Pressure’s on to tackle the weeds in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 18:07 16 August 2012

A weed grows untroubled at WGC bus station

A weed grows untroubled at WGC bus station


YET more people have come forward to highlight Welwyn Garden City’s unsightly weed problem.

Following the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ report last week, several readers have got in touch agreeing with Liberal Democrat councillor Malcolm Cowan, who called for Welwyn Hatfield Council to put more pressure on streetscene partners Serco to clear up the mess.

And they’ve highlighted other areas of the town in desperate need of a trim.

George Goldsbrough, from Cranborne Gardens, WGC, wrote a letter to the WHT to complain about the state of hedges between his road and some garages in Ludwick Way.

He claims that after several calls to the council, he was finally told the work would not be carried out for another two weeks.

Mr Goldsbrough wrote: “This is pathetic, the hedge is now so overgrown that both sides almost touch in places.

“This hedge is 8ft high and when it has rained you get soaked by the raindrops on the leaves.”

After reading the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ story, Lee Hyde took to Twitter to criticise Serco.

“#Serco has been derelict in its horticultural duties throughoyt [sic] WGC for years; leaving bushes, shrubs and trees to overgrow and finally turning up out of the blue to chop the whole lot down to teh ground [sic]”, he wrote.

Meanwhile, Cllr Cowan went out again this week to look for more examples of overgrowth – and didn’t have to look very far.

He said: “On a visit to the [Osborn Way] bus station, I was horrified to see what a mess it looks.

“No-one seems to be doing any cleaning up – litter and weeds everywhere, a broken seat and the roadway set to trip up the unwary.

“What an unattractive first view of the town centre for visitors, what a horrible place to wait when leaving.

“Again Serco is responsible for the weed and litter problems, this time under contract from the county council. Different council, same problem.”

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman said: “It’s been exceptionally warm and wet which means that everything has grown a lot quicker than it would normally.

“We’re aware of the weeds and we are working with Serco to ensure they are dealt with in the areas the council is responsible for maintaining.

“The crew tend to remove them by hand in the town centres, so it takes time to work through the whole area.

“We are currently content with the progress that is being made.”

She added the bus station issue had been reported to the county council and an inspection was due.

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