I am dedicated to ensuring that all issues raised with me are addressed: in particular concerns about inappropriate development, parking issues and local crime. I will also be keeping a close watch on the outcome of the surveys undertaken by the Environment Agency to assess the potential flood risks to Singlers Marsh when Affinity cease abstraction from the River Mimram by closing the Fulling Mill pumping stations next spring.
I am passionate about Welwyn West Ward and the local community and hope to continue to work hard to deal with individual problems raised by local residents.
I do not make empty promises. I do promise to help residents to the best of my ability – and to give the reasons why if I am unable to do so.
I keep people updated regularly through my website, which I am delighted has around 1,000 visits every month. I have tried to be the “eyes and ears” of Welwyn for the past four years and have done all I can through the local press and my website to keep residents informed.
I have enjoyed talking with Oaklands and Mardley Heath residents during my canvass and hope to have the opportunity to give them the same dedication that I have shown to Welwyn and the Ayots during my term of office.
Election pamphlets circulating in the ward state that litter and fly-tipping are going to be major priorities – issues I feel should have been addressed long before the election!
I am the only Welwyn councillor, and as far as a I know the only Welwyn Hatfield councillor, to run a website with local news, information and a regularly updated log of what I’ve been doing as your councillor. Accountability and transparency are important in local government, through this website I play my part in that. You may wish to ask other prospective councillors how they communicate what they do for constituents?
Saturday 28th April:
I spent this morning in the village high street talking to residents about local issues and raising awareness of the local election next Thursday. Hearing what matters to people locally is always enlightening and informative, I had several chats with people keen to enlist my help on issues affecting them, as always I’m happy to help if I can. I’m really keen to be re-elected on Thursday so I can continue supporting residents as their councillor over the next 4 years.
One issue raised by several people was broadband access. As councillor I have been involved with securing fast broadband (fiber) into the village, liaising with BT Openreach and the council to make it happen. This is now rolling out across the Welwyn area as part of the Connected Counties project, I have put a separate section here on the website about that. Click on the graphic below to read more about it, there’s also a search function and list of postcodes in our area, as well as the dates of the phased rollout.
Sunday April 24th:
I have had an exhausting but exhilarating start to my Election Campaign! I have travelled from Ayot St Lawrence to Pottersheath Road and beyond. I thought I was fit from my exercise at the local gym, but walking more than 6 miles a day in chilly weather is quite different!
I have been warmed, encouraged and somewhat humbled by the amount of support that I have received and hope very much that this will be reflected when the election results are announced.
I really hope to be re-elected, so that I can continue working for the benefit of Welwyn West and its residents. Please read my brief update on the latest matters affecting us in Welwyn village below:
The issues that have been raised constantly, apart from fly-tipping, have actually been the responsibility of Herts County Council. These are predominantly POTHOLES, GULLEYS and FLOODING about which I shall be chasing Herts CC for action as soon as I am free to do so.
A burning issue specific to the centre of Welwyn Village is the frequent illegal parking on the crossing outside Tesco. This is a police matter and I agree with many that there should be a more permanent and regular form of enforcement.
CCTV surveillance would be really helpful but there are many hurdles to overcome:
- Agreement from the Police to install one
- The High Street is a Conservation Area
- An official police camera would have to be visible
- Any installation would require planning permission
- Possible breach of privacy would need to be assessed
The list goes on; it is far from straightforward. That being said, after the elections and if still in office, I will pushing to get some positive action and suggestions for a solution from the Police.
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few of the letters that I have received:
SERVICE ROAD REPAIRS
“Dear Councillor Kyriakides and Mr Woodhead
Just a quick message to say thank you both very much for organising and seeing to the repairs to the potholes in the service road behind Wilshere Road, Welwyn.
I would also like to express my disappointment with Councillor Perkins’ failure to reply to my emails, or ring me, when I wrote to her in February 2014 and again in December 2015. Indeed the only time Councillor Perkins became involved was after she received the petition, which lead me to think that she was trying to gain credit for what Councillor Kyriakides had already worked hard upon before the petition was sent.”
“To: Sandra Kyriakides
Subject: Re: Bin Collection problem
Dear Ms Kyriakides,
Thank you so much for all your efforts and for mirroring my sentiments.
The sad part is that their system is run by our money when we are at the bottom of their priority list.
I will from now do as you suggest.
Many thanks again.”
It was a pleasure to finally meet you yesterday evening, and on behalf of everyone here I would like to thank you for your great support for our application …and for taking the time to visit the site beforehand to see the extent of the damage! ………………………………………………………………………
Hopefully now, and as soon as we submit the relevant Conditional Information, we can finally proceed with rectifying the areas and make them safe again!
Sincerely, and with thanks!”
I am signing off for now and heading back on the campaign trail.
I would like to give particular thanks to those wonderful people who have helped me with some of the leaflet deliveries. I am not naming names, as they may not wish me to do so, but they know who they are and they are so very much appreciated.
Cllr Sandra Kyriakides
Welwyn West Ward
Tel: 07802 725423