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
- Welwyn Hatfield's campaign to get women active - This Girl Can, 3-13 October - proved to be a huge success with more than 1,800 girls and women taking part.
- Hatfield based sports clubs and organisations can now apply for new funding, following the launch of the £1.4m Hatfield Community Sport Fund on Thursday (13 October 2016).
- Only a few days remain to have your say in the Draft Local Plan consultation, which is open until 5pm on Monday 24 October.
- A letter, including a background document and survey form, will be sent to all properties in Welwyn Garden City, seeking views on future options for the Estate Management Scheme.
- Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) is teaming up with six other Hertfordshire authorities to create a new, fully integrated building control service for the county.
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.