Mimram meeting and petition

Mimram Petition photo in Welwyn Village
From left to right: Robin Cole, WHT News Editor Chris Lennon, Myself (Sandra Kyriakides), Grant Shapps MP, Cllr Mandy Perkins, Charlie Bell (Hertfordshire Living Rivers Officer) Tony Langford and David Cheek.

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.

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I am Welwyn’s Independent Councillor, Sandra Kyriakides

Councillr Sandra KyriakidesFour years ago, I was privileged and honoured to be voted in as the first Independent Councillor for Welwyn West.  I have enjoyed the challenge of standing up for the community and solving the many problems raised by local residents.

I have achieved a great deal during my term of office (most of which is documented on this website) and I am overwhelmed and grateful for the support I have received from local residents.

There are important outstanding issues that compel me to stand again for re-election in May 2016 and I hope that voters will put their faith in me once again.

I believe I have proved that, with dedication and perseverance, an Independent Councillor can achieve a lot.  I am not restricted by party allegiance and am free to always act in the very best interest of my ward and its constituents.  During my term of office this has been really beneficial on several issues and is something only an Independent Councillor can offer.

Issues over parking prompted me to stand for election, so it will be no surprise that I will be monitoring any parking proposals for Welwyn by WHBC.  It is highly likely that there will be future attempts to implement changes to parking that would be financially beneficial to the council, even if unhelpful or unwelcome to the community and businesses.

I currently hold a Surgery on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10.00am to 10.45am in St Mary’s Church House.  The next ones are on 19th March and 16th April.  I would welcome seeing any residents who may wish to raise local issues with me, or just pop in to say ‘hello’.

Please bookmark this page and check back here for regular updates about local issues, and what I’m doing to support the residents of our beautiful and historic village.

Please email me at sandra.kyriakides@welhat.gov.uk  to join my email list so that I can keep you informed quickly and effectively on any urgent matters that may affect residents. Alternatively sign up in the box on the right.

My intention is to make this site a useful resource for Welwyn residents, containing links and articles  regarding local matters. Most importantly it will keep Welwyn residents informed about what I’m doing as your first Independent Councillor. As you may have already read in the Welwyn & Hatfield Times, my voice as a representative of our village may struggle to be heard, but rest assured, be heard it will!

Thank you for your support.

Sandra Kyriakides

Cllr Sandra Kyriakides

Welwyn West

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