Below are details of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Hatfield Town Council and their individual responsibilities.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

There are currently 13 Labour Councillors on the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

The Borough Council is responsible for:

  • Rubbish collection and recycling
  • Planning issues (new builds, changes to buildings and also our “Local Plan”)
  • Leisure (swimming pools, some playing fields, leisure centres etc)
  • Council tax and housing benefit
  • Housing and garages
  • Parking
  • Licensing of pubs/clubs, taxis etc
  • Cemetery upkeep
  • Pest control
  • Environmental health (noise, food safety standards in takeaways/restaurants)

The Conservatives have run the Council since 2003, and have privatised most of the above. There’s now very little left to sell off, and most things are run on a contract as cheaply as possible.

That’s why your tax is going up, while you get less service.

The Borough Council has a number of Councillors, who represent an area of the Borough (known as a ward). Each Borough Councillor represents the people within a ward on issues that the Borough Council are responsible for.

For more information visit the Borough Council website


Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council (based in County Hall, Hertford) is the main administrator for various services that are provided across the whole county.

The County Council is responsible for:

  • Schools (provision, admission etc)
  • Libraries
  • Social care for older and vulnerable people (incl. children)
  • Roads and pavements

It has various County Councillors, who are elected to represent an area of the County (known as divisions). Each County Councillor represents the people of their division on areas that the County Council are responsible for.

The County is also split into 10 boroughs or districts (ours is Welwyn Hatfield).

For more information visit the County Council website


Hatfield Town Council

Hatfield Town Council is a larger version of a parish council. It covers the area across Hatfield from Newgate Street (in the south) to Lemsford (in the north).

Hatfield Town Council looks after certain community facilities (such as Birchwood Leisure Centre, Roe Hill Hall and Lemsford Village Hall) and recreation grounds within Hatfield (such as Birchwood, Roe Green, Ellenbrook and Lemsford). The Town Council is also a consultee on planning issues that affect Hatfield.

The Council is made up of 15 Councillors, who represent the interests of people within their ward on issues occurring within the Town Council.

For more information visit the Hatfield Town Council website

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