Local walkers in July/August noticed that the large litter bin which used to be next to the seat on Singlers Marsh, had disappeared! It had been vandalised and believed to have been thrown into the River. Without a vigorous WPAG approach to the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, on behalf of local residents and visitors alike, it is quite likely that nothing would have been done to replace it in a very long time.
There is a small litter bin attached to the fence by the exit gate onto Fulling Mill Lane, but this frequently gets overloaded, and it would seem that apart from litter, it is also being used by dog walkers to deposit dog poo bags.
Disgusting as this might be, it is perhaps not surprising as Singlers Marsh is clearly in need of dog poo bins too, and the Friends of Singlers Marsh volunteer group have been pressing the responsible Borough Council Officers to take a look at the site.
The WPAG were able to help by pushing hard to demand a timescale to resolve these issues, and local Borough Councillor Tony Kingsbury, who is Executive member for Housing and Community, responded.
We are pleased to report that a replacement waste bin has now been installed.
So what about dog poo bins? What about errant dog owners?
The case is still open.