News Stories in 2013




16 Sep 13 - Hockerill Residents' Assocation leaves the BSCF

The Civic Federation have today (16th September 2013) been officially informed by Councillor Colin Woodward, in his role as chair of the Hockerill Residents' Association, that the Hockerill Residents' Association has not renewed its BSCF membership and has requested it be removed from the BSCF website.


21 Apr 13 - Silver Leys - Inspector rejects super-surgery

Proposals for a new super-surgery at the Silver Leys site (on the Hadham Road opposite the rugby club) have been rejected by the Planning Inspector. The Inspector's decision is supported by the BSCF and is in line with the decision of EHDC's Development Control Committee made in 2012 to refuse planning permission.

BSCF Comment

We are delighted that the Inspector recognised that good accessibilty is essential for a medical centre and, as we saw when we were present at his site visit, it took him a brisk 15-20 minute walk up hill from the town centre to get there. It was because of poor accessibility that he rejected the Silver Leys proposal as unsustainable. We hope that the South Street practice will now look at the alternatives with an open mind. There is already a suitable site with planning permission just to the south of the town centre. And once the outcome of our judicial review is decided, Charringtons House may well be available as a conversion opportunity.

For more details, see this story: Inspector throws out 'unsustainable' Stortford super-surgery scheme which appeared in the Herts and Essex Observer on 19 April 2013.

See here for the full text of the Planning Inspectorate's Appeal Decision.


21 Mar 13 - EHDC approves some of Tesco's planning applications

East Herts District Council's Development Control Committee met on 20 March and debated Tesco's various planning requests for the Archers pub site. The committee refused permission for a cash machine but approved plans for airconditioning, refrigeration and illuminated signs. Other planning requests were deferred until more information was available.

See this page for details of the agenda: Havers Lane News! page.


23 Jan 13 - Standards Sub-Committee finds Cllr. Tindale guilty of conduct breach

At a meeting of East Herts Council's Standards Sub-Committee held on 23 January 2013, Cllr. Tindale was found guilty of bringing the Councillor’s office into disrepute (Para 5 of Code of Conduct). He was found not guilty of failing to treat others with respect (Para 3 of Code of Conduct).

For further details, see our Latest Causeway News! page.


19 Jan 13 - AT LAST! Complaint against Cllr. Tindale to be heard by Standards Sub-Committee

East Herts Council's Standards Sub-Committee will hear the complaint against Cllr Tindale on Wednesday 23 January 2013. The hearing will take place at the Council Chambers, Wallfields, Hertford. This is a public hearing and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

We understand that the Standards Sub-Committee's report of the hearing will be published on the East Herts Council's website on the 16 January.

See this page for details of the agenda:Agenda of Standards Sub-committee. The matter in question is Item 6.
See this letter for details of the complaint: BSCF letter of complaint to East Herts District Council.


18 Jan 13 - BSCF comments on school governors' press statement

Following a press statement from the governors of the Bishop's Stortford Boys' High School, the BSCF has released its own comments on that statement.


16 Jan 13 - Press statement from the governors of the Boy's High School

The governers of the Bishop's Stortford Boys' high School have issued a press statement concerning the recent planning refusal at Whittington Way.