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Boundary change - Stortford & Thorley

Amended proposals to change the parish voting boundaries between Bishop's Stortford and Thorley are now open for everyone to comment.

­­­­­­­Earlier this year the public was invited to comment on a first set of proposals from Bishop's Stortford Town Council and now, taking the responses into consideration, East Herts Council has drawn up a revised proposal.

Voting boundaries

Geoffrey Williamson, Executive member for finance and support services, said: "I'd urge everyone to have a look at the proposals and make their comments by the deadline.

"The plans only refer to voting boundaries and don't affect the determination of development proposals or the Green Belt. Similarly they don't change the status of Thorley village which remains a group 3 village in the draft District Plan."

The review, a legal process called a Community Governance Review, was initiated at a request from Bishop's Stortford Town Council. East Herts Council has recommended that some, but not all, of the areas identified by the town council should transfer to it.

You can see the full details at and make your comments via the online form. Or write to Electoral Services, East Herts Council, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8EQ. The deadline for response is July 27.

Key points

The main points are:

·         All voters in St Michael's Mead, currently split between Bishop's Stortford and Thorley Parish Council, should become part of the town council electorate

·         Voters in the proposed development south of Whittington Way should also join the town council electorate

·         All voters in Rectory Close, currently split between the town and parish, should be transferred to Thorley Parish Council

·         Thorley Parish Council will have around 220 voters so it should no longer be split into two wards, and voters should elect five, rather than seven, parish councillors


June 14 2018