Business ratepayers in the borough are invited to comment on our proposals for the budget for the financial year 2017/18, commencing 1 April 2017.
Consultation on council budget for 2017/18
The draft budget will first be considered by the Executive Cabinet of the Council on 10 January, and will then be reconsidered on 24 January in light of consultation responses and any other information which becomes available. We would therefore appreciate your comments before Monday 23 January. See our 'How to respond' section below.
Our budget proposals
In line with other local authorities, we are facing further significant reductions to our government funding. This means we are looking at ways of working more efficiently, and of generating more income. By doing this we can become more financially self-sufficient, protecting services wherever possible.
Alongside a proposed introduction of a charge for the collection of green waste, budget proposals most relevant to local businesses include:
- Significant investment of £255k for the examination of the Local Plan which allocates sites for just over 12,000 new homes and will provide space to create 16,900 new jobs
- Budget allocated to the delivery of events bringing residents and visitors to our town centres
- The continuation of investment in economic development, including the provision of an economic development officer
- Putting together a business case for the development of a property investment company
- Further capital investment for the regeneration of Hatfield Town Centre and the redevelopment of the Highview neighbourhood shopping parade
- Funding to progress the Supplementary Planning Document which highlights retail and other opportunities for the north of Welwyn Garden City town centre
- Continuation of the new fly tipping rapid response service
- Capital investment of £600k to extend the life of the Hunters Bridge multi-storey car park
- Development of new leisure facilities to complete the regeneration of the site in Stanborough Park
Business rates continue to be based on valuations provided to us by the Valuations Office Agency and the national multiplier set by central government. The Borough Council keeps approximately 6 pence of every £1 of business rates collected. The rest is paid over to central government and the County Council.
The complete budget reports are available below:
Please send any comments on the Council's budget proposals to Ka Ng, Executive Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) and Tim Neill, Head of Resources, using one of the methods below by Monday 23 January 2017.
Executive Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services)
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Welwyn Garden City
Herts AL8 6AE
telephone: 01707 357468 or 01707 357425
To book a face-to-face meeting with Ka and Tim, please arrange an appointment with Ka's Personal Assistant, Clair Francis, by telephone on 01707 357468, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .