Hemel’s welcome sign hold up is due to faulty bricks

MCHG 12-715      The welcome sign at Breakspear Way, Hemel Hempstead now has lettering.
MCHG 12-715 The welcome sign at Breakspear Way, Hemel Hempstead now has lettering.

The completion of a £6,000 sign welcoming motorists to Hemel Hempstead has been delayed because bricks to finish the work were faulty.

The sign is part of a regeneration project to spruce up the Breakspear roundabout where the landmark Phoenix Gateway sculpture stands greeting drivers as they leave the M1.

It took five weeks for new bricks to be made, which 
were delivered on Thursday and are due to be fitted this week.

Planting around the sign and on the roundabout is expected to start next month or early in October and will include five English oak trees – representing the oaks on Dacorum’s crest – 21 trees and hedging along Green Lane, along with shrubbery, ornamental grass and bulbs.

The total cost of the works, including maintenance for three years, is around £157,000 and has come from grants and Section 106 contributions from developers.