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 400 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 minority Liberal Democrat administration (since May 2019)
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
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 www.enjoystalbans.com).
Ward profile information
Ward-level information and data, published by the Local Government Association, can be accessed via the link below.