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Splash pool - special needs sessions

The popular splash pool near Sworders Field is reserved exclusively for those with special needs  on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month from 5pm-7pm.   The dates for these sessions for the remmainder of 2016 are: Aug: 3, 17, 31; Sept: 7, 21.  Parents/guardians of those with special needs are of course welcome also!

Cafe Opening Times - Sworders Field

The Cafe on Sworders Field, serving tea, coffee, cakes and sovouries, is open Tuesday-Sunday 9.30am - 3.30pm.  Why not give it a try?  Ice cream and soft drinks are also usually available from our Ice Cream vendors.

Audit Notice - Accounts for 2015/2016

Audit Notice - Accounts for 2015/2016


Local Audit And Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s annual return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts and other documents relating to those records or documents.

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 working days (excluding public holidays) commencing on 23 June 2016 and ending on 03 August 2016.

If you wish to view them then please contact the named authority representative:

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 smaller authority. The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose during the inspection period which commences on 23 June 2016 and ends on 03 August 2016.

The smaller authority's annual return 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.

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 and the Annual governance statement 2015/16 and Accounting statements for 2016/16.

New Stortford Shuttle service to launch on Monday 27th June

Stortford Shuttle - The Town Bus for Everyone!

The Stortford Shuttle runs every Monday to Friday from 08.00 - 15.00, except for bank holidays. It  starts and finishes at Herts & Essex Hospital and operates a figure of 8 route calling  at the Bishop's Gate, Thorley, Havers and Parsonage areas, looping twice through the town centre every hour.  Hop on and off anywhere en-route.




Older Person Bus Pass                              Free
Disabled Person Bus Pass                        Free
Adult Single                                                 £3.00
Adult Day Pass                                            £4.00
Child Single                                                  £1.50
Child Day Pass                                            £2.00
Under 4s                                                      Free

(Carers Passport Holders pay 50% of adult fares)

Pick up a timetable at the Tourist Information Centre, Town Council Office or Library. Or click here to download a copy.

With thanks to our sponsors Zelley - Fordyce Furnivall - East & North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group - Bishop's Stortford Town Council - Elements Home & Garden - The Osteopaths: Walters, Neary, Pearce - Pineview Properties - Herts Healthy Homes - Hertfordshire Community Foundation

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Castle Park - Your views wanted

East Herts District Council, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and the Countryside Management Service are putting together a funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for improvements to Castle Gardens and Sworder’s Field.  This presents a fantastic opportunity to upgrade current facilities.  We want your views.

Please visit the consultation website and tell us what you think.

Your comments on the Town Centre wanted

East Herts Council’s purchase of Old River Lane, a key site in the heart of Bishop’s Stortford, has opened up many exciting regeneration possibilities. Now is your chance to make your comments as East herts District Council prepares a planning framework for the town centre. It will provide a vision for future development and investment in the town centre, in order to maximise the potential of the town’s assets and inform the development of significant sites. The framework will provide a plan for the next 20 years, taking into account the town’s current and future economic role, along with movement and design considerations. It is being prepared by top architecture and urban planning practice, Allies and Morrison. Don’t miss your chance to comment – the deadline is the end of June.


To comment go to where you can also read everyone else’s comments.

Proposed major housing development: land at Bishop’s Stortford Railway Station, Station Road

A meeting of Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee will take place on 16 May 2016 at 7:30pm, in the in the Council Chamber, The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND.

A planning application for mixed use purposes comprising up to 682 residential unit (use Class C3), 607 sqm of retail floorspace (Class A1/A3), 3034sqm of hotel floorspace (Class C1), two multi storey car parks and associated highways and landscaping works.(Applicant: Solum. Land At Bishop’s Stortford Railway Station, Station Road, Bishop’s Stortford Hertfordshire, CM23 3BL. LPA Reference: 3/16/0530/OUT).

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 13 May 2016 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 11 May 2016 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.

Street Food Monthly- 21 April

Stortford Street Food Monthly is a collective of top quality local street food traders, parking up to satisfy the cravings of Bishop’s Stortford workers and students. Banish soggy sandwiches and let #StortfordStFood brighten your midday meal. A variety of street food vendors with a global offering descend on North Street from 11am to 2pm on the following dates:


17 March

21st April

19th May

16th June

21 July



Traders confirmed:

Cantina Carnitas- Mexican Street Food
Holy Schnitzel- Austrian Schnitzels
Wonderbuns- gourmet burgers
Toastielicious- gourmet toasties
Now Now- South African Street Food  
I am Dumpling- Asian Street Food
La Flamenca Churros- Churros
Wakelin’s Coffee and fizzy dinks
Jack’s Smoke House- BBQ shack 

St George’s Day – 23rd April


To celebrate England’s patron saint an original piece of street theatre will be performed by Bishop’s Stortford’s very own Water Lane Theatre Company, based on the life events of St George.  The traditional work will be accompanied with original score and songs.  The performance will be starting at Market Square at 11am and continue throughout the day.  Water Lane Theatre Company will also be performing a Midsummer Night’s Dream on 7th, 8th and 9th July at Monastery Gardens, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford in support of Isabel Hospice.

Italian Market 23 April 2016

A taste of Italy will delight residents of Bishop’s Stortford on 23rd April 2016. Italia in Piazza, a travelling Italian market, will be in North Street, Bishop’s Stortford from 9am until 4pm.  Fresh parmesan, olives stuffed with garlic, and extra virgin olive oils are just a few of the delights that will be on sale.   The team at Italia in Piazza travel around Italy hand-pock the best fresh produce, from the roots of Calabria famous for its chillies to the port city of Genova famous for its pesto, bringing the best Italian food to Bishop’s Stortford.   Maybe you have visited Italy and have a favourite food you'd like to rediscover or you just want to indulge in some Italian atmosphere, whichever a taste of Italy will be on your doorstep.


A few of the items on sale are:

•           Cheese

•           Cured meats

•           Pasta

•           Herbs

•           Olives

•           Biscuits and sweets

•           Extra virgin olive oils & balsamic vinegars

•           Torrone (nougat)

•           Speciality Breads

•           Hot foods:

-           Italian sausage in a ciabatta panino

-           Risotto balls of rice stuffed with various fillings

-           Pizza and Calzone

-           Mini pizzas