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Welcome to your council

Last Modified December 23, 2013

About us

Hertsmere is one of 10 district/borough councils in Hertfordshire responsible for a range of services including:

  • air quality and pollution control
  • allotments
  • business rates collection
  • community safety
  • council tax collection and council tax benefit
  • elections and electoral registration
  • energy conservation
  • environmental health
  • fly-tipping removal
  • household waste collection
  • housing benefit
  • homelessness
  • housing adaptations for disabilities
  • housing standards
  • land charges
  • licensing
  • parking and parking enforcement
  • pest control
  • planning: development control, building control, planning appeals and enforcement, local plans
  • parks
  • recycling
  • sports and leisure facilities
  • street cleaning


We have 39 councillors in 15 wards who are elected to serve for four years at a time and the number of seats held by political groups is currently: 

  • Conservative 34
  • Labour 5


The Leader of the Council and the Conservative Group is Cllr Morris Bright. He is responsible for:

  • Overall strategy and co-ordination
  • Interface with external agencies
  • Chairing meetings of the Executive


The Leader of the Labour Group is Cllr Ann Harrison.

Your local councillors

Your councillors (find your Ward Councillor) are elected to represent you and your community. They should be your first point of contact if you want to comment or see some action on an issue or a service that concerns you.

Members are happy for you to contact them at any reasonable time, and therefore many do not arrange surgeries.


Our vision is to take a leading role in improving the quality of life for everyone in Hertsmere. Our values are to:

  • Be customer-focused
  • Provide community leadership
  • Continuously improve the quality of service delivery
  • Be a good employer


We have six main goals:

  • Create an even safer community for all
  • Sustain improvements in the quality of Hertsmere's environment
  • Continue to promote healthy living, leisure and cultural opportunities
  • Encourage economic prosperity
  • Work towards meeting local housing needs through our strategic housing role
  • Sustain organisational improvements to meet community needs


To achieve this, we have a number of committees and operate a Cabinet form of governance. The Leader and Cabinet are called the Executive and they take most major decisions within a framework approved by the council. Information about each committee is available by clicking on the links listed below:


You can find out more about which committees councillors sit on from our Members' Directory page.

The dates and times of meetings are on our Meeting schedule page.

If you live, or own a property or business in Hertsmere, you can submit a question to be considered at a council meeting:

Asking questions at a council meeting.


If you feel strongly about an issue in which we have an interest or involvement, you can present a petition on the matter. This should include a clear statement of your concerns and a list of supporting names and addresses.

Forward Plan

Our Forward Plan contains matters which the Leader believes will be the subject of key decisions. A key decision is defined as one which will result in expenditure or savings of £100,000 revenue or £100,000 or more capital in any one year, or one that has a significant impact on people living or working in two or more wards.

You can see the latest version of our council's Forward Plan here or call in to our offices - see how to find us below. 

You can read more about our procedures on all these issues in our Constitution.


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