Neighbourhood Plan Online Consultation

Neighbourhood Planning is the way for the local community to have a direct say in development.  Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is now undertaking a limited revision of the two Neighbourhood Plans to bring them up to date.   Full details can be found at or why not join our online consultation event on Thursday 18th or Saturday 20th February.  See for details of how to join.

HRH The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 Task and Finish Group Meeting

HRH The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 Task and Finish Group Meeting will take place via VIDEO-CONFERENCE on Monday 22nd February at 6.30pm.
The public are welcome to attend.
The agenda and attachments are available to viewed at: 

Video-conference dial in details:
Please join this meeting (ideally 5 mins beforehand) by:

Visiting this website:
or by phone on 020 8080 6592

then Enter the Meeting ID: 668 630 0628
and Enter the Unique Password: 385381

Farmers and Crafts Market 6 Feb 2021

Pickles and Chutneys

Some of our Farmers and Crafts Market Stalls will be merging with the general market tomorrow. They will be on South Street from 8:30 selling a range of different foods. 

Old River Lane Community Noticeboard

Photo of the Old River Lane Community noticeboard
Picture of the rules of use
Picture of Old River Lane community board wording

Looking for somewhere to advertise in the town for free? The Old River Lane Community Noticeboard (at the entrance to Waitrose car park and the Causeway Car park) is now available for residents and businesses to put up posters/leaflets in the town!

Please see rules of use below:

-Free community noticeboard for all to use.

-You will need a standard cross utility key (available from most retailers) and push pins.

-Please only erect 1 x A4 poster per organisation for 2 weeks per month, which must be removed once this time has lapsed.

This noticeboard is owned by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and has been donated to the community to run and self-manage.

Should you require any further assistance please call

01279 715000 or email

Bishop's Stortford Market- Tier 4

Picture of Bishop's Stortford Market logo

In line with the new government restrictions and Hertfordshire entering Tier 4,the Market is operating under the new restrictions for retailers (imposed by the government on 19.12.2020) and only approved businesses will be allowed to trade. Traders are taking additional measures to protect themselves and the public they serve.

In line with government guidelines, traders (as all retailers) must adhere to the following:

• Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and

• Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.

• Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.Currently the Market is due to open and is scheduled to continue to operate every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (if permitted by the government to do so). You will also see market traders on Market Square and outside Jackson Square on Monday to Wednesday in the lead up to Christmas from the 21st- 23rd December.

The Town Council have the safety of the traders, its officers and the public as its primary focus.

HRC Christmas Pop Up Shop- Click and Collect

Picture of HRC Pop up Shop

Students from Hertford Regional College have opened a Pop-up shop in Bishop's Storford Tourist Information Centre, as well as a beautiful Christmas window display.

Due to new government restrictions and Hertfordshire now being in Tier 4- the HRC pop up shop and Tourist Information Centre are now closed. We will be continuing to sell the products made by HRC students through Click and Collect only- and please note these products will be Cash only. For more information on products available please head over to the Tourist Information Centre Facebook page.

The shop includes a wide range of christmas cards, decorations and stocking fillers and prices start from £1. The products are all created by students from creative courses and all profits go to the artists themselves.

Products Include:

-Christmas Cards

- Baubles


- Mugs


- Jewellery


Christmas Tree Sponsorship 2020

Poster of Christmas Tree Sponsor

This year the Christmas tree provided by Bishop's Stortford Town Council in Market Square is proudly sponsored by the BID. 

To celebrate they are running a competition on their Instagram page. You can win a £50 voucher to spend in the business of your choice in Bishop’s Stortford town centre.

To enter simply head over to their Instagram page and simply:

LIKE the Christmas Tree Post

FOLLOW our page

COMMENT with a Christmas Emoji

TAG your favourite shop / cafe / business in Bishop’s Stortford

The competition is open until midday on Christmas Eve. The winner will be selected at random and the organisers decision is final. No cash alternative.


Christmas Event 2020

It is with great sadness we can confirm that Bishop’s Stortford Town Council will not be holding a Christmas Event for 2020 due to the Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic. The Town Council were planning to hold a smaller event substituting for the annual Christmas Fayre but recent developments, such as the nationwide restrictions, have lead the Council to conclude that it is not reasonably practical safely to organise an event. We plan to organise a bigger and better Christmas Event for 2021

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for 2019/20


Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)
Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)

1. The audit of accounts for Bishop's Stortford Town Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been completed and the accounts have been published.


2. The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Bishop's Stortford Town Council on application to:

        Mark Westwood, Responsible Financial Officer
        Bishop's Stortford Town Council
        The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND
        01279 712140,

       Between the hours of 10:00 and 15:00 Monday to Friday


3. Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £0.15 for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return.


Announcement made by: Mark Westwood, Responsible Financial Officer

Date of announcement: 16th November 2020


View the Notice of Conclusion of Audit and the Audited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2019/20.

Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Plan Revisions Survey

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is now undertaking a limited revision of the two Neighbourhood Plans to bring them up to date.

Please complete our survey on our website:

• download the latest draft of the Plan from our website at:

• via our website and sign up to our newsletter at
• by email at
• by post to Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Plan, Bishop's Stortford Town Council, The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 2ND