The footpath across Cob Lane Common is a well-used shortcut between the top end of Woodside Road by Cob Lane and the Welwyn North station car park. This piece of land is looked after by Welwyn Parish Council as it is common land and has no registered owner. The footpath was originally shingle that had been well-trodden down over the years and latterly covered by chippings from the tree works the Council has funded over the past three years. Requests have been made to the Council for improvements to be made to the path.
Now, thanks to a grant made by Herts County Councillor Richard Smith from his locality budget, the Parish Council have had the path resurfaced using crushed concrete. The specification for the work was provided by the Hertfordshire County Council Parish Paths Partnership Officer, Tom Goldsmith, who has much experience of undertaking the surfacing of rural paths in the County. We hope the path will be used by residents for many years to come and we will be working on other improvements and additions to the Common in due course.