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
- Checks are taking place on headstones in council-owned cemeteries to ensure they are not at risk of falling and causing injury to mourners and other visitors.
- Local school children from Birchwood Primary School celebrated the brand new Hillfield play area in Birchwood, Hatfield, today (Friday 21 November).
- Mill Green Museum's Victorian Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 30 November from 12-5pm.
- The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council met with local MP Grant Shapps at the Houses of Parliament to debate youth issues with him on Monday 17 November - Parliament Week.
- Following the completion of Phase One of Hatfield town centre's redevelopment, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is set to continue its renewal with a significant investment programme agreed at a meeting of Cabinet last week.
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.