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Town Plan reproduced at new Bus Station

News article in the Welwyn Hatfield Times for 23rd June 2018.


Town plan reproduction to help celebrate centenary.

In a nod to WGC’s heritage, a reproduction of the master plan of the town is now on display at the newly built bus shelter.

It has been incorporated in the station as part of the WGC Centenary Foundation’s efforts to celebrate the town’s milestone, which is coming up in 2020.

It was the Foundation’s Gateways Team who came up with the idea that there should be a reproduction of the plan on show.

The plan was drawn up by the lead architect, Louis de Soissons, and eagle-eyed bus users will also notice how decoration on the shelter’s glass panelling takes inspiration from it.

The Gateways Team is working hard to ensure that all the entrances to the town are cleaned up and, it necessary, repaired by January 1 2020.

They are concentrating on road and rail entrances, but if possible, would like to make improvements to footpaths and cycleways as well.

One space the team is also keep to sort out is the boat roundabout in Stanborough.

Gateways team leaders Dr Dennis Lewis, who is a former councilor, said: “The idea is to show that WGC is a special place and we welcome all visitors in our centenary year and beyond.  It was just an accident of timing that the bus station has been rebuilt now, but the idea of installing that reproduction of the town’s master plan as a significant design feature of the bus station emerged from the team’s discussions.

We have done a lot of work on this, especially Malcolm Day and Malcolm Cowan, who have both worked hard, dealing also with a number of public authority bureaucracies in making plans to beautify the railway station.”

“Work has already started on that and Lynda Cowan has recruited a hardworking band of volunteers who are improving the planting on the station platforms.  The improvement is already apparent!”

The Gateways Team members are Dr Lewis, borough councilor Malcolm Cowan, WGC Society’s Malcolm Day, country councilor Nigel Quinton and volunteer Alan Willison.

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