People power halts unnecessary Welwyn Garden City road works

PUBLISHED: 15:58 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 01 July 2018

Harwood Close in 2009. Picture: Google Streetview

Harwood Close in 2009. Picture: Google Streetview

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A Welwyn Garden City man has intervened to halt work on a road that had just been redone - proving that not all heroes wear capes.

Recently, George Collyer of Harwood Close was sent a letter from Hertfordshire County Council stating that part of the nearby road would soon be closed for resurfacing work.

The only problem was, the road had only just been done.

“They came round two months ago and did a fantastic job, put a brand spanking new surface down,” said George.

Workers were on site on Tuesday (June 27) and were about to start the job, when George told the contractors’ manager about his concerns.

But he also made numerous phone calls to the council’s highways department to highlight the problem, and got through to a “very helpful” person, who finally managed to put a halt to the work.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We would like to thank the resident for contacting us with his concerns about the resurfacing work.

“We are currently investigating the circumstances.”

The Welwyn Hatfield Times has asked the council why the road was earmarked for repair, the potential cost to the taxpayer, and to confirm if the contractor attempted to relay George’s concerns to the council.

George, who has lived in Harwood Close for 24 years, is happy that he took action. “Power to the working man!” he joked.

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