Sort out Welwyn Garden City weed problem - councillor

PUBLISHED: 11:39 11 August 2012

Cllr Malcolm Cowan, pictured here in Church Road, has highlighted a growing problem with weeds in WGC town centre

Cllr Malcolm Cowan, pictured here in Church Road, has highlighted a growing problem with weeds in WGC town centre

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WELWYN Garden City seems to be in the middle of a growing weed crisis – and one councillor is demanding action be taken immediately.

Liberal Democrat Malcolm Cowan went round the town centre recently taking pictures of a number of areas where unwanted vegetation seems to be growing unhindered.

And now the Peartree representative wants Welwyn Hatfield Council to crackdown on streetscene partner Serco, and ensure the garden city is maintained properly.

Cllr Cowan stormed: “I am horrified at the lack of upkeep.

“What’s truly shocking is most of these photos were taken a couple of weeks ago and all that has happened is the weeds have got bigger.

“They [the council] must intensify their checking of what Serco are doing and not doing.”

A council spokeswoman said: “Grounds maintenance resources were concentrating on the Olympic Torch Relay route in early July to ensure that the borough was looking its best in preparation for the Torch passing through the borough.

“Additionally, the heavy and prolonged rainfall in recent weeks has encouraged increased weed growth, which has not helped the situation.

“We are aware of the weeds, and the grounds maintenance teams are now focusing on their scheduled work.

“The flowerbeds in WGC will soon be back to their usual high standard.”

* What do you think? Is WGC overrun by weeds? Are Serco not doing enough to control the problem? Leave your comments below or email us at news@whtimes.co.uk


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