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
- Yule not want to miss out on the festive market, new to Hatfield for this year!
- A Hatfield landlord who pleaded guilty to 20 management regulation offences was sentenced yesterday.
- Members of the Community Safety Partnership, including Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) and Herts Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) are urging residents to make fire safety top of their Christmas lists this winter.
- The Community Safety Partnership (CSP), along with the Town Centre Manager for Welwyn Garden City (WGC), is staging a campaign to increase people's awareness on how to properly secure bicycles and minimise the risk of them being stolen.
- Leaders from education, business and the public sector came together yesterday (Thursday, 24 November) to discuss how best to prepare young people for the future challenges of the employment market.
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.