The Community Engagement Committee is constituted to communicate and consult more effectively with local parishioners and all other relevant stakeholders to deliver better services and projects.
The Committee has no decision making powers but instead makes recommendations to Full Council for agreement.
The Committee usually meets four times a year and the Chairwoman for the Committee is Cllr Marj Otty. The Committee also has the power to co-opt individuals and representatives from local organisations (invited to attend due to their local knowledge, sense of community and enthusiasm for engaging Council residents). They will not have voting rights.
Activities of the Committee include organising the annual Christmas Lights switch on event, produce our quarterly community newsletter “Welwyn News”, and liaise with local and national organisations ( such as Welwyn United Charities, Citizens Advice and our local primary schools to improve and regenerate the area and progress projects (i.e. Cobb Lane Common, Digswell Playing Fields).
Examples of community engagement consultations undertaken by the Committee in 2018 and Council include electric vehicle charging points at the Civic Centre in our newsletter and our noticeboards, and the best location for the installation of the Van Gogh bust at our Annual Parishioners Meeting in May 2018 and out website and noticeboards. 2019 so far has seen hirer consultation regarding the installation of projector facilities at the two halls in the Civic Centre and following our local elections in May Council will be consulting with every resident on the option of undertaking a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish.