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
- You only have till Monday 10 March to give your views on the possible future layout of part of Welwyn Garden City town centre.
- Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's average band D council tax will be frozen for the fifth year running, it was confirmed at a meeting last night (Wednesday 26 February).
- With just over a week left to put forward someone special for Welwyn Hatfield Council's Civic Awards 2014, this is the last chance to nominate local heroes for their good work.
- The spotlight last night shined on the borough's athletes, sports teams, coaches and teachers who were honoured at the seventh annual Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, on Thursday 13 February.
- Construction on the new skate park in Hatfield is all set to begin, and with it comes proposed changes to parking in the town centre. The council is now urging people to have their say before any decisions are made about the plans.
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.