able to read it.

"Drivers should not have to crane their necks at the last possible moment to see if they can read them.

"Many signs point out possible dangers - what a nonsense to risk them being hidden."

Cllr Cowan also praised our paper for playing a part in the campaign's success.

He said: "Last year the WHT showed many of the hidden signs, including some sent in by readers.

"The slow-slow drip of water on stone has worked. This was the subject of my very first question at county council; now we have success - for this year anyway.

"I will be watching carefully to make sure they keep up the work in future years."

A county council spokeswoman confirmed that £2m of additional funding would be available for small highways projects around the county.

"In Welwyn Hatfield this money is to be spent on carriageway works, footpaths and cutting back vegetation on highways," she said.

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