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Goods Yard Application 3/16/0530/OUT

The Goods Yard application (3/16/0530/OUT) will be heard by Bishop's Stortford Town Council's Planning and Development Committee on 8 May 2017 in the Council Chamber, The Old Monastery, Windhill, CM23 2ND.

Members of the public are welcome to attend; the meeting will begin promptly at 7.30pm in Bishop’s Stortford Town Council Chamber, Windhill, CM23 2ND.

Members of the public can send their comments to the committee by emailing or to Bishop's Stortford Town Council, The Old Monastery Windhill Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2ND prior to 8 May. Comments may be published unless you state that you wish for your comments not to.

Members of the public  may request to speak during the meeting for up to 3 minutes to outline or explain your comments.  If you would like to do this please contact us on 01279 715000 or by emailing

You are reminded that Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is a statutory consultee on all planning applications affecting the Town however the decision is ultimately made by East Herts District Council.  The District Council will take into account representations made by this council however you should ensure that a copy of your comments is also sent to direct to East Herts District Council at the address given on the notification which you received from them.



Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting will be held at Rhodes, 1-3 South Road, CM23 3JG, on Tuesday 25 April 2017, at 7.30pm (refreshments at 7pm). The meeting is open to the press and public. This is a forum for Bishop’s Stortford taxpayers to voice their opinions, question their elected Councillors and directly effect change in the community. Make your voice heard and learn about matters around town! The Agenda is below and further details are published in the (follow document library -> Annual Town meetings).


1. Apologies for Absence

2. To receive minutes of last year’s Annual Town Meeting

3. Resume of the year’s work – Town Mayor

4. Reports from Committee Chairmen

5. Trustees’ Report

  Rhodes Birthplace Trust
  Brazier Trust 6. Open Forum

6. Open Forum

Flavours of the world Market

‘Flavours of the World’ is a market crafted to stir the senses. Among the atmosphere, accents and aromas you will discover Italian sweets and biscuits from the home of the lightest nougats; cheese that characterises the cultural and culinary identity its hometown; along with cured meats, fuet and saucisson from every corner of France and beyond its borders; and stalls offering ranges of coffee and mustards, brought by traders with the knowledge and passion to enlighten you of the subtleties between them.

Beyond those stalls that tempt the taste buds, the market brings traders arriving to showcase the beauty of craft that exists beyond our shores. From bowls and ornaments, carved from Moroccan marble and Baltic amber, set into handcrafted jewellery; to finely woven Italian clothing, rugs and throws and over 60 scents of soap, forged from olive oil and enriched with argon oils from Alep to Marseille.

The market will take place in North Street from 9.30am.

The traders who have booked to attend are:


Asian Fusion- Green Chicken Currey, Noodles VEG,Noodels Chicken
Bambaji- Hand Bags and wooden letters
French Crepes - French Crepes - Sweet and Savoury
Italian Biscuits -  Italian Biscuits, Chocolate, Nougats
Jellies and Fudges
La Bagette Croustillante-  Bread and Pastry and viennoiserie
La Moutarde qui monte au nez- Homemade mustards, jams, olive oils ,cassoulet
Le Specialiste du Fromage- French Cheeses
Dry fruits and Nuts , Baklava, Nougat and Turkish Delight
Paella Español
Quality Hand Carved Gifts Woodcarvings & Furniture
Staffordshire Garden Furniture- Handmade garden furniture
Terre et Mer - tartiflette- garlic prawnie-boisson fraiche
The Cured Meat Company
The Olive Stall



Farmers and Craft Market this Saturday!

Bishop's Stortford's popluar Farmers and Craft Market returns this Saturday (1April) from 9.30-13.30 in North Street.This weekend’s event sees our largest Farmers and Craft Market yet with 29 traders and 30 pitches sold.


Traders who have registerd to attend are:


Aggies Bag- Handmade bags

Art Society- Original prints

Artisan bread


Carol’s jewellery

Cheese teller- Cheesemonger

Bella By D – Jewellery

Essex brewery

Giggly Pig- Local sausages

Goat Golden Soaps

Heavenly Homemade- Jams, chutneys and cakes

Hertford Porkies- Local Pies

The one show brownies and cakes

Mogg’s Pickles- Jams and chutneys

New Barn Farm- Local lamb and beef

Olivine Originals- Hand created skin care

Perk’s Pickles- Jams and chutneys

Radwinter Game

Spice Queen- Indian spice blends

Tealicious- local blended tea

Wobbly Bottom Farm- Goat cheese

Hootie Tootie Jewellery

Goodies Pet Stall

Beau Petit Macarons

Moore and Moore Plants

Hasista Barista Coffee- hot coffee and beans

The Goodness Food Company- homemade cakes specialising in dietary and health needs

Molly Kate- Hand created crafts

Hibiscus Lilly- Indian inspired jams chutneys and snacks such as nuts and bars

Bishop's Stortford First Ever Youth Market

On 25 May 2017 Students of Hertford Regional College and young entrepreneurs supported by Wenta will become market traders for the very first time at Bishop’s Stortford Youth Market.

