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
- Today, 22 January 2015, the decision of the Secretary of State (dated 7 July 2014) refusing Veolia's application for planning permission of a Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility at New Barnfield was quashed by the High Court.
- People in Welwyn Hatfield and beyond can have their say on proposed sites for development when the Local Plan public consultation opens on Friday (23 January).
- Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is on a shortlist for a national award that marks how well local authorities work with the community.
- Businesses throughout the borough are being encouraged to take part in an online survey to help shape the economic future of Welwyn Hatfield.
- Work started on constructing a brand new changing pavilion at Stanborough Park just before Christmas to upgrade the existing facilities.
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.