Councillor Vacancy

Following parish councillor nomination’s for the parish elections on 2nd May, the Returning Officer for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has confirmed the following uncontested election results for Welwyn Parish:

  1. Welwyn village (five vacancies): Mary Magdalene (known as Magdalene) Benson, John Edward Blackburn, Karen Margaret Ann Mason, William George (known as Bill) Morris, and Colin John Wright.
  2. Digswell (two vacancies):Gangadharan Sivakumarkunjuwadavsala  (known as Ganga Siva).
  3. Oaklands (two vacancies): Mark David Castle and Colin Hukin.
  4. Mardley Heath (two vacancies): Timothy Gerrard (known as Tim) Hogan  and Marjorie Otty.

Welwyn Parish Council have one councillor vacancy representing Digswell. If you are interested in giving up some spare time to work with others, deliver community projects and shape the future of Welwyn parish, please contact the Clerk for more information, eligibility criteria and an application form on 01438 71667 or email


ATM update

At our Annual Parish Assembly on 17th April we took a survey of those present on their preferred locations for the suggested ATM sites as put forward by Barclays Bank:

  1. Civic Centre building (0 votes)
  2. Barclays Bank building in church Street (2 votes)
  3. Disused toilets in Lockleys Drive (0 vote)

Welwyn Parish Council  also suggested two further location for an external ATM – the Civic Centre grounds (1 vote) and High Street Car Park (59 votes).

The Parish Office has also received emails and calls from individuals on the subject of an ATM in the village – 14 were in favour of an ATM at the Civic Centre, 7 were in favour of one in the High street and one did not want an ATM at the Civic Centre.

Welwyn Parish Council continue to liaise with Barclays Bank to support the installation of an ATM in the village and have updated Barclays with the results of the above information.

We will update this website with further news on the ATM as its received.


Welwyn Parish is located in central Hertfordshire and has a population of approximately 10,000. The Parish boundary follows the old Great North Road (now B197), the A1M motorway and parallel London-York-Edinburgh railway.  The parish comprises the village itself, Digswell, Oaklands and Mardley Heath.

Welwyn Parish Council provides a variety of venues for hire (please visit for more information), sports pitches, recreation and play areas, car parks, a cemetery, and  allotments. The Council also maintains public footpaths, open spaces, churchyards.

Welwyn Parish Council is the first tier of local government and has an important role to play in promoting the village and outlying settlements, representing its interests and supporting the work of different groups and residents within the community. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is the second tier of local government and is responsible for services including housing, environmental services and strategic planning policies for all development (including housing and employment sites). Finally, Hertfordshire County Council is the third level of local government and is responsible for highways, relating to both roads and footways (pavements), education, health and social services, public rights of way and libraries.

Welwyn Parish Council prides itself for its strong community spirit with a wide range of clubs and organisations meeting regularly to support the village. To facilitate this Welwyn Parish Council considers applications for support from the community in the form of the Community Grant Scheme, available to projects, charities or community activities which are expressly supporting the residents and community of Welwyn Parish (covering Welwyn, Digswell, Oaklands and Mardley Heath). For more information on our Community Grant Scheme process please click here.

Our aim is to serve and respond to the needs of the community by:

  • providing a strong and independent voice for the community,
  • to safeguard and enhance the traditions, character and identity of the Parish,
  • to promote the Parish as a clean, safe, welcoming and vibrant place to live and work,
  • to provide high standards and cost effective services, and
  • to work in partnership with others to achieve for all.

Timetable of meetings