Be part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Vision

Harlow Council, Epping Forest District Council and East Herts Council will be hosting events throughout July to unveil the first look of the vision for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Vision sets out the commitment from all involved councils, including Hertfordshire and Essex County Councils, to deliver a high-quality Garden Town with a strong sense of community, a mix of housing in villages and neighbourhoods to suit all budgets and a wide range of facilities and jobs for new and existing residents.

To give everyone an opportunity to provide their input and feedback before it is finalised, events are being held in Harlow, Epping and Gilston to welcome as many people as possible

The events:

Harlow Civic Centre, Water Gardens, Harlow, Essex CM20 1WG

Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July and Monday 9 July - Friday 13 July, 9am- 4.45pm there will be a static exhibition at Harlow Civic Centre

Monday 9 July, 4pm- 8pm, there will be a drop in event with project team members on hand to answer any questions.

Epping Forest Civic Office, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ

Monday 2 July- Friday 6 July and Monday 9 July - Friday 13 July, 9am- 5pm there will be a static exhibition at the Epping Forest Council Civic Offices

Thursday 5 July, 4pm-8pm there will be a drop in event with project team members on hand to answer any questions.

Gilston and Eastwick Village Hall, Gilston, Herts CM20 2RB

Thursday 12 July, 4pm- 8pm there will be a drop in event with project team members on hand to answer any questions.


Claire Hamilton, Director, Harlow and Gilston Garden Town said:

“We are really excited to share our Vision for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town with you. This Vision demonstrates our commitment to deliver a successful Garden Town with existing and new communities at its heart.

We do hope you can join us at one of these events to share with us your thoughts on this Vision. This is your opportunity to start shaping the future of the Garden Town.”



Consultation materials will be available on the individual Council websites together with a feedback form, for completion by 5pm on Friday 27 July. Feedback forms to be returned to either or the Garden Town Team at Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, 323 High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ.

Bell Street Car Park Section C (rear car park)

Please be advised that the emergency resurfacing works will now take place on the week commencing 11th June 2018.. 

This will involve relaying the surface and white lining which, will close this whole section off to vehicles and pedestrians for the duration of the works.

It is hoped the works will be completed in 3-4 days if the weather conditions are kind.

The contractor will have a banksman on site who will ensure the safe passage of residents in and out of their parking spaces when works permit.

Notices will be displayed in the car park.

Please contact East Herts District Council's Parking Services if further information is required. Tel: 01279 655261

Foster care transforms lives.

 Foster care transforms lives.

“Being in foster care has had the biggest impact on my life. It has opened doors and helped me experience a life that I never knew was possible.”

Thomas Anderson, now aged 27, was just one of thousands of children helped by Hertfordshire County Council’s Fostering Service.

As part of Foster Care Fortnight (May 14 to 27), Hertfordshire County Council’s fostering and adoption recruitment team is now urging people to consider transforming their lives and the lives of children by becoming foster carers.

The team is supporting the national campaign led by The Fostering Network to show that “Foster Care Transforms Lives”.

Thomas said: “Being fostered enabled me to progress through education and achieve to the best of my ability, obtaining two degrees. It showed me what a loving family is like, one which I am still part of today. Foster care offered me support and stability, both things that were lacking in my life.


“I can ultimately say that if I was not fostered, then my life may have taken me down different avenues and that I am very grateful to the service.”


Foster care does not just transform the lives of the young people who are fostered, it also has the power to positively change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering.

Gloria Swanston, who has been fostering with Hertfordshire County Council for about 17 years said: "When I wanted to be a carer I was initially thinking about how I wanted to make a difference to a child's life. I didn't really think about what a positive difference fostering would make on my life, but it has had a huge impact."

In Hertfordshire there are over 900 children and young people in care and many live with Hertfordshire’s foster carers. Each month, Hertfordshire County Council receives an average of 55 requests for new foster placements, with many being requests to place children over the age of 10 years, sibling groups and those with more complex needs.

Anyone who becomes a foster carer with Hertfordshire County Council will receive unrivalled support every step of the way, including through preparation and ongoing training.