Alongside the general Thursday market there will be a range of unique items made and designed on sale created by the students from creative design courses.  It will be a great opportunity to buy presents or brighten up your home with an original piece of art or design work.

Fine Art Practice student Jasmine Willing has been busy working on a new collection of hand stitched cards and photographs following her recent demand at the Hertford Regional College Pop Up shop. She said ‘I am excited about the opportunity to sell my work at the Youth Market. This is an ideal opportunity for me to promote myself and to show case my work in a professional environment. I am looking forward to gaining hands on experience of working as a small business.’

Young Entrepreneurs working with Wenta, a social enterprise that provides free advice, support and training to those starting a business, will also be part of this exciting event. Wenta also run a business start-up incubator at Hertford Regional College’s Ware campus.

The Mayor-elect Cllr Woodward who will be opening the event said ‘the Youth Market is a great opportunity for us to support and encourage young inspiring artists, designers and entrepreneurs to kick start their careers.  We are hoping that this will become an annual event as it is great way for a younger audience to see what it is like to be a market trader. Pitches start at as little as £21.80 per trading day.’

Updates regarding the event can be found on or the Town Council’s website.

Don’t forget Bishop’s Stortford weekly Market, which is held every Thursday and Saturday in Potter Street, Market Square and South Street also hosts a variety of exciting regular events. The Town Council works in partnership with De Rosa Music Hub to fill the market streets of Bishop’s Stortford with music as part of Music in the Market. The event occurs on the last Thursday and Saturday of the month in different locations around the market. Our Farmers and Craft Market continues on first Saturday of the month from 9.30am to 1.30pm in North Street. Our next event is on 6 May.

Bishop’s Stortford Market every Thursday and Saturday 8.30am-4.30pm


Other stalls at the market include:          

FE Tucker and Sons- Fresh fish and sea food

M & M Fruiterers- Fresh fruit and vegetables

Springtime Nurseries- Flowers

The bacon stall- local eggs, sausages, bacon, cheese, cakes and other sweet treats

Caroline's Cards- haberdashery and handmade cards

Brown Bread

Pet leaders

Limelight Market Beds

DB Watches

Kitchen Spell master

Gallagher Market Fresh- plants and fruit and vegetables  


Bishop's Stortford Carnival Saturday 17th June 2017

Bishop's Stortford Carnival Saturday 17th June 2017: Theme: Movies

This year's Movie's themed Carnival will take place on Saturday 17th June.  Please see the Carnival page for relevant documents for registration.

Bishop's Stortford Carnival brings the community together to celebrate everything that is good about Bishop's Stortford and promises to be a great day out for all ages. The procession starts from Rhodes arts centre at 12.30 and consists of individuals, floats, walking groups, Marching Bands and Dance troops.

The floats will process through South Street, Potter Street, and Market Square, finishing in North Street.  By then the fun on the field, which commences at 12 Noon and carries on until 5pm, will be in full swing. In total over 100 community groups, and other organisations are taking part.

These include charities, local businesses and touring attractions as well as a variety of entertainment for children and adults alike.

This year our Fun Day promises a packed program of displays and participation activities including the following:-

Live bands
Childrens Entertainers
Marching Bands
Dance displays
A full day of Arena displays
Fun Fair
Traditional Beer Tent
Producers & Craft Stalls
Traditional Side Stalls
Trade Stands
Pets Corner

Organising the carnival is a massive operation which takes over a year.  Carnival allows many local charities and non-profit making organisations to raise much needed funds, whilst raising their profile and enjoying a fun day!

To book a Carnival pitch or parade entry please download the documents from the  Carnival page  or contact or telephone 01279 715000

Saturday Surgery

From 1st January 2017 Saturday Surgery will no longer be held.  Attendance has been in decline ever since planning applications became available online and recently has been zero or minimal.  Many alternative means of contacting members are offered.  Alternative forums will be considered at a future meeting of the Localism and Strategy Committee and ideas from members of the public are welcome.

Tenders invited for Ice cream concessions

The Council is inviting tenders for ice cream concessions at the splash pool and on Sworders field.  The closure date is 12 noon on 2nd December 2016 and full details are available here