Local Government in Bishop's Stortford

Organisation

The local government of Bishop's Stortford is managed by three tiers of councils - Hertfordshire County Council, East Herts District Council and the Town Council. Together, these three councils are responsible for running most of the local services of the town:

Hertfordshire County Council is responsible for running services across the whole of Hertfordshire, including: East Herts District Council is responsible for running the following services: Bishop's Stortford Town Council is responsible for very local services which include:

Elections  Top 

County Council Elections

For county council elections, the Bishop's Stortford area is divided into three districts comprising Bshop's Stortford East, Bishop's Stortford West and Bishop's Stortford Rural. County council elections are held at least once every four years and each ward elects a number of county councillors. County councillors can, and often do, serve on more town and/or district councils.

County councillors elected in the elections of May 2017
Bishop's Stortford East
County Councillor John Wyllie (Conservative)
(elected May 2017)
Bishop's Stortford West
County Councillor Colin Woodward (Conservative)
(elected May 2017)
Bishop's Stortford Rural
County Councillor Graham McAndrew (Conservative)
(elected May 2017)

Town and District Council Elections Updated for May 2019 Elections!

For town and district council elections, Bishop's Stortford is divided into five districts, or wards  Map . Local elections are held at least once every four years and each ward elects a number of town and district councillors. Councillors can, and often do, serve on more than one council.

Town and district councillors elected in the election of May 2019
All Saints Ward
District Councillors Chris Wilson (Liberal Democrat)
Terence Beckett (Conservative)
Louise Corpe (Liberal Democrat)
Town Councillors Mike Wood (Liberal Democrat)
Louise Corpe (Liberal Democrat)
Richard Townsend (Liberal Democrat)
Central Parish Ward
District Councillors Norma Symonds (Conservative) - Town Mayor
George Cutting (Conservative)
Holly Drake (Conservative)
Town Councillors Norma Symonds (Conservative) - Town Mayor
George Cutting (Conservative)
Holly Drake (Conservative)
Bob Taylor (Liberal Democrat)
Meads Ward
District Councillors Mione Goldspink (Liberal Democrat)
David Snowdon (Liberal Democrat)
Town Councillors Terence Beckett (Liberal Democrat)
David Snowdon (Conservative)
Jill Sortwell (Labour)
Silverleys Ward
District Councillors Tim Page (Conservative)
Alastair Ward-Booth (Conservative)
Town Councillors Tim Page (Conservative)
Judith Ranger (Conservative)
Dave Anderson (Conservative)
South Ward
District Councillors Diane Hollebon (Conservative)
Graham McAndrew (Conservative)
John Wyllie (Conservative)
Town Councillors Diane Hollebon (Conservative)
John Wyllie (Conservative)
toby Garrett (Conservative)
Keith Warnell (Conservative)


Funding  Top 

Local councils are funded by a combination of grants from central government, Council Tax and business rates. Central government provides specific and general grants to enable local authorities to deliver all the necessary services. To divide up the funding, the government uses a system that takes into account the number and value of properties in each area, and how much it costs to provide services there.

Council Tax

The Council Tax provides about a quarter of local funding. The local authority (East Herts District Council) sets the total Council Tax it needs to raise, based on its overall budget for the year. Each household pays an amount depending on the value of their home. The government has powers to ensure that increases in local authority budgets and Council Tax are not excessive.

Business Rates

Business rates are a property tax on businesses and other non-domestic properties. Their formal name is national non-domestic rates. The national rates are set by central government. The revenue is collected by local authorities, pooled by central government, and then redistributed to local authorities.