Our local council is:
Their website has a lot of information but you often have to dig deep to find it. Presented here are links and extracts from their site that may be useful. In this new age of transparency in local government it’s up to us residents to keep watch and make sure that we getting the information we need from our local council, and that they are acting in our best interests.
Transparency essentially means that it’s clear how our council tax is being spent, and that funds from central government are going in the right pots. We have a right to know all the details in terms of spending and budgets, hiding behind a brick wall of bureaucracy is no longer feasible. But often it may be the case that if we don’t ask they won’t tell, so we should do the asking!
Council officials are generally polite and helpful, contacting the right person might be a challenge but once you do they are usually happy to help. They are all ‘public servants’ after all, so if you find they are not serving you you can complain.
The latest press releases from the council can be read here (sourced from their own website):http://www.welhat.gov.uk/index.aspx
- Residents are invited to have their say on the plans for The Lawn Cemetery in Hatfield, including designs for the borough's first crematorium.
- Welwyn Hatfield's biggest free community event returns on Wednesday 3 August, crammed full of games, activities and entertainment for children of all ages.
- Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will shortly begin recruiting two new chief officers with both current directors, Bob Baldock and Pam Kettle, set to move on later this year.
- Time is running out for residents to help shape the borough's future housing plans for older people.
- A Hatfield resident has been ordered to pay nearly £3000 and carry out 90 hours of unpaid work by St Albans Magistrates' Court following a council investigation into a fly-tip on Holwell Hyde Lane, Welwyn Garden City.
Hatfield also has it’s own town council of course. Councillors are local residents and are keenly focussed on a smaller geographical area than WHBC. They have a small but well formed website and produce a nice newsletter. There have been several large redevelopment issues facing Hatfield for some years, the powers of any town council are quite limited, however having a group specifically focussed on matters on their own doorstep should be a very positive thing for inclusive and participatory development.