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NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A VACANCY HAS OCCURRED IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR FOR BISHOP’S STORTFORD TOWN COUNCIL (MEADS WARD), FOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION OF COUNCILLOR GILLIAN CAMPBELL.

IF AN ELECTION IS REQUESTED IN WRITING BY TEN OR MORE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTORS FOR BISHOP’S STORTFORD MEADS WARD, AN ELECTION WILL BE HELD TO FILL THE VACANCY.

REQUESTS MUST BE MADE TO THE RETURNING OFFICER OF EAST HERTFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL AT WALLFIELDS, PEGS LANE, HERTFORD, SG13 8EQ TO ARRIVE NOT LATER THAN 4TH OCTOBER 2018.

IF NO REQUEST IS MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ABOVE, THE VACANCY WILL BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION BY THE TOWN COUNCIL AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AFTER 4TH OCTOBER 2018. THIS NOTICE IS ISSUED ON 14TH SEPTEMBER 2018 PURSUANT TO SECTION 87(2) OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972

James Parker Chief Executive Officer, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2ND

Seeking quotes for minor works

Bishop's Stortford Town Council is currently seeking quotes for minor roofing works and exterior repairs and decoration at the Tourist Information centre, Market Square.  Please visit our tenders page for further information

Enthusiastic, motivated and committed individuals sought to contribute to the creation of a new Arts Venue for Bishop's Stortford.

Bishop's Stortford Town Council, East Herts District Council and the Rhodes Birthplace Trust are working together to create an exciting arts venue for the 21st century, to be sited at Old River Lane in Bishop's Stortford.  It is expected that the brand new venue will incorporate a 500+ seat auditorium, a 4-5 screen cinema, a café and bar and all the necessary supporting facilities.  It may also incorporate the library.  The timescale is yet to be finalised however it is currently expected that it will open in 2022/23.

A steering group has been formed to lead the development of the venue and its governance.  The group, which will consist of nine individuals supported by employees from EHDC, BSTC and Rhodes, will have responsibility for the:

·         Physical brief for the new Arts Centre

·         Management arrangements for the new Arts Centre

·         Vision for the operational development of the arts centre, marketing, fundraising and other key elements of the new Arts Centre's operations

·         Proposals for the governance to take effect before the centre becomes operational

Six members of the group have been nominated by the supporting parties.  Three independent members are now sought.  This is an exciting role which will shape the centre of Bishop's Stortford and its provision for the Arts for the next 50 years or more.

Candidates should be knowledgeable, dedicated and willing to work collaboratively towards the realisation of the vision for the site.  Candidates with experience or knowledge in accountancy, legal matters, organisational development/HR, property or the management of cultural buildings/facilities are especially welcome.

The group will meet as often as necessary to achieve the vision.  Initially it is expected that meetings which will typically be two hours long will be approximately monthly.  Meetings will generally be Monday-Friday and may be during the day time, facilities to join by telephone or video will be provided.

The intent is to create, at an appropriate point, a charitable organisation which will run the venue once it opens.  It is likely that some members of the steering group will wish to become trustees of this organisation to continue the work into the operational phase.

These roles are not remunerated.  Candidates must be fully committed to the Nolan seven principles of public life.

If you're interested, please submit a CV and a covering letter setting out why you wish to be involved and what you feel you will contribute to:

Project Manager, Old River Lane, East Herts District Council, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ or e-mail: old.riverlane@eastherts.gov.uk 

Find out more about the Rhodes Birthplace Trust

Visit East Herts District Council's website

Market Square Toilets now re-opened

Following a complete rebuilding the public toilets in Market Square have been opened to the public today, 8th August.  A formal opening ceremony will take place in September.  The adjacent cafe, Rosey Lea, will be using the terrace above as outdoor seating space commencing Friday, 10th August.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2017/18

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2018

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

NOTICE

1. Date of announcement Tuesday 26th June 2018

 

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

        Mark Westwood, Responsible Financial Officer
        The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND
        01279 712140, mark.westwood@bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk

 

       commencing on Wednesday 27th June 2018

       and ending on   Tuesday 7th August 2018

 

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

 

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

 

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD

(sba@pkf-littlejohn.com)

 

5. This announcement is made by Mark Westwood, Responsible Financial Officer

 

View the Notice of Public Rights, Summary of Your Rights, Internal Audit Report 2017/18 and the Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2017/18.

Commuter Bus Service Task and Finish Group Meeting

Bishop's Stortford Town Council are having an initial meeting to discuss a possible commuter Bus service between Thorley and Bishops Stortford Train Station. The meeting is on Thursday the 28th June at 2pm in the Council Chambers, Windhill.

If you wish to and are able to come along to this meeting, please do, or you can let us know your views!

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