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
- Delicious scones, tasty jam and lashings of cream - the renowned Mill Green Museum cream teas are back and will be served from Good Friday (18 April) until the last weekend in October.
- It will be variety by name and variety by nature at a free event in Hatfield town centre on Saturday 26 April.
- Do you want to be a part of a groundbreaking event set to take centre stage in Welwyn Garden City? We're looking for volunteers to help out as Stage 4 of the Women's Tour reaches its conclusion in the town centre on Saturday 10 May.
- Following recent severe flooding, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has become part of the Repair and Renew Grant scheme, which was established by the Government to provide grants to homeowners and businesses severely affected by the floods.
- The council has launched a new-look website which is easier for people to use whether it's from their laptops, PCs, smartphones or tablets.
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.