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Bishop's Stortford Town Council adopts historic phone box

The historic 'K6' design phone box at the top of Devoils Lane will become the property of Bishop's Stortford Town Council on Friday 16th February.  The Town Council resolved to adopt it in June 2017 and BT have now decomissioned it and completed the transfer.  The box will remain in its current location and work will be done to it over the next few months to bring it back to a good state of repair.  It will then be fitted with a public access defibrillator, donated by the Sudden Adult Death Trust, a charity dedicated to preventing loss of life from SADS, Sudden Death, highlighting cardiac risk in the young through to middle age and funding lifesaving equipment.

Market Square Toilets - an update

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council regrets to announce that the contractor (Novo Contractors) employed to reconstruct and refurbish Market Square Toilets has ceased work on the contract and have advised that they do not intend to restart.  The contract has therefore been terminated for reason of default by the contractor.   Novo Contractors was initially chosen following a competitive tendering process and after undertaking the usual checks and following receipt of satisfactory references.   Novo had previously completed work for the Council with which it was  entirely satisfied.  The Town Council became aware, following contract award, that another company in the Novo group (but not Novo Contractors) was in liquidation, however there was no reason at that point to rescind the award nor would such a rescission have been permitted by the industry standard ‘JCT’ contract which is used for works of this nature. 

The demolition and reconstruction has been completed to floor level and the building inspector has confirmed that the works to date are satisfactory, which means that most of the uncertainties in the build are now behind us.  This gives a new contractor a relatively clear run and the Town Council has already initiated a new round of competitive tendering for the completion of the works.  As is common with contracts of this nature, some payments have already been made to Novo albeit for less than the value of works actually completed.  Following the default no further payments are due and under the contract Novo Contractors remain liable for any costs in excess of their fixed price quote which might be incurred.  The Town Council has been advised, however, that Novo Contractors will shortly cease trading and the Council will therefore be seeking  to complete the works as quickly as possible and without any increase in cost.

Unlike the toilets they replace, the new toilets will be at ground level and fully accessible for those with disabilities.  A terrace roof is included in the design and the Council is in discussion with the owners of the adjacent café (Rosey Lea) with a view to it being used for seating.  Subject to receiving satisfactory quotes it is hoped that the works will restart in March/April.

Old River Lane Partnership terms signed

Following a decision made at the Town Council meeting of 6th February Bishop's Stortford Town Council has signed Heads of Terms for a partnership agreement with East Herts District Council and the Rhodes Birthplace Trust for the devlopment of a new Arts Centre at Old River Lane.  Full details are available here.

Farmers and Craft Market returns!

Bishop's Stortford Farmers and Craft Market returns on Satruday 3 February 2018 from 9.30am in North Street. Lots of wonderfully created produce available to buy

We are recruiting

The Town Council is recruiting for an exciting and varied role spporting our administrative, tourism and events teams.  The role is Initially offered on a one year fixed term contract with the potential to become permanent.   It would suit someone liikes challenge and variety in their job, who is organised and can turn their hand to a wide range of activities, and is seeking an administrative role with a customer-facing element.  The successful applicant will get to experience a broad spectrum of the Council's activities and gain a wide appreciation of its work.  See http://www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/vacancies  for full details and application form.

Happy New Year

The Members and Officers of Bishop's Stortford Town Council would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Christmas Fayre 2018

The Town Council recieved lots of positive feedback from both residents, traders and retailers regarding the 2017 Christmas Fayre. Thank you to all those you attended and took part. Some photos of the event are included

The date for next years event is Saturday 1 December.

 

 

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