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Buntingford Town Council

Serving the people of Buntingford

Manor House

Clerk: Jill Jones
Manor House, High Street
Buntingford SG9 9AB

Tel: 01763 272222

Buntingford Town Council provides your local services. We strive to make Buntingford a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Vacancy Now Open for Co-option

As a result of Mr Lee Morrison being disqualified as a Town Councillor for lack of attendance, there is now a casual vacancy on the Town Council.

Members of the public have not called for an election and the Town Council is therefore free to co-opt.

If you or somebody you know are interested in being co-opted to the Council, please contact Jill Jones at the Town Council offices.

Official Buntingford Town Guide

Buntingford has now got a newly updated Town Guide!

The Town Guide features information & history about the town, numbers for local clubs, societies & businesses, and useful contacts for those living in and around the area.

There will be a copy delivered to every household in the town within the next few weeks, however you can pick up spare copies at the Manor House.

You can also view the new Town Guide electronically by clicking here or by clicking the front cover.

New PCSO for Buntingford

The Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor recently welcomed our new funded PCSO to Buntingford.

PCSO Waddington has recently joined the East Herts Rural Team. As our funded PCSO, she will be spending most of her time looking after us all in Buntingford.

Everyone here at the Town Council would like to wish her a warm welcome and a successful time here.

Power Cut During Stormy Weather?

As part of their preparation plans, UK Power Networks has organised for additional staff in their contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and they have called up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

They advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public you should call 999.

They provide extra help to customers on their Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about their Priority Service by following this link: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

Buntingford Community Area Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

The results of the Referendum held on the 23rd March 2017 are as follows:

The turnout was 22.30% of the Community Area Electorate.

There were 1351 Ballot Papers issued.

There were 1268 (94%) votes in favour of a Yes

There were 82 (6%) votes in favour of a No.

It was declared that more than half of those voting had voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan which now becomes an official planning document to be used by East Herts Council when deciding planning applications.

A massive thank you to the NP Forum for their years of hard work, and thanks to all those who voted on referendum day. To view the plan and a brief history on the process of creating it, click here.

Funding Available for Community Groups and Charities

Local community groups and charities could get a funding boost from their local county councillor thanks to Hertfordshire County Council's locality budget scheme.

Each of Hertfordshire's 77 county councillors has been given a fund of £5,000 to spend on worthwhile projects in their area.

Since the locality budget scheme was launched in 2009, more than £5,000,000 pounds has been given to more than 7,500 community projects, with the average grant just over £600.

The organisations that have benefitted have included very local groups such as sports clubs, village halls and arts groups as well as larger charities such as domestic violence charities and organisations supporting the elderly.

For more information on how to apply for funding under the scheme visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/localitybudgets

Can You Help Protect Older People From Fire?

Hertfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to keep an eye out for older people by helping to spot fire risks in their home.

Although many over 65s are active and healthy, older people are at higher risk of death or injury in a fire, mostly due to age-related problems with mobility and absent mindedness.

It's important to us that we do everything we can to keep older people safe in their own homes, and the friends and families of older people have a key role to play in helping to keep them safe.

There are simple things to look out for:

  • Not having smoke alarms, or smoke alarms that don't beep when tested
  • Overflowing ashtrays, or burn marks on clothing, furniture or carpets
  • Smoking in bed
  • Hoarding and clutter
  • Unsafe use of fire sources open/portable fires
  • Frequently leaving cooking unattended
  • Unsafe use of candles and other flames
  • Overloaded plug sockets

If you see these signs, please let Herts Fire carry out free Home Fire Safety Visits where we check for potential fire risks, help residents develop an escape plan and can provide expert advice and discuss specialist equipment to help keep vulnerable older people safe, including You can request a visit for yourself or someone you know at www.hertsdirect.org/firesafety or by calling 0300 123 4046.

Latest News

Official Statement Regarding CCTV in Buntingford

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:20 by Clerk's Office

The Town Council has noticed the number of recent posts on Facebook regarding the call for the installation of CCTV in Buntingford.

In November 2017 the Town Council, in association with the East Herts Rural Police, re-visited the possibility of installing CCTV and to that end requested expert guidance to answer the following: More »

Do we need CCTV?
If we need CCTV, how many cameras do we need?
Where should they be located?
How should they be monitored?

We are someway down the road to making a decision but we have to weigh the advantages of CCTV against the cost of Installation, on-going Maintenance, Monitoring etc. We are conscious that if we spend a substantial sum of Tax Payers money we must ensure that we have a robust system that not only detects crime but more importantly deters it.

Once the Council has more detailed information regarding potential CCTV systems and costs The Council would be happy to engage with a selected group of residents to discuss the pros and cons of installing further CCTV in Buntingford. » Less

Speed Indicator Device Coming To Buntingford

Speed Indicator Device Coming To Buntingford

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:00 by Clerk's Office

Buntingford Town Council has secured grant funding from the Hertfordshire Police Crime Commissioner to fund a Speed Indicator Device (SID) and two sockets at different locations to place the device.

The sockets will be located along London Road (near the bottom of Owles Lane) and along Baldock Road (near the Pyghtle footpath). The SID will be placed at the Baldock Road site in the first instance. A third socket along Hare Street Road will also be installed shortly after the extended 30mph limit is established. This will be funded by our County Councillor's locality budget. More »

The device can be moved to a different location every 6 months to try and tackle speeding traffic coming into the town from different entrances. The device will be installed and working by September/October. » Less

Mustard Seed Singers Concert a Success

Mustard Seed Singers Concert a Success

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:30 by Clerk's Office

The first fund raising concert of the Mustard Seed Singers was held on 1st April at St Peter's Church, Buntingford and the audience of about 100 really did seem to enjoy the show which raised just over £600 to add towards much needed repairs to the brickwork of St Peter's. More »

Rehearsing for the next concert on 1st October has already begun which will be held at St Mary's Aspenden where all profit will be for repairs to the guttering and other Church building maintenance.

Current members live in Buntingford and neighbouring villages and more bass and tenor voices are sought after, so if you think you might be interested please email Lucia Knight - luciaknightno1@gmail.com. » Less