All Council and Committee meetings are open to the public unless exempt or confidential information is being discussed.

We welcome public participation in our meetings through the procedures and mechanisms provided. We would like the community to contribute to issues which affect Welwyn Hatfield. Members of the Governance Services Team will be happy to assist and advise on the procedures and answer any questions you may have.

Please note there are separate schemes for Speaking at Development Management and Licensing Committees.

Open door to democracy

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has an open door policy for local residents to ask questions and present petitions. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to participate in decision making. The  Icon for pdf Open Door to Democracy 2008 tells you how you can take part.

Question Time

A period of time is set aside (if required) at the beginning of meetings (except quasi-judicial meetings and the Standards Committee) for members of the public to ask questions of the Full Council, Cabinet, Executive Members or a committee.

All questions must be relevant to the work of the particular meeting and only one question per person may be submitted. If you are unable to attend the meeting, your question will still be submitted to the meeting on your behalf and a written response will be sent to you. Questions cannot be presented to the Planning Control Committee about individual planning applications, only questions on general planning matters are permitted.

Questions must be submitted in writing or by email by 12 noon five clear working days before the meeting to the address below.

Governance Services Manager
The Campus
Welwyn Garden City



Provision is made at the beginning of meetings (except quasi-judicial meetings, the Standards Committee  and the Development Management Committee) for the public to present petitions. Petitions must be signed by at least 50 people and should be on any issue of local concern for which the Council has responsibility.

If you are unable to attend the meeting your petition will be submitted to the meeting on your behalf and a written response sent to you Governance Services must be informed by 2pm (see contact details above) on the day of the meeting if you intend to present / submit a petition.

Please see our Icon for pdf Model Petition Scheme.