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Neighbourhood Plan Open Day at Jackson Square, 20th February

Don't forget to come to our Neighbourhood Plan Open Day at Jackson Square, this Thursday 20th February from 10am to 5pm. There will be a chance to talk to members of the Neighbourhood Plan team and comment on the Plan for Silverleys and Meads Wards. Copies of the draft plan will be available to take away, as well as a printed summary and other information. Comments should be made to the Town Council in writing, by email to or via the Neighbourhood Plan pages at  by 25th March 2014.

Neighbourhood Plan Formal Consultation

The Neighbourhood Plan is now at formal consultation stage, as required by Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012. The consultation documents, in a variety of formats, are available on the neighbourhood plan pages of this site and may also be inspected at the offices of the Town Council.   We will also be holding a further public event in Jackson Square on 20th February.  Comments should be submitted via the comments page on this site, by email to or in writing to the Town Council. Comments must be received no later than 25th March 2014.

Localism & Strategy Meeting cancelled

The meeting of the Localism and Strategy Committee on 10th february is cancelled due to the need for key councillors to attend urgent neighbourhood plan business 

Flooding Latest

Flooding is affecting many roads in the Bishop's Stortford Area.  A small number of properties are at risk.  For latest information on flooding call the floodline -  0845 9881188 or visit the Enironment Agency website.

Other emergency numbers are as follows

Fire stations: In case of emergencies dial 999 and ask for Fire and Rescue. For fire safety and advice dial 0300 123 4046

Police stations: In case of emergencies dial 999 and ask for Police or non-emergencies dial 101

Hospitals: If an ambulance is needed in an emergency situation dial 999. For a full list of local Hospitals, Police and Fire Stations please visit-

Gas: If you smell gas, telephone the gas emergency number- 0800 111 999

Electricity: If you have a problem and wish to contact local providers in an emergency, telephone- 0800 7838 838

Road Closure update-

Environment Agency Floodline- 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188

Environment Agency Incident Line- 0800 80 70 60

Hertfordshire County Council Flood line: If you wish to get details on flooding, call 0845 988 1188

If there is flooding of the highway, it should be reported using the Highway Fault Reporting found via

Weather forecasts: To help you to plan ahead, keep up to date with the latest forecasts via

East Herts Council Emergency Out of Hours line: 01279 655261 or visit

Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services emergency service: In an out of office hours social care emergency, please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 123 4042.

Hertfordshire County Council Children's Services emergency service: In an out of office hours emergency relating to children and their families please contact us on 0300 123 4043.

Schools : The headteacher and governors of each school make their own decisions about whether to close in bad weather, based on their individual circumstances. Schools are expected to be open as usual whenever possible. You can check to see your school's status on via or contacting the school directly.

Housing: In an emergency homeless situation, you should contact 01279 655261 and an answer phone message will direct you to the emergency out of hours service for housing assistance.

RSPCA: To report animals in distress dial 0300 1234 999

Proposed development of up to 410 homes in the NW of the Town

A meeting of Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will take place on 27th January 2014 at 7:30pm, in The Charnley Hall, The Windhill Churches Centre, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2PE. A planning application for the construction of up to 410 houses in the north-west of the town will be considered (Applicant: Countryside Properties, Land Between: Hazelend Road and Farnham Road, Bishops Stortford, Herts. LPA Reference: 3/13/1501/OP).

Members of the public or organisational representatives are invited to speak, subject to the absolute discretion of the Chairman, providing an emailed or written request is received no later than Friday 24th January 2014 at 12 Noon. Applications must state whether they are an individual or representing a named organisation and be accompanied by a summary in no more than three sentences of the principal subjects to be covered in the speech. Applications to speak must be addressed to:

Rosanna Zaffuto, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND
or by email to

Individuals will be permitted to speak for a maximum of three minutes and organisational representatives for a maximum of six minutes.

Time is limited and preference will be given to organisations/individuals in the order in which their application to speak is received subject to maintaining an appropriate balance and avoiding duplication. If time is available applications received after the deadline or on the night will be considered.

The plans can be viewed at The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND, Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. The agenda for the meeting will be available for download on the Town Council website from 2pm on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 and paper copies will be available on the night.

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.

Town Council staff deal with storm damage

Town Council staff have their work cut out following the chaos caused by storm St Jude on Monday 28 October 2013.  In the aftermath of the storm, numerous trees lay broken alongside the river and bordering Sworders Field.  The Town's Cemeteries were also effected and had to be closed to the public to allow for clearance of the debris.  Work will continue this week.

East H-Arts

Local artists living or working in East Herts are invited to apply for an award of up to £7,000 from East Herts Council to create an  innovative art project, installation or performance for the enjoyment and benefit of East Herts residents and or businesses.

The deadline for return of submissions is 15 January 2014. The commission will be agreed before 31March 2014, but the project may be delivered anytime within the calendar year 2014.

The project may be in any form, temporal or permanent.

Applications can be made for the whole award or part of and can include projects for which other funding has been secured or is being sought.

The criteria used for assessment of the submissions will be:

  • Innovation
  • Accessibility (eg. numbers of people benefitting and or participating)
  • Aesthetic merit
  • Legacy and impact

The entries will be assessed by a panel including representatives for East Herts Council, Hertford Regional College, Rhodes, Henry Moore Foundation and Hertford Theatre.

Cllr Linda Haysey, East Herts Council Executive Member for Health, Housing and Community Support, said 'East Herts has always had a thriving artistic community and it is a privilage to be able to help support new projects created by local talent.  I'm very much looking forward to seeing all of the undoubtedly brilliant pitches we will receive and watching the awarded project or project progress through to completion. I personally will be on the lookout for any pieces that are both bold and brilliant.'

For an informal discussion, please contact Will O'Neill, from East Herts Council on or 01992 531594

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2012-13

The audit for the year ended 31st March 2013 was completed on 1st August 2013 and the accounts are now available for inspection by local electors.

Please contact Bishop's Stortford Town Council Office (01279) 652274 to arrange a viewing.

Opening hours are Monday - Friday 09:00 to 17:00