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How a Bishop’s Stortford wine merchant got his own memorial in Castle Gardens

How a Bishop’s Stortford wine merchant got his own memorial in Castle Gardens

How a Bishop’s Stortford wine merchant got his own memorial in Castle Gardens

24 March 2024

William Smith was a well-known businessman and a well-connected figure in the town a century ago


Councillors gagged ahead of debate over sale of £102m ‘crown jewel’ to plug yawning deficit

Councillors gagged ahead of debate over sale of £102m ‘crown jewel’ to plug yawning deficit

Councillors gagged ahead of debate over sale of £102m ‘crown jewel’ to plug yawning deficit

26 February 2024

Uttlesford council’s ex-leader says forecast loss of £1.8m from rising interest rates will have to be paid for by council tax rises or service cuts.


Late for school and work, phoning for lifts and taxis – that’s life on the buses for long-suffering Arriva passengers

Late for school and work, phoning for lifts and taxis – that’s life on the buses for long-suffering Arriva passengers

Late for school and work, phoning for lifts and taxis – that’s life on the buses for long-suffering Arriva passengers

18 February 2024

Our story about Arriva buses through Stortford being cancelled opened the floodgates to customers’ woes and gripes with the public transport operator


‘The Israeli army and me: Fired on and wounded – then detained and deported after refusing to spy’

‘The Israeli army and me: Fired on and wounded – then detained and deported after refusing to spy’

‘The Israeli army and me: Fired on and wounded – then detained and deported after refusing to spy’

18 February 2024

Stortford’s Chris Dunham recalls his time in Bethlehem as a peace campaigner, including meeting Yasser Arafat and working with comedian Jeremy Hardy


Council to sell Old River Lane for £2.77m and spend £6m extra finishing Hertford Theatre

Council to sell Old River Lane for £2.77m and spend £6m extra finishing Hertford Theatre

Council to sell Old River Lane for £2.77m and spend £6m extra finishing Hertford Theatre

25 January 2024

Amid fears of fire sale, councillors of all parties agreed finishing Hertford stage and screen complex, which is over budget by 30%, was vital.


Stansted Airport bus driver who failed workplace breath test wins unfair dismissal claim

Stansted Airport bus driver who failed workplace breath test wins unfair dismissal claim

Stansted Airport bus driver who failed workplace breath test wins unfair dismissal claim

05 January 2024

Jacqueline Davidson’s employer, National Express, did not follow the disciplinary process properly, a tribunal judge ruled.


The pet detectives who track down missing dogs out of kindness and love

The pet detectives who track down missing dogs out of kindness and love

The pet detectives who track down missing dogs out of kindness and love

04 January 2024

Herts & Essex-based Dogateers was founded five years ago by Debbie Evans, Viv Perry and Liz Evans – and demand for their free services is soaring.


Survey predicts defeat for Tory MP Marson as Labour wins Hertford and Stortford

Survey predicts defeat for Tory MP Marson as Labour wins Hertford and Stortford

Survey predicts defeat for Tory MP Marson as Labour wins Hertford and Stortford

04 December 2023

The poll also signals victory for Labour in Harlow and North East Hertfordshire while Conservative Kemi Badenoch clings on in North West Essex.


Life after Deborah: town’s mayor on building a future without his late wife

Life after Deborah: town’s mayor on building a future without his late wife

Life after Deborah: town’s mayor on building a future without his late wife

02 October 2023

The honour of being Bishop’s Stortford mayor has been bitter-sweet for Richard Townsend, whose wife died just eight days before the local elections.


Development sites revealed in draft Uttlesford Local Plan

Development sites revealed in draft Uttlesford Local Plan

Development sites revealed in draft Uttlesford Local Plan

29 September 2023

Takeley, Saffron Walden and Dunmow set to bear the brunt of new development while Stansted escapes large-scale housing plans


Green Watch: ‘PM opting to roll back green measures does not stack up’

Green Watch: ‘PM opting to roll back green measures does not stack up’

Green Watch: ‘PM opting to roll back green measures does not stack up’

29 September 2023

Louise Tennekoon says Rishi Sunak should ease the burden on households by kickstarting a programme of home insulation and energy efficiency.


Do I have to pay the estate management fees for my new home?

Do I have to pay the estate management fees for my new home?

Do I have to pay the estate management fees for my new home?

27 September 2023

Management fees – or service charges – on new-build estates cover the upkeep of communal areas, but what say do residents have over how much they pay?


‘Cricket, Costa, Stort and Spoons in my top 10 places in Stortford’

‘Cricket, Costa, Stort and Spoons in my top 10 places in Stortford’

‘Cricket, Costa, Stort and Spoons in my top 10 places in Stortford’

02 August 2023

Bishop’s Stortford High School A-level student Alex Banhidai takes up the Indie’s challenge to write about his 10 favourite places in Stortford.


Exploring the purpose and significance of funeral directors in Bishop’s Stortford

Exploring the purpose and significance of funeral directors in Bishop’s Stortford

Exploring the purpose and significance of funeral directors in Bishop’s Stortford

02 August 2023

Funeral directors are the unsung heroes, the quiet champions of solace and dignity.


Survey reveals impact of cost of living crisis on Herts residents’ health

Survey reveals impact of cost of living crisis on Herts residents’ health

Survey reveals impact of cost of living crisis on Herts residents’ health

19 July 2023

Healthwatch Hertfordshire surveyed 7,043 residents and now the county council, NHS and others are already using findings to help those struggling.


Hunting for damsels while fending off demanding ducks and daws

Hunting for damsels while fending off demanding ducks and daws

Hunting for damsels while fending off demanding ducks and daws

22 June 2023

Nature Notes writer Jono Forgham heads to Hatfield Forest four years after he encountered the first ever white-legged damselflies recorded there.


Jess’s family: ‘We can never forgive him for coldly betraying our beautiful daughter’

Jess’s family: ‘We can never forgive him for coldly betraying our beautiful daughter’

Jess’s family: ‘We can never forgive him for coldly betraying our beautiful daughter’

02 June 2023

Family of Jess Waterman, who died two days before her 21st birthday after a car crash caused by her boyfriend, speak of their “indescribable pain”.


East Herts Council election: Opposition look to further loosen Tories’ grip on power after gains in 2019

East Herts Council election: Opposition look to further loosen Tories’ grip on power after gains in 2019

East Herts Council election: Opposition look to further loosen Tories’ grip on power after gains in 2019

03 May 2023

The four main parties fighting for control of the district council in Thursday’s election are convinced there is everything still to play for.


Criticism over report into former Essex cricket coach from Stansted jailed for child porn

Criticism over report into former Essex cricket coach from Stansted jailed for child porn

Criticism over report into former Essex cricket coach from Stansted jailed for child porn

26 April 2023

Cricket’s governing body the ECB said details of an independent review into Matthew Hyam would not be published to protect the victims’ anonymity.


£12,540 and rising: MP's taxpayer-funded expenses spending with firm linked to Tory HQ

£12,540 and rising: MP's taxpayer-funded expenses spending with firm linked to Tory HQ

£12,540 and rising: MP's taxpayer-funded expenses spending with firm linked to Tory HQ

02 April 2023

Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson takes her expenses spending with Hampshire PR firm with ties to Conservative Campaign Headquarters to over £12,500.


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