Cob Lane Pathway
It is always a pleasure to report on a successful outcome to community efforts to have improvements made in the locality. Promoted by the Digswell Residents Association the Welwyn Parish Counci have been able to find a way to have the pathway along Cob Lane Common resurfaced.
A statement from the Welwyn Parish Council says " These works were funded by County Councillor Richard Smith from his Locality Budget. The specification for the work was provided by the Hertfordshire County Council Parish Paths Partnership Officer, Tom Goldsmith, who has experience of undertaking the surfacing of rural paths in the County."
We would like to thank on behalf of Digswell Residents the WPC for this improvement which, added to the ongoing trees and ground maintenance also provided by the WPC make a big improvement to this facility.
Report to Annual Meeting November 2015
Structural Maintenance work carried out this year.
Footway - Slurry seal - Cubitts Close, Carriageway resurfaced - Harmer Dell and Hertford Road (partial)
Proposed Works in the HCC Integrated Works Programme for 2015/2016
This is less clear as we move forwards although there is still a request for Carriageway and Footway resurfacing in Warren Way still outstanding. Thin surfacing for Warren Way, Foxley Grove, Woodside Road and Mornington along with pathway maintenance for New Road are included in the HCC Integrated Works Programme 2015/2016 but we have been told that going forwards there is no longer a 5 year plan and this type of work will be assessed annually.
A recent walkabout with Councillor Richard Smith was very positive and allowed the DRA to discuss our concerns. We hope this is the start of a good working relationship as we were able to highlight poor street furniture, road and pavement surfaces, overgrown vegetation and inconsistency in parking restrictions.
We need to be mindful that most of the remedial work is now outsourced and these contracts are difficult to change. The one bright spark is potholes that seem to follow an efficient process. I would encourage all residents to report issues on the HCC website.
Ongoing Reporting by DRA.
Pot holes, low iron works, blocked drains, sign cleaning & overgrown vegetation
Coal Yard Site. New Car Park for Network Rail.
This has been approved despite excellent work by Don Gentry and others. Whilst we accept that this is a political decision we had hoped that some of our concerns and issues would have been addressed. hered to. We await the start of the work to see whether anything has been accepted. One of these is phase 2 of the footway and kerbing works to include a new crossing point along Station Road.
Salt Bins. These have been recently refilled where necessary and we have again requested 34, 25 kg bags of salt for distribution by DRA which will be delivered and stored at The Village Hall.
Report complied by Eric Diment.