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    Article: Jun 20, 2021
    By Fabio Bonfante

    There is just 1 day until the deadline to obtain settled or pre-settled status.

    If you, or someone you know is a citizen of one of the 30 EEA countries and is a permanent resident in the UK. the deadline to obtain UK settled status as an EU national is June 30th. It is vital that you, and all the family members that wish to stay, even children, obtain this in order to continue to live in the UK and keep rights to healthcare and benefits amongst other things.

    If you have not already done so, please follow the instructions in the link below as soon as possible, allowing time for any issues which may arise. https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status

  • Article: Apr 3, 2021
    By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, March 2021

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink March, 2021.

    Town, District and County Councils have been busy setting their Budgets and the size of Council Tax for the next financial year. Central Government has given financial support for some of the Covid-related expenses, but funding for some other services has been reduced, so District and County Councillors have faced difficult choices. As a Liberal Democrat, I question the wisdom of the Conservative administration at East Herts in saddling the District Council with so much borrowing repayment in order to fund its enormous capital programme. Was it not risky to have a £122Million programme for Old River Lane, Grange Paddocks, Hertford Theatre and Hartham Leisure all at the same time? I realise that no one could have predicted the Corona Virus pandemic and its detrimental effect on the Council's finances. Nor could anyone have anticipated Central Government's very sudden changes in the rules about public sector borrowing. These changes instantly disqualified part of the East Herts programme. However, there was one negative effect which could have been predicted, and that was the extra expense caused by Brexit, causing increase in costs.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2021
    By Mione Goldspink in "The Flyer", February 2021

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink February 2021

    The Agenda for the Full District Council on 13th January (by Zoom of course) contained two very controversial topics. Firstly, the proposal that the Council should make a charge for the collection of Garden Waste, which we dispose of on our Brown Bins. Secondly, that the Council should accept a drastically reduced scheme for the Old River Lane site.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2019
    By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford Flyer

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink April 2019

    I am writing this piece in the middle of March, just before the Annual Town Meeting. All residents have the opportunity to attend and to question our Town Councillors about problems and general situations in the Town. These meetings are usually poorly attended, and I wonder why. I suspect it is because people have lost all faith in the political system, and they take the view that there is really no point in attending, because it will not make even one jot of difference. Politicians will do whatever they like. The Tories control all three Councils, and there is virtually no opposition at Town or District

  • Article: Jul 26, 2019
    By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford Flyer

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink March 2019

    March 2019 will be the fateful month when Great Britain and Northern Ireland will leave the European Union - unless a miracle occurs which could save us all from this self-inflicted folly. I know that the democratic vote in 2016 was in favour of Leaving by 52% to 48%. This split in the vote demonstrated very clearly that we are a divided nation.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2019
    By Mione Goldspink in The Stortford Flyer

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink July 2019

    The European Elections on May 23rd came very quickly after the Town and District Council Elections on the 2nd May, which was very hard work for campaigners. However, the results were most gratifying for the Liberal Democrats, as we gained 2 new MEPs for the Eastern Region. The turn-out was 36.37%, and the final results were: 3 Brexit, 2 Lib Dem, 1 Green and 1 Conservative MEPs - making 7 Members of the European Parliament to represent our region. I still find it bizarre that the Brexit Party, whose sole ambition is for the UK to exit from the European Union, should wish to send members there. If the new Brexit MEPs do take their seats and do take their allowances, I hope most fervently that they will behave in a courteous and constructive manner.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Mione Goldspink in The Bishop's Stortford Flyer

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink February 2018

    Bishop's Stortford is facing some massive changes in 2018. There are 5 very large areas of New Housing either already being built or being designed. There will be 2,200 in Stortford Fields at Bishop's Stortford North. There will be 329 at St Michel's Hurst at the end of Rye Street. The Railway Goods Yard application is for 586. Countryside Properties want 750 on Green Belt land to the south of Whittington Way, and the District Council is suggesting homes over shops on the Old River Lane site. The grand total is approaching 4,000. How are we, the existing residents of Bishop's Stortford, expected to cope with the extra traffic, and the growing demands on schools and GP services?