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Online Shop Launched

Bishop's Stortford Information Centre today launched its online shop selling books and souveniers for Townspeople and Visitors.  The shop sells the most popular items available from the Information Centre including guide books, souveniers and gifts.  With something for everything, the new online shop means you can buy our merchandise from the comfort of your own home.  Take a look around.

Neighbourhood Plan Latest - Green Infrastucture Draft released

The Draft policies and objectives for the 'Green Infrastructure' section of the plan have been published and comments are invited.   These have been developed by the team and endeavour to address the concerns that many people feel about major development in and arouind the town. The policies have yet to be reviewed by statutory consultees. Comments are invited on these objectives and policies. Visit our Neighbourhood Plan pages for details.

Election Results

The results of the elections on 2nd May for the vacancies on the Town Council have been declared.

Daniel Peter Abbott (Conservative) was elected in the Meads Ward

Linda Jean Gray (Conservative) was elected in South Ward

The results of the elections for County and District Councillors can be found here

Neighbourhood Plan Latest - Transport Draft released

The Draft policies and objectives for the 'Transport' section of the plan have been published and comments are invited.   These have been developed by the team and endeavour to address the concerns that many people feel about major development in and arouind the town. The policies have yet to be reviewed by Herts Highways and other statutory consultees. Comments are invited on these objectives and policies. Visit our Neighbourhood Plan pages for details.

New Web Site Launched

Bishop's Stortford Town Council is pleased to launch our new website which has been developed at no cost to the taxpayer.  The site is designed to be mobile-friendly and we hope that the navigation is easier to follow.  We would welcome your feedback.

 

During the transition period (starting 24th April), there may be a few days when sections are unavailable temporarily.  We apoligise for this and if you need specific information which is not online please do call us and we will be pleased to help.

Bishop's Stortford North outline planning application

Bishop's Stortford Town Council are statutory consultees and will be considering the application shortly and submitting comments also to EHDC. The date of the meeting, which will be open to the public, will be announced shortly.

Town Council seeks volunteers for Neighbourhood Plan Team

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is seeking enthusiastic VOLUNTEERS to join its NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN TEAM.

Neighbourhood planning, part of the Government’s localism agenda, is the way for the local community to have a direct say in development. A plan once completed has statutory force. The Neighbourhood plan will cover Silver Leys and Meads Wards* which includes the whole of the ‘ASRs’ – areas to the North West of the town identified for potential new housing. A neighbourhood plan can shape development but it cannot block development which is part of the local plan.

We need a small but dedicated team of individuals who can represent local views, are keen and can commit time (some of which may be during working hours) during the next 12 months or more.

For further information and to apply visit www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplan or call 01279 652274 for an information pack

Note: The formal designation of the area to be considered in the plan is subject to confirmation which is expected in December 2012

Town Council gets tough on Fly Posting

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council has adopted new powers to deal with fly posting. An agency agreement concluded with the District Council allows the Town Councils to remove fly posting in their area and tough action has already been taken to clear the hotspots of illegal advertising. Similar agreements have been offered to the other towns in East Herts who worked together on the project with the District Council.

“The agreement is a perfect example of common sense in action”, says Chief Executive James Parker. “We have people on the ground in the town every day and can act swiftly to remove offending postings at essentially no additional cost to the taxpayer. Swift action should act as a real deterrent to fly posters and of course the option to take legal action remains. Our service supplements that provided by the District who perform patrols on a periodic basis, but cannot be in Town every day.” “The hotspots in the town are well known to us and we receive frequent complaints from residents. Up till now we have been powerless to act but this new agreement means we can deal with the problem quickly and efficiently”.

Under planning legislation there are a limited number of cases where advertising without consent is legal. The legislation is quite complex say Richard and James but anyone in doubt can call us for guidance or should speak to the District Council about the rules. Of course we will be sensitive however the Council has made it clear that they will not tolerate illegal advertising of this nature.

The Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford, Cllr Peter Gray, added “it is really good to see the Towns in East Herts and the District Council working together to come up with a common-sense solution to a common problem. It has taken a while to sort out the detail but now the agreement is in place I am sure it will work well”

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