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

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT
ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

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, mark.westwood@bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk

       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:
https://www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/content/neighbourhood-plan-revisio...

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE:
• download the latest draft of the Plan from our website at:
https://www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/planning

HOW TO COMMENT:
• via our website and sign up to our newsletter at www.stortfordplan.org
• by email at comments@stortfordplan.org
• by post to Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Plan, Bishop's Stortford Town Council, The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 2ND

Multi-Sport Complex Planning Consultant

Bishop's Stortford Town Council is inviting quotations for a planning consultant to assist with exploring whether there is a realistic prospect of a planning application being successful for a Multi-Sport Complex to the north of town.

Further details can be found here.

Bishop's Stortford Market from Thursday 7 November

Bishop's Stortford market will remain open for essential retail. Please continue to support your local market and traders. All of the traders have steps in place to help protect their customers and themselves. The market will continue to be every Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 till 4:30.

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Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Plan Revisions

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

THE PROPOSED CHANGES INCLUDE:
• A new section on Climate Change • New to identifications for many local green spaces and seeking to more space for nature’
• A comprehensive policy for the Town Centre
• Amendments to Transport, Green Infrastructure, Education and site-specific policies to bring them up to date (without changing the intent)
• Amendments throughout so that policies* are the same for both plans The consultation period on the first draft of the Revised Neighbourhood Plan has now open and every home in Bishop’s Stortford and most of Thorley should have received a leaflet distributed in the last few weeks.
 
HOW TO FIND OUT MORE:
• download the latest draft of the Plan from our website at https://www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/planning
• Due to the government guidelines on Covid-19, our exhibitions will now be at Tourist Information Centre in Market Square until Thursday 6th November 2020 and Jackson Square from Wednesday 4th November to Monday 9th November 2020
 
HOW TO COMMENT:
• via our website and sign up to our newsletter at www.stortfordplan.org
• by email at comments@stortfordplan.org
• by post to Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Plan, Bishop's Stortford Town Council, The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 2ND

Remembrance Sunday 8 November

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council are holding a Covid secure Remembrance event on Sunday 8 November in Castle Gardens. It will be a carefully choreographed event in the form of a static parade and a short service, strictly socially distanced, and with a very limited public audience. The commemoration will be lived streamed to Youtube https://youtu.be/z9t7eyfh7iE

70 free tickets are available to attend the event, to apply visit:https://www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/content/remembrance-draw no later than 1 November at midnight Entries are placed in a draw and 70 are chosen at random. Successful entries are allocated a space and given a ticket. Do not attend if you do not have a ticket, there will be no access to the site. A paper version of the form is available at the Tourist Information Centre, 2 Market Square Bishop's Stortford CM23 3UU, 01279 715001

French Market - 23 October and 24 October

A mini French Market will be setting up stalls all day to showcase a veritable tour de France of products in Bishop’s Storford, these Friday and Saturday, this will remain a COVID secure market.

There’ll be delicious cheeses, Wines and charcuteries from all the French regions, the new harvest garlic from Brittany, irresistible crêpes and galettes (savoury buckwheat crêpes) from Normandy, paella from the Basque country, Tartiflette (delicious Mountain Speciality) , Saucissons, and so much more.

North Street 8:30 - 4:30

Face Masks at Outdoor Markets

The National Association of British Market Authorities has been updated by The Cabinet Office that the new regulations regarding face masks in retail settings do not extend to outdoor markets, and outdoor market traders/shoppers will not be required to wear face masks. 

You can read the full statement here: 
https://nabma.com/face-coverings-in-markets/