Please contact the fostering and adoption team if you would like more information on 0800 917 0925, email or visit



Social Media messages

Our foster carers tell us that fostering is hugely rewarding and becoming a foster carer has given them more than they expected. This Foster Care Fortnight (May14-27) we are urging Hertfordshire residents to consider transforming their lives and the lives of children by becoming foster carers. Gloria, a foster carer with Herts County Council for the past 17 years feels that fostering has had a huge positive impact on her life. Visit  for more information. #FCF2018 #proudtofoster

Can you make a difference to the life of a child or young person? Do you have a spare room and the willingness to help a young person realise their true potential? We provide unrivalled support every step of the way, including  through preparation and ongoing training. If you would like more information, contact us on 0800 917 0925, email or visit #FCF2018 #proudtobefostered

Traffic Management Bulletin from Highways England

For the latest bulletin from Highways England please click here

Extended Access to GP Practices engagement - Closing date 20/04/2018

NHS East and North Hertfordshire CCG is undertaking to seek the views of people registered to GP practices in East Herts on ‘extended access’ to GP practices.

East Hertfordshire is broken down into two ‘localities’ for the CCG:

Stort Valley & Villages: GP Practices in Bishop’s Stortford, Much Hadham, Sawbridgeworth and surrounding areas
Upper Lea Valley: GP Practices in Broxbourne, Buntingford, Hertford, Hoddesdon, Ware, Watton and surrounding areas

Consequently there are two versions of the survey and letter attached, designed to capture the views of the respective patient populations.

You can find further information on the proposed extended access service on the CCG website here:

We ask that you share details of this engagement with any members of your community that you know to be registered at GP Practices in these areas. We have also asked GP practices to directly engage with their patient population and raise awareness of the questionnaire.

If you would like to complete a paper version of the questionnaire or require it in an alternative format then please get in touch with me using the contact information below.

This engagement will close at 5pm on Friday 20 April 2018.

The consultation on modifications to the District Plan is now open until 29 March 2018.

Click here to have your say and find out more.

Hailey Centre Job Vacancy

Hailey Centre Job Vacancy

Cook Vacancy

Inspiring Libraries: The Next Phase 2018-2021

Inspiring Libraries: The Next Phase 2018-2021

Hertfordshire County Council launched its ‘Inspiring Libraries’ Strategy in 2014, following an extensive public consultation, which attracted more than 15,000 responses.

‘Inspiring Libraries’ aimed to set a vision and direction for the service over the next 10 years, based on three main themes:

The library as a vibrant community asset – shaped with local people and partners to reflect local need, support sustainability and enrich communities.
The digital library – a service that is ambitious in its use of technology and digital formats for the benefit of residents.
The library as an enhanced gateway to reading, information and wellbeing.

Over the last few years, through our ‘Inspiring Libraries’ strategy, we have continued to invest in the development and improvement of services, despite the constraints on funding for local government.

However, ongoing pressure on the County Council budget means that we have to consider further budget savings across all services. In order to achieve our ambitions for ‘Inspiring Libraries’ within a reduced budget, and put ourselves in the best position to grasp future opportunities, we need to identify the most appropriate way of managing the library services in the years ahead, and we welcome your views.

A public consultation is taking place between 8 January and 18 February 2018 to seek customer and stakeholder views on our ambitions for the next phase of ‘Inspiring Libraries, and the options for how we deliver the service. I am writing to you as one of our valued stakeholders to seek your views and assistance.

Residents and stakeholders alike can participate by completing a questionnaire either in one of Hertfordshire’s libraries or online. The full consultation document and the online questionnaire is available at

Storm Fionn UK Power Networks Alert

UK Power Networks have contacted us with some useful information about who to contact and how to report a power failure - Please click HERE

Statement from Cllr Royle

I have resigned from the Green Party and wish to be known as an Independent. I intend to continue to support 'green' policies and I remain a 'friend' of the Green Party. Cllr. David Royle

Proposals for the Gilston Area - Have your say

Proposals for the Gilston area - have your say

As part of the District Plan, East Herts Council is proposing a new development, just to the north of Harlow, known as the Gilston area.

