The following is extracted from papers produced by Affinity Water.
Within the next five years and beyond there may not be enough water to meet increases in demand, unless we make some changes.
Affinity Water have recently completed a Public Consultation to ensure that there is enough water for future generations. They now invite you to respond to their revised draft Water Resources Management Plan (dWRMP) further consultation.
Doing nothing is not an option.
We need to act now to ensure there is enough for future generations. Affinity Water plans include:
Helping customers reduce their water usage
Fixing even more leaks
Further improving rare chalk streams
Building a new reservoir to store water
Transferring water from another area via an existing canal
Working with other water companies to solve the challenge.
Affinity Water need your views to help shape our service to you. Their consultation period runs from 1 March – 26 April 2019.
Go to the Consultation Document and have your say on our plans to meet this challenge! Affinity Water really do want to hear your views.
Bank’s scheduled closure will go ahead on 29th March. This is despite the Petition co-ordinated by
Christina Raven, bearing 1184 signatures, which asks that the bank should stay
open for a few more years.
a meeting with Barclays on Friday 8th March, Grant Shapps MP
presented the petition on behalf of the community to Donna Hagan-Grenfell,
Community Banking Director. Also present
were Cllr Tony Kingsbury, Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Sandra
Kyriakides for the Welwyn Planning & Amenity Group, Jane Carr for St Mary’s
Church and Delene Miller, proprietor of Welwyn’s Post Office. Lisa Webb, Barclays Community Relations
Officer and Dean Body, Director of Business Banking at Welwyn Garden City were
Shapps spelled out the major issues that the closure of the Bank will create. These are of great concern to the local
community and Mr Shapps asked that Barclays find ways to help the community in
the short-term, until long-term solutions are implemented.
Kyriakides pointed out that the nearest banks to Welwyn are either 4 miles away
in Welwyn Garden City or 5 miles away in Stevenage. This can involve half a day on buses for the
elderly and less able, for whom Barclays in Welwyn has been a lifeline for so
many years. She also said that the
defibrillator needs to be as near to its current location as possible as this
is the part of the village with the highest footfall. She raised the concern of businesses that
operate mainly on a cash basis and the problems they will have.
Hagan expressed a willingness to help on behalf of Barclays. She was unable to give definitive answers at
the meeting but will be seeking approval for the suggestions made and will
report back to those present at the meeting as soon as possible.
meeting was very positive. Agreement, in
principle, was reached for the following:
The ATM machine is to be
relocated to a suitable site within Welwyn Village and will be paid for and
maintained by Barclays, provided they can do this without incurring a rental
charge. Barclays will endeavour to keep
the current machine operational until then.
Grant Shapps stressed that there must be no break in availability of
The Defibrillator can
remain on the wall of the Barclays Bank building until approval for the new
site is finalised and Barclays will continue to supply the electrical
connection. This could take some
months. Barclays has agreed to cover
the cost of moving and reinstalling the defibrillator.
A Banking Assistance service will be provided
by Barclays for as long as is appropriate to those who need help with online
banking procedures. This will be of
particular benefit to the older members of the community who are less mobile or
unsure of technology. St Mary’s Church has offered space in Church House to run these
sessions on Tuesday mornings when Community Café meets.
Businesses that are
Barclays customers are invited to contact Dean Body at Welwyn Garden City to
discuss arrangements that may be possible for provision and collection of cash,
called “Business Collect”. Dona Hagan
also agreed to investigate the possibility of providing this service to the
Charity Shop and Church.
Barclays’ decision is irreversible and the loss of the bank will be difficult
for Welwyn, they are at least listening to the problems that losing the bank
will cause to the village and seem to be willing to help.
thanks to Grant Shapps MP for his support and to Christina Raven for all her
work putting together the Petition, which Barclays say they will acknowledge.
The following report has been produced by the sculptor, Anthony Padgett, who provided this photo..
In total there are 7 of the sculptures (each in England, France, Holland and Belgium.
The locations were chosen after careful research into the life of Van Gogh.
Espace Van Gogh in Arles (to be unveiled on 9th March 2019), France, where Van Gogh lived as an artist 1888-1889 in the Yellow House and where he infamously cut his ear off
the Van Gogh Library in Nuenen, Holland, (already sited) where Van Gogh lived at the family home and was an artist 1883-1885
in the Borinage in Belgium (to be unveiled 2019) where he was a missionary to the mining community 1878-1879
In the UK – the Four places Vincent lived in the UK:
Brixton (already sited) Art Dealer 1873-1875,
Isleworth (to be unveiled 16th March) – Teacher 1876
Ramsgate (to be unveiled 15th June) – Teacher 1876
Welwyn (already sited) – where he walked 100 miles to visit his sister in 1876.
The work coincides with a resurgance of interest in Van Gogh and the blockbuster exhibition at Tate Britain of Van Gogh’s work which will celebrate his time in England.
Anthony (50 years old) said “I have had a life-long interest in art and was struck by how Van Gogh’s work was so unique and distinctive. This made me want to explore his technique and create my own work as a result. I spent a year creating 80 artworks around Vincent as I wanted to engage in his intensity to gain an insight into his life. This was so I would be better placed to create a sculpture that captured some of his personality. When you look into the sculpture’s eyes you get a glimpse into the soul of a deep and intense visionary.”
County Councillor Smith also asks that you let him know so that he can push for action where it is needed. I will be passing all the complaints I have received on to him, but many of them do not have full contact addresses and names so it would be helpful for him if you could email him or phone him. Many thanks. Sandra Kyriakides,
Welwyn Planning & Amenity Group29 Jan · Welwyn in General
The Welwyn Planning & Amenity Group is compiling a list of pavements and pathways in our Parish that are in need of repair/attention. You can help by letting me know if there are any such issues in your area. We hope to then bring the matter to the attention of the appropriate local authorities and will do all we can to get action where it is needed.
Many thanks for your assistance. Sandra Kyriakides