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Hitchin’s River Hiz to get annual clean

14 January 2022
The river Hiz
St Mary’s Church by the river Hiz in Hitchin

The annual cleaning of the River Hiz outside St Mary’s Church and Peppermint Court in Whinbush Road, Hitchin, is scheduled to take place the week starting Monday 24 January.

These sections of the river operate via a ‘balancing tank’ system which, with the use of sluice gates which help retain river water in those sections, create a visually appealing, deeper river in the centre of town. The silt and sludge in the tanks, if not removed, can obstruct the flow in the tanks. General rubbish will also be removed from these sections of the river.

The water will be drained on Friday, 21 January, and refilled from Friday, 28 January, following completion of the works.

Cllr Steve Jarvis, Executive Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “This annual work is important in maintaining the river in the centre of Hitchin, helping it to flow freely and keeping it visually appealing for those who visit. The work will take place during the day and will cause minimal disruption to the surrounding areas.”