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About the Council and District

About the St Albans City and District Council

  • We serve a District of over 140,000 in South West Hertfordshire

  • The Council has around 440 staff plus some outsourced services

  • We have a total budget of £60m gross, £14m net (£8m savings over last 7 years)

  • We have 58 elected councillors

  • We have a Liberal Democrat administration

  • There is a strong Strategic Partnership and good relationships between private, public and voluntary sectors

  • Our key services are: housing, benefits administration, planning, building control, leisure services, heritage, markets, licensing and regulation, community protection, waste and recycling collection, environmental health, parks and green spaces, Council Tax collection, economic development, and events (to name a few).

  • The Hub at the Civic Centre – lots of community services including Citizens Advice, Community 1st, Hertfordshire Constabulary, and various NHS clinics (plus lots more)

About St Albans District

  • Our District is comprised of much historic environment and Green Belt land (81%), with a thriving modern city, towns and villages (St Albans, Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Redbourn, London Colney, Colney Heath, Smallford, Park Street, How Wood, Bricket Wood, Chiswell Green and surrounding hamlets)

  • Largely prosperous (90%+ satisfaction with the District as a place to live) … but also areas of severe deprivation

  • Strong civic and cultural traditions

  • High levels of volunteering and community action

  • Good transport links and schools

  • High cost of housing

  • Skilled workforce, low unemployment

  • Robust economy

  • 21% of our population work in London (7.5% in the City of London); 45% of local workers travel in from other districts

  • Economic strengths based on green technology, independent retail, visitor economy and professional services

  • Popular attractions – Cathedral; Roman remains; award winning museums (Verulamium and St Albans Museum and Gallery; medieval city; Heartwood Forest; ancient charter market; beautiful parks and green space (more at

Ward profile information

Ward-level information and data, published by the Local Government Association, can be accessed via the link below.