As a Welwyn councillor I feel well placed to bring local people with a common interest together. Representing the best interests of Welwyn residents and our cherished local environment is a real privilege. To that end, last Friday I was able to instigate a meeting between the Friends of the Mimram and our MP Grant Shapps. Grant came down to see the river first hand and hear more about the water abstraction problem from the Friends group. Both Grant and the Welwyn and Hatfield Times are supportive of the campaign to reduce the amount of water being diverted away from the river.
The WHT are sponsoring the Petition and will be running a full article and photos in this week’s edition. They will also be monitoring progress and reporting it, working together with Grant Shapps and The Friends of the Mimram. It is absolutely fantastic that our local paper is so supportive and involved.
The group’s online petition is going well, it calls for the Environment Secretary to approve the reduction in water abstraction permitted by Veolia. The Environment Agency must first approve the case for a reduction, the Friends group petition is a great way to help make that happen. You can sign the petition HERE.
There is also a recent meeting agenda presentation from the Friends group that has some more background information HERE.
The current level of the Mimram at Fulling Mill is updated daily by the Environment Agency and that can be viewed HERE.
I look forward to helping this campaign achieve success and will be following developments closely.