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 Youth Councillors gained an insight into what it's like to be a full time local councillor when they took part in a training and debating session with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Cabinet members and the British Youth Council yesterday (Thursday 30 October).
- Remembrance Day will be commemorated by special services held in Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and Welwyn village on Sunday 9 November.
- The devilish details have been confirmed for an evening of Halloween treats at Mill Green Museum this Friday (31 October), 6pm to 8pm.
- Eight businesses won top accolades at the Welwyn Garden Awards on Thursday (23 October) in recognition of their contribution to the great facilities in Welwyn Garden City. The John Lewis Partnership was declared overall winner, coming top for Customer Service Excellence. Natural Health and City Sounds were a very close second and third.
- There are just days left to tell Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council how you think the 2015/16 budget should be allocated using the YouChoose survey.
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.