This proposed development includes 10,000 new homes, provision for schools, health care, parks, transport links and more.

To have your say on the Concept Framework, visit

History Group Website

A newly formed group in 2016 has launched a fantastic new website - Click here for the website 

County Council Election Results 2017

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County Council Elections ~ All You Need to Know

For the full story from the Mercury Newspaper please Click Here

The Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth gets planning permission for building expansion Read more a

The Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth gets planning permission for building expansion
Read more here from the Mercury Newspaper

Elections: County Council Nomination Names Released

County Council Elections are due to take place on Thursday 4th May 2017 ~ 

Candidates for Nomination have now been released from Hertfordshire County Council ~ Names of those standing for Sawbridgeworth can be viewed here

Sawbridgeworth graphic designer’s family appealing for help after he died from asbestos exposure Rea

Sawbridgeworth graphic designer's family appealing for help after he died from asbestos exposure - for the full story please click HERE

Family of Sawbridgeworth mum who took her own life criticise Lister Hospital for failings

Family of Sawbridgeworth mum who took her own life criticise Lister Hospital for failings - Please read the full story here from the Mercury website

Recap of Final East Herts 16,000 homes District Plan Meeting

Click here to read article

What does the East Herts District Plan mean for Sawbridgeworth?

For the full Mercury story please click here

Spring in your Step Day for local Schools

On Monday 20th March the local schools of Sawbridgeworth put a Spring in their Step once again to celebrate the first day of Spring - to read more about what they did please click here

M11 Closures affect Sawbridgeworth

Click the link for Hertfordshire Mercury Story

Changes to Car Parking

Changes to Bell Street Car Park - this is a statement from East Herts District Council to explain some recent queries

Parents or guardians using Bell Street Car Park to deliver and collect children from nearby schools will still be able to use the free parking period offered by East Herts Council. The rule prohibiting motorists from obtaining a second or subsequent free ticket on the same day has been relaxed to allow separate free tickets to be obtained in the morning and in the afternoon.  Motorists will still have to enter their vehicle registration number at the machine on each occasion.

Campaigners told ‘no plans’ for 20mph limit in Bell Street

Campaigners told 'no plans' for 20mph limit in Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth - Read more here 

Christmas Lights Switch On

What is happening on Saturday 26th November? find out here 

Councillor Vacancy Filled

On the 31st October 2016 it was announced from East Herts District Council that the Cllr Roger Beeching, MBE,JP had been elected unopposed for the vacant position of Town Councillor.

Please see here for the official announcement 

Notice of Election for Sawbridgeworth November 2016

East Herts District Council


Election of a Town Councillor

For the area of SAWBRIDGEWORTH Town Council

To be held on Thursday, 24th November 2016



1 An election is to be held for a Town Councillor for the said Town.
2. Nomination papers may be obtained, during normal office hours, from the Returning Officer at the address shown below.
3. Completed nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at the offices of East Herts District Council, at the address shown below, on any day after the date of this notice, during normal office hours but not later than 4pm on Friday 28th October 2016.
4. If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 24th November 2016 between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
5. The deadline for new applications to register to vote to be received by the Electoral Registration Officer, at the address shown below, is Tuesday 8th November 2016.
6. Electors should take note that the deadline for new applications to vote by post or to change existing postal or proxy arrangements e.g. cancellation or re-direction etc. must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address shown below by 5pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016 if they are to be effective for this election.
7. New applications to vote by proxy must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 16th November 2016.

8.The deadline for new applications to be received by the Electoral Registration Officer to vote by proxy on grounds of a medical emergency is not later than 5pm on Thursday 24th November 2016.


Dated: Thursday, 20th October 2016     

Liz Watts, Returning Officer


EHDC, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, HERTFORDSHIRE, SG13 8EQ


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World Mental Health Day in Sawbridgeworth

We are very lucky in Sawbridgeworth to have an amazing Centre of Wellbeing - Read more here about the recent World Mental Health Day