Welwyn Hatfield councillor in recovery from serious motorcycle accident

PUBLISHED: 18:09 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:10 11 September 2017

Labour councillor Glyn Hayes recovering in hospital with councillor Maureen Cook (left) and councillor Pankit Shah (right). Picture: Kieran Thorpe

Labour councillor Glyn Hayes recovering in hospital with councillor Maureen Cook (left) and councillor Pankit Shah (right). Picture: Kieran Thorpe


A Hatfield Labour councillor is recovering in hospital after a motorcycle accident on the A414.

Labour councillor Glyn HayesLabour councillor Glyn Hayes

Councillor Glyn Hayes, of the Central Hatfield ward, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after he came off his Piaggio MP3500 travelling between Hatfield and Hertsmere on the evening of August 18.

He has suffered serious injuries to his back.

Mr Hayes doesn’t remember anything about the accident except that there was very wet weather.

No other vehicles were involved.

He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that after numerous operations he is on the “long road to recovery”.

He has also expressed his gratitude for the NHS treatment he has received, saying: “I will come back from this more determined than ever to campaign for the people who saved my life, the people who make up our fantastic NHS - without them I wouldn’t be here and I will never forget that.”

He said he is in good spirits and is getting a wheelchair while he gets better.

“This means I can get my independence back.

“As soon as that happens, I’ll be back to the district as soon as possible and doing what I do best.”

Welwyn Hatfield Labour leader Kieran Thorpe told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We were all shocked to hear this had happened to our colleague and friend Glyn.

“He is one of the good guys and that’s clear from the many messages of goodwill he has received from councillors and members of the public.

“We will do everything we can to support him as he recovers from this terrible accident.”

Across the political spectrum, councillors have expressed their concern and admiration for the councillor.

Duncan Bell, Conservative councillor for Hatfield Villages, said “I think he’s very well admired on all sides, and he’s a very good councillor.

“I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Irene Dean, Conservative councillor for Northaw and Cuffley, said: “What he believes in, he votes for and works for, and I admire that.

“I would like to send him my best wishes.”

On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, councillor Malcolm Cowan, of Peartree ward, said: “I think everybody likes Glyn.

“He works hard and is very genuine, and we wish him the very best for a full and speedy recovery.”

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