Funding boost to help spruce up high streets

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has received a £21k funding boost to work with the local community to clean-up the borough's high streets.

Great British Spring Clean 2019

The government's High Street Community Clean-Up fund is designed to support community-led projects that will improve the appearance of local high streets and town centres.


The council has identified a number of projects to spend the funding on, including deep cleaning both Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield town centres, and shopping parades around the borough; cleaning graffiti from subways in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield town centres; and providing extra litter picking equipment for community litter picks organised by new or existing groups, including those taking place during the Great British Spring Clean and the Clean Up Hatfield campaign. The Welwyn Garden City BID will also be helping to deep clean Welwyn Garden City town centre, encouraging local businesses to get involved. The full grant is £21,434.


Durk Reyner, Head of Environment at WHBC, said:

Thanks to this government grant we will be able to work with our communities to clean-up areas of our borough that we know residents and shoppers really value.


"This funding will help to improve the places where we shop, socialise and work and hopefully help to give residents and shoppers more pride in their local area.


The Great British Spring Clean runs from Friday 22 March - Tuesday 23 April, and residents are encouraged to take part, either by organising their own litter pick or joining one near them. The council will provide litter picking kits and recycling and refuse bags for collection.


To request a litter picking kit and get involved, please contact the council on 01707 357000 or


To find out more information about the Great British Spring Clean and to find a litter pick near you, visit