Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

A third of the seats in Welwyn Hatfield were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 8 Total councillors 25 Change-2

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 15 Change-1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 6 Total councillors 8 Change+3
Councillors change compared with 2016

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Funding boost for Hatfield homeless night shelter

Deborah Price

Local Democracy Reporter, Hertfordshire

Plans for a homeless night shelter in Hatfield have been given a £120,000 lifeline from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

Queensway House
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Addiction charity Resolve plans to open a permanent night shelter and community cafe in Queensway House (pictured).

It has secured most of the funding needed to convert the premises, to include washing facilities, a laundry and a "pay what you can" cafe, and the council has now agreed to put additional funds towards staffing and running costs.

Resolve chief executive, Joe Heeney, said: "We need to find a core of staff to work permanent night shifts, who will be supported by volunteers. This money will go a long way to making that happen."

The council's executive member for housing and community, Councillor Tony Kingsbury, said: "Our priority is to ensure people get the right support to help them deal with any underlying problems that may be contributing to their rough sleeping."

Rough sleeper night shelter could open in Hatfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A night shelter with 18 beds for rough sleepers could open in Hatfield this winter.

Queensway House
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Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council backed plans for the facility at Queensway House (pictured) by committing £9,450 - the equivalent of 30% of the conversion costs - to Hertfordshire charity Resolve, which will run it.

It will include the accommodation, washing facilities, laundry, advice and pay what you can cafe.

Resolve's chief executive office Joe Heeney said: "A resource like this is essential for any large borough or town."

The plans are subject to planning permission.

BreakingConservatives hold Welwyn Hatfield

The Conservatives have retained control of Welwyn Hatfield but lost two seats to the Lib Dems, who also took a seat from Labour.

The new council sees the Tories with 25 seats, Labour with 15 and the Lib Dems with eight.

Party sources before the count thought the Tories could lose overall control.

Polling under way for local elections

Polling has begun for council elections in the three counties.

Across the country, 150 councils are electing new councillors, and there are six mayoral contests.

A polling station.
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Seven Hertfordshire district councils have elections today, with a third of seats up for grabs on each local authority, with some by-elections also being held:

  • Broxbourne
  • North Hertfordshire
  • St Albans
  • Stevenage
  • Three Rivers
  • Watford
  • Welwyn Hatfield

A third of seats at the unitary Milton Keynes Council are also being contested and there's also the Watford mayoral election.

Voting ends at 22:00 and BBC East will be providing live online coverage.