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Sep 15

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Roundabout advertising plan withdrawn

Letters have gone out this week to all those who objected to the plan to put advertising on 46 roundabouts across Welwyn Hatfield. Something of a success story for all those who stood up and opposed the idea, well done to all of you!

There were just under 200 objections in total, 177 of them were for Welwyn Garden City roundabouts.  This is a good number considering that this consultation took place in the month that many people were away on holiday and away from work. They are all now on the WHBC planning website. Councillor Malcolm Cowan also requested that every application be called in for scrutiny by the relevent council committee, this can also be seen on the planning website. It’s encouraging to see that at least one councillor is keeping a watch on this stuff.

The letter notifying the withdrawal can be read below.  The reason for it is not explained, but it does say that the applicant has withdrawn the applications. This is peculiar as the applicant was WHBC itself. It would have been more accountable and transparent to have known why it withdrew its own application to itself.

The fact is this is good news for our towns’ appearance, but of course this could come back to the table at any time in the future. Considering this matter had no coverage in the Welwyn & Hatfield Times, and was not mentioned on the Council’s own main news website, the number of objections is quite impressive. It shows the power of people driven ‘new media’ if nothing else.

 

Withdrawal letter from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council  Planning

Withdrawal letter from WHBC (all roundabout objections had the same response letter)

 

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