Volunteers help restore iconic Welwyn Garden City bridge

PUBLISHED: 17:32 29 September 2011

MP Grant Shapps & volunteers paint the White Bridge in WGC

MP Grant Shapps & volunteers paint the White Bridge in WGC


AN historic WGC landmark has been given a much needed makeover thanks to a team of volunteers and the MP for Welwyn Hatfield.

Housing and local government minister Grant Shapps joined members of his Big Society group, known as BigSoc, as they repainted the town’s iconic White Bridge, at the junction of Digswell Road and The Campus roundabout.

The project was managed by housing repair contractors Mears, along with staff at the Welwyn Hatfield Housing Maintenence Team, and took six days to complete from start to finish.

And on Saturday, Mr Shapps and volunteers including borough councillors Fiona Thomson and Helen Bromley finished the job, as they applied the final overcoat.

The team were helped by Crown Paints, who donated the white emulsion, and McDonald’s franchisee Mike Ghazarian, who provided the volunteers with free food and drink.

Mr Shapps said: “The bridge is now sparkling white.

“We were inundated with volunteers – I had to turn away more people than I could accept. There was no lack of public spiritedness.

“There was a brilliant contribution from Mears, Crown Paints and McDonald’s, who provided the fuel.”

Mr Shapps added his next BigSoc programme would be taking place in Hatfield, and would like to hear residents’ suggestions on suitable projects.

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