Attendance records held by Hatfield Town Council have revealed appalling attendance levels by Conservative members of the Council.
Since May 2017, Conservative opposition Councillors have attended just 39% of meetings with one prominent Conservative Councillor attending just two of the 11 meetings they were scheduled to attend.
Oliver Price, Labour’s Candidate for the Hatfield East by election on 23rd November said
It’s outrageous that after the public put their faith in them, they can’t find the time to do the job they were elected for. They’re supposed to be an opposition but how do they even know what’s going on if they don’t turn up?
Labour Borough Councillor Kieran Thorpe said
As an opposition member of the borough Council, I’m interested how the Tories go about being in opposition. I was shocked to hear that it’s common for none of them turn up to meetings at all!
Residents of the Hatfield East Ward face a November polling day because of the prolonged absence of an ex-Councillor, it's clear that all the Conservatives have to offer the people of Hatfield is a failure to turn up for work.
Hatfield deserves better. On 23rd November, use your vote wisely and put your faith in Oliver Price who will work hard for you.
Attendance records held by Hatfield Town Council have revealed appalling attendance levels by Conservative members of the Council. Since May 2017, Conservative opposition Councillors have attended just 39% of meetings with...
In politics it’s a tried and tested tactic to try and deflect attention elsewhere. While accusing his own party of bullying him, Grant Shapps has also taken a swipe at Labour run Hatfield Town Council.
It's only a few years since the Welwyn Hatfield MP, who doesn't live in the parish of Hatfield, attempted to abolish the Council.
This would have passed the town's assets to the Borough Council, a Council struggling to manage the cuts imposed by the Conservative led Government.
Last week however, the under-fire MP hit out at the Council on twitter and the letters page of the local paper -as they prepare a town wide consultation to make good on an election promise to bring football back to Hatfield.
This is a long held ambition that has been talked about for decades but never materialised. Grant Shapps himself failed to progress it other than using it as another photo opportunity on his way into Parliament.
Hatfield Town Council Leader Lenny Brandon said
“How dare this political embarrassment to Hatfield say he is concerned at how we are doing, when he and his cronies lurch from one shambles to the next without any sense of self-awareness or shame.
“We have made massive savings from the previous Conservative administration, while delivering much more for the people of Hatfield, so how dare he talk about how Labour are spending ‘our money’ when as an outsider, Grant doesn’t pay a penny in tax to this Council”
“He couldn't get enough names together to abolish the Town Council. He couldn't get enough names to oust the Prime Minister. His repeated failures and plummeting reputation have clearly fuelled his ongoing bitterness.
“Hatfield Town Council has never been in such a strong position - delivering several annual community events at no extra cost to the taxpayer, and I am proud of the considerable hard work that Councillors and staff alike have put in to making this possible”
“Grant Shapps has never shown the slightest interest in the workings of this Council other than working out what he can take from the people of Hatfield. It’s a bit rich to see him try to pretend otherwise now just to steer attention away from himself”
In politics it’s a tried and tested tactic to try and deflect attention elsewhere. While accusing his own party of bullying him, Grant Shapps has also taken a swipe at...
Following numerous incidents in Hatfield Town Centre in recent months, the Labour group on Welwyn Hatfield Council have demanded answers, and received none.
At a full council meeting on 10th September, Councillor James Broach asked the Conservative leader of the Borough Council, John Dean - “Why is Hatfield Town Centre falling apart ?”
Cllr Dean’s response was not that as composed as the one he later provided to the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
To gasps from other Councillors present, he accused Cllr Broach of ‘scoring political points’ and ‘talking Hatfield down’. He went further to imply that members of the public were exaggerating, there was nothing wrong, the glass panes that fell were toughened so it hadn’t shattered (until impact), no one was hurt so it wasn’t a big deal.
Councillor Broach responded by asking if this did not give cause to examine the details of contracts and plans going forward to make sure no corners had been cut. Cllr Dean would not be drawn into giving an answer on this either.
Following this meeting, there have been reports of residents tripping on uneven paving in Hatfield Town Centre, causing injuries and highlighting that there are numerous significant hazards that appear to have emerged recently in areas of the town centre recently worked on.
Labour leader Councillor Kieran Thorpe has reported this to the Council and said
“Every time these issues are brought before Councillor Dean and his Conservatives, every time – they respond by attacking the person raising the concern and say they are talking Hatfield down.
“The truth of it is this is a Conservative administration utterly out of ideas, in its fifteenth year they simply don’t care about Hatfield and we’re at the point that panes of glass falling and nearly hitting a child and mother don't even get a proper explanation.
“It’s the façade they care that’s again fallen down, and residents can see exactly what their safety and Hatfield mean to the Tories.”
Following numerous incidents in Hatfield Town Centre in recent months, the Labour group on Welwyn Hatfield Council have demanded answers, and received none. At a full council meeting on 10th...