The Harpenden Town Council Mission Statement - To promote the area as a place to live, a place to work, a place to invest and a place to visit
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Harpenden Town Council was created in 1974 following the reorganisation of local government and the disbanding of Harpenden Urban District Council. Harpenden is the largest parish in the St Albans District with a population of almost 30,000 represented by 16 Councillors in the following Wards:

Mission Statement:

To promote the area as a place to live, a place to work, a place to visit and a place to invest.

Corporate Objectives

  • To promote and represent the community’s views and aspirations at local, county, regional and national level.
  • To serve those who live in the Town, work in the Town and visit the Town.
  • To promote the growth of Council activities where new services can be taken on effectively and efficiently.
  • To strive to improve the quality of life for all residents of the Town.
  • To work in partnership at local, county, regional and national level to promote and provide for the well-being of the Town.

 Harpenden Town Council delivers a wide range of services to the local community including:


In addition to the management of 15 allotment sites, the sustainable management and maintenance of the Common and other Greens, Recreation areas including Westfield, Porters Hill and Marquis Lane open space, Lydekker Park and car park, and the Parish Paths Partnership. Land assets including the redevelopment of disused allotment sites. Restoration and rejuvenation projects such as Lydekker Pond and Marquis Lane field.

Community Services

The Town Hall and Information Point, Park Hall community building, Harpenden in Bloom, Farmers’ Market, Community safety including CCTV, Restricted Alcohol Zone and lighting. Christmas celebrations (Christmas Carnival, Christmas lights, poster competition, and the window display competition). Provision of public toilets, bus shelters, litter bins, dog bins, notice boards, bicycle stands and children's play areas. Events including the Harpenden Carnival in collaboration with the Harpenden Round Table, Teddy Bears Picnic and Armed Forces Day.

Democratic Representation and Management

Committee and Member support, Civic Representation (Town Mayor support), Planning and Development Control. Town Twinning, Youth Town Council, Grant Aid to local organisations, Communications (Forum newsletter, Town Guide, website and Twitter). Partnership working with retail, businesses and community groups.

Corporate Management, Administrative and Statutory responsibilities.

The Town Council has four main committees all with delegated responsibilities, plus several Working Parties and Community Forums. Full Council meetings are held six times a year, at which all Councillors are involved in all policy decisions of the Council. Meetings are held at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall or Park Hall in Leyton Road.

The Town Council also has a Youth Town Council which was set up in 1998 and comprises young people between 11 and 18 years attending local schools or living in Harpenden. Meeting monthly, the Youth Councillors aim to represent and communicate the views and needs of all young people locally.

For further details on the Town Council, the services it provides and speaking at Council and Committee meetings, please contact: 

Harpenden Town Council, Town Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 2LX

Tel: 01582 768278. Email: Web:  

Last updated about 2 years ago