Wave goodbye to Welwyn Garden City’s Stanborough roundabout boat

PUBLISHED: 16:21 21 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:29 21 February 2019

Stanborough boat roundabout. Picture: DANNY LOO

Stanborough boat roundabout. Picture: DANNY LOO

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One of Welwyn Hatfield’s most derided pieces of public art, a boat on the Stanborough roundabout, is due to be removed.

The boat, which was placed on the roundabout in 2007, has decayed and the shape of the old hull has been lost due to vehicle damage in recent years.

The display was repaired in 2016 at a cost of £6,000, which was paid for by an insurance claim.

READ MORE: Stanborough boat roundabout repaired for £6,000

The boat will be replaced with new planting in keeping with the current displays on the roundabout.

This includes dry garden plants and grasses that do not need extra water during hot dry spells, as the site cannot be accessed regularly.

Traffic management will be in place tomorrow (February 22), while the work takes place.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, executive member for planning and environment, said: “The boat was a much talked-about feature of Welwyn Garden City but sadly, due to decay, it must now be removed.”

“Unlike other roundabouts where crews can access them more easily, the Stanborough roundabout has fast moving traffic approaching from all directions, which is why our new planting will continue to use lower maintenance plants and grasses.”

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