Local Links

Civic Organisations and Pressure Groups

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ANTAS The Association of North Thames Amenity Societies. This is an association of civic societies in the north Thames region.
Bishop's Stortford & District Footpaths Association New! Founded in 1957 to preserve, protect and maintain the public Rights of Way network and rural verges in the Herts and Essex border area around Bishop's Stortford.
Liaises with local planning and highways authorities and monitors proposals affecting public footpaths and bridleways. Vigilance has fast become the order of the day since our countryside is under threat from house building, road construction and airport expansion proposals – all on a gargantuan scale.
Its walks programmes provide an opportunity to share walks with others and discover new paths. Currently the walks are usually between 4 and 6 miles long, lasting two to three hours.
CPRE - The Hertfordshire Society The Hertfordshire branch of the national Campaign to Protect Rural England.
East Herts Uncovered An independent website set up by Nigel and Deborah Clark who were elected members of East Herts District Council for a number of years but resigned in September 2010. Their website aims to provide an insight into the workings of East Herts Council over the last few years.
East of England Civic and Amenity Societies The East of England Civic and Amenity Societies is an informal regional cluster of active civic and amenity groups. Its aim is to exchange experience among its members, and to organise meetings on topics of interest to them.
Grove Residents Action Group A recently formed residents' action group whose main aim is to stop the BSNC Hadham Grove Western Access Roundabout.
Herts Community Solutions Herts Community Solutions brings together voluntary and community organisations with a broad range of support and services including:
  • access to high quality, experienced support and guidance from trusted and licensed service providers across Hertfordshire
  • opportunities to connect and build relationships with complementary businesses and organisations in your local area
  • the ability to connect with volunteers who have specialist skills
  • access to first-class training courses that will help your organisation and staff to develop existing and additional skills and knowledge
  • a directory of other helpful networks and forums in Hertfordshire
Save Our Stortford Save Our Stortford is a BSCF-affiliated campaign created to oppose unsustainable large-scale housing development on our local countryside. Bishop's Stortford is in danger of being overdeveloped and overstretched if proposals to build over 3000 houses on 120 hectares of countryside get the go ahead.
Shape East Shape East is the centre for architecture and the built environment in the East of England. Shape East aims to engage the public in the issues affecting the local built environment. Shape East's programme includes workshops, interactive events, exhibitions, talks, training and on-line resources.
Stansted Explained Stansted Airport expansion - a website from Uttlesford District Council explaining its position on Stansted Airport and informing the public how to get involved.
Stop Harlow North The Stop Harlow North campaign is dedicated to positively and actively opposing proposals by Ropemaker Properties Limited and its associated landowners to create a major development north of Harlow around the Hertfordshire villages of Eastwick, Gilston, High Wych, Hunsdon and Widford, and the town of Sawbridgeworth.
Stop Stansted Expansion Complete information on the many activities of the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign.

Local Interest  Top 

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Bishop's Stortford History Society The Bishop’s Stortford History Society (BSHS) was formed in 1955 and has a growing membership of upwards of 50 members. It meets for a programme of talks and films in the Apton Road Centre and occasionally, for joint meetings with the Bishop's Stortford Museum, at The Rhodes Arts Complex, South Street. Additionally, trips to places of historic interest are organised. Until recently, local history was the focus of the society but it is currently undergoing a change of direction and expanding its remit to encompass a broader historic landscape as well as developing its links with the Bishop's Stortford Museum. The society would welcome new members.
Bishop's Stortford and Thorley - A History and Guide An excellent site outlining the history of Bishop's Stortford in considerable detail. Highly recommended!
Bishop's Stortford Chamber of Commerce A good guide to business services in Bishop's Stortford.
Herts and Essex Observer - Electronic Edition Read the complete paper from your screen. The electronic edition of the Herts and Essex Observer is normally published about a day after the printed edition.
Herts and Essex News Online The website for the local daily newspaper, the Herts and Essex Observer. It contain a few selected stories from the paper. This website was completely redesigned in the summer of 2007.
The Rhodes Arts Complex and Bishop's Stortford Museum This site lists what's on at the Rhodes Arts Complex.

Government Organisations Top 

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Bishop's Stortford Official Town Website An attractive and well maintained website full of useful local information.
East Herts District Council
A comprehensive guide to the services of East Herts District Council.
Hertfordshire County Council The Herts Direct website - a gateway to the services of Hertfordshire County Council.
http://www.go-east.gov.uk/ The Government Offices for the regions were abolished in the Coalition Government's Spending Review of October 2010.
The Government Office for the East of England covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. It brings together into a single operation the varied regional activities of a range of Government departments with the aim of making the region a better place to live and work in.
East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) The East of England Regional Assembly is a partnership body bringing together elected councillors from the region's 52 councils and representatives from the private, voluntary and community sectors.
Inspire East Inspire East is "the regional centre of excellence for sustainable communities in the East of England". Its aim is to deliver the knowledge, skills and advice that will inspire people to use and apply best practice. The website show-cases its services and provides a range of information and resources for anyone involved in regeneration.