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Welwyn High Street update

Following feedback and a successful bid to the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, Hertfordshire County Council will be overseeing the implementation of planters, bollards and other interim measures in town centres countywide. This is in order to remove temporary measures, such as barriers and will be taking place over the upcoming week.

During week commencing 16 November, planters will be installed in Welwyn village, replacing the current orange barriers.

The implementation of planters will enable a 20mph speed limit, this traffic calming measure will ensure pedestrians remain safe when choosing to socially distance within the carriageway.

These measures will be put in place ready for when the current lockdown restrictions are lifted, businesses reopen, and pedestrians can safely return to the high street.

Please respect the road closures and play your part in making Welwyn village safe for all to use.

This campaign:

  • Encourages social distancing within town centres, including supporting the most vulnerable within the community.
  • Provides economic benefit to local businesses and eateries, including street trading and al fresco dining.
  • Supports active travel, including walking and cycling.
Example of planters

Remembrance Sunday, 2020

Councillor Marj Otty, Chairman of Welwyn Parish Council, lays the wreath in remembrance of all those who gave so much for us all.

We will remember them.

Remembrance Day 2020

In response to the recent announcement and advice from Government, local risk assessments and the rising number of Covid-19 cases both nationally and locally the format of this years Remembrance parade has been reviewed. The Chairman of Welwyn Parish Council, Councillor Marj Otty, will be laying a wreath in Remembrance at a private ceremony which will pre-recorded and be available to view on our website and Facebook page on Sunday 8th November 2020 from 3pm.

This decision has not been taken lightly but to comply with Government guidance and protect residents and the wider community of Welwyn Parish.

Lest we forget

Update from Hertfordshire Highways


We felt it would be useful to provide a highway specific update on the measures we have been working on for our town centres.

Highway teams have been working closely with colleagues in Public Health to consider how we needed to adapt our roads and footways in key urban areas to support social distancing and enable our towns and their services to safely reopen, in advance of the lock down measures starting to be eased.

The Department for Transport issued new statutory guidance saying that local authorities should take measures to reallocate road space to people walking and cycling, and that measures should be taken as swiftly as possible. The measures we have introduced are focused on providing space to pedestrians, allowing people to use our high streets safely, to queue safely outside shops and to pass each other at a suitable distance. A standard footway is typically 1.8m and so our approach does mean taking space away from vehicular traffic and while we can not force people to keep 2m apart, it’s important that we provide the opportunity to enable this to happen.


We worked hard to consider how we needed to adapt our roads and footways near schools, colleges and nurseries to safely support social distancing.

Schools were advised to refresh their risk assessment and other health and safety advice for children, young people and staff. They have been encouraging parents and children and young people to walk or cycle where possible, to stagger drop-off and collection times and to plan drop-offs and pick ups to minimise adult to adult contact. To make it safe for children to cycle and walk to school, we will be operating most of our school crossing patrols.

We have identified a small number of sites to be considered in more detail, where we think footfall could be high and existing layouts may present a challenge to social distancing.  Warning ‘wig wag’ signals (where fitted) will now operate throughout the day to warn road users of staggered start and finish times and additional social distancing signage will be available.  We are also re-phasing some light controlled crossings in favour of pedestrians to assist with social distancing.

Moving forward

Through Emergency Active Travel Funding (EATF), the Highways Response Group are now working on the next phase of social distancing project, which includes the installation of street furniture, which includes planters and parklets. These additions will replace a number of temporary measures, including orange barriers, principally on a semi-permanent basis.

Hertford town centre had the initial implementation of planters on Fore Street on 17 September to enable the road to stay closed.

We are working with stakeholders, including district and borough councils to oversee the strategic implementation of the next phase of measures to replace as much of the temporary orange barriers as possible.

The Highways Response Group is working collaboratively with the Road Safety team on upcoming schemes, considering all current school measures, including walking bubbles and cycle routes. Both teams are ensuring that the next phase of measures are integrating well with the return to schools and listening to feedback from stakeholders on improvements required on the highway.

This month saw the completion of the first active travel corridor- Digswell Park Road is open as a through road for all walkers, cyclists, equestrians and non-motor traffic travelling into or out of Welwyn Garden City. We welcome all feedback on the route, which can be found here:

Access to Welwyn Cemetery

Access to Welwyn Cemetery is restricted due to a road closure on Fulling Mill Lane. Hertfordshire Highways are working to resurface the highway and the road will be closed from Monday 21st September until Friday 25th September 2020.

Form more information please click here.

Changes to Welwyn High Street

Welwyn High Street has two way traffic flow with all parking bays reinstated. Buses are operating their to their usual schedule.

A 20mph zone is in operation on Church Street from the junction with Mill Lane, Mill Lane, Prospect Place and the High Street.

Plans are available to view here

Essential barriers have been retained to allow social distancing in key areas as well as to narrow the carriageway to promote a low speed environment. The barriers will be replaced in due course with planters.

Members of the public are asked to direct any queries or feedback to the Welwyn Parish Council Clerk or to County Councillor Richard Smith

Welwyn High Street – One Way System

Hertfordshire County Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Welwyn Parish Council have been working together to implement measures to help businesses re-open and reduce the potential spread of Covid-19 in our High Street.

Read More

Council Offices and Meetings

During the Coronavirus crisis Welwyn Parish Council offices and all venues are closed to the public until further notice. Council staff are working from home and we are available to take your calls and answer emails, so please do get in touch if you need to.

Council meetings are still going ahead, but are no longer being held face to face, instead we will be using Members of the press and public are invited to join, each meeting will have a unique ID that can be found on the top of the meeting agenda. We ask that you contact the Clerk by phone 01438 716667 or email if you wish to join.

Full Council Meeting – Monday 27th April 2020 link

Planning and Licencing Committee Meeting – Tuesday 28th April 2020 link

Welwyn Parish Council meetings during the Covid-19 crisis

Due to the current situation Welwyn Parish Council will not be holding any face to face meetings for the foreseeable future. Instead, meetings will be held virtually via Zoom (https//

Our next scheduled meeting is for the Planning and Licensing Committee on the 7th April 2020. Join the meeting using the following ID 226-100-330

The agenda and associated documents are available as usual under the Agendas & Minutes tab on the left of the screen.

Welwyn Cemetery

Welwyn Cemetery is open for vehicle access from 9am to 4pm 7 days a week.

During funerals the cemetery will be closed inline with social distancing advice from Government. Please contact the office on 01438 716667 to check funeral times so you can plan your visit.