About Dacorum

Situated in West Hertfordshire, the Borough of Dacorum is composed of the main towns of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring and has a population of just over 150,000.

The borough enjoys an excellent location and is within easy reach of London, being located just on the outskirts of the M25 and with train journeys from Hemel Hempstead to London Euston taking less than 30 minutes.

We’re also well connected to the rest of the country, with easy access to the M1 and M4, and if your destination is international, we are within easy reach of both Luton and Heathrow airports.

The council’s vision is that it will work in partnership to create a borough that enables the communities of Dacorum to thrive and prosper. This overarching ambition is supported by six strategic priorities:

  • A clean, safe and enjoyable environment
  • Building strong and vibrant communities
  • Ensuring economic growth and prosperity
  • Providing good-quality affordable homes, in particular for those most in need
  • Climate and ecological emergency
  • Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery

The council has an important leadership role to play in coordinating the efforts and activities of a range of organisations and individuals to support and encourage local economic growth. Identifying the best ways to combine our different strengths for the benefit of our community will be key to success in the future. We recognise that sustainable economic success and growth is a foundation that supports the delivery of all of our priorities, so we are placing considerable emphasis on affordable homes, regeneration and the local economy.

We have recently delivered a £30m investment programme in Hemel Hempstead that has acted as a catalyst for regeneration in the local economy, and has encouraged ongoing private sector investment and community to the local area. The council is an active partner in the Hertfordshire IQ Enterprise Zone, working alongside organisations such as Hertfordshire LEP, Hertfordshire County Council, St Albans City and District Council and construction industry leaders BRE Group, global leaders Rothamsted Research and the University of Hertfordshire – experts in AI, robotics and Big Data. This will see 3 million sq. ft. of new commercial space being available to businesses.

Our plans for the future include significant growth ambitions. The proposed Hemel Hempstead Garden Community has the potential to deliver around 11,000 homes and 10,000 jobs for the area.

Our main offices are located at The Forum in the centre of Hemel Hempstead - a modern, state of the art building, which provides a safe and inspiring place to work. Its open-plan offices and central atrium provide a light and spacious working environment for all to enjoy. The Forum is also home to Hemel Hempstead Library, the Register Office, voluntary sector partners including Citizens Advice and a central café, making it a great place for the whole community to come together.


The current political structure of the council is as follows:

  • 31 Conservative  
  • 17 Liberal Democrat 
  • 1 Independent

The council’s senior officer team consists of the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and three Strategic Directors. 

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