The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP


Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has written to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, to urge him strongly to oppose Veolia’s latest attempt to build a waste disposal incinerator in New Barnfield, South Hatfield. This long running saga was thought to have come to an end back in July when Department of Communities and Local […]

Hatfield celebrates incinerator victory!

Hundreds of residents turned up for an Incinerator Celebration on Sunday to mark the demise of the hated New Barnfield incinerator plan. The Victory Party, which took place on the grass area next to the Harrier Pub at High View, was designed to bring the community together one last time to celebrate the “People Power” […]

Paul Meredith: a true local hero

Sir, Last week a true local hero stood down from a position he has occupied for the past eight years. As a community we have many reasons to be extraordinarily grateful to him. His name is Paul Meredith and until last week he was Headteacher at Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield. Cast your mind […]

Grant Shapps statement following today’s reshuffle

“It is a privilege to remain Conservative Party Chairman in order to fight what will be the most important general election in a generation. “We must complete the recovery which now makes the UK the fastest growing economy in the developed world and make certain that the advantages are felt by all. “Ed Miliband and […]

Shapps welcomes opening of Panshanger Country Park and encourages further progress

Local MP Grant Shapps has dropped by Panshanger Country Park to welcome its recent long awaited opening to the public with members of the Friends of Panshanger Park. Panshanger Country Park comprises of 900 acres and is situated in between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford. As part of an agreement with Hertfordshire County Council in […]

Five pubs in the running to be named Welwyn Hatfield’s Favourite Local

This year’s Welwyn Hatfield Favourite Local competition has now closed and the top five pubs have been announced. The competition to find the area’s favourite pub was launched back in February by Grant Shapps MP together with the Welwyn Hatfield Times as a way of supporting and recognising the important role pubs play in the […]

Shapps visits saved Friendship House

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has dropped by Friendship House to meet some of the residents who use the local community centre and to celebrate the recent good news regarding its future. It had been feared that Friendship House would be forced to close its doors due to a £12,000 funding gap. However, Grant wasn’t […]

BREAKING: Victory in incinerator battle

I’ve just released the following letter to my Welwyn Hatfield constituents Dear Resident, We’ve won! Yes that’s right. I’m delighted to bring you the exciting news that we’ve won our battle to stop the incinerator in South Hatfield. This means that the planning permission, previously granted, has today been overturned by the Planning Inspector acting […]

Shapps appeals for volunteers for local blind charity

After a recent visit to Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, Welwyn Hatfield MP and society Patron Grant Shapps has appealed to the local community for volunteers willing to help and support the charity. Herts Society for the Blind is an independent charity formed in 1915 which provides services, advice and information to blind and partially […]

MP receives Government support in tackling Burrowfield Industrial Estate

In April, local MP Grant Shapps wrote to Secretary of State calling for the Environment Agency to take proper action against Burrowfield Waste Solutions (now A & C Skips). Mr Shapps has now received a response from Owen Paterson which says ‘I strongly support robust and timely enforcement action’. Burrowfield Industrial Estate is home to […]

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