Your Welwyn Hatfield shapes council's three-year plan

Following the biggest borough-wide conversation in a generation, the council is using the views of over 1,600 people in Welwyn Hatfield to set its priorities for the next three years.

Five priorities

Over four weeks towards the end of 2020, everyone who lives, works or spends time in Welwyn Hatfield was invited to say what was most important to them, what they valued about the area, and what they would like to change or preserve.

1,632 people, businesses and other organisations took the time to provide in-depth responses to the Your Welwyn Hatfield survey.  Five themes emerged which led to the following three-year priorities being proposed at a meeting of full Council on Wednesday (17 March).  If approved, these will form the basis of a new corporate plan for 2021-24.      

  • Attractive and accessible green spaces supporting the borough's wellbeing
  • Evolving, vibrant town centres and a growing economy
  • Quality homes through managed growth
  • A sense of community where people feel safe
  • A well-run council which puts our customers first

Cllr Tony Kingsbury, Leader of the Council, said:

I want to thank everyone who took part in the Your Welwyn Hatfield conversation.  To receive over 1,600 responses, many of which were clearly given a lot of time and thought, is a testament to how passionate people in Welwyn Hatfield are about where they live. 

Our proposed priorities have been directly shaped by these responses, along with our conversations with over 40 stakeholders and partners at the Welwyn Hatfield Alliance Conference towards the end of last year.

Never before have we been able to say so confidently that our priorities reflect those of the people who live, work and spend their leisure time here.  If approved at full Council this week, we look forward to starting the hard work of delivering on them.

A summary of the Your Welwyn Hatfield survey responses is available here: https://one.welhat.gov.uk/yourwelwynhatfield