Fears voiced at road changes in Welwyn

ROADS in a village are set to be transformed as part of a parish council plan.

The Welwyn Parish Plan Highway Improvements has been setup by Herts Highways and the parish council.

Of many changes, it includes installing a mini-roundabout where High Street meets London Road and School Lane, reducing parking on corners and introducing a ban on turning left from Church Street on to Mill Lane.

The last of which has met a mixed reaction – the majority of residents seem happy, while the White Horse owners believe it could financially ruin their pub.

Adam Richardson, director at the 17th century tavern, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We have very mixed views about it.

“It’s good for the road’s traffic flow and safety.

“But we rely on passing trade who, maybe coming home from work or going to work, just see the pub and remember it, so stop off for a drink or bite to eat.” He added: “We think it will impact on us, we’re going to have to rely on village custom and that’s probably not enough.”

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However Veronne Allan, who lives in the road and helped the parish council with its plans, added the traffic was “relentless” in the morning.

She said: “In our survey we found that 95 per cent of people were in favour of it.”

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