It's seven times lucky for the council in 2019!

The council is celebrating reaching seven national awards finals in 2019 for its work in the borough.

LABC Awards

This includes four nominations for our Hatfield regeneration project which is well underway and delivering millions of pounds of investment to revitalise the town centre.

Hatfield was shortlisted alongside a number of highly successful regeneration programmes, including Eastbourne town centre and Hull - the UK's City of Culture.

The judges in the Revo Awards commented:

It is clear the council took a bold decision to step in where the private sector had failed to produce adequate results. The engagement of stakeholders was well demonstrated and contributed to how the plans for the town centre emerged. In terms of success, the council have control over the mix of uses relevant to the population and has identified the uses that can bring increased footfall. 

Innovative approaches include no service charge and the council carrying out the asset and property management functions themselves. This contributes to ensuring a good relationship with occupiers and demand for premises has increased!

Other highlights this year include recognition for our work to meet local housing need, with two shortlistings in the UK Housing Awards - including 'Council of the Year'. And the council's newly built homes in Lime Tree Court, Hatfield winning the Local Authority Building Control Awards for 'best new housing development.'

The judges commented that the homes 'set a new precedent for council development'.

Whilst in the Anglia in Bloom Awards 2019, the judges labelled the borough's success 'exceptional', with Sherrardspark Wood scooping the award for the best woodland in the region.

Cllr Tony Kingsbury, Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

I'm so proud of our achievements in 2019, but it's important to remember that many of these projects are the culmination of years of hard work. It's wonderful to see some of industry's best people praise our efforts so highly and we look forward to delivering even more for residents and business in 2020. Who knows, it could be eight times lucky next year!