Ottway Walk Car Park

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The Parish Council has positioned  three large concrete blocks (weighing nearly 2.5 tonnes each) to prevent further occupation of the busy Ottway Walk car park by Traveller caravans and associated trucks and cars.   The entrance to the car park has been narrowed considerably; entry and exit gaps are 2.3 metres wide and should be adequate for all cars and small trucks (a normal parking bay is 2.4 metres wide).  Once we are happy with them we will be adding some rubber cushioning with reflective material.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON ENTRY AND EXIT.

Approach the entry or exit gap at right-angles and ensure you are past the concrete barriers before turning either into a parking space or onto the road.  This will mean that you will inevitably intrude well beyond the centre-line of Ottway Walk and maybe need additional manoeuvering.  We regret having to implement this and appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience.  We rely on all road and car park users to be sensible, drive slowly and carefully and be mindful of all other road users.

Inconsiderate parking outside the car park, especially in the school entrance as shown in the picture can make it impossible to get the angle to approach the gaps a right angles so as to enter easily.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE ENTRY AND EXIT GAPS

The blocks cannot be moved further apart or they will admit the very vehicles we are seeking to prevent from perking there.  Also, the sub-base beneath the tarmac may not support the weight and so the blocks cannot be moved further back.  We will be reviewing the situation in the coming weeks.

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YOU USE THE CAR PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The Car Park is owned and maintained by the Parish Council.  It provides parking for members of the Welwyn Sports & Social Club, users of our Pavilion and Playing Fields and to those with children wanting to enjoy the popular play area with its exciting equipment; during school time, the car park is very busy with the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up from Welwyn St Mary’s Primary School and Tenterfields Nursery.  The Council has taken legal action on two occasions in recent weeks, to reclaim our land after Travellers parked and occupied over 20 spaces.  Unfortunately that legal action does not prohibit them from returning.

 

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Potential theft from Welwyn Allotments

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A hirer on our allotments at Lockley’s Drive has reported an attempted theft of some of their gardening equipment which was in a trolley.  Their house and car keys were also in it.  It is suspected that 2 youths aged about 13 or 14 years old, were involved.  When shouted at, they left the trolley and proceeded to throw blackberries at the owner of the tools.  They have been photographed and the police have been informed of this potential theft.

PLEASE BE AWARE  – if you leave tools lying in or around your allotment or garden.

Please report any suspicious activities to the police.

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Something this summer for the children in and around the Parish

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2016 Summer Holiday Activities for Children-2

This short summary of the activities in and around Welwyn Parish this Summer has been prepared for local families.  You can download the programme from here as a PDF.  It includes a basic map and calendar to give an idea of the events going on.

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Play Rangers at Ottway Walk, AL6 9AS

As well as providing the two playgrounds at Ottway Walk all year round Welwyn Parish Council is also pleased to be supporting the return of the Play Rangers Scheme up at the Ottway Walk playing fields in Welwyn.  They will be there 11 August, 18 August, 25 August and 1 September from 1.30pm-3.25pm with a mixture of activities from football and cricket to jewellery and crafts.  In light of UK weather we’re providing the Pavilion as an alternative so that it can run whatever the weather!

Digswell Playing Fields

Thanks to the hard work of Digswell Residents Association there is also new equipment in place in the playground.  You can read more at: http://digswellra.org.uk/playing-field/

Hertfordshire County wide events

For a list see: http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/your-community/events/

There are other local groups such as Pro-Action also putting things on for teenagers etc: https://www.pro-actionherts.org/courses/yp
And there’s always the youth site locally: http://www.channelmogo.org/ “You can find everything on here from latest job vacancies to advice drop in centres, travel services, youth projects, events and opportunities, music, media, games, performing arts and much more”

Alternatively, if you’re interested in walking and exploring why not check out the map of the Rights of Ways and paths throughout the county and plot your own route at: hertsdirect.org/row

Welwyn Hatfield Summer Fun

With everything from craft demonstrations to finger painting Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council are doing a number of activities in the area.
Check out: http://www.welhat.gov.uk/familyfun and for the Roman Baths: http://www.welhat.gov.uk/romanbaths

Halls for hire

Remember- if you want a hall to hire you can always check out: http://welwynhalls.com/

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Ottway Walk carpark caravans update

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Welwyn Parish Council can report that the caravans which were up at the Ottway Walk carpark have now moved amicably in time for the Welwyn Festival activities and that have not been made aware of an issues during their stay.

