Today's Highways and Waste panel meeting today showed how residents' pressure, largely organised by the Liberal Democrats, have brought forward improvements to the previous plans. Liberal Democrats across the county brought forward 5 petitions, with thousands of signatures.
Changes agreed were:
- No sites to close
- Most sites to be open 10 am to 6 pm, instead of 8 am to 4 pm.
- Waterdale (near Watford) and Stevenage to have 2 extra hours on Saturdays
- Work to be carried out to reduce queuing on the A414 outside Cole Green
LibDem county councillor Malcolm Cowan who organised and presented one of the petitions, said "While we are unhappy that sites will be only open 5 days a week instead of 7, at least the hours of opening will be much more helpful. I am also pleased the problems at Cole Green were recognised and work will be done to try to minimise queuing, where we know there has been at least one fatal accident. The extra hours at Stevenage will also be helpful to many WelHat residents.
"It is good to see the thousands of signatures we collected across the county had an effect. Let's hope we have similar success on the proposed bus cuts."