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 council welcomes Veolia's announcement that it will make no further challenge to the Secretary of State's decision (16 July 2015) to refuse the application for a recycling and energy recovery facility at New Barnfield, Hatfield.
- Nominations are open for the third annual Welwyn Garden Awards, which celebrate the town centre as a great place for shopping, eating, drinking and overall customer service.
- Residents and businesses in Handside ward, Welwyn Garden City, are to be asked for their views to help shape future parking policy in the ward.
- Households in Welwyn Hatfield will soon receive a form asking them to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct, as part of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's annual voter registration canvass.
- The borough's draft Economic Development Strategy, explaining the council's commitment to helping the local economy thrive, launches for consultation today (20 August).
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.