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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.

Buntingford Town Council AM 2018

At the Annual Meeting on the 31st May the Town Mayor & Deputy Town Mayor were elected for the forthcoming Civic Year. We also welcomed a new Town Councillor.

After serving 3 years as Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor Graham Waite was elected by the Councillors to the Office of Buntingford Town Mayor for 2018/19. Councillor Peter Hay was elected to the Office of Deputy Town Mayor for 2018/19.

Also, following the disqualification of a previous Councillor in March 2018, Councillor Andrew Huggins has been co-opted to the Council and we wish him all the best during his time in office.

Finally, our thanks must go to Councillor John Noades for his hard work over the past 3 years as Town Mayor.

Office to Let at The Manor House

A vacant office is now available to rent at The Manor House, Buntingford.

  • Office 1 (available now) - 7.4 square metres.

For more information, contact the Town Clerk on 01763 272222 or email clerk@buntingford-tc.gov.uk. Alternatively, visit The Manor House during opening hours to discuss and view the office.

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.

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Buntingford Town Council AM 2018

Buntingford Town Council AM 2018

Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:30 by Clerk's Office

Our Annual Meeting for 2018 was held on 31st May to welcome our new Town & Deputy Town Mayor for the upcoming Civic Year. We also welcomed a new face on to the Council.

After serving 3 years as Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor Graham Waite was elected by his peers to stand as Buntingford Town Mayor for 2018/19. Councillor Peter Hay was elected to stand as Deputy Town Mayor for 2018/19. More »

Also, following the resignation of a previous Councillor in March 2018, we have finally filled the vacancy by co-option. We'd like to congratulate Councillor Andrew Huggins for becoming a Councillor and wish him all the best during his time in office.

Finally, our thanks must go to Councillor John Noades for an excellent 3 year term as Town Mayor. » Less

Changes to Local Bus Service 331

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:00 by Clerk's Office

New residential development taking place in Buntingford will release funding for improvements to service 331 which are planned to come into operation on 2nd July 2018.

Between Buntingford and Hertford buses will run every hour for most of the day. As this frequency is operationally incompatible with the present generally two-hourly service between Buntingford and Royston, the section north of Buntingford will become a separate service numbered 18. Buses will be timed to connect at Buntingford and through fares will be available. More »

The current operator, Arriva, will be providing about 60% of the Monday-Friday 331 journeys on a commercial basis and there will be some reductions to peak period services to ensure affordability of the supported portion of the service.

In more detail the changes are as follows:

Service 331 will feature:

  • Frequency between peak periods on Mondays to Fridays and on Saturdays increased to hourly
  • Journeys timed to provide connections with trains to and from London at Ware
  • Monday-Friday morning peak journeys towards Hertford are reduced by one and from Hertford will run hourly departing at 55 minute past each hour until 1855

Generally the additional 331 journeys are planned to run via the A10 between Buntingford and Puckeridge on order to serve developments off London Road. Routeings within Buntingford will be subject to change as opportunities to serve the new estates arise.

Service 18 will be provided under contract to the county council by Centrebus and will offer:

  • Journeys generally every 2- 3 hours between Royston and Buntingford
  • A service to new development in Royston at Sassoon Drive reached via Burns Road

Small buses will be used on the 18 allowing operation via Kneesworth Street instead of Green Drift and Tannery Drift.

Usage of service 331 will be monitored and the timetable kept under review in the light of the demand which develops.

You can collect the new timetables at The Manor House or download them here.

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