With local residents, I have been campaigning for the last two years to make something happen at Stanborough Lakes.
Something that people can enjoy using in the summer months just as they used to when I was growing up here.
Like many other residents of Welwyn Hatfield, I have become increasingly frustrated with the broken promises from the Borough Council. I am disappointed at the lack of facilities for young people in the area. I am angry at the waste of money that the high ropes has come to represent. Worse still, five-a-side football pitches at the KGV playing fields have been closed since 2012. Hundreds of thousands of pounds spent with nothing to show for it.
It was time for action. As part of the campaign, with help from residents, I organised a community picnic, kept the pressure on with radio and newspaper interviews and handed over a petition with over 2000 signatures to the council.
And still, they did nothing.
But now, with local elections on the horizon, the council have decided to talk a bit more about what they might do at Stanborough.
I find myself a member of a committee that meets to talk about what might happen on the site of the old swimming pool.
Although the council have said they have plan to develop the site, although they keep mentioning money that is set aside, and although they talk about what might happen there – nothing has happened.
Supposed plans have stalled and stalled. Money is set aside every year, and simply carried over.
It is one thing to tell the local paper that plans are moving along, it’s quite another to actually do something.
And the more time goes on the more of that budget is spent on consultants.
The delays continue, while the people of Welwyn Hatfield are let down by tory council leaders. Out of ideas, unwilling to listen, perhaps fearful by their own record of failure.
It doesn’t have to be like this. Local elections are indeed on the horizon. It’s time for a council that you can be proud of.