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 Statement - Bicycle Rack

We have been advised that there are a significant number of comments on Social Media regarding the installation of the new Bike Rack at the junction of Church Street and the High Street.

This Bike Rack was installed by East Herts District Council, funded from central government, with a view to encouraging people to engage in a healthier lifestyle by reducing their reliance on the motor car and invest in either walking or cycling when travelling relatively short distances.

The Town Council, Civic Society and Chamber of Commerce were consulted by EHDC on where we thought the best location for the Bike Rack would be, and after a considerable amount of deliberation it was decided that the best location was at the top of Church Street.

This location was chosen in preference to the Car Park as it was felt that cyclists would be more likely to use it there than if was in the car park as the it was regarded as not being secure enough for the temporary storage of, what can be very expensive, Bicycles. Other locations were discussed, outside Lloyds Chemist was one example. There is already a Bike Rack at the junction of Baldock Road and the High Street.

It should also be borne in mind that this area is now probably one of the most secure areas in the Town following the recent installation of the High Street CCTV system.

However, at that stage we were not advised of the type of rack, although we did suggest a "toast rack" style design. We were advised on Friday 6th November that the Rack was to be installed on Monday or Tuesday of the following week and it wasn't until we saw the rack that we realised that this was the style of rack that had been selected by East Herts, not the type that we had suggested. Unfortunately, we were not able to stop the installation.

We immediately contacted EHDC and asked that the rack be changed to a "toast rack" style design and the other rack be given to one of the other towns in the district, we await a reply to this request. We also suggested that if funding was not available to supply a "toast rack" style, that we would subsidise its purchase and installation.

As it is against the Town Council's policy, which also extends to councillors, to respond to Social Media comments we would encourage ALL residents to contact us if they have any questions about any aspect of the Town as it is more likely to get an informed reply than posting on Social Media.

The location in question is not a parking bay, parking restrictions on both sides of that area are in place, it is also one way to traffic including bicycles, Neither is it a footpath, the area is designated as "shared space".

We hope this has clarified the situation and we again remind you all that the only way to get correct information about anything applicable to Buntingford is by contacting the Town Council.

Remembrance Service - Buntingford War Memorial, Sunday 8th November 2020

Service of Remembrance - Sunday 8th November 2020

COVID-19 - Town Council Updates

Official Buntingford 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.

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.

Message From Councillor Graham Waite - Mayor of Buntingford

I would just like to share with you some of my thoughts on the situation we find ourselves in at present, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are unprecedented times we are experiencing at present, and according to all of the reports it is likely to get worse before it gets better. Whilst to some, the new rules issued by the government regarding "social distancing", "stay at home" and "only leave your house if it is absolutely necessary", may appear to be an inconvenience, I cannot reinforce enough how important they are to ensure we minimise the loss of life due to this COVID–19 virus.

I call on you all, residents of Buntingford, to take all precautions to avoid spreading this virus, and the only safe way to do this is to reduce as close to zero, the amount of close contact you have with other residents who are not direct members of your family group, ie living in the same home. This means that you may not be able to come into close contact with your relatives living in the town, but you must continue to support them through this unsettling period, even if it is by giving them a daily call to make sure they are OK, not only physically but mentally as well.

I will not repeat what has been reiterated constantly in the media but just ask everyone to take heed of the advice from the government.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you that have responded to the call of the "Here To Help" group who are doing a great job in helping those amongst us who are less able, elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating, you are truly community minded and deserve respect and thanks from all of us. This also applies to those of you that are doing selfless things for neighbours, friends and possibly people you have never spoken to before, don't let that die when this is over, this is how great communities are built and maintained. We should also thank our terrific shopkeepers who have stayed open and tried to keep us supplied with the essentials, an extremely difficult job at this time, please show patience with staff as they are only trying to keep them and you safe. Those shops and local businesses that have had to close, we hope that when this crisis is at an end you are able to start trading again, giving the town and surrounding areas the great service that you have done until now.

On Thursday night at 8.00pm it was very emotional listening from my front door to the clapping, cheering and hooting to thank our NHS, you should all share in that show of solidarity.

The actions by the people of Buntingford that we at the council hear about, really do reinforce what I have always thought of this town, "A SMALL TOWN WITH A BIG HEART"

Rest assured we will come through this period of uncertainty and we will be sharing experiences for years to come let's try to make them positive ones, although it may seem difficult at present.

Keep safe, keep healthy and keep your chin up, be proud of where you live and remember, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

Cllr Graham Waite – Mayor of Buntingford.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Help

Buntingford Town Council are aware that many residents of the town are concerned about the present situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the affect it is having on daily life.

We would encourage all members of the public to follow Government guidelines and take all sensible precautions to avoid contracting the virus. These guidelines can be found on Hertfordshire County Council website here.

We are aware that there are some residents of the town who are elderly and vulnerable especially those with underlying health problems and we would encourage those residents to take extra care.

There are some residents of the town who have offered to help those in need and working with them we have formed the "Buntingford and surrounding villages community support against Coronavirus" group.

If you are in a position to help those who are self-isolating, elderly or vulnerable, or you are in need of help yourself, we would ask that you contact us using either of the methods below leaving your name and contact details (telephone number, address and email). For safeguarding purposes, we are only able to register volunteers who are listed on the Electoral Role OR who are police / security checked.

If you are aware of someone who you regard as in need of help, but are unable to give assistance yourself then please contact the Council on 01763 877 545 or by email to heretohelp.buntingford@gmail.com and we will try to match help with requirement.

Please visit the Community Group "here to help" facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/208682160199053/

Waste and Recycling Collection Dates Feb 2020 - Jan 2021

Make sure you know your bin collection dates for 2020!

East Herts Council has an alternate refuse and recycling collection service. This means your black wheeled bin is collected fortnightly on your waste week with your blue and brown bin being emptied on the alternate week. Visit East Herts for more information.

Click here to see a guide of what you can and can't put in each different bin.

For any further information or queries regarding waste and recycling collection please contact East Herts District Council on 01279 655 261.

CCTV Update

The Town Council are happy to announce that the installation of the CCTV system in the High Street has now been completed, and is up and running.

If you have any questions please contact us on 01276 272 222.

Chatter Tables

If you would like some company when you go for a tea or coffee, come along to the Manor House every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month between 10:00 - 11:30. Spend some time with others whilst enjoying a hot drink and a cake.

The first few sessions have seen a good number of people turn up, but we would like to see even more of you come along.

Free tea and coffee provided for Chatter Table participants.

For more information contact 01992 531 613.

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.

Latest News

East Herts District Council Election Results

Posted: Fri, 03 May 2019 10:57 by Clerk's Office

Jeff Jones (872 votes) and Stan Bull (782 votes) have been re-elected as District Councillors for Buntingford.

Turnout - 28.87%

New Member Of Staff

Posted: Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:30 by Clerk's Office

Following the search for a new member of staff, we are delighted to announce that Alexander Georgiou has joined Buntingford Town Council on a full time basis.

We hope that Alex enjoys his time working for the Council and wish him all the best during his time here.

Changes to Local Bus Service 331

Posted: 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. » Less