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
- The popular Continental Market is set to return to Welwyn Garden City town centre for two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 September.
- Are you aged between 11 and 19, have an interest in helping your fellow young people and the community at large, and love to get involved in great events and initiatives? Then why not become a Welwyn Hatfield Youth Councillor!
- 12,500 is the required number of new homes in Welwyn Hatfield for the period 2011-2031, according to an independent report released this week.
- A taxi driver was fined £450 this week by St Albans Magistrates Court for overcharging a 16 year-old schoolgirl's fare.
- What's your favourite Welwyn Garden City town centre shop? Voting for this very accolade will open on 15 September, as part of the Welwyn Garden City Town Centre Partnership's Welwyn Garden Awards.
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.