Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting will be held at Rhodes, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG on Tuesday 19th March 2019, at 7.30pm (tea and coffee from 7pm).   The meeting is open to the press and public.


Apologies for Absence
To receive minutes of last year’s Annual Town Meeting
Resume of the year’s work – Town Mayor
Reports from Committee Chairmen
Trustees’ Reports (Brazier Trust, Rhodes Birthplace Trust)
Open Forum

Information on Elections

Elections for both Town and District Councils will be held on 2nd May 2019 and East Herts District Council has published comprehensive information for potential candidates.  This is available here.  If any potential candidate would like further information about the work of the Town Council or Town Councillors they may contact the Chief Executive Officer of the Town Council who will be happy to assist. 

Potential candidates should note the following dates for meetings which will take place shortly after the election:

13-May-19 (Mon) Statutory Annual Meeting of the Council
20-May-19 (Mon) Finance and General Purposes Committee
28-May-19 (Tue) Planning and Development Committee
03-Jun-19 (Mon) Environment and Public Amenities Committee
17-Jun-19 (Mon) Planning and Development Committee
24-Jun-19 (Mon) Town Council 


Special Meeting of Planning and Development Committee

A Special Meeting of Planning and Development Committee will take place at the Council Chambers on Monday 4th March 2019 at 6.30pm.
The meeting will discuss the development of the Land at Bishop's Stortford South off Whittington Way (3/18/2253/OUT)
The meeting is open to the public.

If you wish to speak at the meeting, notification must be given by 12pm on the day of the meeting to Sim Richardson ( - 01279 712142.
The agenda and minutes are available at:

PUBLIC NOTICE - Notice of Intention to Republish the Register of Electors

In accordance with section 13(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and the Representation of the People Regulations 2001, section 36, notice is hereby given of the Council’s intention to publish a revised Register of Electors.

The revised register will be published on 1 March 2019 following the implementation of the final recommendations of the Community Governance Reviews for Bishop’s Stortford and Buntingford and related alterations subject to Order to District Ward and County Division boundaries within East Hertfordshire.

The boundary changes may be viewed at and at our council offices.

If you have any questions regarding the Register of Electors or the changes to the Register due to the boundary changes, please contact Electoral Services by e-mail: or by phone 01279 655261.

The register will be available for inspection during normal office hours at East Herts Council, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8EQ.

Liz Watts
Electoral Registration Officer
Wednesday 13 February 2019

Bishop's Stortford Street Naming

Following a request from East Herts Council, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee are asking the residents and schools of Bishop’s Stortford to help suggest new street names for future housing developments.

Last year, the Councillors suggested referencing the area’s heritage and military history, which have now been used for the new housing estates at St Michael’s Hurst and Stortford Fields.

If you would like to suggest some appropriate street names, email them to Sim Richardson ( along with a brief description. Following this, a short-list will be drawn up by the Town Council for consideration by East Herts Council and the developer. 

Royal Mail will have the final say to avoid overly similar addresses and decide on the suffix, such as ‘Way, Close or Avenue’.


Tendering for Tree Work in Bishop’s Stortford

Following tree surveys undertaken by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, a quantity of work has been identified to improve the health and appearance of trees with the town.
Some of the work is urgent; however most of it could be scheduled to suit the contractor who gains the contract. There are three stages:

Items for which the action date is before 31 March 2019
All work must be completed by 31 March 2019

Items for which the action date is from 1 April 2019 to 31 July 2019
All work must be completed from 1 April 2019 to 31 July 2019

Items for which the action date is from 1 August to 31 January 2020
All work must be completed from 1 April 2019 to 31 January 2020

If you are interested in submitting a quotation, and would like to seek further information on the surveys, please contact Sim Richardson ( on 01279 712142.

£1.9M Lottery Funding Awarded for Castle Park

Plans to combine two green spaces in Bishop’s Stortford into one beautiful park have taken another huge step forward thanks to National Lottery funding.

The grant of £1,939,700, awarded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund, will enable Bishop’s Stortford Town Council (BSTC) and its partner, East Herts District Council (EHC), to forge ahead with their plans. 

Castle Gardens, owned by EHC, and Sworders Field, owned by BSTC, are located either side of the River Stort. The project will bring these two green spaces together under the banner of ‘Castle Park’, to become an exciting, vibrant place for the town and surrounding communities to enjoy.


The improvements include:

Making Waytemore Castle - a Grade I listed building and scheduled monument - and the war memorial, commemorating those lost in the two world wars, the prime focal points of the park. This includes crucial work to conserve the castle remains on the top of the mound.

A new crossing will be constructed along the River Stort, providing greater access to the river. Attractive planting and restoration of the river will improve visibility and draw rare wildlife into the area, and with the right conditions even water voles and otters could be spotted.

A new network of paths to improve access for the community, including older and disabled people. The children’s play area and splash pool will be better connected by the new bridge.

Teens will have a space designed especially for them, with exciting features such as a new skate park extension.

Considerable changes will be made to the existing buildings to create a new community space with a café and easy access “Changing Places” toilets, providing improved facilities for local people and visitors. The old toilet block fronting the Causeway will be given a new lease of life.


The recently established Friends Group, supported by a new community engagement officer, will help to develop and look after the park and engage local community groups, with training being provided to help this happen. The work to successfully obtain this grant has already been supported by the History Society, the Civic Federation and local residents interested in the project.

A number of events for the community, such as guided walks, will be arranged from April, further details of these will be shared shortly.

The project continues to benefit from the support of Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service. A planning application for the works involved has been submitted and will be considered by the East Herts District Council Development Management Committee shortly.



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