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Paddling pool vandalised - should we install CCTV?

The new paddling pool, due to open on 8th May (VE Day) was vandalised on 15th April and, sadly, we are now considering installing CCTV.  If we do, images will be viewed only when an incident occurs.  We want your views - is CCTV at the pool an invasion of privacy or a necessary evil.  If you use the pool please complete our survey

Temporary closure of Basbow Lane - access to car park

East Herts Council has announced that there will be a temporary closure of Basbow Lane in Bishop's Stortford for house builders who are bringing in a crane. This means that there will be no access to East Herts Council's Basbow Lane car park on four separate days: Tuesday May 5, Tuesday May 26, Monday June 15 and Tuesday June 16.

The road closure has been agreed by Hertfordshire County Council.

Advance warning signs are being put up and leaflets issued in advance of each closure; however regular users of the car park are encouraged to plan ahead.

The council would like to apologise for the inconvenience which is out of its hands.

The nearest alternative East Herts Council long stay car parks are Apton Road, Link Road and Northgate End. Long stay parking is also available at Bishop's Stortford railway station.

Musicians and Performers wanted!

Bishop's Stortford Town Council plan to introduce ‘music in the market’ a monthly event in which the Council provides a free space for musicians and performers to provide music and entertainment for shoppers on Market days. Please contact Rosanna Zaffuto, Market Manager, 01279 712143 or                           



Easter opening times

Bishop's Stortford Town Council is closed Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April for Easter.

Annual Town Meeting

Members of the public are invited to join their Town Councillors at Rhodes on Tuesday 31 March 2015, at 7.30pm for the Annual Town Meeting.  Tea and coffee will be served at 7pm.

Why Attend?

The Annual Town Meeting  has proved to be a valuable forum for Bishop's Stortford taxpayers to voice their opinions, question their elected Councillors and directly effect change in the community. Here, in this assembly, you can make your voice heard and learn about town issues, some of which may even be new to you!

What's On?

The Town Council has many projects in progress, such as the refurbishment of the paddling pool, the Masterplan for Sworders Field, the newly acquired running of the Markets, a Neighbourhood Plan for the Silver Leys and Meads Wards (which is due to go to referendum on 19 March 2015), and a new Neighbourhood Plan for the South, Central and All Saints Wards and part of Thorley parish.

These projects are in addition to the Town Council's regular activities, such as the maintenace of the cemeteries and allotments, the running of the community mini buses, including the Stortford Shuttle, on behalf of the Mini Bus Trust, and the management of four community centres, on behalf of the Community Centre Trusts. The TIC continues to provide residents and visitors alike with information on the Town and its activities and what's on in the surrounding area.

So why not spend an hour with us to up-date yourself on all these exciting and important projects, in addition to gaining an insight into the work undertaken throughout the year by the individual Town Council Committees.

The Agenda and further information will be posted on the Town Council's Website and notice boards around the Town two weeks before the meeting.

Questions in advance must be submitted no later than Friday 27 March 2015. Questions may be accepted on the evening if time allows.

Bishop's Stortford Town Council, The Old Monastery, Windhill, CM23 2ND.




Focus Groups for Second Neighbourhood Plan

Please join us at our focus groups to discuss various aspects of the Neighbourhood Plan. These will take place in the Council Chamber at Windhill and all those living or working in Bishop's Stortford are welcome to attend. 

19th February 2015, 7pm - Bishop's Stortford South, East of Manor Links, and Housing & Design

26th Febuary 2015, 4.00pm  - Business and Retail

3rd March, 7.30pm - Health

Other meetings and consultation days will be announced at a later date. To get further information please contact or sign up for our Neighbourhood Plan newsletter at

Summerfest 2015

Deadline for Summerfest deatils 8th April 2015

Are you holding an event this year?  
Would you like us to promote this for you in our Summerfest programme? 

This is an annual publication by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council listing arts, food, river and sporting events.  The activities must be open to the public, within the CM23 postcode, and taking place between 1st May  and 31st October.

You are invited at this stage to let us know of anything you feel fits within this criteria that you are planning for the Summer.   Even if you have not yet finalised the details, it would be good to let us know the date, so we can ensure you have a free listing promoting the event when the time comes.  Details required by 8th April 2015.

This is a fantastic opportunity to promote your event Free of Charge via the Town Council web site, social media pages and also the leaflets that will be available for the residents of the town.

If you are organising an event which you would like us to consider, please complete the event registration form or contact the Tourist Information Centre for more details.




Town Council to run market

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is delighted to confirm that it has been successful in its bid to take over the running of Bishop’s Stortford market.

The Town Council had become concerned in recent years that the Market, which runs on Thursdays and Saturdays, needed a more pro-active approach to revitalise it and has been lobbying the District Council, who currently run it, for several years.  East Herts Council declined to transfer the day to day operation to BSTC on a voluntary basis so the Town Council decided to deploy a new power, the ‘community right to challenge’, which was introduced in the 2011 localism act, to force the District Council to put the operation out to tender.  The formal challenge was made as long ago as mid-2013; the tender document was finally issued in by East Herts District Council in August 2014 and the Town Council was notified that it had been selected in December 2014.  The date at which the transfer will take place is still to be agreed, but is likely to be before 1st April.  The contract duration is four years.  Since the sole objective for bidding was to improve the quality of the market, the Town Council would have been content had another organisation submitted a superior bid, but is delighted that its bid was judged the best.

Under the new contract the Council will introduce a regular events programme and additional advertising to raise the profile of the market and make it more attractive to shoppers.  It will also start a monthly producers/farmers market to bring local produce and other products into the town, launch measures to encourage and support new traders and engage proactively with traders, the shoppers and other retail outlets in the town to agree further measures to stimulate vitality.  Promotional shopping bags will be offered for an introductory period and shoppers are advised to watch out for the ‘Market Fairy’!  The new programme will be progressively introduced after an initial period during which the Council will be assessing the operation as it currently exists.

Cllr Tim Page, chairman of the Town Council’s Localism and Strategy Committee which initiated the challenge says ‘This is great news for Stortford and I am sure we can make a difference with our ideas and by bringing local control to the market.  I am looking forward to the start of a new phase in the market development’. 

Cllr Gary Jones, Leader of the Council, was equally pleased.  ‘This is a good-news story all round and we are delighted our bid was successful.  We are nevertheless very conscious that the hard work starts now.  Ultimately the success of the market is dependent on its customers, and the Town Council encourages the people of the Town and of surrounding communities to support the traders by shopping in the Town Centre on a regular basis.’

Civic Dinner

The Civic Dinner will be held at Rhodes on Saturday 28 February 2015 at 19.00. Tickets are £40 each and include a three course meal and entertainment. Tickets are available from our offices. Contact Ms Hilary Mitchell for more information:


Bishop’s Stortford Town Council,

The Old Monastery,


Bishop’s Stortford,


CM23 2ND

Telephone: 01279 715000