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Play areas & venues in the Parish are closed

By Order of H.M. Government both Ottway Walk and Whitehill play areas are closed, closure effective from Midnight 23rd March 2020 until further notice.

No equipment safety checks will be carried out whilst the play area is closed.

All venues are also closed, Whitehill, Pavilion, Civic Centre and Parish Offices until further notice. Please contact us on 01438 716706 if your booking is affected.

COVID-19 – information and support

The current coronavirus crisis is fast moving, please check this page regularly for the latest Government updates.

Welwyn Parish Council venues

In light of Government advice on social distancing we have made the decision to close all of our venues (Civic Centre, Whitehill Centre and Pavilion) to the public from Friday 20th March 2020 for the foreseeable future, this includes private party hire as well as regular classes and meetings. Please email us at bookings@welwynpc.org.uk if you have any queries about this, we will respond as quickly as we can.

With immediate effect the Parish Council office is closed to public visitors until further notice. Council staff can be contacted by phone on 01438 716667 or by email, office@welwynpc.org.uk or clerk@welwynpc.org.uk.

Welwyn Community Library – all library and archives events are cancelled for the time being to avoid larger groups in libraries. For information about library opening times please visit Welwyn Community Library.

Useful Contacts:

Please visit the government website for the latest information.

Go to NHS.UK/coronovirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself and others.

If you think you have symptoms please visit www.111.nhs.uk for medical advice.

Hertfordshire County Council has compiled a set of useful links from trusted sources. This page includes information on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.

Changes to Citizens Advice support

Citizens Advice have made changes to their service to reduce the risk of coronavirus to their staff, volunteers and clients. With immediate effect they are withdrawing all face to face services and will be putting these resources in to offering help and advice over the phone and by email.

If you are in need of advice please contact them using the following free resources:

Access information online at http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Use the “email us” link on the homepage of the website whcab.org.uk

For advice over the phone, call 01707 280417 and leave a message.

Advisers will get back to you as soon as they can.

Consultation – Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council proposed changes to the Draft Local Plan (site allocation) 2020.

Welwyn Hatfield Local Borough Council are undertaking a further consultation on their proposed changes to their Draft Local Plan (2016) (site allocation) 2020. The consultation is open from today until 5pm 1 April 2020.

You can submit your response on line at www.welhat.gov.uk/local-plan-sites. Alternatively the consultation documents and response forms are available at Welwyn Parish Council offices in Lockleys Drive (AL6 9NT) Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm or Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Offices in Welwyn Garden City (AL8 6AE) Monday to Friday 8.45am to 16.45pm.

Welwyn Parish Council Planning and Licensing Committee will be working with local groups to submit a response.

For more information please contact the Planning Department at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on 01707 357000 or Welwyn Parish Council on 01438 716667

Closure of the High Street Car Park due to resurfacing work on School Lane and High Street (Welwyn) 20 and 21 February

Hertfordshire County Council contractors Eurovia are undertaking resurfacing works on School Lane from the junction of the High Street to the junction of Trevena Gardens and on the High Street from level with the entrance to the High Street Car Park to the junction of Prospect Place on Thursday 20th February 2020 and Friday 21st February 2020 from 9:30am and 4:00pm.

  • The permit number for these works is BA0080000004814/4816 full details can be found at www.one.network
  • If you have any special needs or circumstances, please contact Eurovia – 01992 784100 – hcc.comms@eurovia.co.uk or CSC on 0300 123 4047 or email us at cschighways@Hertfordshire.gov.uk

Welwyn Parish Council declares a climate emergency

On Monday 27 January 2020 Welwyn Parish Council declared a climate and ecological emergency motion.

As the lowest tier of local government Welwyn Parish Council is limited in its resources and powers to address this emergency; however Welwyn Parish Council it is accountable to its electorate and will actively aim to reduce the carbon footprint of the parish

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Casual Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen at Digswell ward for Welwyn Parish Council due to the resignation of one of our councillors. If you are interested in serving as a councillor and representing the views of residents in Digswell please click here for our application form and here for our Vacancy Policy.

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Funding to implement road safety recommendations

Hertfordshire County Council E-petition –  funding to implement road safety recommendations on B197 near Oaklands Primary School (Oaklands).We need you to sign the above e-petition in support of the urgent implementation of the AECOM (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations and Management independent consultancy) road safety recommendations for the B197 near Oaklands Primary School (Oaklands). Implementing AECOM’s low to medium cost recommendations alone would help to improve road safety near Oaklands Primary School by reducing traffic speeds from the current 40 mph to at most 30 mph.

Following concerns raised about road safety on the B197, in 2017 a petition was signed by 353 concerned parents and local residents and led to a road safety study by AECOM which made a number of recommendations that were aimed at reducing the serious road risks to school children at Oaklands Primary School (and St. Michael’s Primary School in Woolmer Green as well as other vulnerable local people).

These recommendations, made in May 2018, have yet to be implemented. A funding application has been submitted to carry out the works and we urge for a successful outcome.

To find out more information and sign the e-petition please visit https://democracy.hertfordshire.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=53

Hertfordshire County Council E-petition –  funding to implement road safety recommendations on B197 near Oaklands Primary School (Oaklands).We need you to sign the above e-petition in support of the urgent implementation of the AECOM (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations and Management independent consultancy) road safety recommendations for the B197 near Oaklands Primary School (Oaklands). Implementing AECOM’s low […]

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