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Uttlesford council agrees to sell its 50% share in Chesterford Research Park

Uttlesford council agrees to sell its 50% share in Chesterford Research Park

Uttlesford council agrees to sell its 50% share in Chesterford Research Park

29 February 2024

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) administration to ‘cash in’ on property portfolio to plug budgetary black hole.


Opposition demands less ‘waffle’ from Uttlesford council’s administration

Opposition demands less ‘waffle’ from Uttlesford council’s administration

Opposition demands less ‘waffle’ from Uttlesford council’s administration

29 February 2024

Tory’s motion demanding straightforward answers to questions is unanimously carried as R4U accepts need to ‘improve clarity of responses’


Council to avoid compulsory redundancies as it contemplates cutting 400 jobs

Council to avoid compulsory redundancies as it contemplates cutting 400 jobs

Council to avoid compulsory redundancies as it contemplates cutting 400 jobs

29 February 2024

Consultants have been brought in to look at staffing, processes and use of technology at Hertfordshire County Council.


Politics student is Labour’s choice to fight Marson at General Election

Politics student is Labour’s choice to fight Marson at General Election

Politics student is Labour’s choice to fight Marson at General Election

27 February 2024

Josh Dean, 24, beat Sophia Adams Bhatti to be Labour’s candidate for the Hertford and Stortford seat held by Conservative Julie Marson.


AA issues pre-Budget wish list for cash-strapped motorists

AA issues pre-Budget wish list for cash-strapped motorists

AA issues pre-Budget wish list for cash-strapped motorists

27 February 2024

The breakdown organisation wants Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to extend the freeze on fuel duty and cut taxes for car insurance policies on March 6.


Stortford MP’s WhatsApp message over Lee Anderson controversy

Stortford MP’s WhatsApp message over Lee Anderson controversy

Stortford MP’s WhatsApp message over Lee Anderson controversy

26 February 2024

Julie Marson kicked off a new controversy about the suspension of fellow Tory Lee Anderson for “racist remarks” about Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.


Lib Dem candidate accuses Kemi Badenoch of ‘political game-playing’ over Post Office row

Lib Dem candidate accuses Kemi Badenoch of ‘political game-playing’ over Post Office row

Lib Dem candidate accuses Kemi Badenoch of ‘political game-playing’ over Post Office row

26 February 2024

Smita Rajesh has called for an investigation into the Secretary of State for Business and Trade’s statement to the House of Commons.


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.


Stortford councillor: Why did town miss out on East Herts half-term activities?

Stortford councillor: Why did town miss out on East Herts half-term activities?

Stortford councillor: Why did town miss out on East Herts half-term activities?

23 February 2024

Cllr John Wyllie, who represents Thorley Manor on Bishop’s Stortford town and East Herts district councils, questioned provision.


£3m review set to slash 400 jobs at Herts County Council

£3m review set to slash 400 jobs at Herts County Council

£3m review set to slash 400 jobs at Herts County Council

23 February 2024

The experts will be looking to identify duplication of work, to highlight gaps and to look for efficiencies of processes and technologies.


Councillors tell police chiefs response to drug crime in Uttlesford ‘is not good enough’

Councillors tell police chiefs response to drug crime in Uttlesford ‘is not good enough’

Councillors tell police chiefs response to drug crime in Uttlesford ‘is not good enough’

22 February 2024

Three councillors wrote jointly to Chief Constable and police commissioner to warn of public “crisis of confidence” in the force.


Council contributes £41,000 to RAAC repairs for leisure centre

Council contributes £41,000 to RAAC repairs for leisure centre

Council contributes £41,000 to RAAC repairs for leisure centre

22 February 2024

£164,587 cost of repairs split between three PFI partners and Uttlesford District Council, which was under no legal obligation to contribute.


Green Party concerns that Herts County Council is slipping on sustainability

Green Party concerns that Herts County Council is slipping on sustainability

Green Party concerns that Herts County Council is slipping on sustainability

22 February 2024

Cllr Ben Crystall suggested ambitions for sustainability “may have fallen by the wayside” when the county council set its budget for 2024-25.


Uttlesford council’s property portfolio under the spotlight after £7m drop in value

Uttlesford council’s property portfolio under the spotlight after £7m drop in value

Uttlesford council’s property portfolio under the spotlight after £7m drop in value

22 February 2024

The district council, run by Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), has borrowed a total of £93m from other councils around the country since June 2022.


East Herts ready to ‘sell family silver’ and hike parking charges to balance books

East Herts ready to ‘sell family silver’ and hike parking charges to balance books

East Herts ready to ‘sell family silver’ and hike parking charges to balance books

22 February 2024

The district council’s executive member for financial sustainability Cllr Carl Brittain made it clear that more difficult decisions lay ahead.


Herts County Council agrees 4.99% council tax rise

Herts County Council agrees 4.99% council tax rise

Herts County Council agrees 4.99% council tax rise

19 February 2024

The council tax increase is the maximum allowed and equivalent to £1.54 a week for band D households.


Herts county councillors vote for £448 rise in their annual basic allowance

Herts county councillors vote for £448 rise in their annual basic allowance

Herts county councillors vote for £448 rise in their annual basic allowance

19 February 2024

Herts county councillors will get a 3.96% increase in allowances this year, taking their basic remuneration to £11,751 for 2024-25.


‘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


Herts County Council chief executive quits for new role

Herts County Council chief executive quits for new role

Herts County Council chief executive quits for new role

16 February 2024

Owen Mapley is leaving the authority to become chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).


Rishi Sunak plays down Labour by-election wins during trip to Harlow

Rishi Sunak plays down Labour by-election wins during trip to Harlow

Rishi Sunak plays down Labour by-election wins during trip to Harlow

16 February 2024

The Prime Minister was welcomed to the town by Tory MP Robert Halfon and Roger Hirst, Essex’s Police Fire and Crime Commissioner.


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