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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.

Notice of Councillor Vacancy

Notice is hereby given that a vacancy has occurred in the office of Town Councillor for Buntingford Town Council caused by the resignation of Councillor Iain Duncan.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if a request for such an election is made by TEN local government electors for Buntingford Town Council and received by the Chief Executive of East Hertfordshire District Council at Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, Herts, SG13 8EQ by no later than 10th August 2017.

If an election is not requested by TEN local government electors, as aforesaid, the vacancy will be filled by co-option as soon as practicable after 10th August 2017.

We would like to thank Iain Duncan for his time as a Town Councillor and wish him all the best for the future.

General Election 2017

After the Announcement of a Snap General Election being held on Thursday 8th June, the results for the 2017 General Election for the North East Hertfordshire constituency have been announced and are as follows:

  • Oliver Heald - Conservative Party - 32587 votes
  • Tim Lee - Green Party - 2965 votes
  • Nicky Shepard - Liberal Democrats - 4276 votes
  • Doug Swanney - Labour Party - 15752 votes
  • 55764 Ballot Papers Issued - 73.41% Turnout

Oliver Heald is duly elected to stand as the Member of Parliament for the NE Hertfordshire Constituency.

County Council Elections (Buntingford Division) - Results

Results of the County Council Elections (Buntingford Division) held on 4th May 2017.

Jeff Jones (Conservative) 2281 Votes

Steven Stone (Labour) 391 Votes

Carole Luck (Liberal Democrat) 289 Votes

Darren Cowell (UKIP) 204 Votes

Tabitha Evans (Green Party) 156 Votes

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.

Part Time Drivers Wanted For Community Bus Project

The Buntingford CAT Community "HOPPA" bus service is currently seeking applicants for the part time post of Community Driver. We are looking for applicants with a clean driving license with D1 use for this paid position. Full MIDAS training and uniform will be provided. CRB checks will be undertaken for successful applicants.

Please contact Buntingford Town Council for further details or to register an interest by phoning 01763 272222 or by emailing clerk@buntingford-tc.gov.uk.

Six Parishes - One Community

The 6 week public consultation by East Herts District Council finished on 30th June 2016.

Following the consultation on the Buntingford Community Area Neighbourhood Plan from 19th May to 30th June 2016, East Herts District Council with agreement from Buntingford Town Council, appointed Mr Richard High as independent examiner of the plan. Having reviewed the content of the Neighbourhood Plan (see below) and the representations received as part of the consultation, Mr High has recommended a number of modifications be made to the plan and that the plan should be put to a community referendum. The full report can be viewed here:

View the plan

East Herts Council will review the examiner's recommendations and make any necessary modifications to the Neighbourhood Plan before publishing a decision report in due course.

The next stage in the Neighbourhood Plan Journey to being 'made' is the referendum on its acceptance by the Buntingford Community Area. The BCANP was accepted by the community by referendum on 23rd March 2017, which now means the document will be used as a material planning consideration when deciding any planning applications in the area.

If you would like to find out more information on the plan, visit the Neighbourhood Plan page or follow our Social Media accounts where updates will be posted regularly.

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

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.

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

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

2017/18 Mayor & Deputy Mayor Chosen

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:20 by Clerk's Office

After last night's Annual Meeting in the Council Chamber, Councillor John Noades was elected by his peers to be Buntingford Town Mayor for 2017/18. This is his 3rd term in a row as Mayor and his 5th term overall. More »

Councillor Graham Waite was elected to be Deputy Town Mayor for 2017/18. This is also his 3rd term in a row. » Less

Buntingford Walking Football Team Off To A Flying Start

Buntingford Walking Football Team Off To A Flying Start

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:30 by Clerk's Office

The Buntingford Walking Football Team played their 1st ever match against Hertford last Saturday.

Featuring a mixture of Town Councillors, a Town Council Officer, a District Councillor and members of the public, the team visited the Hertford Town Football Ground to play an 8-a-side match. After a closely contested 1st half which provided no goals, the match was eventually won by Buntingford with a score of 5 goals to 3. More »

Our congratulations go to the team for winning their first ever match. Walking Football welcomes new players & runs every Saturday morning from 10am at the Courts near Norfolk Road Playing Field. Contact us for more information. » Less