‘Fix Welwyn Hatfield’s bust road signs’
PUBLISHED: 08:11 01 January 2017
County Hall stands accused of letting Welwyn Hatfield down and endangering motorists by failing to repair damaged road signs.
Lib Dem councillor Malcolm Cowan accused Hertfordshire’s Tory cabinet of letting Ringway, its main roads contractor, “get away with murder”.
He said: “It makes the area look very neglected as well as harder for motorists to navigate.
“The signs may be just off the road, but anyone losing control or having to swerve could face serious damage.
“The county council keeps saying they will be fixed, but when?”
A sign in Waterside, Welwyn Garden City, has been left damaged for two years, with other examples in Osborn Way, Broadwater Road and Stanborough Road.Councillor Terry Douris, Conservative cabinet member for roads, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the criticism was premature as Ringway was working through a programme of work ending in April, 2017.
He said: “He [Councillor Cowan] has jumped the gun.
“Our contractors have visited 5,000 signs across Welwyn Hatfield. There are still about 1,000 to be visited.
“It is all part of a planned programme.”
He said the work had to be carefully organised, with regulatory signs such as speed limits taking priority over mere warnings, for example “Unsuitable for lorries”.
Low priority signs not scheduled in the current programme will be considered for future work programmes.
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