We are pleased and appreciate that they ensured that the area where they were parked was left spotless on their departure.

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Ottway Walk Car Park caravan issues

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Welwyn Parish Council are aware that there are currently a number of caravans parked up at the Ottway Walk car park.  Thank you for those who have been in contact.  Both parish council officers and the police have been up.

We are looking a how to resolve the issue as quickly as possible with minimal disruption.

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Welwyn Annual Parish Assembly 26th May!

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26 May 2016 at Welwyn Civic Centre at 7.30pm

Would you like to know a little bit more about what Welwyn Parish Council has been doing locally over the last year?

Have a burning question about Welwyn Parish Council and our activities?

 

26 May 2016 at Welwyn Civic Centre at 7.30pm

Thursday 26th May, 7.30pm at Welwyn Civic Centre, AL6 9ER is the place to be!  Contact us on 01438 716667 or email office@welwynpc.org.uk if you’ve any questions.

Not sure which council?

We’ll always do our best to answer your questions, even if it’s not our responsibility.  At the Annual Parish Assembly there will be County Councillors and Borough Councillors present (sadly the local PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) is unavailable that evening) who will also try to help out where they can.

If you’re not sure who’s responsible, don’t be afraid to ask!  You can find a rough guide to which authority is responsible at: http://welwynpc.org.uk/how-the-council-works/which-council/

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How does a car park make the internet faster?

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Thanks to support from Welwyn Parish Council to secure permission, the local partnership for Superfast Britain have been able to provide super fast fibre broadband to the centre of Welwyn village itself.

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This has involved placing a new cabinet at the High Street Car Park which is leased from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.  The funding has been provided through the government, Hertfordshire County Council, BT Openzone, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership with the only additional costs being charged by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council for their legal fees.

To find out more visit www.connectedcounties.org

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Ottway Walk path- no longer a walk on the wild side!

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Pictures of work to path

If you’ve not been out to the playing fields at Ottway Walk (especially with this weather!), then you may have missed the reinstated foot path.  It’s made a real difference, providing a safe route alongside the road to avoid pedestrian <-> vehicle conflicts and is no longer muddy.

Pictures of work to path

It’s been achieved through Welwyn Parish Council working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and their Rights of Way team as well as the Parish Paths Partnership grant.

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Allotments Available: Spring is on it’s way!

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Allotments

Welwyn Parish Council provides allotments of various sizes at Lockleys Drive, Welwyn, AL6 9NT

Starting from just £36.00 a year for parishioners they are available for everyone to enjoy.

They are beneficial for all the family, for growing fruit and vegetables through to flowers for the home – not forgetting the fresh air and exercise, or simply a quiet place to relax.

Allotments

Interested?
Why not give it a try?

Please contact Welwyn Parish Council Office on 01438 716667 or office@welwynpc.org.uk

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Cemetery Fly-Tipping

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Pictures of the fly-tipping and after clearing. January 2016

Despite having to change to locking the gates at the cemetery last year, fly-tipping continues to be an issue in front of the cemetery gates.  Thank you to those who know have contacted us, and the police, when you’ve seen suspicious activities as this has helped to put off some of the potential incidents.

Pictures of the fly-tipping and after clearing. January 2016

Thanks also of course to those who have to clear up the mess so that grieving families and mourners are not faced with it.

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