Local resident Heather Harris (pictured with Stephen) explained some of the background, "When Stevenage Borough Council informed us it was going to remove the Well canopy and that this could happen any time soon we were appalled. The Well is the focal point of the Green. Without it the Green would lose its ancient aura and all views and vistas would just be of a stretch of grass; Shephall Green would be absorbed into modern Stevenage obliterating its history. We acted immediately to stop this with information sent to interested parties and attached to YouTube (theenglishheather) videos. This should not have been necessary. Stevenage Borough Council should not have the power to dictate to us."
Heather added, "Without Stephen's support we could have lost this piece of history forever. We sincerely thank Stephen for securing the future of the Well and Shephall Green."