Big improvements in Welwyn Garden City town centre close to completion

Welwyn Garden City is poised to land a Christmas bonus with the majority of work completed and finishing touches being made to some town centre improvements.

Semi-circular bench  at the end of a newly paved Stonehills

Being led by Hertfordshire County Council, in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Welwyn Garden City Business Improvement District (BID), the work to reimagine Stonehills began in July with the main priorities being to reduce movement of traffic, to make the roads safer and the environment better for those travelling on foot or by bike.

As part of the scheme, a new public space at Stonehills' northern end has been created, with added seating, planting and new trees now in place, while the road section of Stonehills has been designed with wider footways, made with recycled paving, and enhancements to on-street parking which all mean it is safer for people.

The majority of work at Stonebank, Stonehills Square and Sir Theodores Way has also been completed, with some minor tasks likely to be finished early in the new year and minimal disruption expected to residents, shoppers or businesses.

Also, in the new year, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will be carrying out redevelopment and improvement work to Anniversary Gardens, which is the location of the site compound, with this work anticipated to be completed in the spring.

Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Hertfordshire County Council, said:

These improvements are fantastic to see, and are vital in making sure that Welwyn Garden City's town centre will be an attractive, modern and adaptable place for residents and visitors, and for businesses to locate themselves, for many years to come.

Creating much-improved places for people walking or cycling are among our highest priorities, and these improvements are a great example of that as we continue to do all we can to encourage healthier travel, reduce pollution and create community spaces that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment, Planning, Estates and Development at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

We're delighted with the results of this work which has transformed Stonehills into a pleasant place to shop and socialise. This bright, attractive public space will benefit residents and local businesses, and encourage more visitors to the town centre. The next stage of this exciting project will see work begin on enhancing the popular Anniversary Gardens site.

For full details of all of the work in Welwyn Garden City town centre, please go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/wgctowncentre, email welwyngardencitytowncentre@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 123 4047.