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Bishop’s Stortford Town Council are pleased to advise that the construction of the Paddling Pool is now complete.  The major cause of the initial intermittant operation has now been resolved. We have received a lot of positive feedback from large numbers of people.

The pool will be closed from 8th June - 18th June while we enhance the non-slip properties of the path, as requested by many users.  During the same period we will also be undertaking some;further work on the facility itself to reduce the probability of future failure, and dealing with the consequences of a blockage in the sewer caused by the unexpected inappropriate disposal of wet wipes down the toilet.  We apologise for any disappointment.

We currently expect the pool to reopen on 18th June after which you will be able to enjoy it during the summer months from 9am - 7pm.;The public toilet will be open between 9am and 5pm. From 7pm - 10pm the illuminated centre feature will be operational

Audit Notice - Accounts for 2014/2015


(Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16 , Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)

This notice will be displayed from 08 June 2015 to 21 June 2015.

Each year Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s annual return is reviewed by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts and other documents relating to the Accounting Statements.

These documents for Bishop’s Stortford Town Council are to be made available on reasonable notice by application between the hours of 10am and 3pm on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays) commencing on 22 June 2015 and ending on 17 July 2015.

If you wish to view them then please contact:

Mark Westwood
Finance Officer
The Old Monastery
Bishop’s Stortford
CM23 2ND

Telephone: 01279 712140

Local electors and their representatives have rights to question the auditor about the accounts and object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council/meeting. The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose from 20 July 2015 until the annual review has been completed.

The Council’s annual return is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice all as transitionally saved.

The appointed auditor of Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is:

Arcadia House
Maritime Walk
Ocean Village
SO14 3TL

Telephone: 023 8088 1941

View the Summary of Electors' Rights

Paddling Pool update

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council are pleased to advise that the construction of the Paddling Pool is now complete. We have received a lot of positive feedback from large numbers of people who have used it however have been experiencing a few teething problems.  Until these are resolved the pool be open intermittently. We are working with the contractors to minimise the downtime however it will inevitably be closed periodically during the early part of June.

Having listened to comments, we will also be improving the nonslip properties of the outer path. You may wish to consider wearing footwear until the improvements have been made.

Once the issues have been resolved you will be able to enjoy the paddling pool during the summer months from 9am - 7pm. The public toilet will be open between 9am and 5pm.  From 7pm - 10pm the illuminated centre feature will be operational.

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We believe we have now resolved the principal cause of intermittant operation and the pool has now operated faultlessly for several successive days.  It is hoped that it will be open .during the weekend of 6th/7th June. 

The pool will, however, be closed Jun 8th-12th in order that we can apply an additional anti-slip coating to the terracotta surround.  This was requested by many users.  We will also be undertaking some further work on the facility itself to reduce the probability of future failure.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Neighbourhood Plan update - a date for your diary

Would you like to have a say on the future of Bishop's Stortford? The Neighbourhood Plan team is holding an Open Day and Exhibition in the main auditorium at Rhodes on Saturday 27th June 2015 between 9.30am and 4.00pm. There will be an opportunity to meet the team and discuss aspects of the Neighbourhood Plan for All Saints, Central, South and part of Thorley Parish. The plan is still being developed and the team needs feedback from residents and businesses in Bishop's Stortford on its initial objectives and draft policies. Everyone is welcome! For further information on our Neighbourhood Plan visit

Want to run a cafe?

An opportunity has arisen to run the 'pop-up' cafe on Sworder's Field during this coming summer.  The pop-up cafe on Sworder's Field was very successful last year, however the person who won the tender to run it this year cannot now do so for personal reasons.  The pitch is therefore available.  If you are interested please email for details or call us on 01279 712147.  You will need to provide your own van or tent with the necessary facilities, have a food hygiene certificate and public liability insurance.  A fee is charged for the pitch.

This is a great opportunity for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit to run a business during the summer months.


Paddling Pool CCTV Survey - Results

Following the vandalism of the new paddling pool we held an online survey asking whether we should install CCTV.  We received 233 responses and the overwhelming majoriy of respondents felt we should.

The results were as follows:

Do you use, or plan to use, the paddling pool in Bishop's Stortford:  Yes 90%, No 10%

Do you support the installation of CCTV at the paddling pool in Bishop's Stortford, in an effort to combat vandalism: Yes 91%, No 7%

Of those who said they use or plan to use the paddling pool, the proportion in favour of CCTV was actually slightly higher with 93% of those who use or plan to use the paddling pool being in favour.  

We received a total of 92 free-form comments which we are in the process of analysing.  Thank you to everyone who responded.

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.