Housing and climate action are among new priorities set out by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

The new vision for 2024 to 2026 is based on feedback from the community survey launched last summer, and features the following five aims:

  • Homes to be proud of - with a commitment to creating a sense of pride and satisfaction in the quality of homes and living experience in the Borough, as well as constructing new social and affordable housing and advocating high-quality homes for everyone.
  • Enable an economy that delivers for everyone - through championing local businesses, supporting vibrant town centres, facilitating access to amenities in neighbourhood centres and promoting economic growth in rural areas.
  • Action on Climate Change - including reaffirming the council’s commitment to being Net Zero by 2030 and setting an example to others.
  • Run an effective council - through smart financial decisions, being transparent and building positive reputations both locally and with external partners.
  • Together, create opportunities for our communities - increasing collaboration within the community by fostering pride, celebrating diversity and inclusion through a variety of activities and events, and collectively working towards a safer living environment.

"Our new vision and key priorities have emerged from consulting our communities and the aspects you asked us to focus on," said leader of the council, Cllr Paul Zukowskyj.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Cllr Paul Paul Zukowskyj, WHBC leaderCllr Paul Paul Zukowskyj, WHBC leader (Image: Archant)

"Our joint administration has been delivering better for our communities since last May.

"I know that, with our new vision, key priorities and business plan, we will deliver ever more effective services and support for our residents and businesses across the Borough."

Deputy leader of the council, Cllr Lynn Chesterman, added: “By putting our community at our heart, we will make sure that they remain at the core of everything that we do.

"I know that the cost of living crisis is continuing to impact all of us but as we start 2024, I am determined to work with my colleagues in the joint administration to deliver a brighter future for everyone in our community."

More information WHBC's vision and priorities can be found at www.welhat.gov.uk/priorities.