‘Help us keep our village beautiful’

PUBLISHED: 07:19 11 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:55 13 March 2017

Nigel and Jane Quinton, Janet Lewis and  Bob Facer on the Lemsford village green.

Nigel and Jane Quinton, Janet Lewis and Bob Facer on the Lemsford village green.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Neighbours are looking forward to giving their much-loved green a fresh face this spring, but have appealed for officials to help keep their village looking its best.

The Lemsford Residents’ Association has arranged for an attractive flower planter to be added to the village green next month, thanks to Councillor Maureen Cook and Hatfield Parish Council clerk Carrie Lloyd.

After arranging for nearby Digswell Nurseries to install and fill an attractive flower planter, the village residents’ association was dismayed to be told by county officials it would need £10,000 insurance cover in case anybody fell over it.

This threatened to stymie the project, but Ms Lloyd rescued it by putting the proposed planter on the town council’s insurance policy.

Villager Jane Quinton, married to Welwyn Hatfield’s Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Nigel Quinton, said: “The green is an important focus of the village, with benches commemorating two much-missed villagers. Thanks to Carrie Lloyd, we will be able to install an attractive planter next month to make a focal point for the green.

“The dog bin is a real eyesore and spoils the view from the benches, as well as being unnecessary. The borough council has refused to move it, or remove it, but they won’t tell us why. We need their help to keep the green looking its best, especially in the spring.

“We would also appreciate the council’s help to restore the village signs near the church, which have both been knocked down.”

The benches commemorate late villagers Rex Tait and Ian Lewis, who both lived many years in Lemsford.

A borough council spokeswoman said: “There are currently no plans to change the location of the dog waste bin, however, we will take on board all suggestions should we decide to make any changes in the future.”

Kevin Carrol, divisional manager of Hertfordshire highways contractor Ringway, said: “We are aware of the damage to the welcome to Lemsford sign. If the wooden sign posts are not too badly damaged, arrangements will be made for it to re-erected over the next couple of weeks.”

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