£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.

 

 

National Lottery and public parks

Since 1996, more than £950million raised by National Lottery players has been used to support the regeneration, conservation and increased enjoyment of public parks and cemeteries across the UK. Find out more about how to apply at https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/what-we-fund/landscapes-parks-nat...

 

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.

 

About Big Lottery Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people. 

 

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

Bishop's Stortford Tourist Information Centre

 

Bishop's Stortford Tourist Information Centre will be open as follows for Christmas and the New Year

Saturday 22nd December 9.00am - 3.00pm

Sunday 23rd December CLOSED

Monday 24th December 9.00am - 2.00.pm

Tuesday 25th December CLOSED

Wednesday 26th December CLOSED

Thursday 27th December 10.00am—4.00pm

Friday 28th December 10.00am - 4.00pm

Saturday 29th December 9.00am - 3.00pm

Sunday 30th December CLOSED

Monday 31st December 9.00am - 2.00pm

Tuesday 1st January CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd January Open as normal

Vacancies

We are recruiting for two varied and interesting posts in our Tourism, Events and Markets Team.  See our vacancies page for fukll details.

Christmas Fayre 2018- Parking

All Car parks within Bishop's Stortford will open as normal on the day of Christmas Fayre, Saturday Saturday 1 December.  

Additional parking is available this year. Windhill21 Primary School (CM23 2NE) and St Michael’s Primary School (CM23 3SN), both located only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre.  These schools have kindly offered the use of their car parks for Christmas Fayre visitors. A small fee for the schools will be requested. 

Road Closures
Road closures will be in force on 1 December from 06.00 to 18.00 on North Street, Potter Street and South Street up to the junction with Station Road, High Street up to Basbow Lane and Market Square with access only available to pedestrians. Ingress and egress will therefore be limited to pedestrians and emergency vehicles only. Apton Road will be available to vehicles for access only.

During the same period the ‘One Way’ system will be suspended on certain roads, allowing for vehicles to drive in both directions. This will apply to Church Street, Water Lane and Barrett Lane.

Also during the same period Church Street, Apton Road, Newtown Road, Water Lane and Barrett Lane will have a weight restriction of 7.5 tons.

Diversions will be in effect to divert traffic around the closed area.

Christmas Fayre 2018- Road closures

Road closures will be in force on 1 December 2018 from 06.00 to 18.00 on North Street, Potter Street, South Street up to the junction with Station Road, High Street up to Basbow Lane and Market Square with access only available to pedestrians. Ingress and egress will therefore be limited to pedestrians and emergency vehicles only. Apton Road will be available to vehicles for access only.

 

During the same period the ‘One Way’ system will be suspended on certain roads, allowing for vehicles to drive in both directions. This will apply to Church Street, Water Lane and Barrett Lane. Also during the same period Church Street, Apton Road, Newtown Road, Water Lane and Barrett Lane will have a weight restriction of 7.5 tons. Diversions will be in effect to divert traffic around the closed area.

Notice of Poll for the Election of a Town Councillor for Bishops Stortford - Meads

A poll for the election of one Town Councillor for Bishops Stortford - Meads will be held on Thursday 6 December 2018, between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.  

The Notice of Poll and Notice of Elections attached provide information about the candidates nominated for election, postal votes, votes by proxy and the situation of the polling stations.

For more information, viist the East Herts District Council webpage: https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/article/35594/Current-Elections

Bishop’s Stortford’s Installations and Art Work to Commemorate the Centenary of Armistice Day

Local groups and organisations have collaborated with Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and The Royal British Legion, Bishop’s Stortford Branch to create amazing art work and poetry in honour of those who lived, fought and died during the First World War.

A leaflet, which includes details of the location of the art work around the town as well as information on who has designed the items, can be obtained from The Tourist Information Centre at 2 Market Square, Bishop's Stortford CM23 3UU. Tel: 01279 715001 or you can contact tic@bishopsstortford.org and we will be happy to email you a copy.

The art work is being installed now and in the lead up to Remembrance Day on 11 November 2018. 

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed.

 

Notice of Election - Meads Ward

A by-election will be held in the Meads Ward of Bishops Stortford Town Council on Thursday 6th December 2018.  

Key dates in the election timetable are as follows:

Notice of Election - publication deadline - Thursday 1st November 2018
Candidate Nominations Open - Friday 2nd November 2018
Candidate Nominations Close - 4.00pm on Friday 9th  November 2018
Electoral Registration Deadline - Tuesday 20th November 2018
Postal Vote Application Deadline - 5.00pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018
Proxy Vote Application Deadline - 5.00pm on Wednesday 28th November 2018

A nomination pack and advice for prospective candidates is available here

If you wish to discuss the work involved in being a Town Councillor please feel free to call the Chief Executive Officer on 01279 715000.