Grant Shapps breaks promise to people of Welwyn Hatfield over unfair tax hike

Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats are disappointed but unsurprised that local Conservative MP Grant Shapps chose to break his promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance. The changes, which go against the Conservatives’ manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean...

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Housing debacle – “Nothing to see here” – WHBC

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council reported themselves to the Social Housing Regulator earlier this year, and in a report published in July, the regulator found literally thousands of statutory checks had been missed. The council had failed to realise they were missing, putting potentially tens of t...

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Massive increase in homes on Shredded Wheat site

Massive increase in homes on Shredded Wheat site

LibDem councillors are appalled by the proposed increase in the number of flats to be built on the former Shredded Wheat site which will increase the height of the development from 8 to 11 or even 12 storeys. The release of the revised plans has met universal disbelief. How on earth must the ...

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Cladding on Queensway House

Cladding on Queensway House

Following the Grenfell fire in 2017, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council advised residents of Queensway House in Hatfield that there was no risk of a similar incident happening there. On 28th August 2020, Welwyn Hatfield Times ran a story claiming that a leaked report raises serious concerns over the...

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Housing targets must be driven by data

Housing targets must be driven by data

On 29th June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published their Local Authority projections for new households based on 2018 data. Previous versions, based on 2014 and 2016 data, have been used by the Government and the Borough Council to justify the massive increase in homes needed in th...

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Councillor steps in to address Parking Neglect

Councillor steps in to address Parking Neglect

Paul Zukowskyj, County Councillor for Hatfield South, has had to step in to deliver urgent parking upgrades after years of neglect by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC). Paul has ‘signed off’ on spending just over £40,000 from his County Council Highways Locality Budget to deliver an addi...

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