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Welwyn & Hatfield

The Borough of Welwyn Hatfield is a local government district in southern Hertfordshire, England.

Its covers the two towns of Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, along with numerous smaller settlements from Woolmer Green in the north to Little Heath in the south. Each of the towns has a railway station on the East Coast Main Line and they are close to the A1 road. It borders the London Borough of Enfield.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, as a merger of the Welwyn Garden City urban district, with the Hatfield and Welwyn rural districts. It petitioned for borough status in 2005, which was agreed to by the Privy Council on 15 November 2005. In April 2006 a charter conferring borough status was granted, and the title of the council officially changed to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on 22 May 2006. The first Mayor of the borough, John Hawkins, was chosen on 22 May. Welwyn Hatfield issues are discussed in considerable detail on the Welwyn Hatfield Forum.

Set within the London green belt, the towns still retain something of their own identities despite the anomalous and often confusing name of Welwyn Hatfield which can make them sound as one. Welwyn Garden City has a famous heritage being one of only two Garden Cities in the Country, and is uniquely both Garden City and designated New Town. They function to some extent as dormitory towns for householders who work in London. The Welwyn Viaduct is a locally important landmark.

Following a proposal put forward by The Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust, Andres Duany the internationally renowned town-planner has suggested that designated ‘Garden Villages’ could be built within Hertfordshire to relieve some of the pressure for new homes, with perhaps a third Garden City to follow.

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