Come and visit our Neighbourhood Plan Open Day and Exhibition this coming Saturday, 27th June at Rhodes Art Centre any time between 9.30am and 4.00pm. There will be an opportunity to find out more about Neighbourhood Planning and view our first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan for All Saints, Central, South and part of Thorley Parish. Members of the NP Team will be on hand to answer your questions and to discuss various aspects of the plan. There will be displays on the main themes and you will be invited to vote on initial draft policies. Presentations will be held at intervals throughout the day for those who would like to know more. If you care about the future shape of Bishop's Stortford, please come and have your say!
Music in the market starts this weekend!
Music in the Market is a monthly event in which the Council will provide a free space for musicians to provide music and entertainment for market shoppers. The event is scheduled for the last Thursday and Saturday of the month.
The very talented Tom Roddis, a 13 year old singer songwriter, will be playing on Saturday 27 June 10:00-14:00 Market Square.
For more information about Tom see @TomRoddisMusic or https://www.facebook.com/TomRoddisMusic.
If you are interested in performing contact Rosanna Zaffuto, Market Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Repairs to the War Memorial in Castle Gardens have now been completed. The contractors carried out a gentle cleaning process of the entire structure followed by repairs to some of the stonework on the steps and re-pointing of the joints. The War Memorials Trust approved the work and their guidlines were followed throught the entire process with the emphasis being on preservation not restoration.
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
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(Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16 , Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)
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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.
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 www.stortfordplan.org
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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