Iconic Welwyn Garden City bridge to be repainted

PUBLISHED: 13:08 22 September 2011 | UPDATED: 13:08 22 September 2011


THE iconic White Bridge in Welwyn Garden City is to get a new lick of paint this weekend.

The repainting exercise will be carried out by a team of around a dozen volunteers who have put themselves forward as part of Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps’ BigSoc programme.

Mr Shapps said the idea of residents clubbing together to carry out projects to make Welwyn Hatfield a better place to live came after he attracted more than 1,000 helpers for his election campaign last year.

Post-election, he reckoned it would be a waste to allow this large group of volunteers to disappear and so he asked them to participate in his Big Society group he calls BigSoc.

The White Bridge, where Digswell Road meets The Campus roundabout, will be brought back to its former glory on Saturday.

The project will be managed by housing repair contractor Mears, the materials supplied by Crown Paints, and refreshments will be courtesy of McDonald’s franchisee Mike Ghazarian.

Mr Shapps said: “People really enjoy getting the opportunity to put something back into society and BigSoc projects like litter picks and repainting the White Bridge have proved to be really popular.

“It’s also great to have so many companies coming forward to assist and I’m grateful to Crown Paints, Mears and McDonald’s for their help in providing the materials, project managing and of course feeding our volunteers.”

The White Bridge was last repainted in 2006.

* Mr Shapps has revealed his next BigSoc project will take place in or around Hatfield Town Centre.

To get involved, email grant@shapps.com

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