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Market Square Toilets now re-opened

Following a complete rebuilding the public toilets in Market Square have been opened to the public today, 8th August.  A formal opening ceremony will take place in September.  The adjacent cafe, Rosey Lea, will be using the terrace above as outdoor seating space commencing Friday, 10th August.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2017/18


Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)


1. Date of announcement Tuesday 26th June 2018


2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

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


       commencing on Wednesday 27th June 2018

       and ending on   Tuesday 7th August 2018


3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.


The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.


4. The smaller authority’s AGAR 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 2015.  The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD



5. This announcement is made by Mark Westwood, Responsible Financial Officer


View the Notice of Public Rights, Summary of Your Rights, Internal Audit Report 2017/18 and the Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2017/18.

Commuter Bus Service Task and Finish Group Meeting

Bishop's Stortford Town Council are having an initial meeting to discuss a possible commuter Bus service between Thorley and Bishops Stortford Train Station. The meeting is on Thursday the 28th June at 2pm in the Council Chambers, Windhill.

If you wish to and are able to come along to this meeting, please do, or you can let us know your views!

Youth Market on 21 June

On 21 June Students of Hertford Regional College and young entrepreneurs will become market traders at Bishop’s Stortford Youth Market.

Alongside the general Thursday market there will be a range of unique items made and designed on sale created by the students from creative design courses.  It will be a great opportunity to buy presents or brighten up your home with an original piece of art or design work.

Students have been busy working on new collections for the market and one stated ‘I am excited about the opportunity to sell my work at the Youth Market. This is an ideal opportunity for me to promote myself and to show case my work in a professional environment. I am looking forward to gaining hands on experience of working as a small business.’

The Mayor-elect Cllr Cutting said ‘the Youth Market is a great opportunity for us to support and encourage young inspiring artists, designers and entrepreneurs to kick start their careers.  It is great way for a younger audience to see what it is like to be a market trader. Pitches start at as little as £21.80 per trading day.’

Updates regarding the event can be found on or the Town Council’s website.

Don’t forget Bishop’s Stortford weekly Market, which is held every Thursday and Saturday in Potter Street, Market Square and South Street also hosts a variety of exciting regular events. Our Farmers and Craft Market continues on first Saturday of the month from 9.30am to 1.30pm in North Street. Our next event is on 7 July.

Bishop’s Stortford Market every Thursday and Saturday 8.30am-4.30pm

Carnival 2018


This year’s theme is “Celebrating Stortford” and fantastic local community groups and charities, residents and businesses will showcase the best of Bishop’s Stortford in the Carnival Parade and at the Fun Day on Sworders Field. We are also thrilled to welcome visitors and amazing touring attractions and entertainers from further afield who will also be joining us. Altogether it promises to be a great day out for all ages.


Carnival Parade

The parade will depart at 12:30 from the Rhodes Arts Centre (CM23 3JG) and will process through South Street, Potter Street, Market Square and North Street, finishing on Link Road at approximately 13:20. Prizes will be awarded by the Mayor for the best parade entries at 16:55.


Carnival Fun Day on Sworders Field

By the time the parade reaches Sworders Field, the fun on the field, which commences at 12 noon and carries on until 17:00, will be in full swing, including:



Arena Displays
Fun Fair
Children’s Entertainers
Dance Displays
Musical and theatrical performances
Licensed Bar
Beer Tent
Food Village


Carnival Cruise

A special array of working and pleasure boats will be moored in Bishop’s Stortford for the Carnival Cruise and the Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford will be awarding a prize to the Skipper & Crew of the "Best Decorated Boat”. Don’t miss your chance to walk along the river to view them.


The Carnival Team at Bishop’s Stortford Town Council would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for participating.


For more information, please email or call 01279 715001.


Love Your Local Market


Bishop’s Stortford has had a market since the 1200s and has always been a vital part of the town. The market has had a varied history and has occupied many of the streets in Bishop’s Stortford. 

Bishop’s Stortford Market will be participating in Love Your Local Market this year.  Love Your Local Market is a national campaign that celebrates everything great about markets. Market traders are the heart, life and soul of any market and are at the centre of the campaign. We want to show the very best we have to offer and remind everyone how great our market is!


There will be special events throughout the market on Thursday 17 May and Saturday 17 May starting from 9am. The market will be decorated with Love Your Local decorations and there will be plenty to do and see.


On Thursday 17 May market traders will be handing out special giveaways for all their customers.

On Saturday 19 May the market is hosting a family fun day. There will be a face painter, entertainer, giveaways, recipe cards and a childrens’ trails. Throughout the two day event our traders will be organising something every special but you will have to visit the market to find out what!


Bishop’s Stortford Market takes places every Thursday and Saturday in Market Square and South Street from 8.30am.  The Farmers and Craft market continues on the first Saturday of every month, with the exception of August.  It takes place in North Street between 9.30am and 1.30pm.  Around 25 local producers and crafters sell handcrafted or local goods and produce. Visit our website for more information about events on the market:


More information about the campaign can be found here-

Tourist Information Centre Closure

Bishop's Stortford Tourist Information Centre will be closed from Monday 30 April to Tuesday 8 May for internal works. Bish Bash tickets can still be purchased from the Town Council or on 01279715001