Responses to Consultations

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Periodically the Parish Council is invited to respond to various Consultations, usually from either County or Borough. Recently we have been asked to respond to the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Draft Local Plan and Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan. These are important documents that will shape our Parish and indeed the whole Borough up until 2030.

The Parish Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee, together with the Welwyn Planning and Amenity Group, the Welwyn Parish Plan Group and the Friends of the River Mimram, formed a Working Party to determine our response. The two reports which form the basis of our  responses submitted via the Borough’s web site, can be viewed and downloaded here. The original Plan documents may be downloaded and viewed from the Borough Council web site here.

A further Consultation from Central Government concerned the proposal to cap Local Councils’ increase of the Parish Precept which forms part of the Council Tax levied by the Borough. The original Consultation and the Parish Councils response may be found here soon.

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Audit Completion – 2015/16

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Following the successful completion of our earlier Internal Audit, the Council has just been advised that it has now successfully completed its annual External Audit.  It is a legal requirement for the Council to be audited, internally and externally, annually.  The formal Notice of Completion, Annual Return for 2015/16 (Sections 1, 2 &  3) and the Report of Issues can be downloaded from here.   The small number of issues arising from both audits have either been resolved or are currently being addressed and their resolution is imminent.  At their meeting on 26 September, Councillors unanimously resolved and agreed to approve and accept the Annual Return including the BDO (the external auditor) certificate and the Issues Arising Report.  If you have any further queries or require more information, please contact the Clerk.

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Ottway Walk Car Park

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The Ottway Walk car park is owned and maintained by the Parish Council.  It provides parking for members of the Welwyn Sports & Social Club, users of our Pavilion and Playing Fields and for those with children wanting to enjoy the popular play area with its exciting equipment.  During school terms, the car park is very busy with the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.

Ottway Walk 1

In recent weeks, the Council twice had to take action to reclaim our land after Travellers parked caravans on the car park, occupying over 20 spaces.  Unfortunately that action does not prohibit them from returning.  To avoid this becoming a problem, the Council positioned  three 2.4 tonne concrete blocks to narrow the entry and exit to the car park, but with gaps wide enough for cars and small trucks.


At the entry and exit points there are small additional pillars to aid judging the gap from a normal driving position in a car.  There are reflective markings at the entrance and exit and the concrete will be painted to aid passage at dusk/night time.

  • Approach the entry or exit gap at right-angles.
  • Keep as far to the right as possible (i.e. driver’s side).
  • Go through straight.
  • Ensure you are past the concrete barriers before turning either into a parking space or onto the road.

This may mean that a vehicle crosses the centre-line of Ottway Walk and larger vehicles may need additional manoeuvering.  We regret having to implement this and appreciate that it may cause some inconvenience, but the alternatives would be more costly, problematic and time-consuming.  We rely on all road and car park users to drive slowly and carefully and be mindful of all other road users, especially children at the start and finish of the school day.


Inconsiderate parking outside the car park, especially in the school entrance as shown in the picture can make it impossible to approach the gaps at right angles.  The blocks cannot be moved further apart or they will admit the very things we are seeking to prevent.  Also, the blocks cannot be moved further back as the the sub-base beneath the tarmac may not support the weight.


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Potential theft from Welwyn Allotments

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A hirer on our allotments at Lockley’s Drive has reported an attempted theft of some of their gardening equipment which was in a trolley.  Their house and car keys were also in it.  It is suspected that 2 youths aged about 13 or 14 years old, were involved.  When shouted at, they left the trolley and proceeded to throw blackberries at the owner of the tools.  They have been photographed and the police have been informed of this potential theft.

PLEASE BE AWARE  – if you leave tools lying in or around your allotment or garden.

Please report any suspicious activities to the police.

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Something this summer for the children in and around the Parish

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2016 Summer Holiday Activities for Children-2

This short summary of the activities in and around Welwyn Parish this Summer has been prepared for local families.  You can download the programme from here as a PDF.  It includes a basic map and calendar to give an idea of the events going on.

2016 Summer Holiday Activities for Children-1

2016 Summer Holiday Activities for Children-2

Play Rangers at Ottway Walk, AL6 9AS

As well as providing the two playgrounds at Ottway Walk all year round Welwyn Parish Council is also pleased to be supporting the return of the Play Rangers Scheme up at the Ottway Walk playing fields in Welwyn.  They will be there 11 August, 18 August, 25 August and 1 September from 1.30pm-3.25pm with a mixture of activities from football and cricket to jewellery and crafts.  In light of UK weather we’re providing the Pavilion as an alternative so that it can run whatever the weather!

Digswell Playing Fields

Thanks to the hard work of Digswell Residents Association there is also new equipment in place in the playground.  You can read more at:

Hertfordshire County wide events

For a list see:

There are other local groups such as Pro-Action also putting things on for teenagers etc:
And there’s always the youth site locally: “You can find everything on here from latest job vacancies to advice drop in centres, travel services, youth projects, events and opportunities, music, media, games, performing arts and much more”

Alternatively, if you’re interested in walking and exploring why not check out the map of the Rights of Ways and paths throughout the county and plot your own route at:

Welwyn Hatfield Summer Fun

With everything from craft demonstrations to finger painting Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council are doing a number of activities in the area.
Check out: and for the Roman Baths:

Halls for hire

Remember- if you want a hall to hire you can always check out:

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Ottway Walk carpark caravans update

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Welwyn Parish Council can report that the caravans which were up at the Ottway Walk carpark have now moved amicably in time for the Welwyn Festival activities and that have not been made aware of an issues during their stay.

We are pleased and appreciate that they ensured that the area where they were parked was left spotless on their departure.

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Ottway Walk Car Park caravan issues

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Welwyn Parish Council are aware that there are currently a number of caravans parked up at the Ottway Walk car park.  Thank you for those who have been in contact.  Both parish council officers and the police have been up.

We are looking a how to resolve the issue as quickly as possible with minimal disruption.

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Welwyn Annual Parish Assembly 26th May!

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26 May 2016 at Welwyn Civic Centre at 7.30pm

Would you like to know a little bit more about what Welwyn Parish Council has been doing locally over the last year?

Have a burning question about Welwyn Parish Council and our activities?


26 May 2016 at Welwyn Civic Centre at 7.30pm

Thursday 26th May, 7.30pm at Welwyn Civic Centre, AL6 9ER is the place to be!  Contact us on 01438 716667 or email if you’ve any questions.

Not sure which council?

We’ll always do our best to answer your questions, even if it’s not our responsibility.  At the Annual Parish Assembly there will be County Councillors and Borough Councillors present (sadly the local PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) is unavailable that evening) who will also try to help out where they can.

If you’re not sure who’s responsible, don’t be afraid to ask!  You can find a rough guide to which authority is responsible at:

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