Splashlands Correction

Letter to Welwyn Hatfield Times

07/07/2017

Dear Sir

With respect to the article last week about the ongoing delays with developing Splashlands, it is incorrect to state that I am a member of the Splashlands Procurement Board, though I did go to one of its meeting a couple of years back. What strikes me is the lack of progress since then - more meetings with 'providers' but not even a report to consider, so arguably the council have gone backwards.

The people of WGC and elsewhere in the district want to see conclusions and actions, not just words. Surely after nearly 20 years we have waited long enough.

Yours sincerely

Malcolm Cowan

Peartree LibDem councillor


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