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New Taxi Rank and Marshal Scheme

Getting home after a fun night out at the weekend in Bishop’s Stortford will become much quicker and easier from Friday October 14, when a new taxi rank opens at the bus station between 11pm and 4am on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sundays on Bank Holiday weekends.

In addition Hertfordshire County Council, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and East Herts Council have worked together with Hertfordshire Constabulary to set up a trial Taxi Marshal Scheme at the new rank, similar to a scheme running in Hertford.

Marshals will ensure that passengers using the rank get into East Herts licensed Hackney Carriages, as well as maintaining an orderly queue for the taxis throughout the night.

Chris Hunt East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Inspector said: “Marshals will work closely with the police, the CCTV team and councils as well as pub and club door staff to keep the town safe and orderly. They will communicate any problems via the town link radio system, playing a vital role in the reducing the risk of crime. They will help taxi drivers by making sure customers are not disorderly, eating food or smoking whilst getting into a taxi and also by helping to ensure that passengers have the ability to pay for longer journeys.” The results of the trial, which will run until mid-January 2017, will be reviewed early in the New Year.

Executive member for the environment and the open spaces Graham McAndrew said: “The new taxi marshal scheme will be a huge asset to the night-time economy of Bishop’s Stortford, making it easier for people to get home safely after a night out. Marshals in Hertford have proven to be highly effective in reducing illegal “pick-ups,” as well as controlling taxi queues, improving safety for people and dealing with confrontational situations.”

Bishop’s Stortford Mayor Keith Warnell said: “We have a vibrant evening and nighttime offering in our town which is well supported and this new taxi marshalling scheme will ensure that those who have enjoyed themselves in Bishop's Stortford will get home safely and easily after a good night in our town.“

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for 2015/16


(Local Audit And Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015)


Bishop's Stortford Town Council

NOTICE is hereby given that the audit for the year ended 31st March 2016 was completed on 7th September 2016 and the accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

View the audited Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2016 and Issues Arising Report or to arrange a viewing between the hours of 10am and 3pm please contact:

Mark Westwood
Finance Officer
Bishop's Stortford Town Council
The Old Monastery
Bishop’s Stortford
Herts, CM23 2ND

Telephone: 01279 712140

Farmers & Crafts market Saturday 1 October

Don't forget our Farmers & Crafts market is back Saturday 1 October 9.30-13.30 In North Street. This month we are celebrating British Food Fortnight. Everything at our market is either hand produced or created locally and we are having demonstrations from West Essex & East Herts Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers.  Stay tuned for more planned events.

If you planning to attend why don’t you also visit our general market every Thursday & Saturday.

Christmas Fayre 2016

Bishop's Stortford Christmas Fayre is coming back!


Christmas will truly come to Bishop’s Stortford on 3 December from 9.30am. Everyone will able to purchase all the Christmas essentials from gifts such as hampers and handmade jewellery to real Christmas trees and wreaths. Performances from local groups and bands such as Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society will delight crowds with beautiful traditional carols while Hip Hop Pop Dance Production Company and School will entertain crowds with street dance to the latest top chart music. Lots more is planned too!

We would love everyone to be involved so please do get in touch. If you are interested in attending the event as a trader or need further info please contact Rosanna Zaffuto on

Street Food Monthly

Will be taking a break for the winter months but will be back in the spring 2017. 

Splash pool - special needs sessions

The popular splash pool near Sworders Field is reserved exclusively for those with special needs  on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month from 5pm-7pm.   The dates for these sessions for the remmainder of 2016 are: Aug: 3, 17, 31; Sept: 7, 21.  Parents/guardians of those with special needs are of course welcome also!

Cafe Opening Times - Sworders Field

The Cafe on Sworders Field, serving tea, coffee, cakes and sovouries, is open Tuesday-Sunday 9.30am - 3.30pm.  Why not give it a try?  Ice cream and soft drinks are also usually available from our Ice Cream vendors.

Audit Notice - Accounts for 2015/2016

Audit Notice - Accounts for 2015/2016


Local Audit And Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s annual return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts and other documents relating to those records or documents.

These documents for Bishop’s Stortford Town Council are to be made available on reasonable notice by application between the hours of 10am and 3pm on working days (excluding public holidays) commencing on 23 June 2016 and ending on 03 August 2016.

If you wish to view them then please contact the named authority representative:

Mark Westwood
Finance Officer
The Old Monastery
Bishop’s Stortford
CM23 2ND

Telephone: 01279 712140

Local electors and their representatives have rights to question the auditor about the accounts and object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority. The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose during the inspection period which commences on 23 June 2016 and ends on 03 August 2016.

The smaller authority's annual return 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.

The appointed auditor of Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is:

Arcadia House
Maritime Walk
Ocean Village
SO14 3TL

Telephone: 023 8088 1941

View the Summary of Electors' Rights and the Annual governance statement 2015/16 and Accounting statements for 2016/16.