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Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council supports new joint committee for good growth

Published: 24 November 2020Blurred closeup of people sitting around curved boardroom tableJoint Governance: a democratic framework for decision making

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Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is the latest of 11 councils on the Hertfordshire Growth Board to officially announce its support for the new statutory joint committee.

Building upon the success of the Growth Board collaboration over the last two years, the new committee, made up of Hertfordshire Council Leaders and Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, will work within a democratic framework in all its future decision making. 

This increased openness and transparency in the meetings of the Growth Board will provide a means for businesses, stakeholders and residents to understand how the work of the Board will support the delivery of good growth with long-term benefits for Hertfordshire.

Dacorum Borough Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, North Hertfordshire District Council, Broxbourne Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Watford Borough Council have all given their formal support for the new joint committee.

Portrait of Cllr David Williams
Cllr David Williams, Leader, Hertfordshire County Council, Chair, Hertfordshire Growth Board

Councillor David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board, said: “The joint committee is a positive step and an important evolution of the Growth Board governance. The County Council supports the work of the Growth Board and its commitment to ensuring residents, businesses and stakeholders are part of the county’s Growth journey, from meetings right through to delivery. We welcome the increased openness and transparency this joint committee will bring.”

Cllr Tony Kingsbury, Leader,
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said: “The Growth Board is overseeing vitally important work that will ensure the impact of development is managed in the best way, benefiting everyone who lives, works or visits Hertfordshire. I am pleased to see Welwyn Hatfield confirming our committee membership, in what is an important step forward in the recovery and growth of our county.”